According to a source who knows the situation, Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis has a right foot injury that will likely keep him out for a few weeks.
The person who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because neither Davis nor Lakers had made any announcements publicly said that severity of the injury was still being determined Sunday. That was keeping the team from forming a specific timetable for his return.
Davis was expected to miss a significant amount of time, according to The Athletic, and other media outlets later confirmed the injury status.
Darvin Ham stated the Lakers have no set return date for Davis before the team’s match against Washington on Sunday night. According to the inexperienced head coach, more specialists will see Davis on Sunday night.
Ham said, “The season is still in its early stages, and he just has to take care of his business, starting with him getting healthy again.”.
In the first half of the Lakers’ victory over Denver on Friday night, Davis—who led the team with averages of 27 points and 12 rebounds per game and was considered for the NBA’s Kia MVP—was hurt. After the break, he didn’t continue.
The eight-time All-Star and four-time All-NBA selection are suffering yet another setback due to an injury. In the 2020–21 regular season, he missed 36 of the Lakers’ 72 games. The following year, he missed 42 of their 82 games.
Injured during the Lakers’ home game against the Wizards, Davis missed his fifth game this year. He’s been dealing with lower back pain for a while, but he’s also been on a run of frequently spectacular play, scoring at least 25 points in his last 12 games in a row that haven’t been cut short by injury.
Ham advised Davis, “just focus on your health” and “start the process to get back on the floor; that’s as simple as that” once the problem had been resolved.
As for significant sports in general, Ham continued, “Injuries are a big part of our league.”. “Unfortunately, he has a history of injuries, but crying over spilled milk is a waste of time. “.
The Lakers don’t have a comparable replacement for Davis, but Thomas Bryant can step up if he can play as well as he did against the Nuggets in the second half before Davis got hurt. Bryant scored 21 points in the final 23 minutes while pulling six rebounds.
Since beginning the season with a 2-10 record, the Lakers has gradually gained momentum, winning 10 of their last 16 games. Davis’s missed last-second free throws, which would have likely sealed the Lakers’ losses in overtime in two of those losses, also contributed to their two defeats.
Ham is confident the Lakers can withstand Davis’ most recent extended absence, despite the severe threat it poses to their hopes of rejoining the playoff race.
Taking care of his health comes first, Davis said. “I don’t care what anyone says. Simply shut off the noise. We have excellent medical personnel. We have some smart people working for us who will see to it that he receives the best medical attention, and once we figure out what’s going on, we’ll respond appropriately. “.