Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell Pope Gives Promising Update On Teammate Anthony Davis’ Return

April 6, 2021 12:56 pm

The Los Angeles Lakers are currently struck with multiple injuries. From superstars, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, to their new signing, Andre Drummond, a lot of players have missed time due to various injuries.

While LeBron suffered from a freak high ankle sprain, Davis’ injury was particularly scary for the champions. AD suffered from a calf injury and endured minor injuries to his Achilles as well.

Kentavious Caldwell gives an update on Davis’ injury

Initially, Davis was expected to be back in the lineup after around four weeks. But now, seven weeks later, ‘the Brow‘ hasn’t participated even in practice sessions. Even coach Frank Vogel did not give a timeline for when the 6’10 big man would be back in the lineup.

But recently, teammate Kentavious Caldwell-Pope gave a promising update about the 28-year-old. KCP revealed that Davis had participated in the shoot-around and said, “He’s making great progress. We were just joking with him that he should play five minutes tomorrow… He says he’s feeling good.”

The Lakers are clearly not taking any risk with Davis’ injury. He might be taking more time than expected to recover from the injury, but rushing him into the roster is certainly not a risk the champions are willing to take.

They have their eyes set on the post-season and given their immense depth, they can get enough victories from their remaining schedule to stay afloat in the top 6 of the Western Conference.

How crucial is Anthony Davis’ return for the Lakers?

When Anthony Davis hobbled off the court against the Nuggets, it was a scary sight to behold for the entire Lakers organization. Luckily, ‘the Brow’ did not have a major tear or fracture, which had back then meant that he would be back in four weeks or so.

That clearly hasn’t panned out as planned. Davis had been struggling through multiple minor injuries, and these niggling injuries finally took their toll on his body. But the 28-year-old has been showing immense progress in the last couple of weeks.

Mar 21, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward LeBron James (left) and Anthony Davis against the Phoenix Suns during the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Without Davis on the floor, the Lakers looked like a shadow of themselves and barely looked like a playoff team. Given how stacked the competitors have become, the Lakers need AD and LeBron to be at their absolute best self in the postseason.

Everyone knows how lethal the duo can be. But the crucial question is if the duo can be back to full fitness before the post-season. If they can, the champions might be set for a repeat.

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Aditya Mohapatra

Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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