Thus AD got the chance to watch and learn from the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony. It was an incredible opportunity for a 19-year-old, as he got to spend weeks with the ones he looked up to growing up. But as much as Davis felt honored, being around such a group was, in some sense, nerve-racking. Sort of a starstruck x11.
AD managed his nervousness properly as he played to the level of a No.1 pick, showing flashes of future NBA superstar. However, during their third group game against Nigeria, something gave him away.
We were winning by like 60 or something like that, and I finally got my chance to go in the game. I was just so happy to be around all these guys, all these future Hall of Famers, that I forgot to put my jersey on before the game.Anthony Davis, Yahoo Sports
It was when Coach K called AD’s name that a 19-year-old had an epiphany – there was just a white T-shirt underneath his warmup shirt. Now, your on a team with the best basketball players in the world. You were one of the lucky ones to get the chance to play with such talent at such a young age. You are trying to match their excellence, devotion, and attention to detail. How do you say that you forgot to put your jersey on?
So I kinda creep back to the bench, and Coach K was like ‘Where you goin’?’ And I kinda whispered to him because I didn’t want these guys to hear me that I forgot my jersey, and I go sit down.Anthony Davis, Yahoo Sports
And while it may have worked with the rest of the guys, it didn’t go unnoticed with Kobe Bryant. ‘Why you not goin’ in the game, it’s your chance,? Kobe said. ‘I don’t got my jersey on.’ Thus Kobe gave AD his most valuable lesson to this day – never show up to a game without your jersey.
So now, before every game, I kinda just check to make sure I got my jersey on to this day. He told me how to get dressed before a game.Anthony Davis, Yahoo Sports
AD never showed up to a game with only a T-shirt underneath his warmup shirt. Quite a lesson to learn from all those future Hall of Famers.