Laker Profile: Anthony Davis
It’s media day at the Lakers UCLA Health Training Center and,
on this morning, Hollywood has nothing on El Segundo.
The Lakers’ practice gym has been transformed, essentially,
into a movie studio, with lights, cameras, and a whole lot of
action, as the industry’s biggest stars send a high-wattage jolt of
energy through the facility. At mid-morning, Anthony Davis, the
newest star in town, stands in the wings alongside LeBron James
and prepares to make his grand entrance. A door swings open
and, as Davis and James ease their way into a gauntlet of global
media members, one by one, James sums up the situation.
Truer words were never spoken.
The electricity of playing in a media capital is a new
beginning for Davis. But, while joining the franchise that
long ago made Showtime the best show in the City of Stars
represents a fresh start for Davis, being a star among stars is
nothing novel for the six-time All-Star.
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A Chicago native, Davis spent one year at the University of
Kentucky, where he earned Most Outstanding Player honors
at the 2012 Final Four while leading John Calipari’s Wildcats to
an NCAA title. Four months later, at 19, he joined James, Kobe
Bryant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden, on the United
States gold medal-winning team at the London Olympics.
So, yeah, Davis knows a thing or two about delivering on
the great expectations that come with playing for one of
basketball’s marquee teams.
Before stepping into the attendant glare of being the Lakers’
new center — and power forward — of attention, Davis takes
a few moments to explain why he already feels so much at
home in Los Angeles.
“Coming right out of college, I got a chance to play
alongside all those guys on the US Olympic team and it
definitely helped me,” Davis says. “Instead of going to the
summer league, I went to compete for a gold medal with a lot