NBA analyst Charles Barkley gives his take on the Lakers’ decision to let Anthony Davis on the floor for their Game 6 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Ever since his arrival to the L. A Lakers (2020), Anthony Davis has suffered from a plethora of injuries which has adversely affected the ball club’s overall performance time and again.
Keeping in mind the fact that A.D might now be the most valuable player on the team with Lebron finishing his 18th season in the NBA, he needs to step up and ensure he stays healthy.
Davis was given a start by Frank Vogel for yesterday’s Game 6 action. However, Anthony Davis seemed to be playing in a lot of pain right off the bat.
This doesn’t come as a surprise considering the fact that a groin injury cannot be dealt with within a matter of days. Consequentially, he had to come off the floor early in the first quarter. He never returned to action as the Lakers took their 4th L of the series.
Having suffered from said injury at the end of Game 4, Davis hardly had any time at all to recuperate and it is highly possible that the decision to let him step on the court albeit for a short time could have worsened an existing ailment.
“For Anthony Davis to always be hurt, he’s doing something wrong”: Charles Barkley, NBA on TNT
As the Inside crew reacted to The L.A. Lakers being eliminated in the very first round of the playoffs losing to the Phoenix Suns in game 6, Charles Barkley believes Anthony Davis should have never been on the floor after suffering from a groin injury earlier in the series:
“I can’t believe the doctors put him out there. I do ‘t know if they saw something in warmup to make him think he can play.
Chuck then went onto discuss the fact that while the medical team for the Lakers should have known better than to let Anthony Davis even try and play Game 6, the Legendary franchise’ management needs to have a serious conversation with Davis about his training in the offseason.
“You should never be hurt early in your career, from 22 to 32 you’re superman, and then obviously, age and all the games take their toll.”
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After winning the Championship in the bubble last year, LeBron and A.D were regarded by many as an unstoppable duo being compared to the late Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal who lead the Lakers to three straight Championship wins.
However, these comparisons might not be appropriate anymore considering the situation the Lakers find themselves in unless A.D finds a way to get over this barrage of injuries that continue to plague the 28-year-old and by extension his team.