Anthony Davis scored 9 points in 10 minutes for Team USA last night against Coach Cal and the Dominican Republic.
Davis’ Olympic bid seemed to be dashed last week when a sprained ankle prevented him from practicing with the national team before the cut for the 12-man roster. But then Los Angeles Clippers forward suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee, which will require arthroscopic surgery and force him to miss the trip to London.
"This is another unfortunate injury, but we have to continue to move on and we’re very fortunate to have Anthony Davis available," USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a news release. "Anthony offers our team additional height and length, and this will be an incredible experience for him."
Obviously, it is a dream come true for Davis to play on the Olympic team, but he can't be happy with the circumstances that led to his elevation from alternate to team member. All of us hope that Griffin fully recovers, and fast, from his knee injury, which doesn't look too bad as far as knee injuries go. Meniscus tears are not nearly as severe as ligament damage.
Davis came back in a big way to team USA last night:
Davis returned to the team Thursday just in time to dress for that night’s exhibition game against the Dominican Republic, which was led by his college coach, John Calipari. Davis spent the first three quarters on the bench but announced his presence in a big way in the fourth. He scored nine points in 10 minutes, including a four-point play that sent his NBA-star teammates into a wild celebration.
You can see that play in the FanShot by A2D2 just below this post.
Davis seems to be leading the life of Riley right now, as the stars have aligned to keep him in the spotlight long past his Most Outstanding Player performance that led Kentucky to their eighth NCAA Tournament title. I think all of us in the Big Blue Nation are happy for how things are going for Davis, and I know we will be watching to see him in the London games.
Congratulations, Anthony. I know you will make us proud.