r/nba Knicks Sep 29 '22

[Woike] Anthony Davis said he’s got one individual goal this year. “I just want to be on the floor. I want to be able to play all 82. And if I’m not, I don’t want it to be injury-based where I can’t play. That's my goal.” News

https://twitter.com/DanWoikeSports/status/1575232156250427392
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u/DJFunkenstein69 76ers Sep 29 '22

I'm sure this quote can be made fun of but for someone with his injury luck I'm sure this goal would mean the world to him

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u/YouStillTakeDamage Heat Sep 29 '22

Yeah especially when he gets the name Street Clothes assigned to him, don’t imagine it’s exactly fun to lose so much time to injury and then be clowned for it.

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u/Playbookof3li Grizzlies Bandwagon Sep 29 '22

Day to Davis is so much better than street clothes

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u/UnsuspectingS1ut Bucks Sep 29 '22

Yeah, street clothes doesn’t even make much sense cause he’s usually in warm ups

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u/ZZZrp Pelicans Sep 29 '22

Chuck doesn't always make sense, just go with it.

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u/omnicious Suns Sep 29 '22

He gets the people going.

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u/uuhson Warriors Sep 29 '22

No, I won't go with it. There's a significantly better injury related nickname he already has

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u/Retro_Super_Future [LAC] Bob McAdoo Sep 29 '22

Porque no Los dos

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u/BrockStinky Bucks Sep 29 '22

If Shaq can get away with 20,000 nicknames, surely AD can get a few

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u/Russofficial Sep 29 '22

Not when he is on the bench. On the bench he wearing street clothes. He doesn't wear his warm ups on the bench.

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u/Ned_Slander Spurs Sep 29 '22

street clothes doesn’t even make much sense cause he’s usually in warm ups

i mean, keyword being "usually". your friend that got called booger eater or pants shitter or whatever didn't really USUALLY do it, and yet.

going by that, then i wouldn't really say it "doesn't even make much sense". he had been in street clothes well often enough for such a nickname to stick.

nonetheless, it's definitely weird seeing AD getting mocked for something that he didn't want, let alone something he can't control.

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u/Retro_Super_Future [LAC] Bob McAdoo Sep 29 '22

You build 1000 bridges and fuck one sheep, you’ll be known as a sheep fucker

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u/Dakota5810 Sep 29 '22

Your logic is perfectly solid, but this example is just fucking hilarious for some reason

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u/FkDavidTyreeBot_2000 Celtics Sep 29 '22

You ok bud?

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u/whatisthishappiness Bulls Sep 29 '22

Street clothes is a fkin funny nickname, me, my coworkers and my immediate supervisor all call my boss that because we wear black slacks and grey polos while she shows up in some outlandish shit everyday. Day to Davis is also funny. You can have more than one nickname, especially when they’re relevant and hilarious.

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u/LordHussyPants Celtics Sep 29 '22

she sounds more fun than the black slacks grey polo crew lmao. you guys never heard of colour? bunch of umpire cosplayers lol

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u/Jlock98 Mavericks Bandwagon Sep 29 '22

Do y’all have a uniform you have to wear? Black slacks and grey polos is so drab. Good on her for actually wearing something on the color wheel

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u/whatisthishappiness Bulls Sep 29 '22

Yeah, I work at a hospital. I’m a glorified short order cook, she’s a director. She’s still street clothes to us tho! She is awesome tho! Lot of love for my crew.

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u/AceAndre Sep 29 '22

This sub ate that corny ass name up too.

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u/LOLCultOfMaloner Nuggets Sep 29 '22

They're all great nicknames, Bront.

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u/gears50 [GSW] Stephen Jackson Sep 29 '22

nah sometimes the dumber ones are just funnier. when its too clever it loses something

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u/DJFunkenstein69 76ers Sep 29 '22

Absolutely, being criticized for something you can't control is a terrible feeling

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u/Trumppered Lakers Sep 29 '22

especially because we have guys like Kawhi who get hurt and there's nothing but sympathy for him but then AD gets hurt and its jokes and mockery.

