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Lakers’ Darvin Ham has strong words for Anthony Davis

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It’s a crucial off-season for Anthony Davis. The eight-time All-Star has lost two seasons to injury after being signed to a $190 million contract by the Los Angeles Lakers. There have been questions about his involvement in basketball and some have urged the team to trade him while he still has value.

While Davis still has value now, another disappointing season could tank his value in the NBA. The Lakers need him as the best player on the team if they hope to turn things around. New head coach Darvin Ham was well aware of this. He believes Los Angeles won’t do anything next season unless Davis is a superstar.

“For AD, I would say he’s the biggest factor,” Ham told Andscape’s Marc Spears. “I look forward to him having a great year this year. I know the way we’re going to play will benefit him. The way I take care of him, make sure we take care of him, it will benefit him. That size, that skill, that approach. What you saw in the bubble, we bring back. And again we have to make sure we are looking after him, meeting all his physical needs and making sure he is in good shape mentally and emotionally, but he is the factor. This won’t work if AD isn’t right.”

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Davis caused a stir earlier this offseason when he admitted on video that he hadn’t touched a basketball for two months after the season ended. That wouldn’t have been a big deal if he had put together a better season. But just because he didn’t shoot doesn’t mean he didn’t work. Davis has said in the past that he likes to take some time off the court and start strength training.

In recent weeks he has been spotted training with famed shooting coach Lethal Shooter. The coach recently posted on Twitter that Davis comes in at 4:50 every morning to work on his shooting.

Davis has received a lot of criticism in recent years for not being able to stay on the pitch. Injuries are something every player deals with, but Davis has been accused of not doing the necessary work to stay healthy. He has long been recognized as one of the most talented basketball players in the world, but opinions about him are changing. Lakers vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka has been impressed with the amount of work Davis is putting in this offseason.

“He bought in and I think he’s quietly put together one of the biggest offseasons of his career,” Pelinka told ESPN. “It’s easy to say. He has a very serious tone. Last year didn’t pan out like either of us wanted and I think everyone will come back with a chip on their shoulder and AD will lead us with that. I think he works hard. I know he works really hard on his body.”

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