Shaquille O’Neal on Anthony Davis’ Injury: ”He’s Happy Because the Next 4–6 Weeks, We Can’t Blame It on Him”

Published 12/23/2021, 6:30 PM EST


Shaquille O’Neal is known for not mincing his words on any topic, and he certainly delivers on that reputation. This time, Shaq did not hold anything back for one of the star players on his former team. The 49-year-old bashed the Lakers about their performances and had some choice words for Anthony Davis.

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Anthony Davis has had a disappointing campaign this season and the Lakers, overall, have failed to meet their lofty expectations.

Shaquille O’Neal talks about the Lakers and Davis

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The Los Angeles Lakers were dubbed to be the championship favorites at the beginning of the season. They have not lived up to expectations and their performances so far have been below par.

Shaq talked about the Lakers and LeBron James in the recent episode of his The Big Shaq Podcast. According to Shaq, LeBron ‘needs help’, which makes a lot of sense because the other stars from the Lakers, particularly Anthony Davis, have not contributed enough this season.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 28: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Shaquille O’Neal attends 2019 World Lightweight & World Light Heavy Weight Championships at State Farm Arena on December 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

O’Neal talked about AD and his recent injury and had a typical Shaq-like comment under his sleeve. “He’s happy because you know why? The next 4 to 6 weeks, we cannot blame it on him,” he said. 

Shaquille O’Neal has been talking about Anthony Davis and his form for the past few weeks. According to him, AD’s form has been the reason for the Laker’s poor performances this season. To add to his worries, Anthony Davis has picked up an injury that will sideline him for around 4 weeks.

Anthony Davis’ injury crisis

Anthony Davis has left the already depleting Los Angeles Lakers roster with another big issue. He will be out for almost 4 weeks due to an injury. 

Davis has had a real problem with his injuries. He has missed over 150 games in his career due to injuries, which says a lot. Davis’ injury crisis started back in 2013, and he has had to miss games due to injuries ever since.

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His calf injury during the 2020-21 season kept him sidelined for 36 of the 72 regular season matches. Davis has been heavily criticized for his form after almost every matchday, as he continues to struggle.

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AD has averaged 23.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists on an average this season. Do you think Anthony Davis can make a comeback? Let us know in the comments below.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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