Chicago native Anthony Davis eager to play in All-Star game

Chicago native Anthony Davis eager to play in All-Star game
February 8, 2014, 2:45 pm
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Kristen Harper

In just his second season, Chicago native and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was selected to replace Los Angeles guard Kobe Bryant in the 2014 NBA All-Star game. Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in 2012, will make his All-Star debut in his home city of New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 16..

"It's a great opportunity for me. I'm excited to play in the game," said Davis in a recent media report. "When coach [Monty Williams] said it. I was speechless. I didn't know what to say. I'm glad they chose me. I'll try to go out and represent New Orleans and the Pelicans."

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Initially Davis was chosen as a reserve and was upset when he was left off the roster.

"I was down, but I moved on. I understand that I have a lot more opportunities to try to get in the game," Davis recalled. "Today, it was great."

After news of Bryant’s inability to participate in the game due to a knee injury, NBA commissioner Adam Silver chose the South Side native to take his spot.

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Davis, who is a product of Perspectives High School, is currently averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and leading the league in blocks with 3.3 for the Pelicans. Also, for the second year in a row, Davis will participate in the Rising Stars Challenge just two days before his All-Star debut.