Posted: Jul 9, 2012 5:46 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Jul 9, 2012 5:50 PM
When his left ankle gets better, Anthony Davis is on the men's select team roster, with players like DeMarcus Cousins and Kyrie Irving.
Even with that move, the former UK superstar remains an alternate for the Olympic team.
"That took him out of it, but he was really never in the mix," USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told NOLA.com. "The goal, the objective in my mind was, ‘Let's throw him out there and see how he does' in terms of physicality and so forth."
This is what should make True Blue fans excited. Davis has a future as a potential Olympian.
"But his inability to perform because of the ankle, he never had an opportunity to do that. I told him (Saturday), ‘You may get a call a couple of weeks from now or you may not get a call, but you figure big time in my eyes for USA Basketball. I wanted you to be exposed to this and indoctrinated.' He's all excited about that. He understood perfectly. There wasn't disappointment because he never had the opportunity to be disappointed."
What the New Orleans rookie likes is that he's been treated like he's part of the team by the Olympic players.
"Anytime somebody goes down, God forbid, I'm right there," Davis said. "They can call me and tell me to come out. That's always good."