Anthony Davis requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2018-19 season. He started being transferred to the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2019 for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart and the purple and gold won the 2020 championship after stellar performances by Davis and LeBron James.
The other team in LA, the Los Angeles Clippers, also made a big splash in 2019. They traded for Paul George and signed Kawhi Leonard in free agency. The Clippers had contact with Davis prior to acquiring George from the Oklahoma City Thunder, but according to Colin Cowherd, they were never interested in trading for AD.
“I had a good source inside the Clippers who told me that when AD was on the market, they didn’t think of him as A, a leader, or a B, tough,” Cowherd said on his podcast. “They think he’s gifted and they don’t think he’s going to play after the injury. They don’t think he’s worked enough.
“The idea is loved by everyone AD and the Clippers have a very deep roster, the front office is very wise. They don’t love him and what needs to be done is for him to be led. He cannot lead”.
Since joining the NBA in 2012 as Kentucky’s overall No. 1 pick, Davis has not played more than 75 games in a season. He suffered several injuries to his lower body and Hall of Famer’s Charles Barkley thought Brow was fragile and called him “Street Clothes”.
Davis talks about his injury
Davis talked about the two injuries he’s suffered this season with the Los Angeles Times’ Dan Woike on April 4. The Chicago native sprained his left knee MCL in December and a mid-table sprain. right foot in February.
“Here’s what I’ve learned about trauma,” Davis said. “Last year, when I wasn’t playing, people said, ‘AD gave up on his team. It’s the knockout round. AD must play. He has to play. ‘ And when I went out there to play, got injured again, they said, ‘Who coached him? Who let him play? ‘
“So what [expletive] Do you want me to do anything? When I play, that’s a problem. It’s a problem when I’m not playing. At the end of the day, I have to do what’s best for me and how my body feels. And we go from there. I don’t worry about who is saying what or who thinks this about me because none of them have stepped on the floor and played. And those who have played, they should understand. These are not minor injuries caused by adhesions. “
Davis suffered a knee injury after LeBron knocked out tennis player Jaden McDaniels of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The All-Star grandpa later injured his leg after stepping on Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz center at Crypto.com Arena.
These are fluke wounds that can be passed on to anyone, something Davis discussed with Woike.
Davis told Woike: ‘It’s really not my fault’
The Clippers might think Davis isn’t tough. However, it is not his fault that he has suffered two serious injuries this season.
“Real basketball guys know there’s nothing I can do in these situations,” Davis told Woike. “What? Moving out of the way? I keep that attitude because, one, my wife did it for me, and two, I know that these things really aren’t my fault. How could I fail? hopeless, sad or interested in what people are saying in the air and don’t flip your ankle. It doesn’t matter the shoe. You step on someone’s foot, you flip your ankle.”
The Clippers have yet to win a championship in franchise history. They took a 3-1 series lead against the Denver Nuggets in the 2020 Western Conference semifinals despite having Leonard and George.
So even though the Lakers are bad this season, they’ve won at least one title in 2020 and have 17 rings in franchise history.
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