Klay Thompson’s Father Gives a Refreshing Perspective into LeBron James and Anthony Davis Injury Woes

Published 03/24/2021, 1:00 AM EDT
Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) react to a play while on the bench in the second half of the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Lakers are in deep waters with their stars Anthony Davis and LeBron James sitting out. In an unforeseen series of events, both the stars injured themselves, and now, the Lakers risk a huge blow to their rankings.

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Most recently, the Lakers lost 111-128 against the Pelicans in a game where the Lakers Q4 comeback saved them from an utterly humiliating loss. As of now, the LA-based franchise is the fourth seed in the WC, but they risk further degradation in the coming weeks. When all is said and done, is there an underlying positive to this debacle?

Lakers’ LeBron James is helped up by guards Wesley Matthews and Alex Caruso after injuring his leg. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Former NBA Champion made a positive prediction for Lakers

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In a recent interview, two-time NBA Champion, Mychal Thompson, gave a fresh and positive perspective on the Laker duo’s injuries. The 66-YO former Laker center-forward confidently detailed:

“It doesn’t matter… As long as AD and LeBron are healthy for the playoffs… They could be the eighth seed and still have the confidence of coming out of the West and meeting Brooklyn in the east in the finals. So it doesn’t matter about the seeding right now, all the Lakers are concerned about is… if LeBron and AD are 100% come playoff time, then there’s no problem. They don’t need more court advantage to get to the NBA Finals.”

Such a comment from a legendary figure is always welcome, but what he mentioned is easier said than done. The WC in this season is definitely a tougher climb than it was in the Orlando Bubble season. With power-packed teams like the Jazz, defensive stalwarts like the Phoenix Suns, arch-rivals in the Clippers, and the surprising packages in the Blazers and the Nuggets, nothing can be said for sure about an easy playoff run.

Read also – Magic Johnson Explains How WC Will Be Harsh on Lakers with LeBron James and Anthony Davis Sitting Out

When will Anthony Davis and LeBron James be back?

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Anthony Davis has already missed 16 games post his Achilles injury that surfaced against the Nuggets. He is sure to miss another week or two until they will reevaluate his condition.

On the other hand, the aging LeBron James is still dealing with a fresh ankle injury and he could stay out for a complete month. This would mean that the Lakers’ second-team, led by the likes of Kyle Kuzma and Dennis Schroder, will be exposed against the top WC/EC teams.

As a positive, this will pose an opportunity to the bench players to see rotation and gain confidence by playing more minutes and scoring better figures. Plus, it will allow some time for the team’s star duo to get back to their best health before entering the court. After all, losing a few games here won’t affect the Lakers as much as missing either Bron or AD in a playoff series would.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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