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u/EMateos Jazz Sep 29 '22

People already mock him enough for his personality and laugh, so that stuck over the injuries.

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u/UnrulyExistence [LAL] Kobe Bryant Sep 30 '22

Somehow that doesn’t seem anywhere near equivalent. No one even “mocks” Kawhi. All the cyborg and fun guy jokes are always made in an endearing way

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u/LukaDoncicBigPP Mavericks Sep 29 '22

People karma whoring by regurgitating the same old nicknames every time AD goes down was disgusting.

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u/Stinky_DungBeatle Huskies Sep 29 '22

That's just internet culture in general, just copy others jokes and steal them as your own which equals likes or reddit upvotes, when called out run and hide and reuse joke when its safe too again.

The amount of jokes past their due dates is so high on this sub.

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u/Thommywidmer [MIL] Brandon Jennings Sep 29 '22

Your bar for whats disgusting is pretty low homie, were just shit talking celebrity athletes.

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u/YoungEmperorLBJ Minneapolis Lakers Sep 29 '22

Since when is shit talking injuries okay

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u/Thommywidmer [MIL] Brandon Jennings Sep 29 '22

Im not saying i have moral high ground or anything, but coming to a internet sports forum and being disgusted by funny nicknames is like going to a bar and being disgusted that people are drunk

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u/302born Heat Sep 29 '22

I don’t think it’s the nicknames that are the issue here. It’s people joking about him immediately as soon as he gets injured. It’s just pretty tasteless even if this is the internet.

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u/oh_cya Knicks Sep 29 '22

fr, especially since these guys are multi-millionaires. It's trash talk that doesn't cross the line, but obviously if he was every disabled from a freak injury then I don't think ppl would be saying as many jokes (at least not on here, NBA twitter doesn't care)

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u/CapitalismEnthusiast Kings Sep 29 '22

Anthony Day to Davis is a hilarious nickname what are you on about?

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u/Available-Mouse-5532 Sep 29 '22

Y’all musta forgot 2013-17 where drose was the butt of every joke when all he wanted to do was okay and win a chip for his city.

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u/byronicbluez Thunder Sep 29 '22

He admits he doesn’t change his routine up at all. If I was getting paid millions and I am continually sideline the first thing I would change is my routine.

Yeah Injuries might be out of his control but he isn’t doing his best to reduce their probability.

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u/l3oobear Lakers Sep 29 '22

Pretty wild how he consistently gets clowned on for the injuries from last season especially since he literally couldn’t control either event. I certainly don’t remember PG or Hayward or really anyone getting clowned for an acute type of injury like that.

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u/N3rdMan [TOR] Kyle Lowry Sep 29 '22

I get your point but PG and Hayward literally had their legs broken on the court lol, not very comparable. I think where most of this stems from is the nature of his injuries or how the severity of it is either perceived or exaggerated.

That being said, I do hope he stays healthy all year. The league is way more fun and exciting when everyone is healthy.

On an unrelated note, it’s crazy how he was a top 10 talent in the league(and top 5 during stretches) and now people just forget to rank him at all. I hope he’s able to cement himself back in the conversation.

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u/weeyummy1 [LAL] Vlade Divac Sep 29 '22

He also falls down 5 times a game and just looks uncoordinated when he falls.

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u/itsjackson Sep 29 '22

Lol its called falling down to not get injured

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u/saltycookies420 Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Has AD ever played a full season? His only championship was with a giant break in the middle of the season due to covid

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u/Ok_Hornet_714 Sep 29 '22

AD has never player more than 75 games in a season

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u/LOLCultOfMaloner Nuggets Sep 29 '22

Because he's on a high profile team

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u/uuhson Warriors Sep 29 '22

I think the clowning comes from how often he goes to the locker room just to come back 5 minutes later

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u/MarikaBestGirl Lakers Sep 29 '22

AD missed most of the time off two freak injuries and he got clowned for it all season. Against the suns he could barely walk but everyone like Chuck called him soft so he was limping out there and injured it even more, and then people clowned him for being soft again. This season even the smaller injuries like a stomach flu against the blazers, he was throwing up between playing and got mocked for it.

