“Go in the lab & get ‘yo shit right”
Much is expected of AD to deliver because big men like him who have the skills of a guard don’t come often in the NBA. But in recent years, he’s been hobbled by injuries, limiting his production and impact on the floor. In the 2020-21 season, Davis only played 36 games. In the 2021-22 season, he only suited up in 40 games. Those concern the fans and front office who signed him to a 5-year, $190 million deal in December 2020.
When AD is healthy, he can make the L.A. Lakers instant contenders. But availability is the best ability, and he has to focus on right now: how to stay healthy throughout the season. Garnett has shared his advice to the Lakers forward.
“AD came to the Lakers to be an MVP, take the torch from ‘Bron and carry it. Go in the lab and get ‘yo sh*t right. He can be so much better. Should be MVP. He’s that good.”
Kevin Garnett, Instagram
Is it time to trade AD?
A lot of fans seemed to have given up on the Lakers’ big man. They think it’s time to trade AD now that he still has some value left. Western teams have started beefing up their roster. Meanwhile, the Lakers are virtually stuck with the same team. There are rumors that the front office is interested in a Kyrie Irving-LeBron James reunion. If ever this happens, is the trio of James-AD-Irving enough to compete for the finals?
Davis is at the crucial stage of his career. If things don’t go his way this season, it will be another letdown for him and the fans. KG expects him to get better. The performances of other big men in the league, such as Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, and Giannis Antetokounmpo, are making people forget about Davis.
A lot of eyes will be watching how the Lakers perform next season with Anthony Davis. It’s a make-or-break year for him. A change in mindset and training might help, but it’s on AD to prove to anyone that he’s still there; he’s still an elite big man in the league. Great players embrace the pressure. It’s time Davis embraces the burden that comes with his greatness.