The Chicago Tribune, the hometown paper of Anthony Davis, had a nice write-up today about Davis’ experience in London with the much older, veteran NBA players in the Olympics. The 19-year old is doing more than just playing basketball and finishing lobs in his time on the court while in London. Davis is receiving a bit of an education.
“It can’t get better than this. Not at all,” Davis said. “These are all the superstars in the league. I’m having fun with it. I’m learning different things from every individual. They bring different things to the table.”
For a player who went from the top of the throne in college basketball, the biggest name on a roster filled with big names at the University of Kentucky– the adjustment to being the least coveted interview following a Team USA win has been a big one. Davis knows he is not the player everyone wants to write the stories about. But he’s more than okay with that.
“Sometimes you miss it,” he said of his time in the light earlier this year. “But with these guys, they’ve established themselves in the league already, so everybody wants to take pictures with them. You’ve got the best players in the NBA that everybody looks up to.”
Davis got into some of the specifics as to what he’s learning from the veterans. And perhaps one of the most surprising nuggets of information from Davis was that the biggest thing he has learned from some of the biggest names in the game has to do with…defense. Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have shared some tips with him.
“Keep talking on defense,” Davis said. “That’ll take me a long way. Keep communicating.”
Davis isn’t the only one with positive words to throw around to his teammates. Carmelo Anthony had some encouraging words for him as well.
“He fits in perfectly,” Anthony said. “The encouragement that we give him when he’s in the game, he’s learning as he’s going along. You can’t ask for anything more than what he’s given us.”
As if the #1 draft pick heading into the NBA next season needed any advantages over his fellow draft class. But that’s exactly what Davis has been getting in London with these superstars. An education. More advantages. And it sounds as if he is gladly soaking it all up.