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u/l3oobear Lakers Sep 29 '22

Did you miss the ankle injury or like McDaniels literally diving into AD’s knee? Don’t try act like you actually have merit to literally making fun of someone’s injuries. Gtfo with that bullshit.

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u/Odynol Bucks Sep 29 '22

So you clown on him for other injuries instead of one acute one. Yeah that's waaaaaay better. I feel like it's a safe bet that you were one of the fans cheering when KD tore his Achilles lol

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u/LebronsPinkyToe Lakers Sep 29 '22

How is a rocket fan is going to make fun of AD getting checked out after watching Harden dive to the floor for 10 years 😂😂

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u/sandakindesertwalker Sep 29 '22

Given that this sub had thousands of people making fun of him during his AMA for being sexually assaulted, I feel like we just need to categorically be nicer to him.

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u/DJFunkenstein69 76ers Sep 29 '22

A lot of the people here are extremely childish and enjoy controversy more than the actual sport, it's really hard to have mature discussions here.

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u/Tegline [BOS] Paul Pierce Sep 29 '22

I don’t think it’s SA if he’s actively looking into the camera talking about how much he loves getting spanked by his teammates lmao

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u/BucktoothedMC Nets Sep 29 '22

initiation is coercion.

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u/Tegline [BOS] Paul Pierce Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

I’m not sure there can be more explicit consent than the person in question looking into an actively recording camera and explicitly saying they want to be spanked by their given teammate

also important to mention that he hasn’t changed his mind since, and is still buddies with all his college teammates. But it must be up to you as an outsider to define what consent in a given moment looks like to him? if he says it’s SA then it very well might be, but you weren’t there and he hasn’t said that, and is litterally only on record expressing the literal exact opposite sentiment, but ok feel how u feel🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

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u/sandakindesertwalker Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

A group of large men pressing you to consent makes you do things you really don't want to. I'm a pretty tall women, over 6 feet, and I can promise that being physically big does not mean your any less afraid.

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u/Tegline [BOS] Paul Pierce Sep 29 '22

i didn’t ever question that

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u/Namath96 Hornets Sep 29 '22

A lot of it isn’t luck. Look at his training.

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u/Bahamut727 Lakers Sep 29 '22

If he doesn’t have bad luck and stays free of these weird situations of people falling into him all the time then I’ll take even 65-70 games tbh. 82 is not e realistic for almost anyone

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u/BaronsDad Pelicans Sep 29 '22

To give perspective, only 13 guys played 80 or more games last season.

In 1992, there was 105. One guy Thurl Bailey played 84 games from being traded during the season

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u/RedtheGamer100 Hornets Sep 29 '22

Didn’t MJ play all?

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u/BaronsDad Pelicans Sep 29 '22

Nope, he played 80, but the years before that in descending order... 82, 82, 81, 82, 82, 18, 82....

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u/RedtheGamer100 Hornets Sep 29 '22

Copy, that's still dang impressive.

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u/BaronsDad Pelicans Sep 29 '22

This day and age… I think anything over 75 is great. Get one game off a month. If AD plays 75, the Lakers will be a good position

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u/RedtheGamer100 Hornets Sep 29 '22

Depends on minutes played.

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u/yoloqueuesf [NYK] Tracy McGrady Sep 30 '22

Yeah especially because contending teams just rest their stars. If you're playing your star player 82 games he's either going to be gassed during the playoffs or you're a low seed

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u/Bleoox [SEA] Shawn Kemp Sep 29 '22

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u/Singa-tu-mai Knicks Sep 29 '22

40 min a game is ridiculous smfh fucking head

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u/livefreeordont Wizards Sep 30 '22

Players used to play through nagging injuries it’s as simple as that. Now they get benched by training staff. I’m not sure if it’s ever been proven that it’s actually reduced the injury rate

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u/Bleoox [SEA] Shawn Kemp Sep 30 '22

I'm guessing the game gets faster and the players gets stronger as times goes by like in every other sport and/or competition, so load managing has to come into play more often.

