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Anthony Davis in the Olympics?

Bill Simmons of thinks so. Since Dwight Howard went down with a herniated disk and is out for the season, there is a big hole down low for Team USA in the London Olympics this year.

Simmons says there are nine locks for the team: LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.

The tenth is up in the air. Blake Griffin? Chris Bosh? LaMarcus Aldridge? Andrew Bynum? How about the unibrow.

It’s the no-brainer of no-brainers! Anthony Davis just won an NCAA title. He protects the rim like nobody we’ve seen since a young Dikembe Mutombo. He’s the ultimate teammate, someone who can affect basketball games without taking a single shot. Unlike Bynum, we won’t have to worry about him screwing up team chemistry. He’ll be the ultimate happy-to-be-there young guy. He’ll even happily settle into that always-enjoyable role as the whipping boy rookie who has to carry everyone else’s bags and stuff. And by the way? We might actually need him! What am I missing? GIVE US THE ‘BROW! USA! USA! USA! USA!

What do you think about Anthony Davis making the Olympic squad and playing with these all-stars in London? Talk about some publicity for Big Blue Nation — he’ll take the pride of the Bluegrass international and leave an indelible mark on modern Olympics.

The last Kentucky Wildcat to play in the Olympics was Tayshaun Prince in 2008. Before that was Sam Bowie in 1980.

Coincidentally, the last time the Olympic Games were held in London was in 1948, when the Fabulous Five of Ralph Beard, Alex Groza, Wah Wah Jones, Cliff Barker and Kenny Rollins won the gold. It’s destiny for more Kentucky blood to be back in London.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

22 Comments for Anthony Davis in the Olympics?

  1. Ridge Runner
    11:32 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Wasn’t this just brought up in the post below? Oh, nevermind.

    Umm…yeah, hope he does. He would certainly bring enthusiasm which is sometimes missed from the veteran NBA guys.

  2. Burger
    11:36 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Yes, Davis to the Olympics.

    MKG should at least get to be the 6th man (as long as he doesn’t get gang tackled, drop to the floor in intense agony… and then miraculously pop back up and appear to be unaffected within 20 seconds).

  3. bubba watson
    11:37 am April 21, 2012 Permalink


  4. Mcmermaid
    11:42 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    CAPITAL ONE CUP. Does anyone realize we are ranked #2 in the Capital One Cup standings. If the Bat Cats and tennis team continue their blitz, we may be in line for another trophy.

  5. Fubar
    11:42 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Same Bowie made the team in 1980, but the US boycotted the Olympics that year so he didn’t ‘play in the Olympics.’

  6. GoCats2010
    11:43 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    I like AD getting a shot, but man Boogie has been on fire lately! If he keeps his head (probably why he won’t even get a shot) he’d dominate

  7. crazycatfan
    11:44 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Seems to be the perfect choice … and he deserves it!!!

  8. Ridge Runner
    11:46 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    4) That is excellent! I for one was not aware of that and it’s good to see the university making a run for that, thx. Just to be in the top ten makes me proud.

  9. VickieD
    11:47 am April 21, 2012 Permalink


  10. louisvillelaw22
    11:51 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Perfect choice. Get a rim protector who shoots well from the line and can convert the lob play. Not to mention the international rules about knocking stuff off the rim. Can you imagine Davis being allowed to slap rollers out of the cylinder? That’s just not fair to the other children.

  11. Slogan
    11:57 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    BBN – Let’s make it happen.


  12. Paratrooper
    12:03 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    It would be great if it could actually happen, but it won’t. Absolutely will not happen. The bloated egos of the NBA(Nothing Basketball Association) will NEVER allow such a good idea. Look what happened this year when they had a chance to make the “one and done” rule a “two and done” rule. They punked out. Matt Jones actually got something right when he laid this failure at the feet of these bloodsucking sports agents. They’ll never permit this and they run that clown show. The NBA SUCKS. Unequivocally.

  13. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    12:04 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    That would be awesome

  14. Mr. Horse
    12:16 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Yes sir, I like it.

  15. Billy Clyde Gillespie
    12:18 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    kinda disappointed that rondo refuses to play on the olympics. Boogie,rondo, and davis all have a good shot at making it

  16. Cat fan in Gainesville
    12:27 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    I would love to see AD in the Olympics. Would be concerned over him hitting a wall though with his NBA team next year. 82 game season already a big jump from a 40 game season and then throw in the Olympics. It is possible he does not go to Charlotte and just maybe make the playoffs next season, which would be a few extra game. Even if NBA allowed, which I doubt would happen, I would think agent would say no for now and target the 2016 games.

  17. Tom Blevins
    12:28 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    I think it would be fantastic if Anthony Davis made the olympic team! I can remember when we didn’t allow pros to compete on the Olympic team, and our Olympic basketball team was made up of college players. As first the USA was so far ahead of the other teams that we could win without NBA or ABA players. We got a rude awakening in 1972, when the USSR defeated us in the championship game by one point on a goal at the buzzer. Of course, an Olympic official rushed out of the stands when the game was appearantly over to give the Russians a do over on the last few seconds. And of course, their big center elbowed American defenders out of the was as he scored the final goal, but the referees didn’t call it. The aura of American invincibility in international basketball was over. We temporarily got it back when we agreed to let our pros play in the Olympics in 1992, and the dream team was formed. That team included Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Charles Barkley. I think a strong case could be made that if someone (knowlegable) made a list of the top 10 basketball players of all time, those four would be on it. our dream team dominated olympic basketball like it was 1968. Unfortunately, our future Olympic basketball teams was not that talented, and they didn’t always win the gold. BTW, the ’92 dream team included Christian Latiner, who had just finished his career at Duke, and had not yet played in the NBA. (I know, I know, I shouldn’t have brought him up, but I only did it to show there is precident for putting Anthony Davis on this year’s team.)

  18. I Say
    2:26 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Cousins should most definitely be in the running for the Olympic team. If he did do it it would help clean his image really well.

  19. Mack
    3:09 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with #6, Boggie would whip up on the Euro trash of course I see no problem in having both Boggie and AD on the team. But don’t waste your time expecting either to be on the team as long as they have the same coach as last time, he will have a little dukie on the team instead of AD and Griffen’s handlers and the nba wouldn’t allow Boggie to be part of the team.

  20. Ed combs
    5:21 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Sign him up and give the boy a new pair of shoe to win good. ANYHONY DAVIS will def the world!

  21. Woo's Gummy Snacks
    6:15 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    its good for us, good for the us team, good for anthony and good for the US why would he not be on the roster? i dont know many people who watch every team USA game but every single person in KY would watch every game if AD was added.

    i hope he is

  22. carcar
    6:52 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    17, what the hell was the point of that speech? incoherent doesnt do it justice