Anthony Davis: No beef with Thomas Robinson

Anthony Davis and Thomas Robinson are expected to be the top two picks in the upcoming NBA draft. Though Davis is the consensus No. 1 pick and expected to be a franchise-changing player, Robinson believes he should be the top pick. The former Kansas forward even took a shot at Davis earlier this month after Davis was seen wearing a T-shirt that said “Check my stats.”

“If you wanted to check the stats, then I’d be the No. 1 pick easily — if that’s what you want to do,” Robinson said, according to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. “I should get one of those shirts. I’ll get a shirt that says, ‘Numbers don’t lie.'”

Based on that back-and-forth, it looked like there was a beef brewing between the players. Not so, says Davis.

“There is no feud,” he told The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, laughing at the question.

“He’s the coolest guy and most positive guy I’ve ever met,” Davis continued. “I don’t know if he has a feud with me, but I have no feud with him.”

When asked specifically about the T-shirt quote, Davis brushed it aside.

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Anthony Davis trademarks his unibrow

Anthony Davis is known for his unibrow as much as he’s known for his dominant play and incredible shot-blocking ability. The expected No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft also appears to have some business acumen.

According to CNBC, Davis trademarked two unibrow-related phrases earlier this month: “Fear the brow,” and “Raise the Brow.”

“I don’t want anyone to try to grow a unibrow because of me and then try to make money off of it,” Davis told CNBC. “Me and my family decided to trademark it because it’s very unique.”

We first took notice of Davis’ prominent eyebrow last November during Kentucky’s second game of the season. It just took off from there, especially with Davis dominating on the court.

One Kentucky fan shaved a unibrow into his chest, while others put it on a T-shirt and posters. Davis said in March he was enjoying all the brow attention, and we know his mom was too.

Davis made it clear in April that his unibrow was here to stay. Looks like he wasn’t kidding; He knows a good business opportunity when he sees one.

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Anthony Davis reportedly a long shot to make U.S. Olympic team

It takes a special talent to be invited to try out for Team USA before ever stepping foot on the court during an NBA game. In 2007, the invitation was extended to Kevin Durant. Durant accepted the invitation but, as expected, fell short of making the team. This year, Kentucky phenom Anthony Davis has been invited to work out with the U.S. Olympic team. While Team USA is in need of size with Dwight Howard injured, Andrew Bynum not interested, and LaMarcus Aldridge potentially out, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo says it is unlikely that Davis will make the final roster.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Colangelo described Davis’ chances as a “long shot” before adding that it could help that the team is loaded with scorers and deeper in the back court than the front court.

“He’s not a guard competing for a guard position where we’re reasonably deep,” Colangelo said. “We don’t have any shortage of scorers. Anthony has a chance to make his mark sooner rather than later just by rebounding, defending, getting up and down the court, being a team player. He doesn’t have to score.”

Colangelo said the chances are slim because Davis is inexperienced, which will in all likelihood keep him off the roster. With only 12 players traveling to London, a kid fresh out of college would have to blow the coaching staff away to be chosen over other NBA veterans. The last thing you want to do is hurt a player’s confidence before he even plays an NBA game, so we expect Davis to remain in the States. The experience, however, can only help his progression.

H/T SLAM Online via Pro Basketball Talk
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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.

Anthony Davis says his family is disappointed he is going to the Hornets

With the Hornets having landed the top overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft despite having only a 13.7% chance at it, Anthony Davis now knows where he will begin his professional basketball career. Based on the odds, his most likely landing spot was Charlotte. After finishing with the worst record in the NBA last season, the Bobcats had a 25% chance of winning the lottery. A number of executives and players feel as though the NBA fixed the lottery so the league-owned team would get the top pick, but none of that matters at this point.

What does matter for Davis and his family is that the former Kentucky Wildcat is — barring a stunning change — about to become a Hornet. From the sound of it, his family is far from thrilled.

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Anthony Davis cereal portrait may be the best fan creation we’ve seen (Picture)

Of all the excellent fan creations we’ve seen, this may be the best. Self-proclaimed die-hard Kentucky Wildcats fan Danny Palmer spent about two weeks making a 4×4 portrait of former Wildcats forward Anthony Davis … and he did it using nothing but cereal.

Palmer told LBS he used about three boxes of Kix and Reese’s Puffs, and he says he also used some Cap’n Crunch for the ear rings.

I thought the gigantic Tebowing snowman was the best fan creation I’d seen until this.

Do we marvel or salivate over this fine work of art? Well done Mr. Palmer, well done.

H/T Kentucky Sports Radio
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Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins could be added as Team USA finalists

With injuries continuing to pile up throughout the NBA playoffs, Team USA’s final roster candidates are wearing thin. The team that heads to London will be comprised of 12 players, and five of the 20 original finalists have to pass either because of injuries or other reasons. As a result, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo has left open the possibility of adding a few new finalists. One of them may not even be in the NBA yet.

According to ESPN.com, Colangelo announced on Tuesday in Las Vegas that the team intends to add a player or two to the preliminary roster. With Dwight Howard out with a back injury and Andrew Bynum not interested in competing, Team USA is in need of big men. The spots could be offered to Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, Pistons big man Greg Monroe, or Kentucky superstar Anthony Davis.

“I think we have concluded to some degree, although we’re not finished with our meetings, that we will probably add one or two players to that pool and that’s because of circumstances,” Colangelo said. “And we are probably at this point not going to make any announcement on who that 12 will be until the very last moment as we watch the NBA games and keep our fingers crossed that no other further injuries take place.”

As we told you last week, Cousins is very interested in joining the team and believes he would earn a final roster spot if given the chance. It is interesting that Davis, who is the consensus No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft, would be considered. While he certainly showed he is capable of dominating the college game, he would be a longshot as one of the final 12 players to make the Team USA roster strictly because of inexperience. The fact that he is reportedly being considered, however, shows us how highly he is viewed as an NBA prospect.

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