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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 10:40 am  |  28 responses

Anthony Davis Knows That Without Superstars Hornets Will Struggle


Unlike Eric Gordon and his grandiose ideas about making the Playoffs, rookie Anthony Davis is taking a much more cautious approach to this season. He realizes thatby not having any superstars, the New Orleans Hornets could be in for a rough year. From the Times-Picayune: “Davis spent the summer as part of the U.S. Men’s Olympic basketball team that won the gold medal in the London Games. Davis became the youngest basketball gold medal winner in U.S. history. Despite that valuable experience, Davis said Tuesday he’ll benefit greatly from the nearly one month of training camp leading up to the Hornets’ regular-season opener Oct. 31 at home against the San Antonio Spurs. [...] It was a bit of a jolt, Davis admitted, from going to an Olympic Team roster that featured league MVPs past and present, as well as All-Stars at every position to a rebuilt roster devoid of recognizable headliners. ‘In the Olympics,’ Davis said, ‘you have the best of the best. Here – and I didn’t know this – we don’t have one player who’s played in the All-Star game. It’s going to be tough for us. Most teams have that superstar or that All-Star. We really don’t have that here. We’re going to have to work harder than everyone else.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Well, Eric Gordon pretty much signed superstar money. And as a number 1 pick, there’s at least SOME expectations for you to become one…

  • Seth

    And in the West, they’re gonna have to work even harder. I don’t see them even coming close to sneaking into the playoffs, but they’ll be fun to watch. Austin Rivers at point guard will be interesting.

  • Redd

    I may not like him but that’s a good mind frame and it’ll get him far.

  • MD

    Rookie is acting like he’s a veteran who used to play with more talent in the “good old days” when he was with another team. This kid is arrogant. He should be working his a$$ of to make himself and his team better. I hope they haze him so bad.

  • danpowers

    sorry but how can you not like the monobrow?

  • spit hot fiyah

    become one

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    im unsure about him too

  • LakeShow

    What are they gunna do? Trim the brow?…

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Regardless is they have a superstar or not this team has some pretty good talent. I don’t have them making the playoffs but they should be pretty competitive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Vasquez is gonna be the point guard and Rivers will come off the bench…maybe they will share the role though a the season goes on

  • Seth

    What I’ve been reading, especially when the summer league was going on, is that Rivers will man the point. I know it doesn’t make sense since Vasquez would be the better option… I can’t find any sources that confirm it’s Vasquez’ job to lose.

  • nick

    He just realized this…..

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Austin will be the PG. No way in the world he comes off the bench.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    He said nothing out of place. He will probably be a superstar but he knows that in order to win in the NBA now, you need a superstar or at least a borderline superstar. They don’t have one. Gordon is a good/almost great scorer but he has yet to reach his potential. They have a nice young core. They’re building for the future. Great young coach too in Monty Williams. Most young great players don’t step foot on the floor with the best players in the game until their 2nd or 3rd season when they get into the All-Star Game. He went straight from playing on the best team in college to playing with the best players in the world. He’s come back down to Earth now playing with that Hornets roster. Nothing wrong with what he said.

  • danpowers

    what got you guys doubting him? maybe coz he could be suffering from thelaettner-role curse for playing his role in team-usa?

  • GC6

    I think harrison barnes will have the best career and will be the first superstar then anthony davis

  • Dingo

    I’m hopeful this guy is more like Duncan than Dwight but I already get the feeling he will not be a career player at the Hornets

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    cause he doesn’t seem to score well other then dunking & ally oops

  • danpowers

    his offensive game is very raw, and some fans will be disappointed if they think he would come flying out of the gates putting up 20-10. but this is into what he will develop in a couple of years or maybe in his second season already. i cant imagine that he will be a bust. a double double to go with about two blocks a game should be a quite realistic prediction. that would be more than most other teams have as an inside presence.

  • roscoe

    Are you talking about LAC besides cp3?

  • roscoe

    Don’t be so fast to judge the Hornets now… a new owner who owns the saints as well may turn the hornets franchise around. imo super bowl winning nfl owners traditionally know how to run a sports franchise, not withstanding the late al davis. It could turn out the hornets become a formidable nba team in the next decade and you can hold me to that.

  • roscoe

    he actually signed w/ PHX and NOLA matched.

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    exactly. davis should focus on playing than talking.

  • TRUTH

    AD is not acting like a veteran. he is just telling it like it is. he’s acknowledging that no one (himself included) has played on the all-star team and that without a “superstar” it will be harder for them to get to the playoffs. he’s right. but I do see him and/or a healthy eric gordon could be the first to be all-stars on their team. he knows it’s going to be a lot of work. he even said that he has to put on more weight and get stronger to handle himself in the paint.
    stop nickpicking with his guy’s words. don’t hate on him for having a winning spirit and realistic perspective.

  • TRUTH

    TRUTH!!!!!!

  • TRUTH

    that’s like saying all ray allen can do is shoot threes or all blake griffin can do is dunk. the things that he does (block shots, snatch rebounds, get putbacks, catch alleys) he’s gone do it well. it’s not like he’s a one-dimensional player. he can do a multitude of things.

  • revmike

    Rivers is greatly overrated!!!

  • Dingo

    Yeh you’re right I should give it a chance at least, I will but history tends to repeat, I guess he reminds me of Alonzo this probably influences my thoughts. I hope you’re right but its hard to imagine, let’s see.

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