Anthony Davis Loses His Cool on Lakers After Another Embarrassing Loss

Published 11/13/2021, 9:30 AM EST
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: Anthony Davis (3) of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates a three pointer against the Denver Nuggets during overtime quarter of Los Angeles’ 120-116 win on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


In the absence of LeBron James, Anthony Davis has had to shoulder a large of responsibilities for the Lakers. Although he has done his valiant best, the side is struggling so far. After another disheartening loss on Friday, the Lakers dropped outside the top-6 in the West. It was the 28-year-old who top scored for the side again, with not much support otherwise. Following the defeat, he offered a harsh reality check to his squad.

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The Lakers generated a lot of buzz before the season, but have done little to justify the hype. Losing all their pre-season encounters and now slipping to a 7-6 record, there is some serious rethinking to be done for Frank Vogel and co. There have been flashes of brilliance from the likes of Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, but it is simply not enough. In addition, James’ injury woes have dented their campaign in a biggish manner. Can Davis lead the team’s monumental fightback?

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Anthony Davis provides wake-up call to Lakers

In an otherwise abysmal campaign thus far, Anthony Davis has played an idiosyncratic role. He has shone as a center-forward, and is holding the depleted setup together. But it takes more than one man to succeed in the NBA. Failing to close out games on multiple occasions, LA have looked a shadow of themselves in their 13 games. Their latest disappointment – giving up a 7-point lead in Q1 in an embarrassing loss to the Timberwolves.

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On a night when LeBron was missed duly, nobody else stepped up to take his place. Davis and Westbrook were the only players who amassed double digit scores, and their defensive frailties were exposed massively. Post the encounter, Davis called for some serious rethinking among the setup. “We have to decide who we want to be,” lashed out the 8-time All-star in a post-match interview. “[Do we want to be] A championship team? That’s not us right now.”

Nov 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) moves in for a dunk against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The best option would be for Vogel’s men to forget what has happened, and look in the mirror. The potential is clearly there; they possess some of the most experienced stars of the league. It is time for them to channel their burning fire into something unimaginable. When LeBron returns, it can be the silver lining they need. Can they turn things around?

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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