An update on the condition of the injured Lakers center.
Sources told ESPN's Dave McMenamin that Los Angeles Lakers center Anthony Davis will return to Los Angeles on Monday when the team hosts the 11-7 Indiana Pacers at the Crypto.com Arena.
While Los Angeles was just 7-11 in 2022-23, the team was 5-1 in its last six games, thanks in part to a more forgiving schedule but also a renewed investment in Davis. The Lakers have been looking to feed the AD lately and the AD has responded with an incredible level of elevation of play.
6'10" backup center Thomas Bryant started for Davis last night in Los Angeles' 143-138 win over the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. With 17:53 left in the game, Bryant went 3-4 from the field shot down and a 3 – he finished with nine points From the 5-yard line, he also grabbed four rebounds, three blocks and one assist.
6'9" backup Wenyen Gabriel also had an extra point on a Davis touchdown. 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor (2-of-4 from deep) and 3-of-3 from the free throw line Four rebounds, two blocks, steals and assists at 21:52 as well.
It's worth noting that 6'11" veteran Damien Jones remained a scratch for Darvin Ham despite being out of the AD lineup. Jones, who won a title with the 2021-22 Golden State Warriors, apparently lost and Pro Ham One if the Los Angeles player chooses not to participate is whether he can free up a roster spot and add more picks this season.
Speaking of shooters, guard Matt Ryan (38.2% 3-point shooting on 3.1 attempts per game) was a no-play decision: Coach. He's still not an NBA-level defender, and as a player with an unsecured contract, it would be cheaper to give up Los Angeles than Jones.