Lakers superstar Anthony Davis clearly suffered from an unprecedentedly short off-season of just 71 days — the shortest in pro sports history, the consequences of which I’ve analyzed for Silver Screen and Roll multiple times both prior to and during the season — which was very likely the root cause of the physical issues he dealt with throughout the 2020-21 season.
However, we recently learned just how impacted Davis’ off-season was after he spoke about his normal summer schedule during his exit interview following the Lakers’ Game 6 loss — and playoff exit — at the hands of the Phoenix Suns.
I detailed what stood out to me in the following video:
Davis is just one example of how the short turnaround obliterated NBA players’ routines and schedules. That factor, in combination with the compressed games schedule, certainly seem to be the underlying reasons behind this season’s injury mess.
The good news? Davis says he feels fine now, so hopefully with a more normal offseason this year, next season he can put all of this behind him.
Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, and runs his own in-person and online sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA in which he further combines his movement expertise and fitness training. He also works at a hospital — giving him experience with patients in the immediate healthcare setting and neurological patients (post stroke, post brain injury) — and has been practicing for 4 years. Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC), has a background in youth basketball coaching and analyzes the Lakers from a medical and skills perspective for Silver Screen and Roll and on his own YouTube Channel. You can follow him on Twitter at @3cbPerformance.