USA Basketball Chairman Calls Davis a “Long Shot”
Anthony Davis is not pleased. Why? Well, Jerry Coangelo, the USA Basketball Chairman, said in a telephone interview that Davis’ inexperience makes him a long shot for Team USA.
Coangelo seems to believe that Davis’ youth will stop him from being able to immediately compete with grown men, and compared him to Kevin Durant, who was invited to try out for Team USA right after his legendary freshman year and came very close to making the team. However, Coangelo called Davis’ tryout a win-win situation, because Davis gets exposed to Team USA and his future competition, and the team gets a closer look to decide if Davis should make the roster cut.
Coangelo does know Davis’ strong points- a team-first player who doesn’t need to score to be a game-changer- and has spoken with UK Coach John Calipari about Davis’ character and potential to improve at a drastic rate. While no ones ruling Davis out yet, he’ll have to work to prove himself among the already-established NBA stars. In Lexington, it’s easy to get caught up in the “Anthony Davis is a MAN!” hype and forget that he was playing against college kids his age. Working out with Team USA will be our first glimpse of how he’ll adjust to the NBA.
Team USA’s roster will be finalized later this month, with training and exhibition games starting in Las Vegas July 6.
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