The NBA All-Star game was played at New Orleans and Pelicans star, Anthony Davis made it publicly known he would like to win the MVP award.
He also didn’t hide the master plan on how he intended to achieve that and his teammates played a role in helping him achieve the feat in front of his home fans.
“Coach [Alvin] Gentry already told me every time I catch it to put it up,” said Davis upon being selected to his fourth straight spot on the Western Conference team.
The Western Conference All-Star team had no problem passing the ball to the Pelicans star on his home court and he didn’t waste any chance he got.
The 23-year-old took an All-Star record 39 shots and scored 52 points to smash Wilt Chamberlain’s previous record of 42. The West overcame the East 192-182.
“I stressed that, I think more than enough, to the guys in the locker room before the game that I wanted to get the MVP for this crowd, for the city, and I ended up doing it,” Davis said. “Them guys did a great job of just finding me, giving me the basketball. They wanted me to score 50. Every time, Kawhi [Leonard] was like, ‘Six more points.’ Or James [Harden] was like, ‘I’m going to pass you the ball.'”
“It was a lot of fun,” Davis said. “My teammates did a great job of looking for me.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the East with 30 points.
“I told the coach I’m going to play hard no matter what,” said Antetokounmpo, the youngest player in the game. “That’s the only thing I know how to do.”