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"Yeah, I know I'm a lunatic to the grind" - LeBron James throws a subtle shot at Anthony Davis

Whether or not Anthony Davis is doing the right thing by not touching a basketball for two months remains uncertain, but one thing’s for sure - LeBron James doesn’t seem happy.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Anthony Davis

LeBron James and Anthony Davis

Just a day after Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis was roasted all over national sports television for saying he hasn’t touched a basketball since April 5, his teammate LeBron James passively added insult to injury.

James, who frequently documents his workouts on his Instagram profile, posted a picture of himself flexing his muscles once again, this time, with the caption: “Yeah, I know I’m a lunatic to the grind.” And that’s not all. In another story, the King also sent a message by saying, “Man, I can’t wait for the fall! So ready to get back out there! So motivated.”

Connecting the dots

Based on how James has operated throughout his 19-year-career, his recent Instagram stories shouldn’t be considered random. The four-time champion always knows what he’s doing when he sends messages like this. And for him to post these two consecutive stories a few hours after Davis was the hot topic on the morning sports radio shows? Huh, color me surprised.

It also makes sense why James, who has always been applauded for his work ethic, would feel this way. Imagine being the 37-year-old superstar witnessing your younger 29-year-old teammate, who is supposed to carry the torch by now, act in a way where he doesn’t care about getting better.

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Remember, Davis is coming off two mediocre seasons after suffering severe injuries.

The clip of Davis declaring that he hasn’t touched a basketball since April 5 is a bad look. Not only did this rub off James and Lakers fans the wrong way, but it’s also degrading to AD’s reputation as an all-time great.

Former NBA players explain AD’s side

Despite all the heat thrown on Davis’ way right now, former NBA players JJ Redick and Amar’e Stoudemire defended the big man on First Take on Monday. According to Redick, who played in the NBA for 19 years, it’s normal for professional basketball players to act the way Davis did, especially during their first few weeks of vacation. It is, after all, a time to recharge and get one’s physical and mental health right.

Stoudemire also added that Davis not touching a ball since April 5 also shouldn’t be a big deal, especially for someone who had serious ligament issues in the past two seasons. The key for Davis is to ensure his body is healthy before he starts weights and skills training. As someone who has been through the grind, Stoudemire believes that this is all strategic planning.

Whether or not Davis is doing the right thing by not touching a basketball for two months remains uncertain, but one thing’s for sure: LeBron James doesn’t seem happy with this idea. Maybe all James is doing is sending Davis a strong message that he is expecting more from him.

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