Star big man Anthony Davis ventured through an injury-plagued 2020-21 season that prevented a serious NBA title push for the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis’s health remains a point of concern as he’s struggled to stay on the floor throughout his career. However, it appears the eight-time All-Star may have finally taken Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett’s stern criticism to heart.
Kevin Garnett voices harsh criticism toward Anthony Davis’ training regimen
The Lakers’ NBA title repeat chances abruptly ended after Davis failed to push through a groin injury.
The 28-year-old’s 2020-21 season became capsized by injuries due to a calf strain related to his Achilles that sidelined him for three months. Davis returned before the playoffs, but his body progressively fell apart.
The groin strain ended his season after only five minutes in Game 6 of the first-round series against the Phoenix Suns. Shortly following the disappointing playoff departure, Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett voiced stern criticism toward the star big man.
“He has to take another level of improving his body,” Garnett said during an interview on The Dan Patrick Show. “Let’s just keep this real. LeBron came to LA not to leave out the league on a great note with a great establishment like the Lakers. He wanted to play with someone with a younger version of [someone extremely talented]. Similar to what Dwyane Wade did with him in Miami. AD is in LA to continue the legacy. The championship legacy and the spirit, and right now he’s not doing that.
“He has to go to another level with his body and training. Whatever he’s been doing in the last 10 years is not working. He should not be out of shape during the regular season. I don’t understand that one.”
Garnett’s comments don’t throw hade but underline Davis’ struggles to stay healthy throughout an entire season. In his first nine campaigns, he’s topped more than 70 regular-season games only twice. The eight-time All-Star is in the physical prime of his career, making his health issues more frustrating.
It now appears Davis has finally taken Garnett and other’s advice to heart.
Anthony Davis finally faced reality by listening to Kevin Garnett’s stern criticism
As Davis continues his recovery from his groin strain injury, the attention remains on his long-term health.
The process includes the star big man taking a different approach regarding getting his body in better shape. According to NBA reporter Landon Buford, Klutch Sports has given Davis a new trainer to help him remain in a proper health condition throughout the upcoming season.
The eight-time All-Star also recently provided a promising update concerning his health during a recent Twitch stream.
“Groin feels real good,” Davis said. “Trust me, we’re going to be ready for next year. We’re going to be right.
His renewed approach toward his training regimen is a significant change as it could move him past his previous injury woes. The only concern around him is his ability to stay on the floor, as he hasn’t sustained that throughout his NBA career.
If he can guide past nagging issues, it could play a pivotal part in elevating the Lakers into serious title contention.
Anthony Davis anchors the Lakers’ NBA title push
The Lakers ventured through a busy offseason retooling the roster around Davis and LeBron James.
The front office acquired star point guard Russell Westbrook while adding a solid supporting cast filled with shooters and versatile defenders. Los Angeles added Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza, Wayne Ellington, Kent Bazemore, and Kendrick Nunn.
However, the Lakers’ NBA title chances come down to Davis’ health. He’s the engine that fuels the team’s performance as the primary offensive factor and defensive anchor.
If he can remain relatively healthy throughout the season, Los Angeles will be squarely in the mix to compete for a championship.
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