As a New Orleans Hornets fan, I was upset when Anthony Davis didn't get off the bench for Team USA in its exhibition against Brazil. When Davis didn't play against Argentina, I realized I'd have to come to grips with Mike Krzyzewski's decision or I'd lose my mind. So I've come to the conclusion that the Anthony Davis glass is half-full.
Take a closer look at five reasons why Anthony Davis fans shouldn't be angry about his lack of playing time for Team USA.
5. Staying in shape
Now that the NBA Summer League is over, there's no telling what Anthony Davis would be doing in his free time if he wasn't on Team USA. If he was hanging out in New Orleans instead of playing for Team USA, I can only imagine how he'd be eating or what he'd be doing after the restaurants close.
4. At least he's on Team USA
If Team USA wins the gold medal in the Summer Olympics, Anthony Davis will be recognized as one of the 12 best basketball players in the world. The Hornets are one of only nine NBA teams with a player on Team USA and the Kentucky Wildcats are one of only eight colleges represented on the squad.
3. Not playing = not getting hurt
Hornets' fans are hoping that Anthony Davis can resurrect a franchise that has struggled since Chris Paul left. So at least we know that Davis won't get injured while sitting on the bench. There was even a rumor in New Orleans that Anthony Davis' sprained ankle was a ruse to keep him off Team USA.
Practice? Yes, I'm talking about practice. Even if he never gets off the bench in the Summer Olympics for Team USA, Anthony Davis' game will improve exponentially by practicing with and against this roster for several weeks. Going against Team USA C Tyson Chandler will do wonders for Davis.
1. Winning attitude
After just a few days of hearing his Team USA teammates talking about the NBA Playoffs and Finals, Kevin Love said the Minnesota Timberwolves need to make the playoffs soon. Team USA's winning attitude will certainly rub off on Anthony Davis too. With a national championship and a gold medal, Davis may refuse to lose with the Hornets.
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Hornets. Patrick was in attendance the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
"2012 U.S. Olympic Men's Team Roster," usabasketball.com
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