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Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 1:15 pm  |  49 responses

Anthony Davis Has New, Increased Confidence Following Olympics


Although he didn’t play extensive minutes (averaging 4.3 points in seven games), New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis had an invaluable experience at the London Olympics. He practiced with, competed against and was mentored by the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and the rest of the NBA’s elite. According to Davis himself, participating in the Olympics has transformed his mentality, making him a more focused, prepared, and confident player. Via NOLA.com: “‘Those guys on the Olympic team treated me like I belonged and it boosted my confidence. When I got in games, I felt more confidence. They talked to me and told me what to do, so it definitely was great,’ Davis said. Kobe Bryant gave him pointers on how to deal with the upcoming 82-game season and James embraced him, sharing his perspective on the game. ‘A lot of them shared their perspective on the game and the whole team took me under their wings and showed me the ropes,’ Davis said. Like with most rookies, however, the veterans put Davis through some hazing that including getting Gatorade and loading their bags on the bus. Taking it all in fun, Davis said he didn’t mind, even after he was on the receiving end of some ribbing when he couldn’t enter the game in the first half against Nigeria because he forgot to put on his jersey after pre-game warm-ups. The soft-spoken Davis said he’s not soaked in the magnitude of winning a gold medal yet, but admits the recognition he garnered has been tremendous. ‘It definitely has been different,’ the 6-foot-10 forward said. ‘But I’m going to be very focused in training camp and be ready to play hard.’”

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  • Bt

    why? His biggest contribution was going for a cheap layup against Aus in the last decide instead of running out the clock … And getting blocked

  • cbb_fanatic

    I was so happy that Davis got to play in the Olympics and have that experience (he even played some games better than the vets). Despite the routine rookie hazing, you can tell everyone on the team respected him because of what he accomplished thus far and what he will become. I’m excited to see how this newfound confidence translates into his game with Ryan Anderson. I think these two guys are going to be an interesting duo. He’s probably the only reason why I will watch the Hornets games this season.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jail Blazer

    The olympics takes players to the next level. Look at the players from the 08 team and what they have accomplished since.

  • bike

    I would think so. Just being in the same locker room with the likes of LeBron and Durant would give anyone an ego boost.

  • AiRsMiTh

    Considering purchasing League Pass this season. Anthony Davis… ROY?

  • Frostbyte

    @Bt

    Bitter much?….he explained why if you read the article instead of just browsing the headline…

  • pposse

    so davis is not a center?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    If Boris Diaw is a center, if Chuck Hayes is a Center, If Dejuan Blair is a center, if you get my drift, Davis is gunna play allot of center in his career i’m sure. Unless the L goes BIG over the next decade.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I would bet money that Davis is a Center by the time he retires. Garnett is basically a center now. And the league is only getting smaller and more athletic. THere is not a more similar player in the league to Davis than Garnett. I think the writing is on the wall.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Happy for him. Much better for him to play with the best players in the league rather than in the summer league against other rookies and guys trying to make a roster. He didn’t look nervous at all when he played. The amount of knowledge he picked up listening to Kobe, LeBron and those guys will definitely help him. Looking forward to seeing what he and Austin Rivers do this upcoming season.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    He should play center. I’m tired of 6’10 and above players not wanting to play center. He plays big, the league is getting smaller… f*cking be a center already.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Davis has the height for center, but not the frame. He reminds the Shock Exchange of Donyell Marshall moreso than KG … Despite the ego boost from the Olympics, dude’s not ready to take that pounding down low.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    sure if you don’t remember Donyell Marshall. Who came into the league as a small forward (started next to Christian Laettner and Sean Rooks to be factual and make your point immediately irrelevant without a discussion). And shot 4 threes a game his rookie year. The Shock Exchange doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

  • LA Huey

    At least haters are taking shots at the kid for basketball reasons (although invalid). Dude might not ever develop an elite offensive skill but I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t become an All-Star based on defensive ability. I’m projecting Tyson Chandler with great passing ability, at least.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    “The Shock Exchange doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” There’s nobody on this site who would take that bet. A better response would have been, “As usual, the Shock Exchange sees something I don’t.”

