Anthony Davis says the Lakers’ championship chances have increased following the league’s hiatus amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Lakers currently sit at number one in the West and were playing great basketball into the hiatus.
“I think our chances are higher just because we’re all rested and we’re all ready to go,” Davis said Thursday on a videoconference call with reporters.
“If anything, our chances got higher and it’s going to be about just who wants it more.”
Rest is very crucial for a lot of teams, such as the Houston Rockets as well.
Players looked tired and were dragging into the hiatus.
Now every team has the ability to come back at full stamina and other teams will get injured players back as well.
The Lakers boast two of the top five players in the NBA so they’re going to be contenders regardless.
LeBron James looked healthy and was playing the best basketball of the season.
But rest is never a bad thing, especially with James continuing to get older.
Davis on the other hand was battling some nagging injuries so the time off helped.
He missed eight games due to a shoulder injury earlier in the season.
“It’s been good for me to kind of let some of them lingering injuries I had towards the time when the NBA stopped to kind of recover and heal and get back into the best version of myself,” he said.
“I feel 100 percent healthy. Well, I don’t feel, I am [100 percent healthy]. I feel like I’m ready. Ready to go.”
With the Lakers looking to win a championship right now, they will be all systems go by the end of the month.
They will be missing guard Avery Bradley but with James and Davis healthy, anything is possible.