Michael Jordan was right in front of Anthony Davis and offered to answer questions at the Jordan Brand Classic in Charlotte, North Carolina, nearly eight years ago. But the then 18-year-old Davis was also in awe of his childhood idol and became silent.
Eight years later in the same city, NBA hopes All-Star will have a new opportunity with the NBA icon and the current owner of Charlotte Hornets.
"I've never had a conversation with Jordan. Never. Never. I'd just like to talk to him. Big fan," Davis recently told The Undefeated.
It would be a nice change in the pace of the six-hour All-Star, which has been the one who fielded all the issues lately.
After requesting trading from New Orleans Pelicans, Davis was put on the trading deadline and was in an awkward situation with his current team ̵
The questions about his playing future will not stop during the All-Star break either. Saturday's open media session can be particularly challenging for Davis. And all eyes will be on him during Sunday's All Star game as he joins LeBron James, who made it known that he wants Davis to join the Los Angeles Lakers.
"You have to prepare it," said Davis The Undefeated last month about handling All-Star Weekend. "I asked the questions before, but my answers will remain the same. My job is to focus on the pelicans; the other things I let them handle it … My job is to focus on trying to be the most competent player , help this team come to the playoffs. The rest of it will be talked about when it is spoken. "[Davis] said he was looking forward to the All-Star celebrations, specially playing on Sunday with Jordan is expected to be in the building.
Davis was born in Chicago on March 11, 1993, during Jordan's legendary title race with the Chicago Bulls. The Hall of Famer led Bulls to titles from 1991-93 and 1996-98 and was called Finals MVP every time.
Davis was too young to really enjoy Jordan as a star star, his father and family members saw he saw his highlights.
"I didn't get the chance to see him play, but all I heard was about him. My pops, uncles, my cousins who played the ball, and they're like Jordan, Jordan, Jordan! & # 39; 39; & # 39; Davis said. "The only time I saw him play was on tape and stuff like that on film. But the love that the city of Chicago had for him and still has for him is unreal. My family is Bull's fans, so they always talk about Jordan.
"But just looking at him and the things he did, six times in the finals, 6-0. Things he did for the city, things he did for the Bulls organization, is something that can never be repeated. Therefore, I think , he is definitely the best in the game ever to draw them up. "Davis recalls taking a picture as a child in front of Jordan's statue outside the United Center in Chicago, which has many likes and comments on social media. His family also has a picture of a young Davis who has a Jordan No. 23 basketball.
"I've been in a few bullies and I saw the statue," Davis said. "Honestly, the statue is what kind was the closest I came to him when I was younger. Like, & # 39; This is MJ & # 39; and take a picture with him and it goes on your social media, When it was like MySpace and Facebook, it just goes up there and gets all the likes and things and comments. Anyone who played the ball in town had definitely been in UC and they got a picture of the statue and them. " When Davis carries No. 23 as Jordan did, he said he did not pick the number but was just given it by his high school coach. Davis arrived at Perspectives Charter as an uheralded 6-foot guard in 2007. When he was a senior, he ate 6 feet, 10 inches and grew into perhaps the best high school basketball player in the country with an average of 32 points, 22 rebounds and 7 blocks per. game.
In 2011, Kentucky signee was rewarded with an invitation to play in the Jordan Brand Classic, an elite high school All-Star Game with the best prep seniors. Davis earned co-MVP awards after gathering 29 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for West All-Americans.
Davis had the opportunity to speak to Jordan for the first time. B out Davis was too nervous to say a word.
"Man, it's Michael Jordan. It was my first time to see him and talk to him," Davis said. "He was like," Any questions? "I had so many questions, I just couldn't build myself up to say anything to Jordan. I didn't ask anything. I was in awe."
Davis said he has not spoken to or been around Jordan since he was designed as No. 1 overall in 2012 by the New Orleans Hornets (now the pelicans). At least he will have an NBA All-Star jersey with a Jordan Brand symbol on that Sunday.
With regard to dealing with all the issues that certainly come his way this weekend, he is prepared, but looks most like letting his game speak.
"The rest of the weekend is all okay, but Sunday I am absolutely thrilled because not many people can do it," Davis said. "I'm thrilled with All-Star, all parties and all the things you need to do, but Sunday night it's all about playing."