Anthony Davis did not have his best year this past season as he was dealing with injuries and played just 40 regular season games for the Lakers.
According to the team’s new head coach Darvin Ham, the 29-year-old power forward is the biggest factor for the purple and gold. He stressed the importance of meeting AD’s needs and making him the way he was in the Orlando bubble that ended with the Lakers winning a championship.
“With AD, I would say he’s the biggest factor. I’m looking forward to him having a huge year this year. I know the way we’re going to play is going to benefit him. The way I’m going to take care of him, make sure we take care of him, it’s going to benefit him. That size, that skill set, that approach. What you saw in the bubble, we’re bringing that back. And again, we got to make sure we take care of him, meet all of his needs physically and make sure he’s in a good space mentally, spiritually, but he’s the factor. This s— ain’t going to work without AD being right.”
This past season Davis averaged 23.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 35.1 minutes per game as the Lakers failed to even make the Play-In tournament.