Reigning national Player of the Year Anthony Davis was the only member of Team USA who did not see the floor in Monday night's 80-69 victory over Brazil. After the game, head coach Mike Krzyzewski discussed the former Kentucky star's role on the team and the reasons why he didn't get off the bench.
"Anthony's a young guy," Krzyzewski said. "In a game like this, he's 10 years younger than any of those big guys he's playing against. He's going to be a terrific player. I think the experience of being with this team as we move along as he gets accustomed, we have three more exhibition games, and five games of pool play. By medal round, I don't know what type of experience playing time-wise he'll get, but he'll get a lot of experience just being with this team.
"Remember, he's just been with us a couple of days. He doesn't even know all the sets and that. But our emphasis is not on him. It's on the guys who are going to play the majority of minutes."
Seems reasonable enough. Unsurprisingly, however, Kentucky fans aren't convinced (offensive language ahead).
My son wanted to know why Davis didn't get in the game....my response.....Son, he is from KY and Coach K doesn't like that! Amen BBN?— Dennie Mills (@denniem123) July 17, 2012
I think coach k purposely doesn't play Anthony Davis— ASAP_Manny_RNA (@jstcallmeMAN) July 17, 2012
Interesting that Coach K, arguably the face of College hoops, doesn't give Ant Davis (POY and champ) 1 min.Shows commitment to his squad.— Tad Dickman (@TeeAyyDee) July 17, 2012
Coach K is mega cunt. Give Davis some rope. 8-year old kids were screaming for him you rat faced fuck. #USABasketball— Richard Drake (@oon2ooo) July 17, 2012
Coach K real salty Davis won a national championship. Stop hating and put him in next time! People chanted "unibrow" and "put in Davis!"— The Artist (@jamesamarrow) July 17, 2012
Coach K didn't play Davis because he went to Kentucky, instead of Duke— VJ (@SlickVic19) July 17, 2012
So two things are clear tonight.. 92 Dream Team > 2012 Dream Team.. And Coach K. Is just a hater not playing Davis at all tonight.. #GetReal— Babes n' UK Gear(@Babes_N_UK_Gear) July 17, 2012
Coach k is a bitch ass hater....not playin davis...give the kid some run....let him develop— josh shanahan (@shanahanjosh) July 17, 2012
Pukes coach K is an ass, wouldn't even put Davis in the final min, come on man, that's why I hate him and Puke— James Coleman Jr (@9595Tiger) July 17, 2012
FUCK YOU COACH K! you give everyone on the team playing time except Davis! you're just mad because Duke will never be the team UK is!!!— Morgan Woosley (@m_richelle) July 17, 2012
@RealMikeWilbon coach K being immature and not playing Anthony Davis? Scared to promote UK? In an exhibition game when USA needs big men— Wes Hosny (@WAHosny22) July 17, 2012
Well, that's typical.