A Day With Ed Davis

Go behind the scenes of Opening Night with first-year Laker Ed Davis
October 28th, 2014

Ed Davis gets into his car

4:30 PM

30 DAY WAIT | Ed Davis strolls out of his West L.A. high-rise headed to his fifth NBA Opening Night. It's been a full month since Media Day, and tonight Davis will pull on the gold armor in a game that counts for the first time.

Ed Davis driving

5:05 PM

ON THE ROAD | After a quick stop to gas up, the Waze app has the Richmond, Virginia native traversing the neighborhoods of Beverly Hills and Mid-City before hopping on the 10 for the final stretch to STAPLES Center. Door-to-door in under an hour.

Ed Davis sits at his locker

5:39 PM

PREGAME ROUTINE | Every NBA player fills the time between arriving at the arena and tip-off in different ways. For Davis, it usually consists of getting a bite to eat and a stretching regiment to get his body right before running out of the tunnel with the team.

Ed Davis warming up

7:36 PM

TAKING THE FLOOR | Playing on the big stage is something the the 6-foot-10 forward relishes. After settling into the middle of the pack during the team huddle, he hits the court to get his pregame shots up under the brightest lights in basketball.

Ed Davis

9:03 PM

MIDWAY | Walking to the halftime locker room with frontcourt mate Julius Randle after each played an identical 6:51 through two quarters. The fifth-year man’s rejection of Patrick Beverley near the end of the first would later be deemed the "Block of the Night" in the NBA.

Ed Davis

9:40 PM

FINAL STANZA | Davis would go on to score five points and grab three rebounds in the fourth quarter to finish with a solid 11 points, six rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 21:35 minutes played in his Lakers debut.

Ed Davis

10:25 PM

FALLEN BROTHER | From his seat on the far bench, Davis hoped it was just a rolled ankle when he saw Randle holding his leg under the south basket. As he and his teammates approached, it became obvious that it was much worse. "It’s tough to see one of your brothers go down," Davis said, "especially like that, with a tough injury in his first game.”

Ed Davis

11:12 PM

HUGS FOR MOM | Randle’s injury would leave a somber tone hanging over STAPLES Center and the Lakers locker room, as everyone’s heart went out to the rookie who suffered a fractured tibia, but time with friends and family provided a welcome respite.

Ed Davis

11:25 PM

CATACOMBS | The walk through the event level tunnels isn’t a long one, but it gives you plenty of time to check your phone and catch up on all the missed texts and phone calls from the previous six hours.

Ed Davis

11:31 PM

LOADING DOCK | As the clock nears midnight, Davis arrives at his car, but with the season’s first of 16 back-to-backs coming immediately, the night is long from over. He’ll drive straight to LAX to catch the team’s charter flight, ending his evening in a Phoenix hotel room just past 2 a.m.

Photos by Ty Nowell & J Alexander Diaz/Lakers Digital


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