“I Have the Capability”: Anthony Davis Deems Himself Fit to Lead the Lakers in 2021-22 Season

Published 09/28/2021, 1:40 PM EDT


One of the most hyped teams ahead of the 2021-22 season of the NBA, is the Los Angeles Lakers. After a disappointing campaign last year, LeBron James’ side is ready to contest for the title again. They have assembled a team of valiant fighters who know what it takes to go all the way. On Tuesday, Frank Vogel’s men had their official press meet. Star player Anthony Davis broke his silence on what the new edition of the tournament means to the team.

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May 15, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) gets a high five from forward LeBron James (23) after a foul in the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Davis comments on leadership claims

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28-year-old Anthony Davis, who is slated to play at the center position this season, kicked off the Lakers‘ media day. The star player spoke about a range of topics, including the team’s Covid-19 vaccine situation and the age factor in the side. Along with this, Davis was also asked about his role in the team.

LA Times and ESPN columnist Bill Plaschke inquired as to whether ‘AD’ feels it’s his time to make the Lakers his team, and assume a leader’s role. “I think I have the capability of doing so,” replied a confident Davis. Although he has been with the Lakers for a while, many still consider the 8-time All-star to be in the shadows of LeBron James. He continued, “Guys have talked to me about ‘this is your team, we go as you go’.”

LA Lakers’ successful off-season in the market

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In the 2021 off-season, the Lakers went all out. They were sagacious and relentless in their pursuit of a strong squad. Knowing that not many franchises would be interested in the ageing players, they decided to pick some valuable players who would connect well with their veterans. This included a move for triple-double king Russell Westbrook, experienced shooter Carmelo Anthony, and renowned center Dwight Howard. Along with this, they also acquired youngsters to bolster the energy in the setup.

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Having acquired multiple big money buys, there was an increased necessity for the management to get rid of players who weren’t pivotal to the team. This meant that the young Kyle Kuzma as well as veterans such as the underwhelming Caldwell-Pope and Marc Gasol were shown the doors. Overall, the men in yellow have gone from potent to title contenders, which was exactly their aim. And if Davis’ words are anything to go by, the team is hungrier than ever.

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Can Anthony Davis claim due responsibility of the team, and guide the LA Lakers to glory in 2022? His side kicks off their campaign with the pre-season on Sunday, and their first game of the regular season is scheduled for October 19th against the Warriors.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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