Being the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats’ basketball team gives John Calipari the opportunity to deal with tons of talented basketball prospects. Coach Calipari has the chance to mold these young, gifted players, as they enter a lifetime of basketball glory. Recently, that crop has been great. Players like DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Julius Randle and Anthony Davis come to mind.
Coach Calipari made a bold prediction for New Orleans Pelicans’ forward, and Team USA big man, Anthony Davis, while speaking to USA Today Sports.
“Right now, you look at (Davis) and say, ‘Man, in five years, he could be the best player in the NBA,’ “ Calipari said. “And this USA Basketball stuff pushes that date sooner. Again, here’s what it does for him: how to work, new things to add to his game, and confidence like, ‘These are the best in the world, so I’m all right.’ “
ESPN already dropped their positional rankings for the upcoming season, and wouldn’t you know it, they ranked Davis as the potential best power-forward in the league next season.
The gushing doesn’t stop with Calipari. Pelicans’ head coach, Monty Williams, also sees the growth in Davis’ game.
“He’s understanding that he is a lead dog among a number of alpha dogs. Mentally, he has taken it up a few notches, and I think Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) has been a big part of that, pushing him to be a leader, pushing him to be a guy on the team. You think about the names on this team, and you look at the impact on the game that he has, and you seldom say there’s a better player on the floor than Anthony. That’s got to help him from a confidence standpoint…and I think that’s just going to help us going forward.”
There certainly is an added advantage to playing with fellow star players from around the association, while on Team USA’s roster. Davis has gone from being the clear-cut best player on a team (The Pelicans), to being just another face in the crowd on Team USA. Not to diminish the valuable role Davis plays for the USA team, or anything, but it’s a big difference from playing with guys like Tyreke Evans, to playing with players like Stephen Curry, and Derrick Rose. These fellow all-star caliber players heighten your game, naturally.
So, the ultimate question is how good will Anthony Davis eventually be? It’s a tricky question, but his defense is already blossomed, and his offensive ceiling seems almost unlimited at his position.
DeMarcus Cousins has become an absolute beast in his third season as a pro. In this highlight, Cousins shows his athleticism and versatility by playing the passing lane and stealing the pass intended for Kawhi Leonard. Cousins then decides to take it upon himself and dribble coast to coast. Not only does he get down the court in three dribbles, he finishes with a thunderous dunk over Danny Green. This should be a nice poster for some kid’s bedroom!
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DeMarcus Cousins has never competed in an NBA Slam Dunk contest, but that doesn’t do justice to the jams that he can throw down. The 6’11’’ Cousins averaged 1.5 steals with the Kings in the 2011-12 season, and he’s off to a good start in 2012, as he recorded three steals against the Bulls. One of the three ended in a bang in the second quarter of the Kings opener.
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Cousins finished the day with 14 points on 7-14 shooting along with seven rebounds and an assist. However, Cosuins’ 14 points weren’t enough to pull out a victory against the Rose-less Bulls in Chicago, and they started their season with a loss for the first time since 2009.
By: Christian Hardy- Sports-Kings Contributor
Well, if nothing else it appears Cousins at least has a passion for animals, notably his pet bulldog. Can’t always say the same thing about Cousins on the court, but it’s nice to see that Cousins has a soft side.
It was discovered by Ailene Voisin, of the Sacramento Bee During the Kings’ 127-102 loss to San Antonio on Wednesday. Voisin, noticed something that appeared to be hand-written on the white rubber on center DeMarcus Cousins’ sneakers.
When asked about it, Cousins explained that his 18-week-old bulldog died last week after suffering an allergic reaction to a bee sting. Cousins would go on to say:
“He just collapsed in his crate while I was on our last road trip,” Cousins said. “We had an autopsy done and everything because we wanted to know what happened. The (veterinarian) said it was from a bee sting.”
Cousins did say he will be in the puppy market soon though.
There is a reason they say dogs are a man’s best friend. Poor guy.