Anthony Davis calls Chicago 'the Mecca of basketball,' would consider playing for Bulls someday

K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO -- With the heat index hovering near 105 and the thermometer climbing higher inside the second-floor gym at Kenwood Academy High School, Anthony Davis didn't just offer inspirational words for the sweaty mass of middle schoolers who hung on his every word Friday at Nike's Rise camp.

The Chicagoan sweated his way through overseeing some drills and tossed the jump ball to begin a scrimmage, the winners of which get to sit courtside with him Sunday at the Sky-Fever WNBA game at Wintrust Arena.

And you thought this summer's NBA transaction game was filled with hot, frenetic action.

Actually, it was, beginning with the Pelicans honoring Davis' trade request so he could join forces with LeBron James on the Lakers.

That seismic move was followed by Kevin Durant leaving the Warriors and Kyrie Irving ghosting the Celtics to team up on the Nets -- albeit a delayed debut because Durant will miss the 2019-20 season to rehabilitate a torn Achilles tendon.

Then came Kawhi Leonard leaving the Raptors after leading them to the NBA title to sign with the Clippers -- and getting the Thunder to trade Paul George to be his running buddy. The Thunder's sell-off continued when they sent Russell Westbrook to reunite with James Harden on the Rockets in a trade for Chris Paul.


It's enough to make one as dizzy as the kids trying to score on a playful Davis as he attempted to block shots in the layup lines in the gym's sauna-like conditions.

"We stand great," Davis said of the Lakers' chances. "I feel very confident in our team and our roster. I'm excited about it. The league is going to be fun this year."

Indeed, the parity after this summer's wild game of musical chairs leaves both conferences without a clear-cut favorite.

Of course, next season would've been a whole lot more fun for Bulls fans had Davis placed his hometown team on his list of preferred trade destinations. He didn't, which didn't necessarily preclude the Bulls from trading for the free-agent-to-be anyway.


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