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Anthony Davis: LA Lakers will be ready despite shorter off-season

Anthony Davis vows the NBA champions Los Angeles Lakers will be ready for the grind of another campaign despite a shortened off-season.

After finishing off Miami Heat in the NBA Finals on Oct 11 following a Covid-19 pandemic-extended season, the Lakers face the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday morning (Singapore time) to launch the pre-season, with their off-season cut short by about six weeks.

"It's hard in a quick turnaround to play at a high level to compete for a title again, but we have the players and staff to do so," Davis said in a virtual news conference.

The power forward, 27, had signed a five-year deal worth US$190 million (S$254m) to remain with the Lakers, who also extended superstar LeBron James' contract by two years. - AFP

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