Los Angeles Lakers star big man Anthony Davis Sat out the last two games due to tendonosis in his right Achilles tendon and he acknowledged that he doesn't want to mess with his Achilles. Davis, who was traded to the Lakers in 2019, arrived with the reputation of being injury-prone but he pushed through the pain last year and helped the Lakers win their first NBA Championship since 2010.
"I think every other game ... I've wanted to
play in. This is just a different circumstance with it being an Achilles. If it was a quad or finger, anything like that, I wouldn't mind playing," Davis said on Thursday, speaking to reporters for the first time since the injury was revealed on Sunday, per ESPN.
"But I just don't really want to play around with an Achilles. Today was the first day we were able to practice, get some run-in with some guys to really test it out. "I just don't want to play a game where I still feel it and then get hurt and now I'm out for the playoffs or whatever or for multiple weeks, where it's something I can't control and maintain right now where you miss two games or three games early on in the season or midseason and be ready to go for the rest of the season."
Davis practiced on Thursday
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel scheduled a rare practice for his team on Thursday so Davis could get some reps. "We try to have a day where we can have a light load on their legs but still be productive and improve on our execution," Vogel said.
"The message to the team was, 'Good enough, but not good enough.' Right? We're good enough to win these games, but by our standards, we're not playing good enough. So we got some light work in [Thursday] to hopefully improve that execution while trying to keep them fresh."
Davis felt the soreness for quite some time so he underwent an ultrasound. "Continued to be really sore. Pushing off. Even walking, obviously running, jumping, anything like that, I would feel it," Davis said. "So it's more so just soreness and just letting it calm down."
The Lakers play against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. "We just did some drill work, no-contact drill work, which he did all of. He seemed fine," Vogel said. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow before making any decisions on the game."