ATLANTA — Reluctant to build any extraneous expectations around his return date, but clearly encouraged by the progress he’s made so far, Los Angeles Lakers star power forward Anthony Davis spoke to reporters for the first time on Friday,… Suffered a stress injury to his right leg. two weeks ago.
“I feel great, the pain is greatly reduced,” Davis told a small group of Los Angeles reporters before the Lakers played the Atlanta Hawks. “I think the next step is treatment [del pie] This time. I don’t want to talk about the schedule because it’s a completely different thing, but it’s healing very quickly.”
“Then when we get back to Los Angeles, we’ll have another picture of the foot and see how well it has healed.”
Davis went into detail about the complex injury he is dealing with. A bone loop has been broken in the umbilical bone of the right leg. The same navicular bone, found at the top of the foot between the ankle and the toes, has a stress response that first appeared in a December 16 game against the Denver Nuggets when he collided with Nikola Jokic in the paint.
“That move, I think caused it,” Davis said. “So when I went to get X-rays half the time, it bothered me, it was so painful.”
He was identified before the injury turned serious. “The stress response can[cause]a stress fracture, and that’s a whole different problem,” Davis said.
The pain was initially scored as a nine out of 10, according to Davis. In the weeks that have passed, this number has come down to one or two.
Davis said he had an MRI of his foot on December 22 and that the Lakers had shared the images with five doctors and specialists to determine a recovery plan. One option available to him would be to undergo a procedure to have the bone spur removed. A doctor recognized that the spur had been present in his leg since his undergraduate days at the University of Kentucky more than a decade ago, but it had not caused him any problems.
“I don’t like surgery,” Davis said. “I guess if it can be avoided, avoid it.”
Ruling out the surgical route, Davis and the Lakers’ medical staff opted for a procedure that would take time to rest and recover, and then speed toward a return.
how much time will it take? that remains to be seen. When the team returns to Los Angeles next week, Davis will undergo another MRI and, if he comes back clear, will begin treatment for the injury, including shock wave therapy and bone stimulation.
Even if Davis is able to return to the court to finish the 2022-23 season with the Lakers, he knows surgery may be necessary.
“Something to consider, in the offseason, to remove [el espolón óseo]”He said. “However, I think the most important thing is the stress response, just to monitor that. Because it can definitely take six, seven, eight months, which I would rather take four weeks than seven months. I’m not saying ‘I’ll be back in four weeks’, but hopefully.”
The injury interrupted an impressive comeback season for Davis in which he averaged 27.4 points per game along with 2.1 blocks and posted top rebounds per game (12.1) and field goal percentage (59.4%).
This, of course, happened after Davis missed more than half of the Lakers’ games over the past two seasons due to various injuries.
Davis said, “It was tough on me mentally because I came out with injuries last year and had the mindset to come back as a player.” “It was tough mentally for something like that to happen.”
For now, however, there is reason for cautious optimism.
“It’s going in the right direction,” said Lakers coach Darwin Hamm. “Everything he has been asked to do and he continues to do. We all feel comfortable, starting with our medical staff.”
Davis is eager to pick up where he left off.