Nuggets’ Austin Rivers Sympathizes and Explains Anthony Davis’ Injury Woes

Published 09/22/2021, 10:05 AM EDT
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: Anthony Davis (3) of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates a three pointer against the Denver Nuggets during overtime quarter of Los Angeles’ 120-116 win on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Health issues or injuries have been a part and parcel of the NBA since the very beginning. But what we saw last season, players getting benched like the domino effect due to health concerns was unlike any other situation. Almost every team was struggling with keeping their superstars healthy. In fact, most think that the outcome of the championship would have been very different if this wasn’t the case. This also goes for the LeBron James and Anthony Davis’ Los Angeles Lakers.

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The Los Angeles Lakers were absolutely brilliant in the 2019-20 Orlando Bubble season. Despite all odds against them, they were able to add another championship to their list after almost a decade. Unfortunately, their attempt to bag a second straight championship was unsuccessful. And this had a lot to do with the shortest offseason for them that did not provide them with enough rest and training.

The Lakers had to jump into another season in which they had a disappointing exit. First Anthony Davis fell to injuries, then so did LeBron James. Although both of them did come back for some of the playoffs, it was too late. The damage was done.

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Los Angeles, CA, Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) talk during a break in the action against the Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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Anthony Davis, Lakers, and others are in for another tedious season

With purple and gold building another super team that is likely to increase their chances of adding another title, one can’t help but reminisce their last victorious season. It was exactly one year ago today that Anthony Davis dropped a game-winning buzzer-beater that helped them eventually get past the Denver Nuggets and ascend to the NBA Finals.

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Statistically, this means that we will have experienced three NBA seasons in a single year. Although this has been the most fans could ask for, it has definitely taken a toll on AD. So, Austin Rivers couldn’t help but respond to this stat by writing, “That’s why guys bodies is cooked.”

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Anthony Davis played a major role in bringing their 17th NBA championship, alongside LeBron James. However, his absence was dearly missed because of injuries last season. This had a lot to do with the hectic season they had to endure, with another one on its way. Can players actually do their best if they have much less time to recuperate? And is it really fair?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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