Daniel Solzman will be back later today with full Olympic analysis, but I wanted to touch on a few Anthony Davis related tidbits this afternoon.
The former Kentucky big man got his first taste of Olympic action in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with three points, one rebound and one block. He missed a few lob dunks but did connect on one of them. There is a lot of work that Davis has to do to improve but he is exactly where he needs to be.
Doug Collins called the game against France and had some interesting things to say about Davis. He stated that Davis was in “grad school” at the Olympics and that he has earned the respect of his teammates by “keeping his mouth closed and his ears open” at practice. That’s high praise coming from a respected coach and even higher praise from teammates such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Bryant was even seen grinning ear to ear after Davis scored his first Olympic field goal.
The Hornets have to be excited to see their number one pick learning from the best in the NBA and competing against the best competition in the world. Davis is getting a priceless education at an extremely young age.