Anthony Davis is one of the 10 best players in the NBA but the biggest gripe against the Los Angeles Lakers star is that he is “soft”. AD has been criticized in the past for his long injury history, especially after getting hurt in last season’s playoffs.
While Davis has suffered quite a few injuries, some things are simply out of his control. Being injury-prone is one thing. Being soft? That is completely different. Anthony Davis is far from being “soft”.
Davis showcased his resiliency on Monday night in an overtime win against the Charlotte Hornets. The former first-overall pick scored 32 points with 12 rebounds, four assists and five blocks. Davis did this while dealing with an illness and turned in his own version of the Michael Jordan flu game.
This was more than just not feeling well, either. Davis confirmed after the game that in-between quarters the sickness got to him; but it did not stop him from dominating.
After leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a win, Anthony Davis is anything but soft.
Calling AD soft is simply one of the lazy sports takes that fans of other teams come up with to discredit the Lakers and Anthony Davis. The Lakers always have targets on their back because they are one of the most hated teams in the league and if Davis was on another team the narrative would be as present.
Keep in mind that Davis did this without LeBron James and with a banged-up Lakers team as well. The Lakers’ rotation is extremely thin right now and that is made worse by LeBron James being hurt.
It would have been so easy for Davis to simply not come back out the rest of the game and give the car keys to Russell Westbrook. However, after leaving the game against Portland early, Davis had something to prove.
What is even crazier is how Davis looked in-between the third and fourth quarters. Fans caught Davis on camera in the tunnel in-between the quarters and it’s pretty obvious that this was not some minor stomach bug.
And don’t worry, you don’t actually see Davis throwing up.
Anthony Davis is not soft. Plain and simple. This was a November game against the Charlotte Hornets without LeBron. Davis had every reason in the world to just go back to the locker room, shower up and go home and rest.
He didn’t. He came back out for the fourth quarter and the overtime period as well and played great. This is why he is the present and the future of the Los Angeles Lakers.