Former UK All-American and Final Four MVP Anthony Davis will play in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. He spent a lot of time Saturday at his press conference talking about his recent trade demand from the New Orleans Pelicans, the team he has played for his entire NBA career.
Q. On his mindset with the Pelicans for the remainder of the season:
ANTHONY DAVIS: My intent is to play, to continue to play and that’s it.
Q. On the Pelicans:
ANTHONY DAVIS: That’s their decision. Obviously, it’s a business, and I understand that. What we were talking about in the beginning about playing or not playing, I understood it from their perspective. My job is to play the game of basketball, and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.
Q. On his daily focus:
ANTHONY DAVIS: I’m still training like I’m playing games, like I’m in the season, because I am playing games. I’m not doing anything I normally wouldn’t do.
Q. On the reported list of team he’d accept a trade to:
ANTHONY DAVIS: Whatever list that came out, that’s between my agent and the Pelicans. It’s true.
Q. On his relationship with the city of New Orleans:
ANTHONY DAVIS: Obviously, when the time comes, I’ll have something for them. When you’re with someone for seven years, I have a love for them. I have a love for the city and the fans. That was my home. I have a couple homes in New Orleans. I always have love for the city of New Orleans, and obviously, when that time comes, I’m going to definitely have a heartwarming message for them. Just put it out there on Instagram, like everybody else does.
Q. Were you surprised by (New Orleans general manager) Dell Demps’ dismissal?
ANTHONY DAVIS: I didn’t know anything about it. Obviously, the Pelicans are going to do what is best for them. They need to do what’s best for them. My intentions are the same, no matter who the GM is. My intentions are the same. The Pelicans made a move that was best for their organization. For me, I’m still going to go out there and play basketball for, obviously, Danny Ferry right now, and continue to play basketball with my teammates and play the game the right way.
Q. On his playing future:
ANTHONY DAVIS: Market doesn’t matter to me. I just want to win. Big market, small market, it doesn’t matter. My focus is on winning at this point in my career. Wherever that may be, like it be a big market or a small market. I just want to win.
Q. On the Knicks:
ANTHONY DAVIS: It’s a great franchise. Playing in, obviously, the Garden, the city. But Milwaukee was on that list too. It doesn’t matter about big market, small market. It’s about winning for me.
Q. On his future:
ANTHONY DAVIS: Obviously, the teams are going to have their offers. There’s a time in free agency where I get a chance to go out there and see. It’s about the best situation for me, the best fit for me. When the time comes, obviously, I have to re-evaluate my situation and see what market best fits me and go from there.