“Don’t Believe in Anthony Davis”: LeBron James’ $189,000,000 Rich Teammate Doesn’t Entice Stephen A. Smith

Published 09/04/2023, 10:48 PM EDT

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Anthony Davis and LeBron James are one of the dynamic duos in the Western Conference. The duo even have won a championship and reached Conference Finals in the previous season. Despite their success rate, fans and experts often criticized the duo for inconsistency on the court. Especially, the 6 ’10 tall Davis faced a lot of criticisms in the last the season. Moreover, the veteran NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith further trashed the star in a recent interview.

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The 30-year-old Davis has produced impressive record in the last season. He averaged 25.9 points in 56 games played in regular season. The star’s tall persona always took charge near the paint and strengthened both offense and defense for the side. Especially, he recorded a average of 12.5 rebounds per game in the regular season and it rose up to 14 points in Playoffs. Despite all this impressive stats, A. Smith put forward a major accusation on the star.

A. Smith trashes LeBron James’ teammate Anthony Davis

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Days before Stephen A. Smith trashed on him, Anthony Davis pulled off an historic deal in the NBA world. He recently extended his association with Los Angeles Lakers with a 3-year contract for $186 million. The star averages $62 million per year which is the highest annual salary ever to be paid in the league. Despite all this update, A. Smith accused Davis of inconsistency in a recent interview.

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Featuring in the latest episode of Club Shay Shay alongside Shannon Sharpe, A. Smith pointed out the drawbacks in the Lakers star’s career. He said, “I don’t believe in Anthony Davis in terms of his availability I’m not talking about his skill set… I’m talking about injury-prone sporadic.”

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He further went on to accuse him of inconsistency in the gym and taking care of his body. He added, “He’s just up and down it’s like this brother sat up there and ate a healthy meal one day and then ate a bag of Skittles the next.” 

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He later emphasized on his statement and predicted that the Lakers would reach playoff and be a formidable side.

How many games did Anthony Davis play last season?

Anthony Davis missed 26 games last season due to an right foot injury. He came to most of his missed games and cheered for the team from the sidelines. Moreover, in the previous edition, he played only 40 games. Even though he displayed top-class performance, he has always remained inconsistent. Even Lakers’ ardent fan, Snoop Dogg once criticized him on social media. He said, “When we never play together for 2 weeks healthy,” commenting on AD’s injury last season.

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Shahul Hameed is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports, where he brings his passion for sports and entertainment journalism to life. With a Master's Degree in journalism from a reputed institute and years of experience in the industry, Shahul always strives to provide insightful and astute coverage of the NBA to the fans. Shahul's love for sports writing dates back to his college days.
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