Anthony Davis Benefits in a Major Way by Playing for Team USA August 7th, 2012 at 1:32 AM
By Gordon Robinson
With the talent that New Orleans rookie Anthony Davis
has, he may be getting a leg up on other rookies by playing in the Olympics with Team USA. He is getting the experience of playing on a large scale against quality competition and he is also learning tricks of the trade from the NBA
's best. Davis has already talked about some of the things that guys like LeBron James
and Kobe Bryant
are telling him in terms of how to be a better basketball
player, but it may be the things that they are not telling him that could prove most valuable. We know Anthony Davis
doesn't see the minutes that he probably will in New Orleans, but he does get to see how the best prepare and conduct themselves before and after games. A practice with Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony
, Kobe and LeBron that is being conducted by Coach K is a far stretch from the type of talent that he will be around when he goes back to the N.O. What he can take from the Olympics is how a practice is supposed to go and how he can be a better leader for a team that is going to rely on him heavily this upcoming season.
Most of the guys on Team USA are leaders and all lead in different ways, Kobe has already gone on record to state the differences of how he leads his team as opposed to how LeBron gets his guys going. Kevin Durant is also the leader on the Oklahoma City Thunder, who went to the NBA Finals, and his leadership is different from the other two. You also have Carmelo, Chris Paul and Kevin Love who all have different personalities and can show by example how to step up when the time is needed and also how to fall back when it's time. This is very important component for a young man coming into the NBA with the weight of the franchise on his shoulders.
The benefits of being around and involved with Team USA include building a rapport with the best of the best that play in today's game and learning different phases of the game by some the top coaches in the world is a far better experience than any other rookie that was just picked in the draft and has only gone to their teams' summer league. In the long run Davis will be a better leader, a better player and a better teammate.
Tags: Anthony Davis
, Atlanta Hawks
, Carmelo Anthony
, Chris Paul
, Kevin Love
, Kobe Bryant
, Lebron James
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