Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis has been putting in serious work on his body this summer.
On the heels of getting a three-year, $186 million contract extension from L.A., the richest annual contract extension in NBA history, Davis decided to offer fans a glimpse into what the Lakers paid for.
Davis has never had a particularly muscley or bulky frame, but he appears to be working to change that.
The degree of results he is already seeing even has Davis’ biggest critics impressed.
Anthony Davis putting in work. 💪
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) August 17, 2023
— @KingFitch_H19 Version 2.0. 🏀💯✨️🙌🏿🤴🏿🇺🇸🗒 (@Dfitch1990) August 18, 2023
NBA fans are a notoriously fickle bunch. They are very hard to impress. And yet as soon as the photos of Davis’ new physique hit the web, they immediately went viral.
Folks flocked to social media to react.
He look like he put on some
Extra muscle this offseason https://t.co/rGfyONapey
— Demon Slayer (@Richhthrilla) August 18, 2023
He gonna be one scary mf on the court this year https://t.co/r87Uaryrht
— $kip (@Goodmans_takes) August 18, 2023
I can tell by his physique that this season is finna be one to remember https://t.co/H2HxwOtlDM
— Smîtty (@lonnel96) August 17, 2023
— Tolu Alabi (@tolu_tols1) August 18, 2023
2023-2024 MVP https://t.co/iph8TRcENh
— incognito tab #3 (@notcrypticno) August 17, 2023
MVP season, I am already there https://t.co/LhSZWf4xLB
— Young Vyne (@therappertainer) August 18, 2023
While a lot often gets made about Davis’ injury history, and rightfully so, he is coming off a tremendous campaign with the Lakers in 2022-23.
Not only did the team make the Western Conference Finals, but Davis played a central role in putting them there. He shot a career-high 56 percent from the field last season while chipping in 26 points, nearly 13 rebounds and two blocks per game.
Kay Adams 👀👀https://t.co/uOKlkuSYBB
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 18, 2023
While questions have lingered about his ‘strained’ relationship with LeBron James, Davis did his best to address their dynamic honestly and truthfully earlier in the offseason.
This is going to be a huge year for Davis and the Lakers. Will they be able to continue riding the momentum from last season in 2023-24? Time will tell.