For Anthony Davis, just a few weeks removed from academia at the University of Kentucky and one year after his high school graduation, classes begin again Saturday. The nation-wide tour of heights and weights, measurements, photo-ops and seemingly endless questions ended shortly past noon Friday at New Orleans Arena, where Davis and fellow Hornets' first-round draft pick Austin Rivers were introduced by team chairman Tom Benson. Little does Davis know what Hornets Coach Monty Williams, lurking on the periphery once the dais scattered, has in mind when Williams welcomes his newcomers for today's first official workout as professionals. Yet for Davis, the gym will once again become a comfortable sanctuary where, from this point forward, Davis can concentrate on his career path, with a diversion next week for a trip to Las Vegas and a week working against NBA superstars competing for a spot on the USA Basketball team that will participate in the London Olympic Games. "I'm going to stay down here and work out until about Wednesday when I leave to go to Vegas for USA-B," Davis said Friday. "I'll be in the gym and start working (Saturday). I don't know the schedule yet; I'm pretty sure they'll let me know. Whatever the schedule is, I'm just going to follow through with it." Davis' exuberance will no doubt be tested by what Williams has in store for the two rookies, who'll be joining Lance Thomas and possibly Jason Smith in their first structured professional practices. Suffice to say, it will not be easy, though Williams conceded the primary objective was to get Davis, as well as Rivers, acclimated.
Anthony Davis ready to go back to school, in a manner of speaking
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Jun 30