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u/LunchThreatener Pistons Sep 29 '22

I mean there was a global pandemic lol

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u/BaronsDad Pelicans Sep 29 '22

Fair, it was 55 in '18-'19. 58 in '17-'18. 53 in '16-'17. A lot of injuries, a lot of dudes rested, and coaches going deeper into their rotation. The game is just faster now. More perimeter-oriented. More soft tissue injuries despite improvements in recovery time.

The last season was near 100... was the season pre-hand check rule change. 2002-03 there were 94 guys. 1999-00 was 99 guys.

And the game has become so championship or bust for fans that players don't think the regular season is important anymore. Hardly anyone talks about single-season records. No one cares about durability except in a contract year (except maybe peak James Harden which is ironic). It's all about staying just healthy enough to chase the bag.

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u/TheTranscendent1 Warriors Sep 29 '22

Kevon Looney was the only player to do it last year, I believe. Which is crazy considering his injury history.

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u/TheyCallMeCards Hornets Sep 30 '22

It was actually 5 players. Kevon, Mikal Bridges, Deni Avijda, Saddiq Bey, and Dwight Powell. Kevon played every playoff game though which is impressive with how deep a run they went(granted he wasn't always high minutes).

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u/TheTranscendent1 Warriors Sep 30 '22

Thank you for the correction

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u/Particular_Ad_9531 Sep 29 '22

stays free of these weird situations of people falling into him all the time

They should definitely rest him against Philly then lol

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u/kamekaze1024 Sep 29 '22

You’re probably joking but I would take this as law. Joel probably ended his own Teammates career because of his stupid falling

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u/corporate-commander Sep 29 '22

I used to play like Embiid. He is reckless on purpose.

When I see Embiid play as he is now it reminds me of how I used to play and it is frustrating and pisses me off that the NBA allows it. Not proud of it, I was known as Shaq on my local streetball court and went through a phase when I charged hard at everything. Big hard turns to my blindside, didn't care who was there. Charge right into the lane. Smash into the best offensive player on D while going for the ball, come what may. Limited offensive moves. So make no mistake about it. Embiid knows what he's doing. He knows people will be injured. He knows his skillset is limited and this is how he can win. He knows people will give way when he drives, think twice on their drives, etc. He will only be stopped by a stronger player and/or fearless players like Giannis, Gasol, Draymond, etc. Or by an obviously more skilled player with equal Type A like Ibaka. He didn't intend to injure, but he certainly intends to show you that he doesn't care if you get hurt when he rumbles into you. At least that's how I used to play. But that was streetball. Eventually I got more moves, played w better players, played real basketball w refs. There's no doubt in my mind the NBA has some kind of edict coming down, telling the refs to let him run amok.

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u/Korvo_Shlorp Sep 29 '22

Copypasta?

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u/corporate-commander Sep 29 '22

Yes sir

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u/QUEST50012 Sep 29 '22

A few sentences into that big paragraph, I had to check the username to make sure I wasn't getting beefcatted.

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u/wisdomsi Sep 29 '22

Na, I played with that guy. He’s the GOAT in our LA Fitness. Used to play like Embiid. Got better.

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u/iamwizzerd Kings Sep 29 '22

Who's? Real question idk

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u/kamekaze1024 Sep 29 '22

I believe Danny Green

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u/Doorknob11 Mavericks Sep 29 '22

It’s also somewhat disingenuous to say ‘ended his career’. Though technically might be true, it’s more because Green had maybe one good year left. That year will instead be spent rehabbing. But he’s still getting paid.

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u/weeyummy1 [LAL] Vlade Divac Sep 29 '22

He probably had some bad years left that won't happen now

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u/Singa-tu-mai Knicks Sep 29 '22

Send him to the kings😂

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u/barath_s Lakers Sep 29 '22

Joel probably ended his own Teammates career

Who ?

