Thursday, May 31st, 2012 at 4:10 pm  |  72 responses

Anthony Davis Wants to ‘Shut Kobe Down’

Anthony Davis, more than likely this year’s top NBA draft pick, doesn’t lack in self-confidence. To say the least. The soon-to-be New Orleans Hornets big man claims (granted, in somewhat of a joking manner) that he’s looking forward to guarding Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant next season. From the Dan Patrick Show (via the LA Times): “[Kobe]’s a monster. So I just want to go out there and play my hardest,’ Davis said. ‘There’s a lot of guys that can’t stop Kobe. So if I stop him I could be one of the guys that say, ‘I shut Kobe down’. [...] ‘Be careful what you ask for Anthony,’ Patrick told the former Kentucky standout. ‘He listens to the show and he has a great memory.’ Retorted Anthony: ‘Tell him, I’ll be waiting.’”

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  • NastyTyler

    Maybe somebody should remind him what Kobe did to a young Dwight.

  • jay cutler

    ^ Maybe somebody should remind you that that Kobe is not coming back as the years go on.

  • Dungeon Family

    I should remind ya’ll that Jay Cutler is really a Kobe Fan just look at how he can’t help but click on every Kobe story and leave a comment

  • Well DAMN

    Excuse me?

  • McWill

    I think Kobe booked another flight to Germany after hearing that lmao…

  • I’mTheKobeStopper

    kobe will do to Davis, what he was accused of doing in Denver a while back.


    Kobe fan or not, was he wrong?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    This kid is a punk to me now. Haven’t scored a single point but already saying what you’re going to do.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY05

    Is there anyway the NBA can stage the draft and not draft this dummy just so he can realize he’s not guaranteed anything? You talking about stopping Kobe and you’re not even in the league yet dude… Talk about stopping Terrence Jones first or something!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    I like this kid already. but what about Lebron or Durant? is he gonna shut them down too?

  • http://www.google.be/imgres?q=NO!+meme&um=1&hl=nl&sa=N&rlz=1C1AFAB_enBE454BE454&biw=1600&bih=763&tbm=isch&tbnid=L3l0ZW3D5dDSDM:&imgrefurl=http://forthesakeofscience Max

    I like it

  • https://twitter.com/#!/D12FSU D12FSU

    whats not to like?

  • Zack

    Kobe will wax his brow. And I don’t even like Kobe.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    give the guy a break, he is on a talk show, what is he supposed to say. i’m ready for kobe to drop 82 on my team?

  • Kobe

    That was a bad idea kid

  • MrAir239

    Too much pride equals Kobe embarrassing Davis by dunking on him, nuts included. Remember Dwight Howard?

  • MrAir239

    I’m not even a Kobe Fan btw.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    No you could just say I like Kobe’s game and am excited to go against guys like him.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Double J

    what gives these commenters the audacity to talk smack about a guy who is excited to play against the best? He has the opportunity, let him shine.

  • Jake

    This is going to be entertaining. Kobe didn’t show any signs of slowing down this year.

  • kobesBESTfriend

    too late ant…mike brown has already shut kobe down with his stagnent offense

  • lakernation

    They said he jokingly said that…. He was just being humorous. You guys bashing the young stud like he’s LBJ, Wade and Bosh. He didnt say he will be winning a championship in the next couple of years. COME ON, SON!

  • Jerome

    He isn’t saying he will stop the Colorado Kid. What he did say is he is man enough to make the effort. Not gonna work out for him until 2014 imo.

  • bike

    All he said was “IF I stop him…one of the guys…shut him down’. It’s not like he called Kobe out….jeeze give the kid a friggin break.

  • bdogg

    be careful what you wish for! first off a lakers-hornets game will not be a national tv game..maybe nbatv but i look forward to the mamba posterizing him! that said, the brow is going to have a fun USA hoops training camp…good job buddy! the mamba is going to eat you a live..he better hope he is on kobe’s team!

  • cbb_fanatic

    LOL. I knew haters were going to take his comments out of context and make it more than what is was. He was joking and he thoroughly explained his position on WANTING to block some of Kobe’s shots. He didn’t imply that he is already on Kobe’s level or anything of the sort. This comment is no different than Austin Rivers’ comments about Lebron James. People read too much into it and making a big deal out of a small comment taking out of it’s comical context is a good way to get people to pay attention to your story.

  • Lloyd

    Even if he meant it as a jab, get off the kid’s back. I like this fiery talk. The NBA is too full of politically correct superstars who won’t talk trash because they want to liked by all. We need more of this by guys who have the potential to back it up.

  • Reggie06

    Hope mr Kobe Bryant scores 55 on you

  • gubbins

    What do you expect him to say? ” while I’m clearly one of the best prospects in years, I hope to get trounced by current superstars “

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Oh oh…the last thing a new player wants to do is upset kobe fanboys.

  • http://www.adultism.com justlenny

    I am a Kobe hater but Davis , you’re a foolish boy

  • B.C.

    This is the dumbest thing any NBA player can say, because there is not any player that can shut down Kobe Bryant.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ^ there is one. His name is Kobe Bryant.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    In other news, Austin Rivers vows to “shut down” Mario Chalmers. Outrage ensues.

  • Bill

    Don’t even JOKE about shutting Kobe the choker down or his groupies will throw hissies!!!

  • davidR

    yall are soft.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com Off The Backboard

    Why is this even a big deal? He’s just kidding around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    ….He’s got balls, I’ll definitely give him that.

  • http://slamonline Brion

    The big unibrow in the bayou!

