“Where Is Anthony Davis?”: Lakers Fans Worried as LeBron James’ Partner Limits Appearances

Published 09/05/2021, 2:56 PM EDT
May 9, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) reacts after a dunk during the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers last season were one of the favorites to win the 2020-21 title. With a deep roster centered around the dynamic duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Purple and Gold had acquired a decent enough supporting cast.

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While the expectations were high on the Purple and Gold, all of it came crashing down in the playoffs. With LeBron James who was surely not a 100% and Anthony Davis still hurt by a knock or two, the Lakers did manage to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) reacts in the third quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

But in game 4, AD suffered from yet another injury, this time to his groin. With an ailing LeBron on the floor, the Lakers’ looked like a shadow of their 2020 championship run and ultimately crashed out of the playoffs in the very first round.

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Fans concerned about Lakers’ Anthony Davis

Given that Davis suffered from yet another injury, many fans can’t wait to see the big man on the court again. While the likes of LeBron James and new teammates like Carmelo Anthony have been pretty active in social media AD has been relatively silent.

With ‘the Brow’ not posting any updates on social media as off late, fans have been speculating what AD might be up to. From speculating that Davis might show up overweight to missing the playoffs yet again, troll NBA was at its best.

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Lakers’ fans are rightly worried about their superstar big man. Davis over the years has had a sketchy history in terms of injuries. Be it the ankle injury that AD suffered against the Nuggets last season or the groin injury in the playoffs, the big man couldn’t play a continuous stretch of games last season.

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While LeBron James is still a top performer, he needs another superstar like Anthony Davis who can step up in the most crucial moments of the game. Russell Westbrook can be a good go to second option, but his struggles in playoffs is well-documented.

Whenever AD is healthy, the Lakers undoubtedly are an unstoppable force. With a much deeper squad, all the weight won’t be on Bron and AD’s shoulders thus giving them time to recoup. Can Anthony Davis win his second championship with the Lakers this season?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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