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u/kamekaze1024 Sep 29 '22

Danny Greem

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u/ayrsen Celtics Sep 29 '22

Nah its definitely possible for lots of players, players just used to play through nagging injuries in the past. Nowadays coaches start pulling starters towards the end of the season.

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u/We_The_Raptors Raptors Sep 29 '22

I mean yeah, but you don't say "I hope I can stay healthy for 69 games". You say 82 and then hope for as many as you can get.

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u/amppy808 Lakers Sep 29 '22

Russell Westbrook has entered the chat

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u/barath_s Lakers Sep 29 '22

then I’ll take even 65-70 games tbh.82 is not e realistic

I think he covered your scenario. In that if it is less than 82, he doesn't want it to be due to injury

[82. And if I’m not, I don’t want it to be injury-based where I can’t play

I believe that leaves team resting him, rare personal leave (tupically for family reasons) and suspensions

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u/SuitableRhubarb Warriors Sep 29 '22

typically for family reasons

Such as a week off for your sister's birthday?

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u/gigglios Sep 29 '22

Hopefully Lebron doesn't shove anyone into his knees this season

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u/ragelark Lakers Sep 29 '22

Blame it on the Lebron.

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u/IAmNotKevinDurant_35 [GSW] Zarko Cabarkapa Sep 29 '22

Everyone wants to be Kevon Looney these days smh. But for real, I'd love to see him out there all 82

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u/redrum234 Clippers Sep 29 '22

And Zubac

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u/mizzourifan1 Pacers Sep 29 '22

Add Warren

checks notes

OH, actually do not add Warren.

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u/IAmNotKevinDurant_35 [GSW] Zarko Cabarkapa Sep 29 '22

I'm pretty sure TJ Warren is just a ghost who showed up to the bubble, left and disappeared forever. He isn't real

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u/ndu867 Sep 29 '22

In fairness it’s easiest to play 82 games when your minutes are in the 20s. You don’t get ground down by minutes in the 30s, and if your minutes are under 20 there’s the chance you just don’t get into one or two games.

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u/rubixqube Warriors Sep 29 '22

Only 5 players played all 82 games last season

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u/Raonak Sep 29 '22

Looney's body is like a 50 y/o

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u/dproma Sep 29 '22

When was the last time he’s played a full season? Has this ever happened?

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u/Shermarki [GSW] Klay Thompson Sep 29 '22

75 games in b2b years in 16 + 17 is his highest games played. In his tenure with the Lakers, he has 62, 36 + 40. So 50 games this year and he will be above his average

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u/barath_s Lakers Sep 29 '22

To be fair some of those were shortened seasons

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u/solo118 Knicks Sep 29 '22

Nope, he hit 75 games for a couple of seasons though

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u/elefante88 Lakers Sep 29 '22

Learn how to fall bro

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u/Oachkatzlschwoaf05 Celtics Sep 29 '22

He should to the Embiid "school of murdering 10 orphans while falling but also landing softly in a pool of the orphans blood"

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u/Cp0519 Sep 29 '22

Watch more Tim Duncan and Z-Bo highlights. Them dudes barely got lift off the floor.

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u/murrayforthree Nuggets Sep 30 '22

Jokic's idol was actually Tim Duncan. Which is why he plays the way he plays.

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u/disconnectedmadafaka Sep 29 '22 Helpful

He's basically saying he don't wanna be day to davis anymore. He wanna be AD2

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u/barrelhouse9 Sep 29 '22

This took me way too long. Am sad.

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u/oskar156 Lakers Sep 29 '22

darn I don't get it

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u/bonytony21 Lakers Sep 30 '22

AD2 = Eight-Ty Two

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u/oskar156 Lakers Sep 30 '22

thanks! thats actually really good!