  • Mark

    lol. Kobe’s still a brilliant player and will be for a few seasons to come, but he’s definitely in his last few years as a great player. If Davis wants to mouth off, maybe he should put a memo out to Lebron, Durant, hell, even Rose and Griffin first. Saying your going to take out a guy who’s 33 isn’t much of a challenge , though Kobe isn’t going to take that lying down. He’ll kill him and teach the young pup some respect I would say!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Get in line Davis, he probably has Kobe posters in his room and pretends to be Kobe in games. I like his mojo, but really he used to be a point guard, but since he has grown over the years, he needs to set his sights on small forwards and power forwards.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    I like this kid, already talking about shutting people down, Kobe Bryant at that. lol

  • Dungeon Family

    JTaylor21 Is a Kobe fan don’t take the little kid’s comment’s serious

  • PnoyVibe

    I hope he shaves his unibrow

  • kobesbiggestfan

    This kid is going to mop the floor with Bryant…

  • robb

    I like players who have that type of confidence, but the guy needs to play against Kobe first to really know what he’s talking about.

  • Trilla

    Who cares whether he said this in a joking manner or not? The kid has confidence and believes he’s the best, which is what you need to be the best. You hate on the confidence and comfortableness in his skin cause none of you have that, you envy it. Being humble is stupid, if you think you’re the best and believe you are the best then shout it out with pride and dont be afraid.

  • http://www.slamonline.com keep it real

    Who remembers ruben Patterson???

  • huami


  • Justin G.

    In a way it doesn’t even matter that he said it jokingly. Kobe is just like MJ in that he looks for little things to get himself motivated to go out and beat on somebody. Joking or not, he just guaranteed 40+ out of Kobe in their first meeting

  • rand33p

    kobe gonna hit em with the footwork… leading to Davis’ shorts around his ankles… KOBE the sGOAT (second greatest……..)

  • Beavis

    I’m gay

  • K.a.

    This kids gonna be great. Yall hatin.

  • BasimTheDream
  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Anthony Davis = Ruben Patterson 2.0? I doubt it.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    nbk for the win.

  • mcruz

    Be careful with Blake Griffin kid!! You can be posterized in your first year!!

  • eZ

    Pls Everybody, listen to the interview first..Slam is just taking his comments out of context. Like they do every so often to get hits i suppose…The conversation went roughly like this:
    Q. So who will you be looking forward to play agains in the nba?
    A. I guess probably my old teammates, i’d be fun to reunite with them. Playing against them in the nba.
    Q. Really ?
    A. Yep..
    Q. Oh come on there are so many guys you will have a chance to compete against, Kobe, lebron, dwight, aren’t you looking forward to play against some of them, come on, give me a name, give me a name, give me a name..
    A. Uhm, well i guess kobe then.
    Q. Why?
    A. Because he’s just so awesome, he’s a beast, he can’t be stopped. It would be fun to try to defend him and see if i could get a stop. Then you could say ‘yeah i shut kobe down’.
    Q. Ok, are you sure you wanna put it like that? Kobe has a long memory and he listens to my show..he might come for ya.
    A. Oh, well, tell him i’ ll be waiting, hahahahahaha!

    So all the haters can go home, and stop saying you ‘dislike’ davis or whatever, ….baseless opinions…..

  • JMM

    Either way, isn’t it kind of redundant to be coming in to the league as a teenager talking about stopping someone in their mid-30s?

  • Bruce

    No one will ever shut Kobe down. Kobe has more power than any Laker coach past or present. He will always get his 25-30 points no matter how many shots good or bad he has to take to score them. On the positive side if you are playing against the Lakers,Kobe will shut down the other four Lakers on the floor with him for you. Ignore his talk about wanting to win more titles,if you watch his game it is obvious his agenda for the remainder of his career is to pass Kareem’s all time scoring record before a teammate goes postal on him.

  • Russell J

    Bill your an idiot and so are you anthony.


    “You were always on my mind/You were always on my mind” – Willie Nelson.

  • http://hotmail.com The WZA

    What is this KID smoking? Watch Kobe give him 82.

  • Tempest

    Anthony Davis will dominate Kobe……… in 10 years time

  • Doug

    Poor kid. He’s gonna pay for that. But yeah, Slam took it out of context to get hits.

  • Kaede Rukawa

    Seriously.? Haha. You Can’t Just Shut Down Kobe Like That. He Will Likely Trashtalk on You. He’s The Black Mamba.

  • Kobester

    Dumb move, kid. Kobe will have at least 40 and a win in their first meeting.

  • Dee

    Gotta love his confidence. The current olympic team has taken Anthony Davis under their collective wing…the kid was saying all the right things and has an incredible upside. He picked the right time to go @ Kobe…mainly b/c Kobe is coming towards the end of his hall of fame career & good defenders are now able to stay in front of Kobe and he clearly cannot dominate like were used to. I wouldn’t expect a dominant defender to say anything less. Now if he went @ Lebron I’d tell him be careful what he asks for.

  • http://www.slamonline.com flea

    “can’t wait to face Shaq in the paint and school Kobe”

  • jomomma

    maybe someone should remind davis that jeff withey from kansas dominated him in the title game
    why wasnt he number 1 overall pick and on team usa
    hes the next mark eaton
    scouts are so black and white

  • jufu

    i don’t see where all the hate is coming from…even if he was being serious, i miss this kind of trash talk from possibly dominant players. everyone’s too busy apologizing and saying ‘all the right things’.

  • http://www.dzynone.com Sam Crawford

    Why are all these players coming at Kobe when he’s old and about to retire? Why don’t the go at Rose or LeBron, etc???