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    LOL, nbk. Thanks for taking care of that loose end.
    .
    Now Horry Jr. makes allot more sense since you think AD is the next Donyell Marshall. Your entertaining, i’ll give you that Shock.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Shock, the problem is you see so many things other people don’t that it’s assumed your nuts.
    Either your nuts or every one else is a dunce.
    I know what you think the case is, but numbers aren’t on your side.
    Maybe you have a 6th basketball sense or something… Or not…

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    ^^ There goes my name again …

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    You know who else sees things i don’t? paranoid schizophrenics

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    Oh, Shock, those are crazy people.

  • TRUTH

    i don’t know if AD will be a pf or a center, but whatever he does he will be good. it’s really up to the coaching staff to observe his talent (which even the most dedicated hater has to acknowledge) and assess how he can help the team and be the most effective player he can be regardless of the position he plays. with the likes of ryan anderson and eric gordon around him, he’ll be fine. all those credentials he racked up, and people still want to hate! besides, the same people saying he’s going to get ate up in the paint would’ve said the same thing about KD and KG years ago. Just because they got a slim build don’t mean they aren’t tough. he has proven he is every bit as good as people say he is…no unfound hype on his part.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    He’d be better off at power forward maybe he can play center as his career goes by but as for now put him at the 4 and keep it moving

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    A another crazy person once said “That’s why they play the games.” Now 3 months later when you all bite off the Shock Exchange, please site the source.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    I see Shock Exchange got that third person swag going on

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I’m leaning towards a more athletic Camby with better offensive skills.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    LakeShow see’s it also Kevin.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    ^^ My dander is rising …

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    i wish i lived in a fantasy land like this idiot. what a wonderful life delusion must be.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    I’m Sargeant Schultz out here Hoss

  • Magic Fan

    Shock needs a woman for real

  • DrStrangelove

    The Shock Exchange is extremely annoying and full of himself. Since he won’t employ the first person, though, that allows anyone to say “I am the Shock Exchange, that other guy hasn’t got balls enough to be an I”

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Rising dander is a big issue in today’s climate, but one company is holding it down for ya Shock. Head and shoulders shampoo works wonders.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lmao

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Funny. The Shock Exchange caught you saying “Horry Jr” and speaking in 3rd person Lake Show – a de facto co-sign for the Shock Exchange.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    he was mocking you stupid.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    So we both have a co-signer Lake Show. You co-sign the Shock Exchange and when someone addresses you, another person responds on your behalf.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    By golly you are uninteresting.

  • http://www.xvideos.com nbk troll

    @ shock….The troll likes your swag…….
    AD is good but damian lillard is the ROY

  • LA Huey

    Shock Exchange > Seed

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Yeah Lillard is probably the favorite for ROY… It’s between Lillard, Lamb and Davis imo.

  • Beaver

    AD the next Dwight……I mean Dwight didn’t look the same 8 years ago, dude has put on some pounds, just like AD will…..

  • Tempest

    Davis did nothing but catch alleys those olympic games

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Lakeshow is officially too hilarious not to be on twitter. I’ll make the account bro… All you gotta do is tweet from it. Also shock none of us really want to know what’s happening with your dancer, but thanks for sharing tho.

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Cosign LA Huey tho. And yeah I think Lillard get’s it. Athletic, ace shooter, decent passer, most likely a solid defender. Davis will most likely struggle more than liliard will.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Zucotti Manicotti

    Yall fukkers have got to stop calling him AD right tha fukk now!!! Initials as a nickname is the stupidest thing ever. No! No! Bad fans! Bad basketball fans!

  • cbb_fanatic

    @Tempest-That’s like saying all Blake Griffin does is dunk, or all Ray Allen does is shoot threes. Every player has his own specialty, so if that just happened to be his and it translates to buckets for his team…I don’t see the problem.

  • cbb_fanatic

    @Datkid-Davis will not struggle. He might take a little time to get his feet wet (like ALL rookies), but once he gets into rotation, learn what the coach wants, work with the other coaches on how best to work in the paint, he will grasp it and domninate it. A lot of people didn’t think he would play well in the Olympics, but he had some good games. Everytime someone says what this guy can’t do, he ends up proving them wrong. BTW-ROY…to early to call. There’s too many options: Davis, Lillard, Lambs (Jeremy and Doron), MKG…

  • http://www.nba.com Dacre

    I’m just going to put this out there. . . . Gilbert Arenas is Shock Exchange.

  • peak507

    real talk he can play center. the fact that he’s so agile is gonna work in his favor on the o

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