At All-Star Sport, Anthony Davis finds himself in highlight


Anthony Davis is not utterly positive if he will play in Sunday’s All-Star sport. He does not know the way a lot the New Orleans Pelicans may have him play the remainder of this season. Or the place he’ll play subsequent season. Or the place he’ll play the season after that, both.

So Davis, clearly, has a whole lot of questions.

At All-Star media day, he additionally had some solutions.

Sure, Davis desires to maintain taking part in by means of the top of the season with New Orleans. No, he did not eradicate Boston from the listing of cities the place he would think about taking part in. Sure, he’ll take a look at the free agent market in the summertime of 2020. And above all else, massive market or small market, he insists that having an opportunity to win is all that issues going ahead.

“It is time to go play ball,” Davis stated. “That is what I am making an attempt to do.”

Davis — supplied a shoulder pressure does not hold him out — will lastly be LeBron James’ teammate Sunday evening, when Staff LeBron takes on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Staff Giannis within the All-Star Sport. The league’s annual showcase exhibition all the time comes with subplots, and this yr, the one the place Davis simply requested for a commerce that did not come appeared to generate extra All-Star weekend buzz than anything.

“I am simply protecting it actual, to be trustworthy,” Davis stated whereas speaking with reporters. “I knew that is all you guys needed to speak about. I simply acknowledged how I really feel, I acknowledged my intentions and I am going on from there.”

Davis confirmed that there was an inventory of groups on his most well-liked get-traded-to listing — James’ Los Angeles Lakers, together with the New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks.

He additionally denied that the Celtics weren’t on his listing, information positive to thrill followers in Boston and never the remainder of the Japanese Convention.

“They’re on my listing,” Davis stated.

The Lakers unsuccessfully tried to amass Davis, and the Pelicans aren’t precisely positive what occurs now. They fired basic supervisor Dell Demps on Friday and changed him on an interim foundation with Danny Ferry, a transfer that Davis stated caught him unexpectedly but additionally does not change his considering change of surroundings is required. It has been argued that the Pelicans could be finest served not taking part in Davis, although the NBA — which has already fined the 2017 All-Star MVP for saying he needed a commerce — would absolutely come down arduous in the event that they sat him for no motive.

“It is about one of the best state of affairs for me, one of the best match for me,” Davis stated. “When the time comes, clearly, I’ve to re-evaluate my state of affairs and see what market most closely fits me and go from there.”

This is some extra of what to know in regards to the All-Star sport:

DIRK AND DWYANE

Neither Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki nor Miami’s Dwyane Wade expects to play lots within the sport, which they received invited to by Commissioner Adam Silver to commemorate their NBA careers. Nowitzki is in his 21st season, all with the Mavericks, and hasn’t formally stated he is retiring. Wade is retiring after 16 seasons, most of them with the Warmth.

“I am getting previous,” Nowitzki stated. “This does not get previous. That is nice to be right here. Simply having fun with the stage yet one more time.”

Wade had his son Zaire on the ground for a few of observe on Saturday, as father-and-son have been throwing lobs to one another.

“He has the identical dream,” Wade stated, “to at some point be sitting up on this podium.”

CLOSE GAME?

LeBron James is hoping for a detailed sport Sunday.

James was one of many gamers who determined sufficient was sufficient when it got here to All-Star groups flirting with scoring 200 factors, and needed to seek out methods to make the sport extra aggressive. It nonetheless does not — and will not — have playoff depth, however final yr’s sport was performed at a better degree than any All-Star Sport had in years, a 148-145 closing, and James desires that to proceed.

“I do know all of us noticed the way in which the sport was final yr, and we’ll attempt to prime it,” James stated. “Hopefully, it may well come right down to the wire, prefer it did final yr, however we’ll see. We’ll see what occurs.”

NEW CAPTAIN

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is relishing his first time as an All-Star captain.

“I am snug on this stage,” Antetokounmpo stated throughout media day.

That does not imply he is taking this evenly.

Antetokounmpo, who has led the Bucks to the NBA’s finest document thus far this season and is an MVP frontrunner, says the captaincy — and the mere point out of a staff being referred to as Staff Giannis — is humbling.

“For those who advised me that six years in the past … I might have by no means, by no means, by no means thought I might be on this place proper now,” Antetokounmpo stated.

MVP PUSH

Charlotte’s Kemba Walker may have the house crowd on his facet Sunday evening. And whereas Walker says he hasn’t given a lot thought to creating an All-Star Sport MVP push, a lot of his fellow All-Stars would not be shocked to see the Hornets’ guard take a swing at profitable that award.

“Kemba is totally different,” stated Houston’s James Harden, the NBA scoring chief and final season’s MVP. “The way in which he is so artful, his ball-handling, his shot-making means. He is been taking part in at a excessive degree. One of many prime gamers, undoubtedly, so far as taking part in for the primary half of the season, and he is been doing it for some years now. Positively a kind of guys that will get neglected.”

Staff Giannis coach Mike Budenholzer, who may have Walker on his staff Sunday, stated he has a easy gameplan for the Hornets’ star.

“Flip him unfastened,” Budenholzer stated.

BACK AGAIN

The All-Star MVPs from 9 of the previous 13 video games will play Sunday. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis have all received it at the least as soon as. James received the award final yr.