Rob Parker: Lakers Allowing Anthony Davis to Play in Game 5 Was 'Unethical'


Rob Parker: “What they did last night was WRONG to Anthony Davis. It was unethical and it was cruel… I talked to former players, they said a groin injury was a MINIMUM of two weeks, and they got this guy suited up in uniform two or three days after a strained groin. He has a knee injury and he had a calf and an Achilles earlier that cost him 30 games, so it ain’t just about a rush job on a groin. They put him in harm’s way because they were selfish. This is the problem with whenever you have LeBron James on your team. Everything is about LEBRON and HIS time frame and the clock is ticking. EVERYBODY feels pressure. The organization, the doctors, the players, they ALL know what this is about. That’s what bothered me, if Anthony Davis is your boy, LeBron, you could have said ‘Hey, AD, you can’t come out here, dude. I want you, but you’re hurt and I can’t have you getting hurt long-term.' We saw this happen in 2019 when the Warriors put Kevin Durant in harm’s way and he ruptured his Achilles. I think the Lakers did Anthony Davis a huge disservice.” (Full Segment Above)

Listen to Rob Parker explain why he thought it was ‘cruel and unethical’ for the Lakers to allow Anthony Davis to play in Game 5 of their first round series vs. the Suns despite Davis visibly showing a profound lack of mobility during warmups on Thursday night.

Check out the video above as Rob details why this is the problem with LeBron James-led teams, saying the entire organization and the entire roster feels pressure to help LeBron win another ring in the final years of his prime, and will sacrifice the long-term health of a player to achieve that.

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