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Saturday August 29th, 2015

New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis said he would rather win another Olympics gold medal than his first NBA MVP in an interview with SLAM magazine

Davis won a gold medal with 2012 U.S. Men's National Team, joining the squad after an injury sidelined Blake Griffin. Davis did not play much for the ‘12 team, but is currently trying to make the roster for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where he is expected to play a much larger role. 

Asked by SLAM to choose between an MVP at the end of next season or his second gold medal, Davis went with the latter

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“I'd say gold medal. Only because it comes every four years, and you’re not knowing if you’re going to play again,” Davis said. “You can get a chance to win the MVP every year, and I experienced it the first time, and it was, nothing like it.”

Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in the ‘12 draft, reached new heights last season. He set career highs in points, rebounds, blocks and assists, averaging 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 2.2 assists per game. 

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You can watch his entire SLAM interview below:

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