Former Wildcat Anthony Davis tells the Dan Patrick show that he wants to be able to say he shut down Kobe Bryant. He also talked about New Orleans to ESPN's Andy Katz.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky's national player of the year, Anthony Davis, singled out Kobe Bryant as the player he's most looking forward to facing in the NBA during an interview on the Dan Patrick Show Thursday.
At first, Davis said he was most excited about getting to face some of his former UK teammates in the NBA. Then, Dan Patrick pressed him and threw out names like LeBron James. That's when Davis brought up Kobe.
"He's a monster. So I just want to go out there and play my hardest. There's a lot of guys that can't stop Kobe," Davis said. "So if I stop him I could be one of the guys that say, 'I shut Kobe down'."
Patrick told Davis to be careful what he wishes for because Kobe listens to the show and has a good memory.
Davis replied, "Tell him I'll be waiting."
Later in the day, Davis tweeted that his comments about Kobe were out of complete respect for Bryant and his game.
Wednesday night, Davis watched with friends and family from a Lexington restaurant as New Orleans won the NBA Draft Lottery.
The Hornets are expected to select Davis with the number one overall pick in the June 28th draft.
ESPN's Andy Katz spoke with Davis following the announcement.
Davis said that New Orleans loves him, he collected several of his player of the year awards in the Crescent City and it seems like the place to go.