Angry Bird

I'm not saying Anthony Davis is actually Red from Angry Birds.  I'm just saying I've never seen them both in the same place at the same time.

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And by all that, I really just mean to say Happy Birthday to The Contusion, aka The Brow, aka Day-to-Day, aka Left Game, aka Not Expected To Return, aka Ruled Out.  I'm sorry, the man gets hurt.  Well, being his 25th birthday, he threw himself a party.  A block party.  How fitting.

His first career triple double.  Of course it included 10 blocks.  We saw this coming right?

Anthony Davis first came to my attention during the 2011-12 NCAA season.  I knew his name, I knew he was good, but I didn't pay too much attention until tournament time.  I saw him dominating offensively and defensively, recording 7 blocks in the first game.  He would go on to block 29 shots in the tournament, the second most in tournament history.  He managed to lead his Kentucky Wildcats to victory in the National Championship while going 1-10 from the field, not scoring a hoop until there were 5 minutes left in the second half.  That was his only hoop of the game.  But with his 16 rebounds, 6 blocks and 3 steals, he literally browbeat (bully, intimidate, pressure, menace, force) the Kansas Jayhawks into runner up obscurity.

Let's take it back a step further.  How did this walking injury report become the Secretary of Defense, the Long Eyebrow of the Law, the Lethal Rejection.  How does one acquire such a skill set?  The size and length, combined with the coordination needed to use the physical attributes to annihilate opposing offense.  Much like that sentence, it's just too much.  Simply put; he grew 8 inches in 18 months.  He was a 6'2" sophomore guard that became a 6'10" basketball virtuoso with the ball handling skills of a point guard.  Suddenly he looked like man playing against children.

That clip perfectly sums up my high school experience: rejection.  I looked like all of his opponents looked, while making all my opponents look like him.  Thanks for the memories you jump shot denying, volleyball spiking, rim protecting hoop dream thief.  No regard for human life in those blocks.  He takes it as the worst personal insult that anyone would even try to score against him.  If you try to get a hoop on Anthony Davis you are basically pulling a Jimmy from Roadhouse.  And we all know how that worked out:

Yeah, he went a little overboard there.  But I told you, he's a very Angry Bird.

Tim Caldwell