Lakers forward Anthony Davis exits after injuring lower back on hard fall

Anthony Davis may not be leaving Los Angeles anytime soon, but he caused rumbles Tuesday by declining a max contract extension from the Lakers — a formality more than anything else.

Later that night, LeBron James and the rest of his teammates caught a glimpse of what life would look like without AD.

In the third quarter of a 117-87 Lakers victory over the New York Knicks, Davis fell directly on his lower back following an attempt to block a layup from Julius Randle. The 26-year-old remained on the ground and was surrounded by teammates and limped off the court with help. He did not return.

According to the Lakers, Davis suffered a bruised gluteus maximum and is questionable Friday’s game in Dallas. He is traveling with the team on their two-game road trip.

Rich Paul, Davis’ agent, told reporters during the game that his client was feeling sore but X-Rays were negative.

Davis’ MRI came back clean as well, a person with direct knowledge of the MRI told USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt. The person requested anonymity because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly on the situation.

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“His mood was great, as great as it can be with the fall that he took,” James said of Davis after the game. “I asked him if I could do anything for him. He said, ‘You got a win for me.’ That’s what our team is all about.”.

Contributing: Mark Medina, Jeff Zillgitt.

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