Years like the one Anthony Davis has had in 2012 just don’t happen. No one’s fairy tale is that complete, that whimsical, or that picture-perfect. But somehow, Anthony Davis pulled in the final rebound of Team USA’s incredible Olympics run, sealing their golden medal performance and taking his place atop the Olympics podium as the youngest-ever winner in Olympics basketball history. He finished off an amazing Olympics run with the ball in his hands, and he finished off an absolutely flawless year of basketball.
In the last 6 months, Davis was given practically every individual award available in college basketball, he claimed an NCAA Championship ring, was drafted 1st overall in the NBA draft, and now has an Olympic medal to add to the top of the pile. There are few athletes who have achieved so much in so little time.
“I’m just glad to be here and want to perform when I get in,” Davis said earlier this week. “I’m lucky these guys are teaching me how to become legendary, like they are.” If Davis is concerned about being a legend, he can rest easy with his golden medal draped over his neck. His year in college basketball was without question one of the best in history, leaving Davis’ name permanently ingrained in the history books regardless of his future in the NBA alongside the stars who mentored him throughout the Olympics.
Davis may not yet recognize how incredible his year has been. But the experience hasn’t been lost on the young man’s parents. “Besides him being born, this is the greatest day a parent could have,” Davis’ father revealed. “To see him go from being an unknown in Chicago, to winning a national title at Kentucky, and a gold medal in the same year.”
The transformation witnessed with Davis over the last couple years has been more than magical. Such great heights were never expected, neither physically in the case of Davis’ stature, nor in the things he would go on to achieve. It’s only fitting that Anthony Davis finished this leg of his journey with the ball in his hands and a medal around his neck.
“We feel blessed,” Davis Sr. summed it up best.
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