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By LARRY VAUGHT
He’s just become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft and recently led Kentucky to the national championship. Yet it should be obvious to all that Anthony Davis was being very honest in April when he said that playing in the Olympics was a dream he’s always had.
He reportedly sprained his ankle last week working out for New Orleans and some speculated that would keep him from participating in Team USA’s training camp that s will determine the final 12 spots on the team going to London. He may not be able to fully participate, but Davis wants to be on the team that will be announced Saturday.
With nine players — LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler — apparently already scheduled to earn spots on the team, that leaves Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, James Harden, Eric Gordon and Davis competing for three spots.
If USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski of Duke are not afraid to be a bit bold, they should go ahead and save Davis a spot on the team. He’ll apparently be fully recovered in 10 days and able to train plenty before the Olympics start.
No, he’s never played in the NBA. But he was college basketball’s best player last year and could well be a fixture on the next few Olympic teams. His youthful enthusiasm could help a team loaded with veteran stars and he certainly will be a good teammate because he’ll appreciate the opportunity.
Will Davis be on the team? I think so. If Team USA officials did not want him, he would not have been invited and certainly knowing that he may not work out at all would have been adequate reason to go ahead and dismiss him from the team. But with Davis being welcomed with open arms to training camp in Las Vegas, here’s hoping coach K does the bold thing and includes Davis on the team while giving him time to get his ankle healthy.