Monday, June 4th, 2012 at 4:50 pm  |  20 responses

Jerry Colangelo: Anthony Davis a ‘Long Shot’ to Make the Olympic Team

Anthony Davis may very well be the shiny new thing in the NBA that everyone’s pumped up about, but that doesn’t mean it will translate into him taking part in the Olympic Games this summer. According to USA Basketball honcho Jerry Colangelo, that is. Reports the Lexington Herald Leader: “Jerry Colangelo, the man who leads this country’s effort in international basketball, says Anthony Davis is a ‘long shot’ to make the United States’ Olympic team this summer. ‘Because of inexperience and etc., etc,’ he said. Yet, Davis, who turned 19 in March, might be a long shot that pays off, the USA Basketball chairman added. ‘He’s not a guard competing for a guard position where we’re reasonably deep,’ Colangelo said in appraising Davis’ chances to making the U.S. team. Colangelo, who used the word ‘intriguing’ to describe Davis’ combination of height, length and perimeter skills, said Kentucky’s Player of the Year last season as a freshman has another quality that improves the odds of making the Olympic team. This attribute appeared — and not for the first time — in the national championship game when Davis led UK to victory despite making only one basket. ‘We don’t have any shortage of scorers,’ Colangelo said. ‘Anthony has a chance to make his mark sooner rather than later just by rebounding, defending, getting up and down the court, being a team player. He doesn’t have to score.’ Chances are Davis will not make the U.S. team. He’ll be a young man competing against grown men. But it’s a no-lose situation for a player that Colangelo likened to Kevin Durant circa 2007. Durant, like Davis this year, was coming off a stellar college freshman season. Before Durant decided to leave Texas for the NBA, Colangelo spoke to him about trying out for a U.S. team. ‘Just to invite him to our camp,’ Colangelo said. ‘To expose him to USA Basketball. To get him around some of our players, which I thought would be a good experience for him as a player.’”

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  • toinefan88

    If they wanna win they should pick him up. Fresh energy, rebounding, and a guy who will actually apreciate the experience. Plus the US does well historically when they pick up one college guy.

  • http://slamonline.com TBRK

    Marc Gasol meet Anthony Davis…no more Anthony Davis. Dude is a stick, he needs to hit the weights and prepare himself for the league this summer.

  • cbb_fanatic

    They know they’re going to need his defensive skills, so why not pick him up. Plus that experience is going to be just what he needs to get the Hornets off and rolling. I just hope Monty Williams is smart enough to pick up a good SG (if that’s what he’s looking for) that can play WITH Davis. If he gets Damian Lillard, you get a high scorer, exceptional rebounder, and passer to go along with Davis’ athleticism and defensive skills. All AD needs (like any other player) is some good teammates around him, which he can get playing with the Olympic team.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    TBRK, Like Durant had to hit the weights”
    Like Kevin Garnett had to hit the weights.
    Like everyone has to hit the weights…
    He’ll be aiight.

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

    picking up a shooting should be easy, just match any offer sheet gordon signs

  • Kraw

    @ Lake You leaving out some dudes on the NBA All-Skinny team: Aaron Brooks, Corey Brewer, Tayshaun, Kevin Durant, Keon Clark (Remember him on the Raptors – loved that dude!) Honorable mention Manute Bol, John Henson,…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Shawn Bradley scoffs at your “working out more” proposal.

  • http://slamonline.com TBRK

    I mean if Team USA decides to play zone, then I’m all for it, certainly where he could shine against grown men…otherwise he’s kind’ve a liability. Not strong enough for man-to-man play with Euro bigs for instance, and not skilled enough offensively to keep on the court anywhere but the front court at this very moment- and USA needs to keep as many scorers on the floor as possible for gold.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Anthony Davis is starting his career as a 4. And he actually can shoot out to about 18 feet. But he isn’t good enough to play on the Olympic team. Regardless.

  • JL

    don’t forget Jonathan Bender. Gotta be one of the skinniest guys ever. Austin Daye? Had to wear a t-shirt to make fighting weight.

  • toinefan88

    He’s mad long, skies mad high for rebounds, and gobbles up any rebounds w/in his expansive reach. he aint gona hurt the team. and w/ these cats whining about not getting paid, i would like to see an amatuer get a shot, and who else but him?

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

    And Kraw @ 5.25pm was me. Fix it SLAM!

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Let’s hope Anthony Davis doesn’t end up like Keon “never sober in a game” Clark.

  • ab40

    he’ll get killed on the olympics. 2014 WC maybe but not this year.

  • http://slamonline.com TBRK

    ^^ precisely, let the boy mature first. Work on his game, prepare for his career first.

  • GanjahLuv

    Caboose, such a hater. Davis would eat Keons Breafast,Lunch,Supper,Dinner,Midnight snack. Whatever the eff he wanted. Get real….

  • toinefan88

    Let’s be realistic, the kid is a surefire #1 draft pick. He’s not going to run into too much trouble against other countries offering bigs who may or not be good enough to play in the league. Nobody is going to “kill” him any worse than they would kill Amare or Bosh. He’s actually a better shotblocker than both of them already.

  • bmorezbest

    have yall forgot that bigs overseas dont run to the paint on offense they run to three point line so bangin in the paint really aint an issue thats why dwight howard struggles in the olympics

  • don the GSW fan

    banging in the 3point line for the bigs… until GREECE comes around. everyone on that team seems to be from SPARTA-sumthing.

  • Morgan

    I don’t know why so many people are on Davis’s nuts, like he’s going to be good. I really don’t think he is going to be any better than a Chris Bosh. The guy lacks experience and toughness.