‘His A** Better Play’ – Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma Jokes About Anthony Davis Returning Against Mavericks

Published 04/20/2021, 6:29 AM EDT
Jan 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers controls the ball during the first quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on January 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


Anthony Davis is nearing a return. After a calf strain ruled him out in early February, Davis spent nearly two months on the sidelines. In his absence, the Los Angeles Lakers have struggled. What made his absence worse was the subsequent injury to LeBron James. Since then, the Lakers have missed their two superstars. However, Davis is close to coming back, and Kyle Kuzma has a hilarious demand from ‘The Brow.’

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Kuzma tells Anthony Davis he better play

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma spoke after the Lakers’ loss to the Utah Jazz. When asked about the possibility of Anthony Davis returning this week, Kuzma jokingly remarked, “His a** better play, he’s been out all season long.”

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Kuzma is clearly excited by the prospect of Davis returning soon, and the Lakers will be hoping that his return can give them a much-needed boost as they enter the final stretch of the season.

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For the Lakers, Davis’ return spells good news. The franchise has been very careful with his injury. Given the nature of the injury, the Lakers thought it would be better to play it safe. Davis’ calf strain is hauntingly similar to the injury Kevin Durant suffered in 2019 prior to his Achilles tear. Durant didn’t get the proper time to heal from his injury, as the Warriors were in the playoffs. The lack of healing time led to Durant tearing his Achilles during the NBA Finals.

Davis is on the way to returning

Davis has had a shaky history with injuries in the past. Therefore, it was in the Lakers’ best interest to let him heal fully. AD is the future for the Lakers, and the player they will build around. They would not want to risk his long-term health in order to improve their chances at an NBA title this season.

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Furthermore, the Lakers believe that their regular season seed doesn’t matter, and they feel confident about their chances with LeBron James and Anthony Davis fully fit. With both their superstars healthy, the team will believe they can defeat any opponent in seven games.

Jan 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) backs in against San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) in the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports
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Can the Los Angeles Lakers improve their seeding with Anthony Davis returning? His return to the court will be a major step forward for the Lakers. If the team can secure the fourth seed or better in the final stretch of the season, they will feel confident about their chances in the playoffs.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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