Los Angeles Lakers star big man Anthony Davis said he wasn't surprised after not being selected for the NBA All-Star game. Davis was selected for every NBA All-Star game between 2014 and 2021. Davis, who recently returned back from a long injury break, has played in 32 of the Lakers' 53 games this season.
Davis has been averaging 23.6 points and 9.9 rebounds this season. “I kind of figured I wasn’t [going to be selected for All-Star reserves] just about the amount of games that I missed," Davis said, as quoted on TalkBasket.
“It’s the first time since my rookie year.. actually I went to All-Star my rookie year because I was on the rookie team, so that’s my first time in my career where I don’t have to go to All-Star. So I know my wife is ecstatic.
I could spend time trying to be an All-Star, be somewhere else. “But congrats to all those guys, man, especially the Klutch guys. Obviously Darius Garland on his first selection I think Zach [LaVine] is first time All-Star too, second.
I have more opportunities so I’m sure to be in there”.
Davis played well but the Lakers lost
On Thursday, the Lakers suffered a heartbreaking loss. Davis scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds but the Lakers suffered a 111-110 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Davis had the last shot of the game but it didn't go in as the Clippers escaped with a tight win. “It’s heartbreaking,” Lakers head coach Frank Vofel said after the game. “I was proud how our guys fought back.
Great competitive spirit, great will to win. They did whatever they needed to do to pull that out. “The last two shots the Clippers had we were a fingertip away from blocking. Both at the rim on Jackson’s layup and Trevor made a hell of a play on Morris to make a great contest in the corner.
“And AD’s ball was down. It’s one of those in-and-out situations. It’s a cruel game sometimes. This is a tough loss but plenty to build on”. The Lakers once again fell down early and had to work their way back into the game.
Malik Monk, who scored 21 points, was asked about it after the game. “It’s a good question, man,” Monk said. “We’re trying to figure this thing. We talk about it every day. Every time we’re together we talk about why has it happened.
We don’t know, man. I’m tired of saying it. We got to figure it out”.