Search

SI NOW

Feb. 23, 2015
Feb. 23, 2015

Table of Contents
Feb. 23, 2015

SI NOW
INBOX
NBA MIDSEASON REPORT
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
MLB
  • TWO DECADES AGO, LONG BEFORE A REPLACEMENT PLAYER WAS A WELL-KNOWN SABERMETRIC MEASURING STICK, MAJOR LEAGUE CAMPS WERE OVERRUN WITH A DIFFERENT KIND OF FILL -IN: HORDES OF HAS-BEENS AND WANNABES CHASING DREAMS WHILE REAL BIG LEAGUERS WERE ON STRIKE. IT WAS FUNNY, SHAMEFUL—AND FOR ONE PLAYER, TRAGIC

POINT AFTER
Departments

SI NOW

By WITH HOST Maggie Gray

ANTHONY DAVIS

This is an article from the Feb. 23, 2015 issue

The Pelicans' power forward, who is averaging 24.5 points per game, tells SI.com's Matt Dollinger why he skipped his first start in the NBA All-Star Game and who gets his MVP vote

MATT DOLLINGER:Why did you decide to sit out the All-Star Game?

ANTHONY DAVIS: I was discussing it with the trainers and the coaches, just trying to see what the best decision was for me as far as playing, and [my right] shoulder just wasn't ready. I didn't play in the last two games because of the shoulder, and it's still not quite there yet. So I figured I could use this downtime to get my shoulder right so when I go back to the team, we can try to make this push [for the playoffs].

MD:Who is the one guy you would say right now is your MVP?

AD: Either James Harden or Steph Curry. They are playing out of their minds right now. Especially James. He's doing all types of things that you don't normally see, and Steph is scoring 50 [points] and hitting 10 threes. Both of them are doing tremendous things.

MD:Would you put yourself in that conversation?

AD: Y'all can—I'm not going to. I don't like to talk about myself. I'm more of a team guy. Being in the conversation is definitely a blessing, but it's all about my team. Without my team, I wouldn't be in this situation. They definitely put me in a position to where my name can be brought up.

MD:If there was one guy in the NBA you could steal a move from, whose move would you want to add to your repertoire?

AD: James Harden's step-back. It's vicious. He goes right, and then the step-back is money. And he does a great job of drawing fouls as well, so I'd definitely have to take that one.

For more of Davis's interview, plus the SI Now archive, go to SI.com/sinow

"I don't like to talk about myself. I'm more of a team guy."
—Anthony Davis

WATCH SI NOW

SI.COM/SINOW

LIVE WEEKDAYS AT 1 P.M. EST

POWERED BY FORD

TUNE IN

EPISODE: FEB. 5

Patriots running back Jonas Gray shares his aspirations to star in the next Bachelor

EPISODE: FEB. 10

Nine-time Grand Slam winner Monica Seles tells why Serena Williams is the greatest of all time

EPISODE: FEB. 12

SI Swimsuit models Nina Agdal, Gigi Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski talk how social media changed Swimsuit

EPISODE: FEB. 13

Former Jazz forward and 14-time NBA All-Star Karl Malone tells players to quit resting and play basketball

SI NOW

POWERED BY FordBUILT TOUGH ALSO STREAMS LIVE DIRECTLY ON THE SI.COM HOME PAGE | WEEKDAYS AT 1 P.M. EST

PHOTODANNY BOLLINGER/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (DAVIS)PHOTOANTHONY NESMITH/CAL SPORT MEDIA (GRAY)PHOTOCLIVE BRUNSKILL/GETTY IMAGES (WILLIAMS)PHOTOJAMES MACARI FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (AGDAL)PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MALONE)PHOTO