Anthony Davis news leaves Clippers fans smiling

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers guards Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers as he drives to the basket in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center on December 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers guards Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers as he drives to the basket in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center on December 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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Initially, LA Clippers fans were acrimonious over the news.

In 2019, their star-studded down-the-hall rivals swung a blockbuster trade that netted multiple-time All-Star, Anthony Davis. With the all-world talent on the floor, the combination of himself, along with LeBron James, pushed the Lakers over the championship hump. Since then, however, Laker faithful have grown tiresome of Davis and his inconsistent play on the court and his perpetual injury status off it.

In addition to Davis’s inability to stay healthy, Davis has been chastised for his work ethic. Or, lack thereof.

During the 2020-21 season, Davis played in a total of just 36 games, averaging 21.8 points, his lowest since his second season in the league, and 7.9 boards, a career low. Davis also struggled mightily in the playoffs, averaging just 17.4 points and 6.6 boards as he attempted to battle through injuries.

Following yet another injury-hit year, many, including Magic Johnson, are of the belief that Davis could be moved due to his unwillingness to commit himself during the offseason. However, despite the constant criticism, Davis has turned a blind eye to it.

During a recent discussion, Davis admitted that he hasn’t shot a basket in over two months. On the contrary, Clipper Nations’ biggest stars have refused to take a day off.

While A.D. enjoys the offseason, Clippers stars are working their tail off

The 2021-22 season was an arduous one for Ty Lue and his Clippers. In addition to Paul George dealing with torn ligaments in his right elbow, Kawhi Leonard failed to step foot onto the court at all as he nursed a torn ACL.

Still, even with their offseason in full bloom, neither star has taken much time off. Leonard has continually visited the Clippers facilities as he ramps up his on-court workouts. George, on the other hand, was recently spotted working out with 5-star Oregon commit Kel’el Ware.

As for when Davis will begin his own offseason workout, that question remains unanswered. Nevertheless, for Clipper Nation, a lackadaisical Davis is music to their ears.

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