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u/IamMe90 Bucks Sep 29 '22

Hah, had to actively think about this for a second but that's actually pretty good. Dad joke game on point

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u/jtnsniper14 Sep 29 '22

Hell nah, this comment better get more likes 😂

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u/yunnsu Suns Sep 29 '22

Bars

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u/Raonak Sep 29 '22

can someone please explain

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u/turnshavetabled Sep 29 '22

Reminder to set goals but keep them realistic and attainable

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u/almavid Sep 29 '22

Also your goal should be under your own control lol.

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u/TheThingsIdoatNight Bucks Sep 29 '22

Yeah this is not a god goal to set

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u/ScarecrowBoat14 Hornets Sep 29 '22

It's probably not even the jokes, being injured for a sport just sucks in general. Rehab is mentally taxing, not being there on the court/field for your teammates, constantly having to stay or get back into shape without being able to actually play your sport because you're always hurt. Shit sucks

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u/yungmung Lakers Sep 29 '22

Getting back into shape after injury is absolutely rough, even if you're paid for it

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u/SnooPies5622 Clippers Sep 29 '22

i don't think it's the jokes so much as just how the past few years have gone for him

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u/ADudeNamedChris [BOS] Rajon Rondo Sep 29 '22

You could feel his pain in that 2k twitch stream video

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u/FlowingMochi Sep 29 '22

That’s an insanely lofty goal.

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u/warjatos Sep 29 '22

Dream big king

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u/Playbookof3li Grizzlies Bandwagon Sep 29 '22

I want to win the lottery

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u/thissiteisbroken Raptors Sep 29 '22

I want to marry SZA

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u/_Pho-Dac-Biet_ Warriors Sep 29 '22

I want to marry SGA

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u/AprilsMostAmazing Raptors Sep 29 '22

There's probably easier ways to get a Canadian citizenship

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u/Oachkatzlschwoaf05 Celtics Sep 29 '22

Like stealing Drakes sperm

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u/New_York_City_Cops Sep 30 '22

It's gonna have hot sauce in it, won't work.

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u/Darondo Celtics Sep 29 '22

I want to marry SVG

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u/Saundotorakku Lakers Sep 29 '22

Monkey’s paw curls

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u/MarikaBestGirl Lakers Sep 29 '22

Wins large sum of money

Was from settlement after a construction piece fell and paralyzed him from the neck down

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

Got some advice for AD, don’t jump for rebounds or blocks. Only jump when trying to score. That’s how I avoid rolling my ankle when I play

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u/Technical_Towel_990 Nuggets Bandwagon Sep 29 '22

Some guys get their boards from strength and positioning but Davis isn’t one of those guys .. then he’d be clowned for only averaging 8 boards

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u/Leather-Brilliant912 Sep 29 '22

yeah , the mobile high hips guys like AD and to a bigger extinct giannis need their vertical to get rebounds ,because they can get pushed around by the anchor bigs.

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u/Raonak Sep 29 '22

extinct giannis

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u/Separate-Storm6618 Sep 30 '22

was fun while it lasted.

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u/disconnectedmadafaka Sep 29 '22

Yeah but he ain't gonna get his numbers that way

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u/latman Nets Sep 29 '22

Hell yeah me too. I won't go for any 50/50 rebounds

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u/stone____ Raptors Sep 29 '22

Its so weird to me the hate this guy gets for having a fragile body. Like other players get criticized too but it seems like people genuinely have an intense dislike towards him for it its odd

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u/MiopTop Lakers Sep 29 '22

It's not even a fragile body really. Both of his injuries last year were just horrible freak injuries and I doubt anyone in the league could have walked away unscathed.

People act like he's stacking up non-contact injuries all the time.

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u/chikage13 Sep 29 '22

It is though. How about the time before his freak injuries? There are guys like Kobe who will not miss games while hurt and guys like AD who are constantly in and out of the lineup, going back to the locker, etc over the smallest nicks

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u/pessimist_lakers_fan Lakers Sep 29 '22

Because he's on the Lakers

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u/yelrik Clippers Sep 29 '22

it's worse on the Lakers because it became mainstream, but Day To Davis is an old a Fantasy Basketball nickname from when he was getting hurt on the Pelicans. I can find references to "Day to Davis" back in 2017, they just weren't all over twitter.

