Anthony Davis wants to be known as a guy who shut down Kobe Bryant
With Anthony Davis set to be drafted by a Western Conference team, the former Kentucky Wildcat has already starting formulating his goals for next season. Let’s just say he’s a big dreamer. During a radio appearance on Thursday afternoon, Davis said he wants to be known as one of the guys who stopped Kobe Bryant.
“(Kobe)’s a monster,” Davis said on the Dan Patrick Show. “There’s a lot of guys that can’t stop Kobe. So if I stop him I could be one of the guys that say, ‘I shut Kobe down’.”
When Patrick told Davis to be careful what he wishes for and warned him that Kobe listens to the show, Davis responded by saying “Tell him, I’ll be waiting.”
Considering he is 19 years old and Kobe will soon be 34, Davis may not have a lot of time to accomplish his goal. I highly doubt he’s going to shut Kobe down as an inexperienced rookie, and by the time it’s even remotely possible Kobe will probably be out of the league. However, I didn’t think Davis’ comments were disrespectful or out of line in any way. If you want to be the best you have to beat the best, and Bryant is one of the best of all time. Still, Davis felt the need to backtrack using his Twitter account.
“My comments about playing Kobe this AM on (Dan Patrick) were out of complete respect for him and his game,” Davis wrote. “He is a LEGEND.”
Davis grew up watching Kobe dominate the NBA, so there’s nothing wrong with him wanting a piece. Competitive edge is a good thing.