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Anthony Davis says mom wanted him in Charlotte, wants to shut down Kobe

May 31, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

After the NBA Draft Lottery was over Wednesday night, the presumptive No. 1 pick Anthony Davis was saying all the right things. He said he was lucky to go help out New Orleans, “I just have to buy into what they’re doing and work my hardest.”

Then Thursday he started to open up and be honest.

Davis was on the Dan Patrick Show and first said his mom is disappointed her son is not going to be a Bobcat. Via

“A lot of disappointment inside my family. My mom wanted me to go to Charlotte. I have a lot of good friends in Charlotte. At the same time, it wasn’t my call. A lot of guys are disappointed but they have to move on and make the best out of New Orleans.”

Then when pushed, he said he’s looks forward to taking a shot at Kobe Bryant.

“He’s a monster. So I just want to go out there and play my hardest. 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’.”

Note to Davis: Don’t give Kobe more motivation. Just don’t.

  1. slippyal2 - May 31, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    If James Harden can’t sit at Kobe’s lunch table, I don’t think Davis is even in the same cafeteria.

    • cosanostra71 - May 31, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      lol. Gotta give it to him though. If you want to be the best, you got to prove it against the best.

  2. cakemixa - May 31, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Dan Patrick is seriously one of the most creepiest interviewers I’ve ever heard.

  3. abchome - May 31, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Away from “a lot of good friends” can be good for career development.

  4. AlohaMrHand - May 31, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    The best thing that happened to this kid is the hornets getting the first pick.The Charlotte bobcats are a complete mess under Airless Jordan.I predict the Bobcats will,be the next team the NBA takes over because of his arrogance in running a team into the ground.The wizards have still never recovered from his butchering.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 31, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      The Wizards were a mess for two decades before Jordan got there. They’re only becoming relevant because Leonsis cleaned house and changed the management philosophy. Not that you care about facts.

      Jordan has learned. Rich Cho will make the trade and net them two first round picks, and they will get Robinson and possibly Rivers and begin building inside out, as they had neither the past two years.

  5. smcgaels1997 - May 31, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Sorry Charlotte..if the NBA wont take the Kings over after the Maloof embarrassment..your stuck with Jordan

  6. allball23 - May 31, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    First time Kobe plays you he will drop 45 on your head lol.

    • jackntorres - May 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      And the Lakers will lose by 6.

    • addictedzone - May 31, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      Since he’s only dropped 45 on anyone’s head once in the last 3 years, the odds are pretty good he’ll never drop 45 on anyone ever again…and the Lakers will probably still lose by 6.

  7. teambringitstrong - May 31, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Any questions?

  8. lmvs2012 - May 31, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    This young fella….mamba just too dangerous for u kid! one in the NBA that can REALLY stop kobe…that good for u kid tho..YOU HAD A

  9. acdc363 - May 31, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    I can just picture Kobe not even caring enough to snicker at this.

  10. therealhtj - May 31, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    He should set his sights on Lebron. By the time this kid is a relevant NBA baller, Kobe should be retired.

    • addictedzone - May 31, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      Bryant ranked 81st in FG% this season. He was just a notch ahead of Rodney Stuckey. Laker fans might wish they could have Anthony Davis going forward instead.

  11. isujames - May 31, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    kobe shuts his self down, and besides that he is only going as far as his bigs take him,OBVIOUSLY

  12. isujames - May 31, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    kobe’s —- riders couldn’t wait for a post like this to pop up, yea kobe might drop 45 on him after 40+ shot attempts complete with a lakrr loss.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 31, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      James’ —- riders would rather brag about field goal percentage and overlook their god’s unwillingness to even go to the bucket on a 6′ 175 lb guy that he’s got 100 lbs on because he’s SCARED TO MISS FREE THROWS.

      Only stat geeks care about field goal percentage. Being willing to take them is another story. The greats say “it’s not how many you take, it’s how many you make.”

      You young brainwashed-by-the-NBA-hype-machine types think the higher the FG%, no matter how the shots were obtained, makes you great.

      I’m sorry, if Reggie, Larry Legend, Mike Jordan and Kobe subscribe to the aforementioned quote, what you and other clowns talking about FG% on here — is utter foolishness.

      • addictedzone - May 31, 2012 at 9:17 PM

        Please don’t drop Reggie in the same sentence as Larry and Michael. But if that’s what you want to do, how are these career FG%’s for all four.

        Michael .497
        Larry .496
        Reggie .471
        Kobe .453

        Neither Reggie or Kobe belong in the same sentence with the top two there.

  13. thraiderskin - May 31, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    pretty sure Kobe is old (by athlete standards) being able to shut him down is a great accomplishment, but you are getting Kobe from the mid-2000’s and you would need to do it almost everytime.

  14. Mr. Wright 212 - May 31, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    This kid is already delusional…

  15. decimusprime - May 31, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Kobe does not care if this rookie stops him or not because even if he makes kobe alter his shot or blocks him all game, it will be in the reg season. Kobe plays for the playoffs, and NOL isn’t headed there anytime soon. Oh and Kobe takes his doughnuts with sprinkles rook.

  16. lakerluver - May 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Now that Kobe’s almost in his mid 30’s Davis has a chance of slowing him down. But 5 years ago THE BLACK MAMBA would’ve dropped 60 on him!!

  17. lalakersalldammdayy24 - May 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Lol ut oh thats not gonna be good for davis lol he jus gave kobe more fuel to be motivated then he already is !! Have fun gettin took back to school davis ur gonna need help hahaaaa im Sure the black mamba saw this article YALL CAN BOOK THAT!!! Lakers all day homies!!!

  18. lakerluver - May 31, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    The Kobe haters never cease to amaze me. Listen to most former players, coaches, or GM’s and they all list Kobe in their top10-15 players ever. And many list him in their top 5. But some clown with a smart phone who doesn’t know a pick and roll from picking his butt acts as if the Black Mamba is Antoine Walker!! Cut it out, haters, you’re only making yourselves look stupid. Because you own a tv and a smart phone does NOT make you an expert on basketball. You do NOT know the game better than those who played or coached it.

  19. mrgoodbar216 - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Thats almost as rediculous as when gerald wilkins(dominique wilkins lil brother) said he was the jordan stopper.

  20. jimsjam33 - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Can’t wait to see Blake Griffin bust a monster dunk on this rook . Welcome to the NBA !

  21. beaverdam21 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    (More than) a few years ago the Pacers (I believe) made a fuss about bringing in a young gun named Dudley Bradley, even trotting out a press offensive billing him as The Secretary of Defense. The first time they met George Gervin scored 63, and that was the last anybody heard of him.

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