Lakers Big Man Anthony Davis Puts Former Teammate On Notice After Loss

The Los Angeles Lakers lost the preseason opener to the Sacramento Kings, but it wasn’t a bad game at all. Head coach Darvin Ham had a chance to see his players in real action. Lakers big man Anthony Davis played last night, but had to accept the loss. As mentioned before, it wasn’t really bad and Davis even had fun during the postgame press conference.

AD spotted Malik Monk on the floor and used the opportunity to take a shot at his teammate. Monk was a bright spot in the 2021-22 season, averaging 13.8 points on 47.3% shooting and doing 40% of his 3-point shots.

“He sucked. I told him that I didn’t know what he was doing tonight,” Davis told the media.

The Lakers got him for a one-year deal and Monk did his thing on the floor. Simple as that. The Sacramento Kings liked his potential and offered him a two-year deal. Monk left the Lakers which explains Davis’ jab. In the win over his former team, Monk played 15 minutes and delivered 8 points on 3-of-11 shooting. Davis advised him to do more rebounds next time as Monk did just 6.

“I said, ‘it’s about time you got some rebounds. You weren’t rebounding for us last year,’” Davis said. “I told Malik, ‘I’m glad you left us. You playing terrible tonight.’ Probably part of the reason we were losing was because of him. Ask him — I told him. He know.”

It was a joke, obviously, and Davis said, “that’s my guy.”

Anthony Davis, Lakers players build their scheme on the loss to Sacramento

Davis and his teammates had a busy offseason. They worked on their defense and Darvin Ham is happy with the improvement. Although AD, Russell Westbrook, and LeBron James didn’t play much in the game, they looked good on the floor. LA was leading at halftime, but the Kings celebrated a 105-75 win. Ham liked the potential and his group can do even better next time.

Ham has enough time to reshape the starting lineup and bring it to a perfection. Kendrick Nunn did a good job, too, delivering 4 for 7.