Initially, LA Clippers fans were acrimonious about the news.
In 2019, their star rivals swung a blockbuster trade that netted multi-time All-Star Anthony Davis. With global talent on the floor, the combination of himself, with LeBron James, pushed the Lakers onto the championship bump. Since then, however, the Laker faithful have grown weary of Davis and his inconsistent play on the court and his perpetual injury status off it.
In addition to Davis’ inability to stay healthy, Davis was chastised for his work ethic. Or the lack of.
In the 2020-21 season, Davis played a total of just 36 games, averaging 21.8 points, his lowest since his second season in the league, and a career-low 7.9 boards. Davis also struggled mightily in the playoffs, averaging just 17.4 points and 6.6 boards as he tried to fight off injuries.
After another year out with injury, many, including Magic Johnson, believe Davis could be moved due to his reluctance to commit in the offseason. However, despite the constant criticism, Davis turned a blind eye.
In a recent chat, Davis admitted he hadn’t shot a field goal in over two months. On the contrary, Clipper Nations’ biggest stars refused to take a day off.
As AD enjoys the offseason, Clippers stars are hard at work
The 2021-22 season has been tough for Ty Lue and his Clippers. As well as Paul George struggling with torn ligaments in his right elbow, Kawhi Leonard didn’t set foot on the pitch at all as he nursed a torn ACL.
Still, even with their offseason in full bloom, none of the stars took much time off. Leonard has continually visited Clippers facilities as he ramps up his field workouts. George, on the other hand, was recently spotted training with Oregon’s 5-star draftee Kel’el Ware.
As for when Davis will begin his own off-season training, that question remains unanswered. Nonetheless, for Clipper Nation, a nonchalant Davis is music to their ears.