Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis: I was more worried for LeBron James than my knee

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Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis: I was more worried for LeBron James than my knee

Los Angeles Lakers star big man Anthony Davis made a winning return to the court following his 17-game absence caused by a sprained MCL in his left knee. Davis was immediately inserted into the starting lineup in his first game back.

Davis played 25 minutes and scored eight points and haf four blocks in the Lakers' 106-96 win over the Brooklyn Nets. "For the most part I felt fine, felt great out there and the first couple minutes the adrenaline took, and after that the wind caught up to me," Davis said, per ESPN.

"When I caught my second wind, I was fine for the rest of the game." Lakers coach Frank Vogel said before the game there was no minutes restriction for Davis but they had a range they wanted to keep him in. "I don't know about the whole minute restriction thing, I think for me that might come off," Davis said.

"Might tell [coach Vogel] I don't need that, but we'll see."

LeBron James happy to have Davis back

Davis acknowledged that Davis makes everything much easier for his teammates. "He just makes our team so much more complete, our length defensively, our ability to really get up in people's faces because we know we got him at the rim or our ability to switch a lot of things because he can literally guard 1-through-5," teammate James said.

"Offensively, it just attracts another set of eyes off of myself, off of [Russell Westbrook], off of [Carmelo Anthony], off of [Malik Monk]. Off everybody because he's such a dynamic player." With 15 seconds left to play in the game, Davis ran onto the court during a timeout and jumped into James.

Davis wasn't concerned about potentially getting injured. "Can't think about it. When I'm on the floor I try not to think about it," Davis said. "I was what, a month, five weeks, doing a lot of weightlifting. So I hit him, he kind of like fell over. I was more worried for him than my knee."