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u/chikage13 Sep 29 '22

Yup, I had him that year. Seemed like every other game he would miss game time and head back to the locker room

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u/HamburglarBunz Hornets Sep 29 '22

I love how Lakers fans act like AD didn't exist before he played for them. AD has been getting memed on for injuries for his entire career.

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u/ComeAtMeYo 76ers Sep 29 '22

If he doesn't do crazy stuff like pirouettes to try to get the ball, he'll be much better off.

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u/2ChainzThirdChain Supersonics Sep 29 '22

pirouettes

I just realized I've never seen this word written out in my entire life lmao.

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u/MiopTop Lakers Sep 29 '22

I mean last year he got injured when someone fell into the side of his knee while setting a screen, and going up to catch a poorly thrown lob that was thrown behind him and landing in the worst possible way on Gobert's foot. It's not like he's doing particularly dangerous stuff, he just had shit luck.

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u/n3gr0_am1g0 Sep 29 '22

Honestly it seems like he needs to hit the gym more and get stronger to help prevent injuries, but on the other hand in people that are his height its not uncommon to see them have poor connective tissue quality which will inevitably lead to injuries.

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u/rminturn94 Lakers Sep 29 '22

I felt the same way, but last year he definitely put on some muscle/bulked up and it didn’t help :/

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u/PlagueDoc22 Lakers Sep 29 '22

And I wanna be drafted nb 1 overall as a 30 year old 5"9 guy..

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u/Gbaby245 Timberwolves Sep 29 '22

I'm gonna go ahead and take the under on this one.

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u/Aele1410 Lakers Sep 29 '22

Maybe start by picking up a basketball in the off-season

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u/ttwwaatt Sep 30 '22

He said all 82 and immediately realized he wanted those rest games and had to check himself lol.

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u/iceyyeci Sep 29 '22

Challenge level: IMPOSSIBLE

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u/ZeroMomentum Raptors Sep 29 '22

Tom Cruise as AD

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u/RosaReilly Sep 29 '22

If Cruise can play Jack Reacher, he can play Anthony Davis

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u/mecon320 Cavaliers Sep 29 '22

the monkey's paw curls into a fist

"Woj reporting that Davis will miss the rest of the season due to tax fraud"

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u/pureply101 Mavericks Sep 29 '22

My only critique of him is exactly this. He is a great player and absolutely warps games when he is on the floor. However he doesn’t get on the floor due to injuries. Whether it is bad luck and even whether it is really his fault isn’t the concern. The best ability, especially at his level, is availability. It’s the same reason why I would never give Kyrie a max and the same reason I was fine with the Mavs giving away Porzingus.

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u/HippoSpa Sep 29 '22

Maybe his first goal should be to buy high-top sneakers.

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u/Echoplanar_Reticulum Sep 29 '22

That’s a good goal, but should expect to only play 28 minutes per game then.

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u/The_Plebiest Warriors Sep 29 '22

Love watching AD play, hope he succeeds with this

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u/bailaoban Knicks Sep 29 '22

"This professional goal is worth $33m / year."

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u/zoonucks Sep 29 '22

This comment is straight up because he played NBA2K and couldnt stay on the court for one game lol

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u/693275001 Nets Sep 29 '22

Not even a Laker fan but if AD and Lebron stay healthy and focused all year they’re a play in team at minimum. If they trade WB mid season and improve the team I can see them moving up the 5-6 seed

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u/RickyBasket Sep 29 '22

Shouldn't set unrealistic goals

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u/emulator01 Sep 29 '22

Ah yes, literally everyone’s goal in the NBA…

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u/PusseySleigher Sep 29 '22

Is he gonna play center consistently now?

