The Los Angeles Lakers have struggled without their superstars. LeBron James left the game on March 30 and hasn’t returned yet. Anthony Davis hasn’t played since mid-February, but he got the timeline for his potential return.
According to recent reports, the Lakers will have AD back within the next couple of weeks. The Lakers went 13-13 without AD and fell from No.2 in the West to No.5. LA is seven games back of first seed Utah Jazz and five games ahead of the No.8 seed Grizzlies. However, LA will get the much-needed boost with Davis’ return. Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN reported that the Lakers will re-evaluate Davis when the team gets back to LA following the six-game road trip. If things go well, AD may play in 10-14 days.
Prior to his calf injury, the big man was averaging 22.5 points and 8.4 rebounds. He supported the Lakers’ defense with 1.8 blocks and 1.3 steals.
Anthony Davis gets his timeline to return but Stephen A. Smith is worried
Not everyone is too thrilled about Davis’ return. Stephen A. Smith believes that things may get worse for the big man after he returns.
“If they are healthy they have two of the top five players on the planet in Anthony Davis and LeBron James,” Smith said on First Takeon Monday. “I am not concerned at all about LeBron James. He’s the one player in this league that, you know what, take as much time as you need. I have nothing to say. … I don’t give a damn if LeBron is healthy and wants to take a month off. He’s earned it.
“Anthony Davis — that’s a different matter. Because Anthony Davis’ durability is the question mark here. When healthy, there’s not much to worry about because we know how lethal he is. But the injury he sustained and the way he grabbed his leg was eerily similar to Kevin Durant. That what has me worried about Anthony Davis. They say he’s going to come back, but I’m almost of the mindset of I’ll believe it when I see it.”
Durant suffered a ruptured Achilles in the 2019 NBA Finals and had to miss an entire season.
LeBron has missed too much time. He is a true warrior. LeBron has won so many games and his durability is not even a topic. He is the greatest basketball player of all times and fans love him. Hopefully, he will return in the near future. LA needs him.
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.