Anthony Davis: “For the next four years I’m going to be a Pelican. I love it here. I love playing for the organization. I don’t intend on going anywhere. I want to be here. I never was one of those guys who — I was always one of those guys who wanted to stay with their franchise, and you know, [win] championships, just like Tim Duncan did. I looked up to Tim, I still look up to Tim, but the way he did it through his entire career definitely set a great example for me, so I want to be the same way.”
December 14, 2017 | 3:59 pm EST Update
Nearly eight days have passed since Kerr spoke those words. Kerr has not had an update on if things have changed. That is because Klay Thompson has spoken very little since then. Following Thursday’s morning shootaround, Thompson maintained has been “not much different at all” even without having his backcourt mate (Stephen Curry) to split the 3-point heaves. “I put the hard work in and guys will follow,” Thompson said. “I’m not a vocal guy. But if I do that by example, people will respect that a lot. I just go out there and play my game like I do every game. I try to be myself and help the team win and just have fun. Nothing should change, regardless of who’s out there. You have to be yourself and do what got you to this point.”
Klay Thompson makes a lot of shots. Thompson willingly defends the opposing team’s backcourt players that often are the roster’s best scorers. And even if Thompson fills the highlight reels with his prolific outside shooting, Thompson prefers to have those sequences speak for itself. “He hardly says anything, but he’s there every night. Defensively and offensively, he competes,” Steve Kerr said. “He’s out there and he’s healthy. It’s an incredible trait to have when your teammates can count on you every single day. In practice, he’s a constant presence. That, in itself, is a form of leadership.”
December 14, 2017 | 3:37 pm EST Update
Paul George was expecting the worst but holding out hope for something better. If Indiana Pacers fans booed him, he got it. He didn’t represent them anymore. He’d broken up with them, leaving them to mourn what they had and what would never come to be. But George thought there would be some recognition of what they had — of how he became a star in that uniform, how he fought to salvage his career following a horrific injury with their support and encouragement. Instead, he had to grapple with the confusing emotions of being jeered every time he touched the ball by the same people who cheered him only eight months ago, many of whom were expressing their displeasure while wearing his Pacers jersey.
“It was tough. I was ultimately part of hanging banners that will forever be in this arena, of winning our division and being a part of some really good Pacers teams,” Paul George told Yahoo Sports, walking down the halls of the building he once figuratively owned. “It sucks that they forget about that and want to relish on a couple of months instead of what I’ve done for years here. It’s fine. I thought I handled it as well as I could. But I’ve moved on and I’m ready for the next part of my career.”