Lakers’ GM says Anthony Davis is having a strong offseason

The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping to return to contention, and Anthony Davis will be an integral part of what the team will end up doing in the 2022-23 campaign. Lakers’ GM Rob Pelinka said Davis is having one of the best offseasons of his career.

“He’s bought in, and I think he’s quietly put together one of the biggest offseasons of his career,” Pelinka told ESPN (h/t Bleacher Report). “You can just tell. He’s got a very serious tone about him.

Last year didn’t unfold the way that any of us wanted, and I think everyone’s gonna come back with a chip on our shoulder, and A.D.’s gonna lead us with that. I think he’s working hard. I know he’s working really hard on his body.”

Coming off the franchise’s first NBA title in a decade in 2020, Davis and the Lakers were thriving during the 2020-21 campaign until the big man went down with an injury. Davis’ struggles to stay healthy led to the Lakers making a first-round playoff exit.

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He only saw action in 40 games during the 2021-22 campaign in also an injury-filled season, which ended up with the Lakers out of the playoffs.Having a healthy Davis back in the lineup might be required for a return to contention.

The last time he was fully healthy in 2019-20, he averaged 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.3 blocks in 62 games while shooting 50.3 percent from the floor and 33.0 percent from deep.


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