Anthony Davis was hurt, yet again, throughout the season and again in the playoffs for the Los Angeles Lakers and it led to a lot of people on social media and in sports media to call out Davis for being injury prone.
One notable criticism came from Hall of Famer and TNT Analyst Charles Barkley who called Davis “street clothes” after the superstar big man missed Game 5 due to a groin injury and lasted only a few minutes into Game 6, which proved to be the last game of the season for the Lakers, who were eliminated by the Phoenix Suns in six games.
Davis has heard to criticism, and has responded.
“I don’t have to prove nothing to anyone,” Davis said, according to USA Today Sports’ Larry Starks and Mark Medina. “I’m not going to prove anything to anyone. It doesn’t matter to me. The things that everybody are saying? It comes with the territory. When you’re a player of my caliber, guys expect things from you and are going to say things about you. Whatever their reason is, it’s my job to be on the floor. I know what I go through and what I play through and what my body goes through. The front office and coaching staff know. So I don’t need to prove anything to anyone that’s outside of this Lakers organization.”