Coach Frank Vogel Confident for Upcoming Season With Anthony Davis Being Healthy

Published 09/23/2021, 12:30 AM EDT
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)


The Los Angeles Lakers will a team to keep an eye on this season. Not only were they active in the off season, but they have some big names that will share the court. However, one major concern they will have to worry about is big man Anthony Davis and his injury concerns.

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Going into their playoff battle with Phoenix last season. Davis picked up a groin injury. While this kept him out for most of the series, he returned for a game in between. But that did not go as planned for AD. A couple of minutes into the game, he went to the floor and further aggravated his injury.

SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: #3 Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers in action during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

However, while last season was full of injuries for the Lakers, coach Frank Vogel is confident that Davis is ready to go this season.

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Vogel gives encouraging update on Anthony Davis

Recently, the Lakers started off with their training and Davis was present at the practice facility. It was during this time that Vogel saw clear improvements in AD’s health since last season. While speaking, he said that he expects the Lakers to have a great season because of how Davis has recovered.

He said: “He put a lot of work this offseason into his body. A lot of work. And we had a moment, maybe two weeks ago, where he had been training at home, and we had a conversation about ‘these are some of the concerns we have with our team, we think we’re good here, we think we’re good there,’ and then he comes in for a workout, and it was the first time we had kind of seen him for a while, and his body looked imposing.”

Vogel further added: “We all just looked at each other like we’re gonna be really good this year.’ Just looking at that guy right there, we’re gonna be really good this year.” This is encouraging news for Lakers fans all around. Recently, Davis changed his trainer and the effects are clear as day.

But, how important is AD’s presence on the floor?

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The importance of AD

When healthy. Anthony Davis is unarguably the best big man in the league. Not only can he be a serious menace on the offensive end, but his defensive excellence doesn’t fall short either.

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In his first season with the Lakers, they went on to win the championship. While LeBron James won Finals MVP, his contributions throughout the playoff were extremely valuable. He averaged 27.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in the 2020 playoffs.

May 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) controls the ball against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) and forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first half in game four of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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Now, he gets to play with Russell Westbrook, who is one of the best passers in the league. Hence, his presence in the paint will be amplified with him being the one finishing dunks. Moreover, Anthony Davis is one of the best shot blockers in the league and can make a serious impact as a center.

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Hence, if he can keep his health up to mark for the entire season, there is no doubt that the Lakers are already in a really good spot. Do you think AD will be healthy all season long? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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