Lakers' Anthony Davis looks physically 'imposing' heading into training camp, according to coach Frank Vogel

It’s safe practice not to check out excessive into offseason exercises. Whether it’s an easily modified video of a pick-up video game or a still image of turgid biceps raising what appears like a metric load, NBA gamers like to let their fans understand how difficult they have actually been working over the offseason. The social networks posts tend to get individuals talking throughout the sluggish summertime news cycle, however we never ever understand whether the activity will equate to the court till we see them in action.

That being stated, it’s definitely obvious when a gamer’s own coach remarks about a physical improvement. In a current look on Spectrum SportsNets’ “Lakeshow” podcast, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel definitely raved about the body of All-Star huge male Anthony Davis.

“He put a lot of work this offseason into his body. A lot of work,” Vogel stated. “And we had a moment, maybe two weeks ago, where he had been training at home, and we had a conversation about, ‘these are some of the concerns we have with our team, we think we’re good here, we think we’re good there,’ and then he comes in for a workout, and it was the first time we had kind of seen him for a while, and his body looked imposing. And we all just looked at each other like, ‘We’re gonna be really good this year.’ Just looking at that guy right there, we’re gonna be really good this year.”

While Davis has actually been the uncommon NBA gamer to remain peaceful on social networks about his summertime gains, pictures have actually appeared revealing a broad-shouldered Davis with what appears like a more filled-out upper body.

If Davis truly has actually included considerable strength, that pertains to the Lakers — and the landscape of the NBA — for a number of factors. First, it’s clear that Davis has actually missed out on big pieces of video games sometimes throughout his profession due to irritating injuries, even making the label, “Street Clothes,” from Hall of Famer and TNT expert Charles Barkley. If enhancing his body physically causes less injuries for Davis, it makes sure that the Lakers will stay a practical title competitor.

Second, the addition of Russell Westbrook will make it tough for the Lakers to play a conventional huge male together with Davis, which suggests that he will likely need to play more center — something he has actually hesitated to do on a full-time basis throughout his profession. Perhaps the extra strength and weight will make him more comfy banging around within at the 5, enabling Vogel to play more shooting-heavy, defensively flexible lineups with Westbrook, Davis, LeBron James and 2 shooters on the court together. Our Brad Botkin described why Davis is the crucial to the Lakers’ offseason relocations, and part of that might include him playing a great deal of center.

Whether Vogel’s description is overstated or not, it’s excellent news for the Lakers that Davis appears healthy and in exceptional shape for the upcoming season. After a frustrating first-round playoff loss to the Phoenix Suns and an offseason lineup overhaul, the Lakers are among the favorites to restore the champion prize, and they’ll be a lot more hazardous is Davis can raise his video game to yet another level due to increased strength and sturdiness. 

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