Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis Cleared For Return to Practice After Calf Strain

Published 04/16/2021, 1:56 AM EDT
Jan 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) controls the ball against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (left) during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


Anthony Davis has spent much of the season on the sidelines. After getting off to a difficult start to the NBA season, Davis suffered a calf strain in early February. The Lakers immediately kept him away from the court, fearing that the injury could lead to something worse.

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After what happened to Kevin Durant in 2019, the Lakers didn’t want to risk it. But now, it appears that AD is on the way.

AD cleared for full-contact practice

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Orthopedic Surgeon and doctor to NBA stars Robert Klapper revealed that Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis is nearing a return. He simply Tweeted the word ‘Cleared’.

This means that Anthony Davis now has the green light to do full-contact practice and even participate in five-on-five sessions as he inches closer to a return. However, his return to the game won’t be a complete one from the get-go.

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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel noted that when Davis returns, he will be on a minutes restriction. This is to ensure that he doesn’t aggravate his injury and also give him time to make a recovery.

The expectation is that Davis won’t play for more than 20 minutes in his first few games back, as his body adjusts to the NBA after not playing for almost three months.

However, any return from Davis given the Lakers’ current form will be welcome. The Lakers really need Davis, and LeBron James in order to salvage their season and make a final push for a higher seed going into the last stretch of the year.

Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) sits on the bench during the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

“Whenever it is that he returns, it’s not going to be a full return to playing 30-something minutes a night. Especially with the nature of practice and how shorthanded we are, he’s going to have to use some games to try to get himself back in shape. So the first two games he’s back will likely be short-minute performances.”

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Will Anthony Davis’ return boost the Los Angeles Lakers? Davis is still a top-five player in the NBA, and his presence will certainly boost morale.

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However, there are many people who are concerned that the Lakers are bringing him back too early. But the Lakers have consistently practiced caution in the matter of AD’s return, and their judgment should be given the benefit of the doubt.

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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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