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5 Defining Moments for Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis’ Olympic career officially begins tonight. In a year that was arguably one of the best of all-time for any young college basketball player, picking out a handful of moments that somehow stand out above all of the rest can be a challenge. I think Matt put into words on the radio show the other day what many of us have felt watching the past year unfold for Davis– we feel like proud parents or like we are watching our little brother experience all of the best possible things a young athlete can experience. Sometimes I can’t believe all of the events of the year for Anthony Davis. Instead of attempting to break down which of Anthony Davis’ experiences over the past year were the best, I am going to chronologically list what I believe were 5 of his biggest defining moments–moments when things or perceptions about him changed. To add a little spice, I won’t flat out state the defining moments. I will describe the way in which these moments changed things for Anthony Davis, and you can try to guess exactly what/when these moments were. Some hints within the description should tip you off as to which moment I am referring to.  At the bottom of the post, I will reveal the 5 moments in case you haven’t guessed them already. (Side note: This list could likely be even longer, but I decided to just go with 5)

Defining Moment #1

What we already knew: Anthony Davis was coming into college basketball as the top ranked prospect out of high school. What we quickly learned: Something special was brewing in Lexington. We weren’t certain at this point that he would necessarily be the best player on a loaded team, but we were starting to feel the buzz coming out of the Joe Craft Center. “He’s making plays that I’ve never seen a player make before.”  Big Blue Nation knew big things were to come.

Defining Moment #2

This was the moment when the entire country was put onto high alert that Anthony Davis was going to be worth keeping an eye on. Those of us in Lexington were already paying close attention. The experts who followed Davis’ rise to the #1 recruit were already paying close attention. Serious basketball fans across the country were probably already paying attention as well. But in this moment, the rest of the country couldn’t help but start to notice. All eyes were now on Anthony Davis.

Defining Moment #3

At this point, it was no longer about speculation or catching anyone’s attention. It was about solidifying the fact that the college basketball world belonged to Anthony Davis.

Defining Moment #4

In this moment we began to see a side of Anthony Davis on display that we had only been able to catch glimpses of up until that moment. His star power and potential to be a marketing dream for whichever NBA team was lucky enough to snag him became very clear. Anthony Davis was showing signs that he had the “intangibles” that come with being a super star on and off the court.

Defining Moment #5

During this moment, Anthony Davis graduated from being the best college basketball player in the country to a recognizable athlete on the biggest stage of all.





1. The first of the summer reports coming from the local media who had the chance to watch some of the open practices.

2. “The Block” against North Carolina to seal the victory

3. At the conclusion of the Louisville Final 4 game, when Anthony Davis triumphantly screamed, “THIS IS MY STAGE!”

4. The Jimmy Kimmel interview after the national championship

5. The opening ceremonies of the Olympics, when Anthony Davis was 1 of 10 athletes mentioned in the broadcast during the walk-in


Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

16 Comments for 5 Defining Moments for Anthony Davis

  1. Bpsycho
    6:08 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone know where I can get a cardboard cut out of Marc Maggard?

  2. Unreal
    6:16 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    Yep, this topic is much more relevant than the new Gary Parrish article. Who are the rubes that run this site? Maybe someone will post another 3 goggles picture. Have not seen on of those in 20 minutes. Anyone, here is the article.

  3. Unreal
    6:16 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink


  4. Azubuike's Bicep
    6:34 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    AD is in complete BEAST MODE for USA right now!!

  5. SeoulCat
    6:36 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    Davis is putting on a show for those in London. Tunisia doesn’t know what just hit them.

  6. Han
    6:36 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    Team USA is taking advantage of our number 1 play last year: Just throw the ball near the rim and Davis will finish.

    You can see them loving how easily he dunks.

  7. Uncle Adoplh
    6:39 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    Davis is unreal

  8. Big Blue 66
    6:45 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    defining moment, however ridiculous, but I knew for sure when he did that off the backboard dunk on the poor bastard that night at BBM, I knew…..we all knew

  9. Not Surprised
    6:48 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    2) I agree. There are a bunch of clowns writing for this site.

  10. Hicks
    7:11 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    No matter what he or anyone else says…I read his lips, he didn’t say stage.

  11. rock
    7:20 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    Why don’t all the jerks who spend sooooo much time on this site griping about the writers just give it up. You obviously love it or you wouldn’t spend all your time here. Dumb as_es.

  12. Imactastic
    7:25 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    Are they replaying today’s game? How can I watch it?

  13. rock
    7:26 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    I also have performed oral favors on Matt.

  14. LikedThe Idea Ally
    7:44 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    For me, the Championship game. When he went to block the shot and the shooter came all the way down for a travel.

  15. fat bearded intensity
    7:57 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    Best KSR/Anthony Davis moment: Beatin UL and the argument that followed “This is my STAGE” on here, people thinkin it was “This is my STATE”. We don’t really know; it’s a new one in UK folklore.

  16. Twix
    8:40 am August 1, 2012 Permalink

    He said this is my sh*#. Plain as day.