Anthony Davis said he feared serious injury after hearing 'pop' in clash with McDaniels

CHICAGO – Anthony Davis said he “heard something” when the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jaden McDaniels slammed into his left knee on Friday. So when the Los Angeles Lakers star collapsed in the tunnel on his way to the locker room, he said it wasn’t just pain. It was also mental anguish.

“I just got to a point where it was difficult to walk,” Davis said Sunday, speaking to reporters for the first time since he sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. “I had to take a break … I heard something that made ‘pop’, and the first thing I thought was [una lesión mayor]. Which, I was concerned, was like everywhere else. But like I said, thank God it wasn’t that. “

Davis underwent an MRI on Saturday in Chicago that revealed the sprain. He will spend the next four weeks rehabbing his knee before being reevaluated, according to the team.

Despite the setback, Davis said he has a good perspective on things. Last season he missed 36 of the Lakers’ 72 regular season games due to an Achilles tendon injury and a calf strain. He sees this situation differently.

“Mentally I’m fine. I’m in a good space,” Davis said. “Last year it was more than just ‘me.’ This year it was like a strange play. So knowing that nothing I really could have done to prevent it, I guess, keeps me in a good place. The locker room keeps me in a good place. good position. People around me outside of basketball keep me in a good place. Great conversation with my wife about it; she’s the one that keeps me in a good place, really. “

The Lakers, 16-14 entering Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bulls and ranked No. 6 in the Western Conference, could really use Davis, of course.

Yet the eight-time All-Star thinks – all things considered – LA is fine.

“I feel like when we’re healthy we’re a pretty good team,” Davis said. “We started to play well, we started to have a rhythm between us and then all the COVID stuff happened and then more injuries. So it’s not where we want to be, but we’re not in a terrible situation.

“We are still in a good place, for a team that feels it can, could have done more or won more games, games that we should have won, and we are still in a good place. So hopefully we can stay afloat. with everything that happens around the team and being able to continue pursuing our goal, which is to win a championship. “

LA played the Bulls with six fewer players: Dwight Howard, Talen Horton-Tucker, Austin Reaves, Avery Bradley, Kent Bazemore and Malik Monk, who are on health and safety protocols. Coach Frank Vogel also tested the protocols, prompting assistant coach David Fizdale to take over.

However, there was a hint of a silver lining, with Trevor Ariza making his debut for the season after undergoing ankle surgery in the preseason. And Isaiah Thomas, fresh off 19 points at the Minnesota Timberwolves, earned a spot in the starting lineup as he continued his return to the NBA.

Davis, for his part, is bringing a positive mindset to where the Lakers are.

“It will take a team to beat Chicago tonight and going forward, everyone will have to be on the same page,” Davis said. “I think we have a lot of guys who can do that, a lot of leadership that can put us in the right position on the court and on the bench from the coaches’ side to make sure we succeed.”