NEW Orleans center Anthony Davis has no intentions of leaving the Pelicans in the future, despite the recent struggles of the team this season.
The 23-year-old Davis was signed to a five-year contract by the Pelicans before the 2016-2017 season, a deal which he plans to fulfill in this era of star players moving from one team to another.
“I don’t plan on leaving, so forget that. Make sure you write that down,” said Davis during a conference call with international reporters on Thursday morning, Manila time.
One of the rising stars in the NBA, Davis added he also has no plans to personally speak to other superstar players in order to join the Pelicans in order to to form a super-team.
“I'm not trying to sell anything to anybody. If guys want to come here, they can come. It's not my job to go sell. My job is to go play basketball. I let the front office handle that. That's their job, to bring guys in. I'm out here to play basketball,” Davis said.
As of posting time, the Pelicans are at 11th place in the Western Conference standings with a 23-34 win-loss slate.
The top pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, however, still believes the Pelicans are a playoff team and that only injuries are affecting the team from performing like a winning squad on a consistent basis. One of those injured players is Terrence Jones, who is sidelined with a thumb injury.
“I like our team we have now. We’re always just kind of injured, and so it's tough to win games when a lot of your top guys are out," he said.
“But we have to find a way. We have a team that's able to compete for the playoffs. We showed that a couple times this year, where we can match up with anybody. We're not afraid of anyone,” added Davis.
Meantime, Davis is also excited to have the All-Star Game in New Orleans where he is gunning to win the MVP plum in front of home fans, while at the same time, have fun with fellow NBA stars.
Davis was voted was a starter for the Western Conference along with Steph Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kawhi Leonard.
“I'm going to try to go out there and win the MVP, of course. It's in New Orleans, so I'm going to try to go out there and play to the best of my ability. That's definitely one of the goals, to go out there and try to win MVP,” said Davis.
“It's the All-Star Game, man. We'll just go out there and have fun. No one kind of really takes it serious until like the fourth quarter. And, of course, nobody wants to go out there and get hurt. So it's all about fun. We're going to go out there and have fun,” he added.