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Anthony Davis on Darvin Ham potentially making him the Los Angeles Lakers starting center -“I’m pretty sure he heard AD wants to play the 4”

Davis said he would do whatever Ham needed from him, but he made his feelings on playing center very clear, and it looks like tension could already be brewing under the surface in Los Angeles
Anthony Davis on Darvin Ham potentially making him the Los Angeles Lakers starting center

Anthony Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers roster has had a lot of question marks on it throughout the offseason. Now that the preseason is underway and the regular season begins in less than a week, those question marks are beginning to yield answers. Whether or not the Lakers' current rotation will be able to lead the team to a title remains to be seen, but it's clear there are some heightened expectations for this team after their disappointing 2021-22 season.

Davis could be the Lakers' solution to the center position

One thing the Lakers need to account for this season is the return of Anthony Davis, who only played in 40 games last season. Davis will immediately make a frontcourt that struggled last season better, and the hope is that he and LeBron James will be able to stay on the court long enough this season to lead the team back to the playoffs.

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Davis has long been assumed to be returning to his preferred power forward position, but the Lakers don't have a ton of depth at center, and rookie head coach Darvin Ham has toyed with the idea of starting Davis as L.A.'s center. When broached about the possibility of playing center this season, Davis said he trusted Ham's decision but implied that he would much rather play at power forward than at center for the Lakers.

Could tension already be brewing under the surface for the Lakers?

Davis' response here has to be a bit concerning for the Lakers. They have wanted Ham to come in and implement his vision to help Los Angeles return to prominence. But before the season has even started, he is already facing roadblocks. Davis not wanting to play center could be a problem for L.A., and that's before even considering all the drama surrounding Russell Westbrook.

After spending last season at center, Davis was clearly hoping to move back to power forward this season. Los Angeles brought in Damian Jones and Thomas Bryant to presumably shore up their center position this offseason, but they have more depth in their backcourt. They could run a smaller lineup with Westbrook, Kendrick Nunn, and either Patrick Beverley or Dennis Schroder alongside James and Davis if Davis were to play center.

Instead, Davis is pressing to play power forward with this snappy response to the question. Ham was likely hoping to be able to do what he feels is best for the Lakers to help them win games this season, but in the early going, it doesn't look like he will have the liberty to do so.

It may be a bit premature, but there may already be some tension brewing underneath the surface in Los Angeles. It will be interesting to see how Ham crafts his starting lineup now that Davis has let it be known he doesn't want to play center, as it could have a big impact on how the Lakers' season plays out.

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