Anthony Davis means business and we should appreciate that

Published: October 2, 2018

Ever since New Orleans Pelicans once-in-a-generation superstar Anthony Davis switched agents and signed with Rich Paul from Klutch Sports, who also have LeBron James as a client, the dominant NBA narratives out of The Big Easy center around the power forward’s future.

I don’t know if it’s because local fans are experiencing Chris Paul PTSD or what, but many are choosing to respond in a defensive way or already preparing for the worst. I also understand that it doesn’t help at all when the national talking heads are going out of their way to incite a crisis that may or may not exist in New Orleans basketball.

Out of all the narratives that exist out there, here’s the one you should focus on if you are a Pelicans fan: Forget the future, Anthony Davis is trying to be the biggest and best basketball player on the planet right now in the present.

This is a good thing.

Think about this. Davis is a top-five talent in the NBA. Does it really matter who his agent is? He is one of the rare 450 players in the league that can play wherever he wants, whenever he wants, and for whatever he wants to get paid when the time is right.

Here in South Louisiana, the entire Gulf Coast even, are we truly aware of how great and rare a talent Davis is? Sometimes I wonder if this football-crazed region even understands the weight of a legend like Saints quarterback Drew Brees playing here, in this small market, and that guy will most likely break the NFL’s all-time passing yardage record on Monday Night Football next week. I’m not trying to offend the base, but I feel like good fortune is something that can easily be taken for granted.

More than once after practices, we’ve heard Davis declare, pretty much for the first time in his career, that he believes he is the best player in the world right now. He has earned the right to say those things. If it challenges the Pelicans to be a better organization then we should accept that and encourage that. It’s nothing to be afraid of.

Let me tell you why he signed with Klutch Sports. Your Uncle Joe can be his agent negotiating a supermax for his next extension, but with Klutch his face may land on more cereal boxes, appear on TV and movies, and haul in more endorsements. He deserves this, and there is no reason why he shouldn’t be one of the most marketable players in all of professional sports.

Signing with Klutch is a marketing decision. You know else is signed with Klutch? Some guy named Ike Nwamu. With all due respect to him, I don’t think he’s being considered as LeBron’s missing piece just because they’re signed to the same agency.

Am I saying that Davis is a lock to stay forever? No. But don’t assume that he’s leaving because he wants to be more visible. New Orleans should celebrate that. Let’s quit looking ahead down the road and appreciate that a guy that is currently changing the game is a Pelican.

Here in New Orleans, Davis got his first taste of success and it was electric. The accomplishments of last season are also currently being undersold in term of potential in the presents. It has made him hungry as any professional should be. His personal obsession to improve now also belongs to us.

What happens next year, in two years, or in 10 years is irrelevant. Davis wants you to believe now.

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