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Top 5 Davis Olympic Moments

Anthony Davis has certainly been on a special kind of ride this past year.  It’s pretty safe to say that his accomplishments in the past 365 days outshine just about anything us normal folk have ever accomplished in our time.  In addition to all of his collegiate accomplishments he can now add Olympic gold to his ever growing trophy case.  While that medal brings instant recognition and respect from anyone, it also brings something that can only be remembered by the one who received the award, memories.  Owner of two first names and Yahoo! Sports writer, Patrick Michael, went back and gave a fan perspective on Davis’ five greatest moments with the 2012 US Olympic Basketball team.  The entire list can be found at the previous link, but here are his top-3 moments.

 

3. Davis make three-point shot

This memorable moment occurred in an exhibition prior to the Olympics. Anthony Davis made a long three-point shot against the Dominican Republic. What made this special was the eye contact between Davis and his college coach John Calipari. His body language was saying, “You should have let me shoot three-pointers at Kentucky, coach!”

2. Davis scores 12 without missing a shot

Anthony Davis’s best game in the Summer Olympics for Team USA took place against Tunisia. Not only did he score 12 points, but he didn’t miss a shot. Of course, his shots weren’t that difficult as the USA point guards had fun lobbing him passes that became easy dunks. He was 5-5 on field goal attempts and 2-2 from the free throw line.

1. Davis becomes youngest USA gold medal winner in men’s basketball

When Anthony Davis received his gold medal around his neck at 11:29 a.m. CT, he became the youngest gold medal winner in the history of USA men’s basketball. Being part of this incredible USA team is a great honor and hopefully his success in basketball is only just beginning. The 19-year-old phenom should have a great career ahead of him.

 

While I’ll never personally feel the rush of winning an Olympic Gold, I imagine that it must be one of the most emotional feelings an athlete can experience.  The fact that Davis is now the youngest ever to receive an gold medal from the US basketball team is not only great for him personally, but also for the Kentucky Basketball program.  It’s commonly stated by numerous media personalities that the Kentucky program recruits for itself and keeps doing so in unheard of ways, this is just another example.    Any recruit watching must recognize the fact that Kentucky’s players are not only accomplishing their individual goals, but doing it quickly.  I (or current college basketball coaches for that matter) really don’t know of a better recruiting pitch than that.

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

15 Comments for Top 5 Davis Olympic Moments



  1. stevie
    4:30 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Cal didn’t need Davis shooting threes; this wasn’t his forte. No one expected Teague to block shots and play center.



  2. Steve Fitts
    4:38 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    AD will remember this for the rest of his life! How many young men win an NCAA championship and Olympic Gold in the same year? Unbelievable!



  3. David
    4:58 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    He was the youngest to win a gold medal? Even before pros were allowed and we had college kids play?



  4. smoke and mirrors
    5:16 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Youngest to be “given” a gold medal. Did he win it, “I don’t think so”.



  5. bigredleedsblue
    5:22 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hey 4 remind me again how many medals you have again? You are an embarrassment!



  6. Will
    5:28 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    4. How many UL players got a gold medal this year? Oh yeah…



  7. cats1068
    6:14 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    4- Nice trolling and post hijacking. No matter what you say, he still has the gold medal. That’s the beauty. Your garbage posts can’t change it. Ha ha ha ha…..



  8. HAHAHAHH
    6:54 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    TOP 5 moments….. just get over it, he didnt do shiz, he jsut sat there…

    TOP 5 MOMENTS, hahhahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhaha



  9. Bubba Earl
    6:57 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Great to see the “giddyness” as the players were celebrating their win, that is what the game and sports in general are all about!



  10. joanne
    6:57 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    #8. Jealousy is an ugly thing, it’s poison to your soul. Get some help.



  11. msnthrop
    7:08 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t forget to thank John Wall…who bumped knees with Blake Griffin…and made it possible for A.D. to join the squad and equal the accomplishments of Christian Laettner! Great Job!



  12. Han
    7:13 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    3) He was the youngest American to win for America. There may well have been high school age guys who’ve won in the past. And back when we used college kids, odds are we didn’t used freshmen since they couldn’t even play and were stuck on JV.



  13. pioneer
    7:32 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Not even hater posts from UoLOL or IU fans can steal AD’s thunder. He earned his spot on that “Dream Team”!!! Lord knows neither one of the previous mentioned schools had anyone remotely good enough to make that roster. Good luck spinning AD’s success into some sort of short coming. Once a little brother, always a little brother!



  14. bigbill992001
    9:41 pm August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe if AD had shot the 3 better than something like 3-21, Cal would have let him shoot more. Maybe the eye contact was really saying “Hey, coach, I’ve been working on my 3.”



  15. smoke and mirrors
    7:35 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    His “Top 5 Moment” should be when he was so dumb he forgot to put on a jersey. I guess he knew he didn’t need it, wouldn’t be playing until there was 10 seconds to go in the game with USA up by 30.