Lakers Star Anthony Davis Reacts To Playing Center
October 13, 2022
The Los Angeles Lakers will make all the necessary changes this season. Switching positions is always an option. Anthony Davis wasn’t really into playing at center, but the Lakers big man will have to make a change. NBA analysts have long discussed Davis’ switch of positions. He tried his best to stay away from this position, but Darvin Ham plans to use him at the 5.
AD wouldn’t reject Ham’s suggestion. He trusts his decisions and knows that Ham will do the best for the team. Seeing more time at center may be a good decision, because Davis did a really good job at this position in the preseason. He was brilliant against the Golden State Warriors, delivering 28 points, three rebounds, and three assists. In the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, AD recorded a double-double, stacking 19 points and 13 rebounds.
“I trust coach’s decision. I mean, I’m pretty sure he heard AD wants to play the 4, so he knows where I stand,” Davis said, “but at the end of the day, I want to win, so if that’s me playing the 5, that’s what it’s got to be.”
Anthony Davis on how he feels about potentially starting at the 5: "I trust Coach’s decision. I mean, I’m pretty sure he heard AD wants to play the 4, so he knows where I stand, but at the end of the day, I want to win, so if that’s me playing the 5, that’s what it’s got to be."
Anthony Davis may stay at center and staying healthy is a priority now
Davis’ health is a priority now. He has to stay healthy and strong, otherwise the Lakers may miss the playoffs again. The big man said he struggled with a wrist injury last season, but he is fine now.
“A lot of people don’t know this, but since January I was battling a wrist injury the whole year,” Davis said on September 28. “So it was affecting my shot and everything. That’s not an excuse but it was tough for me to shoot how I wanted to shoot. I couldn’t really follow through.”
Davis deals with lower back tightness, but Ham is not worried about his superstar. He didn’t play in the game against the Phoenix Suns just because the team wanted to protect him from an injury.
“We need him to be available (for the regular season),” Ham said on October 5. “We’re just being precautionary.”
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.