Los Angeles – to say Los Angeles Lakers Superstar Anthony Davis keen to embark on the 2022-23 season would be an understatement.
“I’m so excited I got goosebumps just thinking about this year,” Davis told Yahoo Sports this week. “I’m looking forward to a healthy year and doing what I know we can do.”
Having played in just 40 games due to injuries last season, and with the Lakers completely missing the playoffs, the 29-year-old tough striker said he’s on a mission to help lead the franchise into its recovery year.
“I went this summer to focus on strengthening my body,” Davis told Yahoo Sports. “I have to be on the field and at my best to put us in a position where we can be the best. I am ready to do it.”
Davis said James, 37, has been on his ear about taking the lead, while the rest of the players will follow.
Being a dominant force on both ends of the playing field, the skill set is there. The question all along was his stamina.
Those close to Davis have shared with Yahoo Sports that the striker got his best summer training. There has always been talk of Davis leading the Lakers for an entire season, but those close to him believe he has set himself up to do so this year.
“All I can do is lead my actions,” Davis told Yahoo Sports. “I am excited about this challenge and what is to come. I think we have a great group of guys to get the job done. Now it comes to putting the work in.”
Hamm has already made the team members aware: If you don’t commit to playing defense, you won’t play.
Off season addition Patrick Beverly He said he’s already started watching a movie on some of the Lakers’ games from last season to see what defensive tweaks he can make.
Davis said the team was convinced of Hamm’s defensive philosophy and was looking to unify it all.
“This is where we’re going to be at our strongest, defensively,” Davis told Yahoo Sports. “I’m going to demand that we stay committed and drive towards that end as well. I love playing defense. I think you’ll see a very different Lakers team, and I can’t wait to get out there.”
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