Anthony Davis was back in Lexington last week and sat down with CoachCal.com’s Eric Lindsey to talk about his first year in the league. Davis said that his rookie season was a lot easier because of the way Coach Cal and his staff prepared him for the league during his freshman year at UK:
“(UK) really prepared me a lot. I think the benefit of Kentucky is Coach Cal actually coached in the league. I think that helps with the way he runs things here in terms of getting guys prepared for the league. I think that was the biggest plus. He tells guys the truth. He keeps it real with you and tells you how he feels and what he thinks. If you can’t take that, you really won’t be able to take the league.
“The coaches in the NBA do the same thing. They try to get you better just like Coach Cal tries to get you better. Just going up and down, playing against each other here makes you better. Every practice (at UK) is physical and it gets you in shape. All that stuff helps because it leads you into the NBA. I think they do a great job here because it just makes the NBA a lot easier.”
(Listening, Andrew Wiggins?)
What did Davis think about last season’s UK team? He admitted that watching the Cats struggle this past year only made him appreciate how special the 2012 Championship team was, and the importance of a team coming together “from day one.” However, he believes next season, the Cats will be back with a vengeance thanks to a crucial group of returning players. Davis said that having one of the veterans from the 2012 squad, Darius Miller, come with him to play in New Orleans really helped him in his first year: “I think it was good for both of us to have someone come down there that we already knew to keep us on track.”
What about his string of injuries? Davis said that it made him realize he has to get in the weight room to strengthen his frame. Fortunately, the ligament sprain that suffered in his knee on April 10th is already healing, and he was able to workout close to full speed at the Joe Craft Center last week.
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