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Forget Kobe, Melo, and LeBron, Davis should have learned from Love

(via Dimemag.com)

It’s no doubt that Anthony Davis’ experience on Team USA is going to be invaluable for his NBA career. He saw first-hand how the NBA’s elite prepared, trained, and competed at the highest level possible before even playing his first NBA game. Davis, during his time with Team USA, mostly hung out with the some of the best perimeter players that the game has to offer.

It was cool. It was a great experience learning and getting a chance to play with all the NBA superstars,” Davis said. “LeBron and Kobe and Melo were the main guys who took me under their wings and talked to me and told me about what the NBA is like.”

Even though there is six NBA championship between that trio of players, all of them play the game differently than how Davis is going to have to play to be successful. Davis’ game is constantly compared to Kevin Garnett. Garnett is now on the downside of his career, but at one point he was considered one of the best, if not the best, power forwards in the game. That title now belongs to Kevin Love, one of Davis’ teammates on Team USA.

It’s a perimeter player’s game in today’s NBA, so it takes hard work for a big man to be recognized for his play. Love is one of the guys who’s game isn’t very flashy, but is one of the most efficient players in the entire league. Also, Love plays in the very small market of Minneapolis, another reason why his talents aren’t as broadcasted as they should be. But, make no mistake, Love is the best four-man in the NBA, a title that Davis is going to try and take from Love in the next couple of years.

Analyzing Love’s game would have shown Davis how Love attacks the rest of the power forwards in the league. Love’s success is no fluke, he works hard to be one of the elite players in the NBA. Sure, Love doesn’t have the championship pedigree of Kobe and LeBron, but he should be Davis’ role model as far playing in the NBA. Love scores, rebounds, and leads for his Timberwolves as Davis will try to do for his young New Orleans Hornets’ team.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

25 Comments for Forget Kobe, Melo, and LeBron, Davis should have learned from Love



  1. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    1:33 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    or DPOY Tyson Chandler



  2. Bobbysueflay
    1:40 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone can get mad or whatever, but in reality cousins should have this gold instead of Davis. He has proven himself in the league even though he has an attitude which I can’t stand. But to take a rookie, never played in a nba game over cousins is wrong.



  3. halfcourtshots
    1:56 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Its not nba sponsored event. I think cousins would have done well, but it wasn’t wrong to take Davis.



  4. Bobbysueflay
    2:10 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Yea it was. Look at the other centers or power forwards. It was wrong. More mature players with the same if not better skills. With the nba I just don’t see how they could take a rookie unproven at that level over others. They deserve it more. I’m uk throught And throught. But that’s kinda bs in my opinion.



  5. Bobbysueflay
    2:13 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    For the upcoming yea, there is no way you would rather have David over cousins. And you can say whatever but look at the stats at the end of the year. I don’t even like cousins but he got screwed



  6. No Boogie
    2:17 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Why would we have wanted Demarcus in the Olympics representing our country? So he could talk trash, throw some elbows, push people around and fight with Coach K? no thanks



  7. Bobbysueflay
    2:17 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    And you really going to tell me Howard shouldn’t have made it over davis? You know nothing about basketball



  8. No Boogie
    2:17 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    We should’ve sent Ron Artest and Gilbert Arenas as well then



  9. Bobbysueflay
    2:18 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Ok 6. So what bout Howard? You really goin to tell me he’s better than davis?



  10. No Boogie
    2:18 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Who’s talking about Howard? He was hurt



  11. No Boogie
    2:19 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    And yes Howard is much better than Davis



  12. Bobbysueflay
    2:20 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    I dunno why you all are hattin on cousins. Does anyone remember the msu game? Like thats why I can’t stand my own fans



  13. Bobbysueflay
    2:21 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s let’s just agree there was more athletes than should have went that deserved it over Davis.



  14. No Boogie
    2:23 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not “hattin” on Cousins, I don’t think you should represent our country till he grows up some



  15. Bobbysueflay
    2:27 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not questioning Davis talent. But name one other big man that did anything….. Seller, yes, uconn dude sucked, perry jones, Hanson. Wasn’t much of a challenge like cousins had.



  16. Owen
    2:33 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Anthony Davis and Kevin Love have entirely different bodies and games. I don’t think there is a whole lot Davis could actually learn from Love’s game except maybe his perimeter game. For rebounding, though, Davis is going to have to rely on his length while Love relies on physicality and strength. Totally different games.

    and speaking of Cousins, if anyone could learn from Love, it’s probably him.



  17. Bobbyesureflay
    2:36 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    not to mention he has gone up against andrew bynum and great big men. he has proven himself. all im saying is there is more talented big men that deserve it more than davis. think out of the box. if davis could or had went strait to the pros he would not be there. there are more talented big men at this stat “Cousins”



  18. Bobbyesureflay
    2:40 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    if you would rather have davis over howard or bynum this year you have no clue about basketball, 17 true, davis long arms while love small beast. Im a uk fan but thats just taking it to far.



  19. Smyrna_Cat
    2:43 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Silly blog.



  20. Bobbyesureflay
    2:45 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    well, look at it this way, coming out of a draft from right now, davis or cousins, who would you take? would would you rather have on your team? Cousins of corse. There is no way he should have no been selected. Much less the other players. Rookie oly. is just bs.



  21. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    3:00 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Bob, you seem to be pretty upset by something that really, all and all, didn’t matter that much. Cousins’ talent definitely deserved a spot on the U.S. squad but obviously the dude has some growing up to do before he gets the honor of representing his country. Let it go, man. USA won the gold and Davis will benefit from his experience and hopefully Demarcus will learn that he has some work to do with his attitude. I see this hopefully working in both these guys favor: Davis, the experience and Cousins, the motivation.



  22. Catlogic15
    3:15 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll bet Anthony’s “lessons” involved road pu**sy as much as basketball. Welcome Ant!



  23. Ratchet
    3:46 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Bob, did your parents not love you? Why are so upset about something that matters so little? They won with virtually no bigs, especially compared to ’08 and ’92. Basketball is a guard driven sport in its current state, and we have plenty of those as well.



  24. duh
    3:49 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Bobbysueflay/Bobbyesureflay = troll trying to stir up crap pretending to be a UK fan. Notice how “she” even changed the spelling of “her” name. Just ignore them.