Anthony Davis responds to LeBron James with sick windmill dunk (Video)

Anthony-Davis-windmillLeBron James may be more interested in teasing fans than ever competing in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, but New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis could be looking to throw his hat into the ring. After a video of LeBron throwing down some nasty dunks at practice went viral, Davis responded with an awesome slam of his own.

Like LeBron, Davis threw the ball off the wall of the gym to set up his dunk. LeBron threw down a high-flying one-handed slam and a pretty nasty reverse jam, but Davis’ windmill dunk was as good as any of them.

“Put me in the dunk contest!” Davis yelled in the video that teammate Anthony Morrow posted on Instagram.

He certainly has my vote.

H/T Ball is Life

DeMarcus Cousins does not seem pleased about Anthony Davis being chosen as All-Star

Anthony-Davis-HornetsAnthony Davis was named to the Western Conference All-Star team on Friday to replace the injured Kobe Bryant. The Pelicans star is having a phenomenal sophomore season and the game is being held in New Orleans, so he seemed like an obvious choice.

Davis is averaging a double-double with 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game this season. He also leads the NBA with 3.3 blocks per game. As Ball Don’t Lie pointed out, fans voted Davis seventh among front court players in the West. Dwight Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge were chosen as reserves by the coaches ahead of Davis.

Another candidate to fill the roster spot would have been Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who is averaging 22.7 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. He tweeted the following when it was announced that Davis had made the team.

Cousins is probably right. His stats are certainly comparable to Davis’, but Davis doesn’t make headlines for not allowing his teammates to shake opponents’ hands. Couple that with the fact that the game is in New Orleans this year and it is no surprise that the higher-ups chose the hometown hero.

Naked Anthony Davis spanked on butt in Kentucky hazing? (Video)

Anthony Davis butt naked

An old video of former Kentucky Wildcats star Anthony Davis getting spanked on the butt while being held on the ground naked surfaced on Saturday.

The video appears to be from Davis’ Kentucky days and looks like a hazing incident, though Davis seems to be enjoying the treatment he receives.

You can see the video below, but be warned that there is a bare butt:

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Monty Williams rips NBA concussion policy for keeping Anthony Davis out

Anthony Davis has been unable to travel with the New Orleans Hornets this weekend after he was inadvertently elbowed in the head by teammate Austin Rivers during Friday’s win over the Utah Jazz. This has annoyed Hornets coach Monty Williams, because Davis supposedly feels fine but has to undergo a series of tests before he is cleared to return to the team, per NBA policy.

Before Saturday’s game against the Chicago Bulls, Williams ripped the league for its concussion policy.

“Now, they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers and it’s getting old,” Williams said according to the Miami Herald. “It’s just the way the league is now. It’s a man’s game. They’re treating these guys like they’re 5 years old. He desperately wanted to come (to Chicago), but he couldn’t make it.”

Like the NFL, the NBA is also working to counter the long-term effects of concussions by taking precautions such as administering tests. But according to Williams, the NBA is not the NFL.

“I’m not saying I don’t like (the policy),” he explained. “We’ve got to protect the players, but I think the players should have more say-so in how they feel. I’m sure I had four or five concussions when I played, and it didn’t bother me. The NBA is doing what’s necessary to protect the players, but this is not the NFL. You don’t get hit in the head that much. I understand it. But as a coach, I’m a baby about it. I want my guys ready to play.”

While Williams is right that Davis and other NBA players are grown men who can take care of themselves (for the most part), professional athletes have been known to admit that they play through concussions. NFL players even joke about fudging the sideline tests during games, so the NBA is trying to avoid that type of problem.

The more precautions the league takes with concussions, the less players wind up with poor quality of life when they retire. Oh yeah, and less lawsuits.

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Ludacris dresses as Anthony Davis for Halloween (Pictures)

When Halloween comes around, most of the focus tends to be on the entertaining costumes that athletes come up with. Every once in a while, however, someone steals the show by dressing like an athlete. That someone this year is rapper Ludacris.

As you can see from the photos that he shared on his Instagram account, Luda dressed as Hornets rookie Anthony Davis. Naturally, he made the unibrow a point of emphasis. He didn’t do it quite so eloquently as this dude did with his chest hair, but for a Halloween costume it definitely went above and beyond.

Does Ludacris’ Anthony Davis get-up get the nod over Alex Morgan’s McKayla Maroney costume? We’ll call it a tie.

H/T Buzzfeed

Anthony Davis reportedly still in contention for making Team USA despite ankle

Despite “severely” spraining his ankle last week, an injury that was thought to keep him out for the Olympics, Hornets’ No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Davis reportedly still plans to participate at Team USA’s training camp in hopes of securing one of the final 12 spots for the team that heads to London.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Davis’ ankle injury isn’t as serious as once thought, but he is still expected to miss seven to 10 days. He’ll report to USA Basketball’s training camp in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

The final roster is set to be announced as part of a selection show on NBA TV on Saturday, meaning that the 15 finalists have just a couple days to prove they can play basketball, or something. However, nine players reportedly are already assured of making the cut. Those nine are reportedly LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler. As it very well should be.

By simple math, that means the remaining six players — Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, James Harden, Eric Gordon and Davis — will be duking it out for the final three spots.

Even though Davis is expected not to participate in any practices before Saturday’s selection show, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski will reportedly remain patient with Davis. And after Lamar Odom dropped out of contention earlier this week, in addition to the rash of injuries, Team USA might have no other choice, given how thin they are in front court depth.

Note: This post also appeared on Yardbarker’s Medal Detector blog

Anthony Davis reportedly suffers ‘severely sprained ankle,’ out for the Olympics

If Team USA’s players continue to drop as the London Olympics draw nearer — particularly the big men — Mike Krzyzewski may have to put very little thought into picking the final roster. Just a few days after Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade officially announced they will not be making the trip to London, center Anthony Davis has reportedly also been crossed off the list.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Davis “suffered a severely sprained ankle in a Hornets workout and is almost assuredly unable to play for Team USA.” Davis may have already been considered a long shot to make the team because of his lack of experience at the professional level, but with a number of injuries already having piled up his chances were looking better every day.

With Bosh, Dwight Howard, and LaMarcus Aldridge already out with injuries, Team USA’s front court is starting to become a legitimate concern. Tyson Chandler is the only actual center remaining among the roster finalists, and unless someone like DeMarcus Cousins is a late add-on Coach K will be relying on guys like Kevin Love to fill in at that position.

Despite Derrick Rose being out, Team USA is still loaded with talent at the guard and small forward position. However, they could run into trouble against a team like Spain who has a good front court with Marc and Pau Gasol. Now that the opening ceremonies are less than a month away, Team USA can hardly afford to sustain anymore injuries to their big men.

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