It prompts him to think about how he could be helping his teammates and about all that's gone wrong for him this season: the left-foot fracture that has kept him out of 14 consecutive games (and counting) and the left shoulder dislocation that kept him out of 11 other games.
He's trying to focus on the positive.
"They're looking for me to come back better — you know, a better player," he said Saturday in his first interview since he fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot on Jan. 30.
"So I just try to look at that stuff and just build on that. How can I get there? I have people believing in me. I've just got to get the work done. It was a really unlucky year this year as far as just injuries. I've got to concentrate on getting my body right."
Davis, who has been doing a lot of swimming lately, emerged from the Magic's
This season wasn't supposed to be about walking boots, a fractured bone and a dislocated shoulder.
It was supposed to be the season Davis, a 6-foot-9 power forward, emerged as an everyday starter and as a team leader.
Everything was going so well — for him and his team — until he hurt his shoulder in the final minute of a win on Dec. 19 that improved the team's record to 12-13.
The team has gone 4-30 after that night.
One of those losses occurred on Jan. 30 against the
Several minutes into the game, as the Magic were transitioning into their offense, Davis and Knicks guard
"I was running, and the next thing you know, my foot was, like, to the side for some reason," Davis recalled. "I probably stepped on somebody's foot and broke my bone."
It seems unlikely that Davis will play again this season, although team officials haven't ruled it out.
In the meantime, Davis hopes some good will come from the team's on-court recent struggles.
"When I look at the game, I want to see bumps and bruises," he said.
"I want to see guys who are going through the grit of the
There's a possibility he'll play against the
"I feel a lot better," Nelson said. "I'm good. I'm not sure if I'm playing [Sunday], but I guess I've got to see how I react in the morning."