Earlier this summer, Anthony Davis sat down with freshman EJ Montgomery for CoachCal.com’s “The Next Generation” series, and we’re finally getting to see the finished product.
In the eight-minute discussion, Davis reflects on his year at Kentucky and how it prepared him for the NBA, specifically how hard John Calipari and Kenny Payne pushed him, the level of competition in practice, and the loyalty of the Big Blue Nation.
“It’s not easy. It’s not easy to win here. The fans are loyal. Great fan base. Cal’s going to push you. KP’s going to push you. But it’s the best thing you can ask for. It bettered me as a player, as a person, as a teammate. There’s nothing like it.”
Davis told EJ that when he came to Kentucky, he was so bad in the post because he played guard in high school that if his teammates threw him the ball under the basket in practice, Calipari made them run. Can you imagine? He also told the famous story about the team playing a group of NBA players during the lockout in the summer of 2011.
“That summer was the lockout, so we had [Kevin Durant], [Rajon] Rondo, Josh Smith, all these guys came back, along with DeMarcus [Cousins], John Wall, [Eric Bledsoe], and played with us. We had our starting five and we were winning. We were beating those guys and that’s how we knew we were something special.”
Whether or not this group will be that special remains to be seen, but Davis clearly enjoyed being a mentor to Montgomery, who grew up idolizing him.
“That Kentucky on your chest represents a lot,” Davis says. “It did for me.”
This is #TheNextGeneration.
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