Day two of Team USA practice is officially in the books and NBA TV gave us a nice look at how things were going and a view of the new massive Anthony Davis.
The official NBA Instagram account had given a look at Davis yesterday with the below picture, but people seemed to be confused about whether Davis had actually gotten that big or if it was just the angle the picture was taken from.
While I missed the first half hour of practice the first thing that stood out to me today was that the time Davis had been spending in the weight room has paid off, as he looked noticeably bigger in his upper body than he has in the past which should do nothing but help him going forward, especially in the upcoming FIBA World Cup where he will be spending plenty of time battling centers.
While the NBA TV broadcast jumped around a lot during the day as to not give away too much to opponents, there were a few other Davis related things that stood out.
First there was a ton of “Good job, Anthony”‘s coming out of Mike Krzyzewski’s mouth during five-on-five periods. Davis is arguably the second most important player on the team and the only big man with experience in what Team USA wants to do so it isn’t surprising he shined but it is always a good sign when a coach continuously praises a player during practice.
Davis also got a ton of run when things were being put in with Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and the other players that probably will be the starting lineup. Again it was expected, but it is always nice to see a guy get run with the best players and to be seemingly locked into a starting spot this early in camp.
Finally, Davis joined the NBA TV guys after practice ended for a quick interview that touched on a few different topics. Things started with Davis admitting that he was much more comfortable this time around after being star struck during the process in 2012 when he saw LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and the rest of Team USA in the room.
Davis also talked about his role with Team USA which he admitted was mostly as a defensive force with players like Durant, Rose and Paul George around to carry the offense. Davis mentioned that he was hoping to block shots, grab rebounds and deflect passes first and foremost and that he will take advantage of the offensive chances that come his way without chasing them.
Things then turned to the NBA where Davis said that he didn’t care about playing power forward or center, mentioning that in some lineups he will play center and some he will play power forward but he is “just trying to play basketball and figure things out as I go along.”
Finally, Davis guessed at the destination for Kevin Love this season by saying he thinks the veteran big man will end up in Cleveland while mentioning that he wished the Cavs were in the West as he wants to play the best players and best teams as much as possible.