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Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis says he turned down an invite to be on ‘Dancing With the Stars’


Anthony Davis’ star has justifiably been rising over the past year. He’s one of the cover athletes for the upcoming NBA 2K16 and he just signed a five-year, $143 million extension with the Pelicans. Recently, he had an opportunity to cross over even further into mainstream America’s consciousness, but he knew his lane.

Davis told TMZ Sports recently that he was invited to appear on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, but turned it down because he can’t dance and didn’t want to embarrass himself. You can watch the video here (via DIME).

Davis wouldn’t have been the first NBA player to appear on the show. Metta World Peace was a cast member in 2011, when he was on the Lakers, and Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler appeared in 2007. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has also been on the show.

Spurs give Jimmer Fredette training camp contract, chance to make roster

New Orleans Pelicans v Los Angeles Clippers

The San Antonio Spurs and their system have revived the careers of many shooters — the Spurs don’t ask them to do anything but play to their strengths. Marco Belinelli was just the most recent.

Now Jimmer Fredette will get his chance.

The Spurs and Fredette have reached a deal, something first reported by Marc Stein of ESPN and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The Spurs themselves have since confirmed the deal is done.

The cult of Jimmer may have shrunk, but it still exists — there are people convinced that Fredette would be an NBA star if he just got a chance. The reality is he’s had a lot of chances with different coaches and different styles, and he has not been able to flourish in any of it. For good reasons. He can shoot the rock — he’s a career 38.1 percent from three, although that fell to 18.8 percent last season in New Orleans — but he’s not the point guard/playmaker at the NBA level he thinks he can be. However, the bigger problem has been at the other end of the court — the second he steps on the court other teams go at his defense. That has limited when and where coaches will use him.

There is no better place, no better system to change that narrative around in than San Antonio. The Spurs make shooters look good, Fredette is going to get his chance. His best chance. But he’s going to have to play better than he has at any other stop to make this work.

Report: Kendrick Perkins joining Pelicans for one-year minimum deal

Kendrick Perkins

The Pelicans are filling out the end of their bench and bolstering their frontcourt depth around Anthony Davis. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports that New Orleans is finalizing a one-year minimum deal with veteran center Kendrick Perkins:

This is strictly a signing for the locker-room presence. Perkins has proven over the last few years that he doesn’t have much left in the tank beyond a few hard fouls, and he has Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca ahead of him in the rotation in New Orleans.

James Harden wins MVP at the Players’ Awards

James Harden

The NBPA’s first annual Players’ Awards, the players’ union’s response to the media-distributed end-of-season awards, isn’t airing until Tuesday night, but the ceremony took place on Sunday. Not all of the award winners are public knowledge yet, but James Harden — runner-up to Stephen Curry in the MVP award balloting — took home MVP honors. From Reid Leymance of the Houston Chronicle:

It may not be the official MVP award, but James Harden was picked as the league’s best in the first Players’ Awards, which is a collaboration between BET and the National Basketball Players Association.

In voting by players, Harden was the “Top Vote Getter” as the ceremony proclaims over Stephen Curry (the league’s official MVP in voting by media members), LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.

The ceremony airs tonight on BET.

Pelicans’ coach Alvin Gentry talks defense, faster play, more Anthony Davis

NBA Kid FIT Clinic with Alvin Gentry of the New Orleans Pelicans

In a deep and talented Western Conference, the New Orleans Pelicans are a team on the rise. They have one of the game’s elite players in Anthony Davis, and next season should have key contributors Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson finally healthy. They are not contenders yet, but they could get there in a few years.

Which is why Alvin Gentry was hired as coach.

He’s player friendly, the guy in charge of the Clippers then Warriors offenses the past two seasons, and a coach who just picked up a championship ring. He’s a fantastic hire by the Pelicans.

So how does he plan to get the Pelicans to the next level? Here is what he told John Schuhmann of NBA.com.

Defense first: “We’ve got to do something about (their bottom 10 defense). First of all, we’ve got to get better perimeter defense out front, so that we’re not getting penetration from perimeter players, which causes our bigs to be in rotation. That’s the first thing that we’ve got to do. Secondly, we’ve got to be better as a team, in our rotations, in our protection of the lane. The big thing is that you’ve got to take away dribble penetration.”

Just to be clear, defense is the training camp priority? “Sure it is. That’s how we won the championship last year, make no mistake about it. Our offense was good, because our defense was great.”

More Anthony Davis: I think we’ll try to expand (Davis’) game. He’s a good enough shooter where he can step out and make corner threes right now. The big thing is that we’ve got to have more possessions per 48 minutes. The way you do that is you’ve got to play with faster pace…. The thing that I saw was that he was very efficient in transition, as far as percentage. But he was extremely low as far as opportunities. So obviously, we have to get more opportunities for him.

Get the guards healthy: Having (Jrue) Holiday healthy, having Tyreke [Evans] healthy, Eric Gordon when healthy the whole season. Our goal is to get those guys healthy and see that unit play as a group.

One other thing mentioned — and it was pretty much a given with Gentry taking over — is to expect a much faster pace from the Pelicans. They were a bottom 10 teams in terms of pace last season. This season Davis and those guards will get out and run.

I expect an improvement, a nice jump in the level of play from the Pelicans this season. The problem is, they are in the West, and it’s hard to move up a lot of slots when the Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, Thunder, Grizzlies, and Rockets are there, too. Still, look for this to be a year the Pelicans take a Davis-sized step forward.