But it has also created some opportunities too.
For example, it has allowed center Thomas Bryant to shine and show the team what he’s made of.
When he joined the team in the summer, Bryant vowed to make Lakers fans proud and so far he has, averaging 13 points and 7.3 rebounds.
He has really come into his own during the last few games and now many are calling on head coach Darvin Ham to keep him on the court much more often, even after Davis comes back.
I asked Darvin Ham about the possibility of a Thomas Bryant-Anthony Davis-LeBron James frontline once AD returns after James’ comments a couple of games ago.
Here’s his response: pic.twitter.com/nmlMkimHE3
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) January 11, 2023
Ham doesn’t seem opposed to the idea at all.
Speaking about the premise of Bryant, Davis, and LeBron James playing together, Ham was quite receptive:
“I mean, the way AD is able to function out on the perimeter, we don’t want him to be too far on that side. We want him to have a happy balance. But definitely. They’re all very highly skilled players – Bron, AD, Thomas. They all can score at all three levels. They all can defense. They all can have good activity, good instincts. So, yeah, that’s something we’ll definitely take a look at.”
This is music to the ears of many Lakers fans, who have long pleaded with Ham to once again let Davis play as a power forward as he wants and to provide him with a powerful center to back him up.
The concept of these three guys on the court together does sound promising.
It might just be what the Lakers need.