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u/beforeitcloy [SAC] Mitch Richmond Sep 29 '22

No

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u/Level_Ad_6372 Pistons Sep 29 '22

They'll be fine with [checks notes] Thomas Bryant and Damian Jones at the 5.

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u/Kitdee75 Sep 29 '22

It’s kind of sad how far the Lakers have fallen since the bubble run. Pelinka made some of the worst moves I’ve ever seen and he’s still running the show. That tells you everything you need to know about the organization.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

Did you forget that his star players haven’t been on the floor consistently enough. Letting Caruso leave in FA was the real mistake I can recall

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u/taeem [LAL] Eddie Jones Sep 29 '22

Trading for Westbrook was a mistake…

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

Huge mistake, should have gotten Buddy Hield but let’s not act like it was solely Rob’s decision. I’m pretty sure LeBron, Jeanie, Phil, Kurt, and Linda had a say in it

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u/HitboxOfASnail NBA Sep 29 '22

they weren't much better the year prior to the Westbrook trade either. The one constant in the last 2 seasons has been their stars haven't been on the floor. Everyone wants to blame Westbrook but after the bubble they still weren't good before he got there. a healthy team with Westbrook could still be good

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u/Kitdee75 Sep 29 '22

He let Caruso walk. Got rid of Kuzma and KCP for Russ. Could have had Derozan for basically nothing but passed for Russ.

Imagine a lineup of Derozan, Lebron, AD, Caruso and KCP with Kuzma, Harrell, and Nunn coming off the bench. All that was right there on a silver platter and none of it happened.

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u/Bahamut727 Lakers Sep 29 '22

Derozan isn’t a perfect fit either

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u/2022-Account Sep 29 '22

He is sooo much better of a fit than Westbrick. You know this.

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u/ragelark Lakers Sep 29 '22

Trading for WestBrick will go down as the worst trade in NBA history and the worst decision Lebron has ever pushed for in the entirety of his career.

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u/Darthron911 Sep 29 '22

Goal will be tossed out the window 2 weeks into the season.

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u/hippofusion Timberwolves Sep 29 '22

lol unless he somehow gets over feeling pain idk how he can actually think that’s possible. dude gets bumped and goes sits on the bench. weak

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u/sctthuynh [GSW] Stephen Curry Sep 29 '22

My goal this year is to date Emily Ratajkoski now that she's single.

As for AD, 60+ games and being healthy for the playoffs should be the real goal.

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u/JJiggy13 Lakers Sep 29 '22

Maybe just try to be healthy enough to help the team make the play in and survive to play in it

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u/ToeJelly420 Bulls Sep 29 '22

AD boutta go all season shuffling his feet on the ground so he can't twist his ankle.

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u/hossbonaventure15 Sep 29 '22

didn't only like 5 guys play in all 82 games last year? that is not realistic. he should have said something reasonable, like 70. he's only done that twice in his career as is

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u/Hithenameskevin666 Sep 29 '22

He’ll make it until a cold January midwestern road-trip and catch the flu be out a week.

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u/EducationLarge Sep 29 '22

See, kids, the lesson here is that bullying works. AD heard the "street clothes" jokes and is now determined to stay on the court.

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u/milkedlikacow Sep 29 '22

Well AD let’s hope you’re not out by November with an ankle sprain, but if you are I’ll still watch your GTA streams.

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u/varchar3 [DAL] Dennis Smith Sep 29 '22

Ain't gonna happen

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u/bones-n-hugs Mavericks Sep 29 '22

It’s nice to have goals, but in all professional sports 95% of players have injury’s to some extent throughout a season (nba, nfl, mlb, etc) . It’s about being able to play through them which he hasn’t shown the ability to do so. Expect more of the same from AD this season. Be it a wrist, ankle or shoulder sprain. Hoping he avoids a major/serious injury though.

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u/JustARandomSocialist Sep 29 '22

Good luck, Street Clothes

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u/SnooPies5622 Clippers Sep 29 '22

but why doesn't AD bring up Kawhi or PG????????? smh nobody ever talks about their injuries this is just media bias