On the day after the New Orleans Hornets won the NBA Draft Lottery, expected No. 1 pick Anthony Davis was feeling good. And really, why shouldn’t he be?
He is 19 years old, still feeling the afterglow of leading his college team to a national championship and in less than a month he will become a millionaire who gets to play the game that he loves for a living.
Everything is going well for Davis right now.
So well, in fact, that when Davis joined The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday to talk about the upcoming season, he let the world know that there is more to him than just long arms and a unibrow. He was comfortable enough to show some personality, confidence and humor in the process.
When Patrick asked Davis the player he is most looking forward to playing against, the soon-to-be rookie first mentioned his former Kentucky teammates. After Patrick pushed the question in hopes of getting a better answer, Davis went along with it and decided that he would aim for the top.
Via Ball Don’t Lie, here is what Davis had to say in response to Patrick:
"But you want to, like, dunk over [Michael] Kidd-Gilchrist or DeMarcus [Cousins] — I mean, you were only there one year, you can't have that many guys to play against," Patrick replied. "You don't want to go against LeBron [James] or Kobe [Bryant] or Dwight Howard?"
"Um, probably Kobe," Davis said.
"Really," Patrick said, hinting at a question mark but not quite getting there.
"You know, Kobe, he's a monster," Davis said. "So I want to just go out there and try my hardest. You know, there's a lot of guys who can't stop Kobe. So if I stop him, I'll be one of them guys who can say, 'I shut Kobe down.'"
"Be careful what you ask for, Anthony," Patrick said, as Davis laughed. "He listens to the show, and he's got a great memory."
"Tell him I'll be waiting," Davis replied with a laugh.
This is too good.
It is great to see Davis show his excitement to soon be in the league facing off against the world’s best talent. Likewise, it's great to see a defender salivate over the opportunity to shut down one of the best players in the history of the game.
You know that someone will pass these quotes along to Bryant and we will get to hear about it again when the Hornets—or, you know, whatever team Davis ends up going to— face off against the Lakers.
Watching rookies find their footing in the professional game is always fun. Watching Bryant take it to Davis while Davis tries to steal a highlight from one of the highlight kings of our time is going to be fun to watch.
Note to Anthony Davis: More radio interviews, please. More bold statements, too.