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Anthony Davis greeted with boos from Pelicans fans in return

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Once the NBA Trade deadline passed on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. without a deal involving Anthony Davis, everyone knew the rest of the season would be awkward for the former Wildcat and the entire New Orleans Pelicans organization.

When most assumed Davis would just sit out the rest of the season to prepare a trade this summer, reports leaked out that the NBA would fine the Pelicans $100,000 for every game they held Davis out and he would be playing the rest of the year.

In his first game back in the starting lineup last night following his finger injury and his trade request, the former Wildcat was booed  by the Pelican fanbase when his name was announced during pregame festivities.

Every time he touched the ball from that point on, the New Orleans faithful made sure to let him have it (but still cheered when he made a basket).

After the game, Davis was asked about his return to the floor and his thoughts on the crowd’s reaction.

And as expected, he wasn’t too fond of it.

“That was definitely awkward,” Davis said, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPN. “Boo? OK. It doesn’t matter to me. I’m going to go out there and play basketball. I was [surprised]. But hey, that’s life, man. Some people are not gonna like me. I’m just happy to be back on the floor playing the game that I love.”

Davis finished the game with a team-high 32 points (11-15 shooting) and nine rebounds in just 25 minutes of action. In fact, the Pelicans benched their star power forward for the entirety of the fourth quarter.

Nonetheless, the former Wildcat is just happy to be back out there on the floor.

I’m so excited for this drama to be over.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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20 Comments for Anthony Davis greeted with boos from Pelicans fans in return

  1. Kentuckybbnfan01
    8:16 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Ungrateful fan base

  2. kentuckybackupplayer
    8:22 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    they had their chance to keep davis and they got rid of boogie and could not put good enough talent around him to make them a contender, hell why not leave.

  3. clarks
    8:26 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Demps has done terrible job trading away their picks and overpaying scrubs.if they remotely knew how to put a team together he wouldn’t be leaving

  4. KYjellyRoll
    8:51 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Exactly. Fan or not, any sensible human being should understand his frustration and wanting to be on a contending team.

  5. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    8:52 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Every fan base feels entitled. Ours is among the worst. It’s irrational and dumb.

  6. jahanc2uky
    8:55 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Davis was kinda asking for this with the way the situation was handled. Should have told the Pelicans privately there was no chance at being resigned. Instead, your agent (who you dont fire, so presumably the agent is in Davis’ good terms) leaks out you want to sign long term with Lakers and are only willing to look at 3 other organizations… At that point you kinda screw over the Pelicans who at least tried to surround you with a winning team.

    • Luether
      9:22 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink


    • I don’t believe that last sentence is true. I think kentuckybackupplayer refutes that with his/her comment at #2.

    • 4everUKblue
      10:43 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      Jahan exactly what winning team are you talking about the Pelicans surrounding him with?

    • jahanc2uky
      7:07 am February 10, 2019 Permalink

      Again, tried too by spending money and making trades. They did not draft well and had numerous injuries… They tried.

    • 4everUKblue
      7:23 am February 10, 2019 Permalink

      Now you’re just making excuses for them. They could have done whatever it took to keep Boogie, not drafting well is inexcusable.

  7. michaelb
    9:16 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    No doubt . The NBA is better than any daytime soap opera , or professional wrestling brand . The drama is 1000% lol a lot of butt hurting going around the league … rich boy problems . It’s hard not laugh at it

  8. BigolBlue
    9:19 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    AD handled this poorly. Why would you blame the fans for booing? He basically was saying im out peace. He deserves some boos and I am a AD big fan. He is the only reason UK has had a title in 20 years.

  9. BullittCoCat
    12:49 am February 10, 2019 Permalink

    AD has a right to try to go try to win a title. New Orleans has had seven years to put a roster around him. Not his fault they couldn’t do it. Go get a ring, young man.

  10. Jpcat15
    11:06 am February 10, 2019 Permalink

    They quit booing him about midway through the 2nd qtr. Article is not accurate. AD did handle it poorly. But, this just shows how out of control the NBA is. Players have all the power. Coaches are just pawns. Heck, the players decide if they want to practice and when they want to sit. We are witnessing the “me” generation in it’s full glory. AD is an incredible player- I have watched nearly all his games this year, but he should have worked this behind closed doors. With that said, the NBA has the face of it’s league, Lebron, openly violating its tampering policies. The NBA is a mess.