The Los Angeles Lakers are now 2-0 since the All-Star break, winning games against the Pacers and Warriors. They’ve done so without Anthony Davis (as well as other players) as he continues to recover from his strained calf and Achilles tendonosis. He has not played since going down with the re-aggravation of the Achilles in the Lakers’ February 14th loss to the Nuggets. He’s now missed 11 games in a row.
That definitely doesn’t mean he’s not trying to help the team win even while sidelined. Davis has been seen at times walking out onto the court during a timeout to give the other Lakers some tips before returning to the main huddle. He’s even brought out a tablet at times to give the other players visuals into what he is illustrating to them. Frank Vogel acknowledged this at the beginning of March, saying Davis has been “staying very active and involved”.
Kyle Kuzma has also noticed this, touting the leadership qualities that Anthony Davis has shown in his absence. Here’s Kuzma’s full quote per Lakers Nation:
“I think this time out has been great for AD. In the year-and-a-half I’ve been playing with him, this is probably the most vocal from a leadership standpoint he’s been. And it’s been great to see.”
This is definitely some exciting quotes for Lakers fans as they hear their young superstar of the next four-to-five seasons is developing his overall leadership. Some may scoff at that being a major development for Davis, but it should be noted that he’s still only 28 years old. He was only 27 when he won his first championship during the 2020 NBA Finals, which happens to be the same age as LeBron James when he won his first in 2012 with the Miami Heat. At that point, LeBron was seen as a leader, but he definitely was nowhere close to the leader he is today at that time. In the same way that Davis can continue to grow on the court, he can continue to grow off the court as his running mate did once upon a time.
Davis will probably have plenty of more time to develop these leadership skills, as Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes says that he could be sidelined for three weeks “and beyond”. The team recently gave an estimation of at least two more weeks.