HoopsHype Anthony Davis rumors

December 2, 2013 Updates

The play seemed so routine, so mundane at the time, that Anthony Davis couldn’t recall many of its specifics two hours later. What Davis did know is that on a New Orleans first-quarter possession Sunday, he tried to catch an alley oop pass and banged his left hand on the rim. As he sat in a somber Madison Square Garden postgame locker room, he also knew that he had sustained a non-displaced fracture in the hand. As the Pelicans traveled to Chicago for Monday’s game against the Bulls, Davis’ timetable for the injury was still to be determined. “I was going up for a lob, got fouled and hit my hand on the rim,” said Davis, who continued to play several possessions before permanently exiting the 103-99 win over the Knicks. Davis couldn’t remember which New York player made contact with him from behind, but it was Amar’e Stoudemire, whistled for a defensive foul. Davis’ status will be updated in the coming days. A few minutes after the final buzzer Sunday, the 6-foot-10 power forward was hopeful that the injury would not cause a lengthy absence. He missed 18 games during his 2012-13 rookie season, due to a combination of separate injuries. NBA.com

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The New Orleans Pelicans have exercised third-year options on the contracts of 2012 first-round draft picks Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers. Davis, the first overall pick in the 2012 draft, averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals and was named an NBA All-Rookie First Team member last season. USA Today Sports

September 27, 2013 Updates

Despite making an immediate impact as a rookie last season, New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis still lacked the necessary strength to battle efficiently against bigger post players. At 6 feet 10, 220 pounds, he often couldn’t deny players from easily backing into him to get their desired shots near the basket. But given clearance to eat just about anything he wanted, Davis spent most of the offseason working to bulk up. With training camp set to open Tuesday, Davis hopes a stronger upper body and a few extra pounds will make a difference. ``I have gained at least 10 to 12 pounds, and I want to gain at least five more,’’ said Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012.``That’s the ideal goal for me right now. I’ve been staying on top of it, eating more and gaining weight. "I’m eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everything helps and it is showing.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

September 17, 2013 Updates

Now, the Pelicans are suddenly relevant, with one of the more interesting lineups in the NBA. Holiday and Evans will start alongside Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson. While that looks like a NBA 2K14 fantasy team, it’s the actual lineup that Pelicans head coach Monty Williams will roll out every night, barring an injury or change. Off the bench, New Orleans will have Brian Roberts, Al-Farouq Aminu, Austin Rivers, Anthony Morrow, Jason Smith, Greg Stiemsma and Jeff Withey among others. New Orleans won just 27 games and finished with the second-worst record in the Western Conference last season. Now, after the busy offseason, expectations are obviously much higher in the Big Easy. A win will no longer be viewed as a pleasant surprise amid the team’s rebuild – it’ll be expected. In fact, just about everyone in the organization is talking about making the colossal jump into the West’s playoff picture as early as next season. “Our expectations are always high,” Davis said. “We definitely want to make the playoffs, and beyond. … We’re not sure how it’ll all fit; we’ll have to wait until we get into training camp and get to play with each other. Coach is still working it out, but whatever it is, I know that they’re going to help us make a push for the playoffs.” HoopsWorld

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Wall, who recently celebrated his 23rd birthday in New York, looked like he will be ready to go full bore during training camp as he lead his Blue team to a 111-95 victory in a game that also featured NBA players Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Brandon Knight, Patrick Patterson and Terrence Jones. DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe, Wall’s good friends and former teammates for one year at Kentucky, were assistant coaches and helped get the most out of him — with a little reverse psychology. “E. Bled told me I wasn’t going to get 40, so I went to go get 40,” Wall proclaimed to reporters after the game. Washington Post

September 10, 2013 Updates

``We’ve got guys that can score and get up and down the floor,'' Stiemsma said. ``Obviously Anthony (Davis) can block shots. That's what it means to be a physical presence inside, not let the (opponent) get anything easy. I kind of take it personally to own the paint. I’m definitely looking for big things this year for myself personally. It’s a great opportunity to be part of a young team that’s building and trying to turn around a franchise. I think we have the right pieces to do that and hopefully I can fit in with that pretty well.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

September 4, 2013 Updates

“I’ve gained at least 10 or 12 pounds,” Anthony Davis said, not far from the lunch line where he and his teammates will often select meals this season. “I want to gain at least five more before training camp starts. That’s the ideal goal for me and Carlos. I’ve just been (working) with Carlos a lot. They have me lifting weights. I’ve been staying on top of it, eating more, making sure I’m eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everything helps. It’s showing.” NBA.com

“I’ve been working on everything,” Davis said. “My shot, in the post, one-dribble pull-ups. You never know when you might need something. All of the greats are (working on their games right now). People might not see them working, but they’re out there working. I want to be great in this league one day, so I’m trying to do the same thing they’re doing.” NBA.com

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The White Team, led by Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, defeated the Blue Team 128-106 in the USA Basketball Showcase at Thomas & Mack Center. The was little doubt who the best player on the court was – Kyrie Irving . The sensational guard erupted for 16 of his game-high 23 points in the first half. He was an efficient six-of-eight from the field and also had a game-high seven assists. New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis showed off his new, improved jump-shot to the tune of 22 points to go along with seven rebounds. However, it wasn't enough for the Blue Team. CSNNW.com

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Anthony Davis is a former No. 1 draft pick and an Olympic gold medalist. Neither fact has the Chicago native resting on his laurels as he participates in USA Basketball's minicamp this week. "I don't think I'm a lock at all (for the 2016 Olympics)," Davis said Tuesday. "I have to earn my spot." Chicago Tribune

“I think he’s more comfortable now,” Monty Williams said of Anthony Davis’ adjustment to the NBA. “Obviously he played well, and everybody loves him. But he also understands that people are going to judge him differently than other players. He wants to be an All-Star. He wants to be one of the best players in the league. He wants to be a night-in and night-out guy that you can count on. So he’s put the work in. He’s also more vocal, and he’s stepping out there to show our team that he’s not going to sidestep being a leader. I’ve pushed him to do stuff in his second year that he hasn’t been asked to do. And I think that’s good for him, because he’s a special player.” NBA.com

“He’s quiet around you guys (media members),” Williams said of Davis’ personality. “AD’s not going to host a talk show, but he’s a smart kid. That’s how you have to be when you’re in his position. Nowadays you can’t say anything to anybody, because if you say the wrong thing it might be taken out of context and (turn into a controversy). So he’s pretty careful with his words – and you have to be.” NBA.com

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