Anthony Davis says the Los Angeles Lakers are entering the new season with "a chip on our shoulder." Last season, the Lakers were considered among top favorites for the NBA title. Instead of competing deep in the playoffs, the Lakers didn't even make the postseason after finishing the year with a disappointing 33-49 record.
Now, Davis and company are determined to bounce back this season "We're treating this season like we have a chip on our shoulder. We're the underdogs," Davis told ESPN. "Obviously, the world is looking to see what we do.
But, they're not talking about us, and that's fine. You know, we'd rather be under the radar."
Davis vows to be more aggressive
Davis continued to struggle with injuries last season as he missed 41 games during the 2021/22 season.
This offseason, Davis focused on getting his body right as staying healthy will be the key for him to bounce back this year. "Be more aggressive," Davis underlined. "I started getting in my own head a lot last year.
I don't think a lot of people know that. Just knowing how much better I could have been." The Lakers do not plan to only be aggressive on the defensive side of the ball as head coach Darvin Ham believes they have the capacity to be one of the best defensive teams in the NBA.
"We're going to be able to get stops," Ham said. "We should be able to be one of the elite defensive teams. We're going to put the work in. We have the personnel for it. And now it's just all about activating and making it come to fruition."
This offseason, the Lakers kept their star trio of Davis, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook. Those three failed to get it done last season, but they get another opportunity to compete for a championship.