EL SEGUNDO, California – Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis said he expects to play Friday against the Sacramento Kings after putting out a game to rest his injured shoulder and ribs.
"Went through the shootaround today," Davis said Friday morning. "Felt good."
The eight-year veteran warned that he would make the final decision after going through his foreplay routine, but all signs point to the Lakers getting Davis back in the lineup.
Davis is averaging 26.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.9 blocks this season.
LA routed the Golden State Warriors 120-94 with Davis on the side. As happy as he was to see his team work well without him, it did not motivate him to find more time to rest.
"What, like, cargo handling? No," Davis said. "Of course it's good [to win]. If something comes up where someone has to sit outside, that's fine, but I don't think anyone in this team will probably sit outside."
Davis said that the damage to his ribs causes him more discomfort than the shoulder at this time.
"Not really much you can do but just let it heal," he said.
Wednesday's game was the first time Davis put out this season. He has repeatedly referred to his injury history during his first seven seasons in New Orleans as something he wants to leave behind.
"I want to play," Davis said. "But obviously to say that, the education staff will probably be more reluctant to [let me play]. If it still bothers me a bit, [they’ll] I may sit outside. Or if it feels good, I will play … Just to know that the way the team played when I was sitting out, I don't have to rush to come back. "
Davis admitted that he has been thinking that opponents targeted him when he plays injured.  "I thought about it every game," Davis said. "I know especially back in the old days, they would attack a player's injury. … I haven't known other teams trying to attack my shoulder or anything."
Davis hopes to lead the Lakers back to the season for the first time in six years this spring, balancing the short-term returns of pushing himself now to the potential long-term consequences.
"It's super tough," Davis said. "It's a long season. It's early in the season. You don't want to keep playing through something and then it gets worse. So it always sits behind your head. But at the same time, you want to play So you have to listen to your body, be honest with the training staff and try to do what you can. Please do what is best to improve the team. "