HoopsHype Anthony Davis rumors

November 13, 2014 Updates

I'll echo the thoughts of renowned NBA bettor Haralabos Voulgaris about Anthony Davis. The SportVU cameras tell us that Davis averages 5.2 close touches per game, which ranks 25th in the NBA. How is that not higher? I mean, Tim Duncan averages twice as many in fewer minutes. It always seems New Orleans' ball handlers look for Davis only as a bailout option when they foolishly leave their feet with nowhere to go and frantically chuck it in his general direction. Davis deserves better. ESPN.com

November 12, 2014 Updates
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He had 27 points and 14 rebounds against the Cavaliers, and you nearly didn’t notice him at all. Two days earlier, in San Antonio, Davis had hit a layup to beat the Spurs and cap a 27-point, 11-rebound performance against the defending NBA champions. Then, he came into the event that is LeBron James, and he was remorselessly efficient in his play. His head remained so level, you could bowl on it. “I just try to stay within the system, within the game,” he said. “I just got to be confident in myself. Patience is a huge part. I don’t chase shots or anything like that. I just let the game come to me, and it’s a lot easier to play that way.” Grantland

This year, healthy at last, he has hit the regular season with a roar, leading the league in blocks and rebounds per game, and catching the attention of everyone around the NBA, including James, who made a point of complimenting Davis’s improvement fulsomely before the game. “I don’t read that stuff,” Davis said. “I just want to win games, go to the playoffs, win championships, you know? That’s what he’s done, and I’ve yet to do that, so that’s where I want to get. It means a lot to have him say that. It’s a testament to all the work I put in last summer to get better, and it’s starting to show, but, at the same time, I can’t be satisfied.” Grantland

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The league's general managers believe that we're going to see James vs. the San Antonio Spurs in The Finals for the third straight June and the fourth time in eight years. But the championship picture is also relatively wide open, as six different teams were picked to win The Finals and a seventh was picked to get there. James was picked to take back the MVP award from Kevin Durant and is still the guy that with whom half of the GMs would most like to start a franchise. But it's becoming clear that Anthony Davis is the next big thing. NBA.com

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I asked Pelicans coach Monty Williams how he planned to handle the minutes of star Anthony Davis after the forward spent so much time this summer with Team USA for the FIBA World Championships. He had a pretty interesting answer (and even got a bit animated). “We’ve talked to our training staff to make sure we give him the proper rest but at the same time he’s 21 (years old),” Williams said. “He doesn’t get tired until he’s like 28. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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In the middle of the U.S. team's run in Spain, Williams described Davis, now 21, as "the lead dog among alpha dogs," a portrayal not at all hyperbolic. "I couldn't tell you the place or the timing of it all," said Williams, who showed off his own gold medal on Wednesday, "but over the period from Vegas to Madrid, I just watched him watch other people. "He was around a former MVP (Derrick Rose). He watched (James) Harden. People don't know how hard Harden works. I think A.D. was able to watch him work an hour or two hours before practice with his trainer and then come to practice. I think that had an impact on him. The great ones do more. I think he looked at that, and our after- practice workouts when he and I got going, I think that had an impact on him just watching those guys." New Orleans Times-Picayune

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When the USA Basketball men’s team takes the floor Thursday in Barcelona, the significance of the date – 9/11 – will not be lost on American players or coaches. On the 13th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in the nation’s history, Team USA will play against Lithuania (2 p.m. Central, ESPN), in a FIBA World Cup semifinal that will represent more than merely a basketball game. “We have a big game tomorrow, on 9/11,” New Orleans forward Anthony Davis said of the Patriot Day game vs. Lithuania. “That’s going to make that game even more special, make us play with even more energy and effort.” “Like AD said, we’re playing for a lot tomorrow,” Pelicans four-year coach Monty Williams said. “We want to win the game, but we also want to represent our country on such an emotional day, and let our fans and citizens of America know that we’re not just representing them by making buckets; we also understand that this is going to be a tough day for a lot of people. We want to bring them some joy and some happiness on that particular day.” NBA.com

September 4, 2014 Updates

James Harden scored 17 points, Stephen Curry added 14 and the unbeaten U.S. national team wrapped up pool play with a 95-71 victory over Ukraine on Thursday at the Basketball World Cup. Anthony Davis finished with 12 points for the Americans, who were still waiting out the final results from Group D in the Canary Islands to determine who they would play Saturday night in Barcelona. They would draw the fourth-place finisher in the round of 16. The Americans were never in any danger of losing in the second half after seizing control just before halftime against a methodical Ukraine team coached by former NBA coach Mike Fratello. USA Today Sports

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