Anthony Davis left Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals with a head injury. Check out Anthony Davis in wheelchair here.
Anthony Davis : in wheelchair | Wheelchair video
Davis played one season of college basketball for the University of Kentucky, when he was first team All-American and the Consensus National Player of the Year.
He also won the USBWA National Freshman of the Year, NABC Defensive Player of the Year and the Pete Newell Big Man Award.
Davis led the NCAA in blocks and set Southeastern Conference and NCAA Division I freshman single-season blocked shots records.
He led Kentucky to a national championship and was named the most outstanding player of the 2012 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament.
Davis left college for the NBA after one season and was drafted as the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets, and was selected that summer to play in the 2012 Olympics.
Anthony Davis in wheelchair
Anthony Davis exited Game 5 of the 2023 NBA Playoffs conference semifinals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors due to a brutal blow to his head in the final quarter.
As the events unfolded, TNT reported that Davis was seen heading into the dressing room in a wheelchair.
While Davis’ injury became a major concern for the basketball world, it was LA Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal who made headlines for his reaction to the injury.
After the match, during the live broadcast of the ‘Inside the NBA’ show, Shaq, alongside former NBA star Charles Barkley appeared to be laughing at Anthony Davis’ injury.
While both legends burst out in laughter, they didn’t reveal the reason behind it. As the show proceeded, Eerie Johnson revealed to the audience that Davis was brought into the locker room in a wheelchair.
Upon listening to this, Shaq was seen crumpling the paper in his hand and yet again chuckling with Barkley.
The video of the hilarious series of events is currently going viral among fans on social media. Meanwhile, TNT’s Chris Haynes later revealed that Davis escaped concussion and is in the process of getting better.
Anthony Davis has been the catalyst behind the surprising success the Los Angeles Lakers have enjoyed during the postseason.
After helping the Lakers sneak into the playoffs through the play-in round, he led the way with a dominant first-round series defensively against the Memphis Grizzlies, and his rim protection stifled the Golden State Warriors through most of the first four games of their second-round series.
In the fourth quarter of Game 5 on Wednesday, Davis was hit in the head by the forearm of Warriors big man Kevon Looney on a D’Angelo Russell layup attempt.
He left the game and immediately, and according to Haynes, needed to be escorted away in a wheelchair for further evaluation.
Lakers coach Darvin Ham was positive after the game, but did not offer any specifics. “He took a shot to the head,” Ham said. Also “He seems to be doing really good already. That’s where he’s at and the status of it right now.”
“I believe he’ll play [Friday],” Lakers guard Austin Reaves said, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, who reported that Davis felt “woozy” but was not immediately diagnosed with a concussion:
Davis was initially evaluated on the Lakers’ bench by athletic trainer Jon Ishop before retreating to the back of the arena for further medical attention.
Davis was placed in a wheelchair and carted to a training room after feeling “woozy,” a source told ESPN. However, Davis was able to leave the arena at the end of the night walking to the team bus without any assistance.
ESPN also reported that Davis’ parents visited him in the training room, as did Lakers executive Rob Pelinka and Davis’ agent, Rich Paul.