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Lakers: Anthony Davis probable to return vs. Nets tomorrow

Anthony Davis in Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers is congratulated by DeAndre Jordan #10 during the first half of a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets at Staples Center on October 3, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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The Lakers went 7-10, benched their highest-paid player and nearly fired their coach while Anthony Davis was sidelined with a knee injury.

A solution to some – but only some – of Los Angeles’ numerous problems is nearing.

The Lakers listed Davis as probable for tomorrow’s game against the Nets in Brooklyn.

Before getting hurt, Davis was not playing well enough. His outside shooting was subpar – an especially troubling limitation considering the floor-spacing issues Russell Westbrook brings. Davis didn’t live up to his lofty defensive standards either, either.

Davis is a star, yes. But Los Angeles needs more.

It’s far from too late for Davis to deliver. He can even make a late push as a 2022 All-Star reserve before Western Conference coaches vote. In a relatively down year for West frontcourt players, there’s an opening for at least one spot after LeBron, Nikola Jokic, Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Davis can show his value by helping the Lakers win. They basically broke even when LeBron James and Davis shared the court – minutes Los Angeles should win handily. Overall, the Lakers are just 13-14 with Davis in the lineup. That all must change.

Maybe quickly for Frank Vogel to keep his job. Lakers owner Jeanie Buss said there’d be no judgment on the coach until the team is fully healthy. Kendrick Nunn remains sidelined. But considering Los Angeles was reportedly on the verge of firing Vogel during Davis’ absence, Davis returning might be more than sufficient to quell any internal doubts about dropping Vogel if the Lakers’ skid persists.

Los Angeles is gaining a star, losing an excuse.