The dynamic duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis has already provided plenty of excitement for Los Angeles Lakers fans in preseason, but they might already be hampered by injury before the season even starts.
Davis, the splash acquisition from the New Orleans Pelicans that cost the Lakers a king's ransom of players and picks this offseason, is already dealing with a sprained thumb following the team's second preseason game. That's bad news for a team that desperately needs his help to get back to their winning ways.
The superstar center has been dealing with injuries on a frequent basis for the majority of the career. Since he was drafted in 2012, he's dealt with fractures, soreness, contusions, concussions, strains, sprains...you get the idea. If it's an injury, chances are Davis has had it.
And if he's struggling to stay healthy in low-pressure, low-energy preseason games where he's not nearly seeing the type of minutes he's going to get during the regular season, then that's a foreboding sign for the 82-game slog that lies ahead.
The Lakers need AD to stay healthy. They can't have LeBron try to carry the offense for yet another season, especially now that the roster has been depleted by the trade that landed them the very man who's now injured. The hyper-competitive Western Conference will leave them in the dust if they have to spend their time nursing wounds instead of playing their best basketball.
There's still time for Davis to heal up and prepare for the regular season, that much is true. But there's simply no denying that there's panic about this possibly being the start of a long and under-whelming for him tenure with the Lakers.