OAKLAND, Calif. – Two minutes before Wednesday's Golden State Warriors, New Orleans-Pelicans striker Anthony Davis saw favorable coverage and challenged the ball down.
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This time, however, the shot was pushed too hard, and he clapped the rim farthest from him. His night was largely the same, mainly because he worked his way back into the group after missing the two previous games with a right elbow sprain.
For most players, a stat line of 17 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and a block is a career night. But for Davis, who was in the 10-point defeat to defending champions 6 out of 16, that's just not enough, and that responsibility carries enormous pressure.
"Of course I know that In order to win games, there will be a lot of pressure on me," Davis told Yahoo Sports as he sat at his locker room Wednesday night. "If we lose, it's up to me. If we win, they will honor my team and I'm fine.
"A perfect example [was against the Warriors]. I do not have a good game and we lose. So I had to play almost perfectly every night to give us the chance to win. But my teammates are doing a great job. Even in the games I did not play, the boys fought every evening to win. … I'm not trying to pressure myself too much, but I know it's there.
The versatile 6-foot 11-star leads his team in points (25.2), rebounds (13), steals (two), blocks (3.2) and minutes (37). After the start of the season 4-0, New Orleans has denied his last four and Davis has been thrown out of the race for three of these teams, losing the 132:11 defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.
The only all-star in a squad The rocky rivals Jrue Holiday, Julius Randle and Nikola Mirotic fill the Pelicans as far as Davis takes them.
"Life is not fair," Davis said with a grin to Yahoo Sports. "We can not control what's going on in the league. I just go out and play. I can not do anything. It is what it is at this point. I just have to go out and trust my teammates, which I do. These guys are great players, good defenders, good roleplayers. They do as much as possible to help me. "
But most of all, Davis just wants to win.
That's why the rivals of the NBA believe Davis could win for a big market organization long before he rejects his contract for 2020, he is in July 2019 for a Super Max -Approved extension to the Pelicans, which has a value of $ 235 million for five years.
If Davis passed on such a measure to himself As some executives believe he could do so, the franchise would be forced to give up Nevertheless, Davis said he would handle contractual matters in the summer.
"To be honest, I really do not hear [the noise]," he told Yahoo Sports, "I hear it from from the social media to the people around you, but my biggest focus is playing basketball, that's all I can do, and I can not do anything but play basketball as well as I can I play to help my team. … We have a goal and that's winning a championship, and my job is to help them achieve that goal.
In addition, he claims that his upcoming future is not a distraction in the locker room.
"No, my team does not care. They appreciate the moments they have with me, "he told Yahoo Sports. "Every day we try to make the work a great team. You hear it, I hear it. Everyone hears it. It's hard not to do that. But we focus on what we need to do this year. We try to defeat teams like the Warriors and get where they are. That's our goal That's it.
Speculation is not expected to cool as Davis recently hired Rich Paul from Klutch Sports – the same agent who represents LeBron James – to represent him. In the summer, the Lakers will be extremely aggressive in the search for high-profile stars who mate with James in the over-the-counter and trading market.
Boston, Golden State, New York and Los Angeles Clippers will also be some of the teams that oversee Davis' situation, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Davis knew when his new representation became known that the talk of joining the Lakers would increase.
"Oh, yes. Of course. Every time you do that [the noise is coming]"Davis told Yahoo Sports. "He represents LeBron, so A.D goes there" and all that. I knew it would come. So it took me a while to do it because I had to mentally prepare myself. I knew it would come. "
But it's still basketball for the pelicans.
Coach Alvin Gentry had a question in his post-game scrum after losing to the Warriors that Draymond disturbs Green Davis defensively.  "If you want to see the playoffs he had against him, see what he has averaged there," an excited Gentry responded sharply to a series in which Davis scored an average of 27.8 points and 14.8 rebounds , "Draymond is a great player. Draymond is a great defender and great player, and he's great for his team. I like my husband, and I think he's damn good. OK? … I think he did a pretty good job against him. "
Gentry's defense retention shows how the organization plans to support Davis on and off the court.
The Pelicans know what they want. General Manager Dell Demps has the task to improve the list to get into the title fight. But by then Davis has to do everything on the hardwood, and he says it's all worth it when he plays with guys he loves.
. "I love these guys, if you have guys who play hard and hectic and want to win, that's a lot easier for us."
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