Michael Jordan stood in front of Anthony Davis and nearly eight years ago offered to answer questions at the Jordan Brand Classic in Charlotte, North Carolina. But then-18-year-old Davis was too reverent of his childhood idol and was silent.
Eight years later in the same city, the NBA All-Star hopes to get another opportunity with the NBA icon and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets.
"I have never had a conversation with Jordan. Never. Never. I would like to talk to him. Great fan, "Davis recently told The Undefeated.
It would be a nice change for the six-time All-Star, who has been asking all the questions lately.
After Davis had applied for a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, Davis remained close to the close and was in an uncomfortable situation with his current team.
The questions about his future will not stop in the All-Star break. The open-media session on Saturday could be particularly challenging for Davis. All eyes will be on him during Sunday's All-Star match when he teams up with LeBron James, who has announced that he wants Davis to join the Los Angeles Lakers.
"You need to prepare for it," Davis told The Undefeated last month about dealing with the All-Star Weekend. "I've asked the questions before, but my answers remain the same. My job is to focus on the pelicans. the other stuff, I leave the one who can handle it. … My job is to focus on being the most competent player for this team to get into the playoffs. The rest is discussed when talking about it. "
Davis said he is looking forward to the All-Star celebrations, especially on Sunday with Jordan, who is expected to be in the building.
Davis was born on March 11, 1993 during the legendary title run of the Chicago-based Chicago Bulls. The Hall of Famer led the Bulls to titles from 1991-93 and 1996-98 and was named Finals MVP every time.
While Davis was too young to really see Jordan as a bull star, his father and family members made sure he watched his highlights.
"I did not have a chance to see him play, but all I heard was about him. My pops, uncles, my cousins who played ball and they are like "Jordan, Jordan, Jordan!" Davis said. "The only time I saw him playing was on cassettes and the like, in the movie. But the love the city of Chicago has for him and still has for him is unreal. My family is Bulls fans, so they always talk about Jordan.
"But only to see him and the stuff he made six times in the final, 6: 0. Things he did for the city, things he did for the Bulls organization, can never be repeated become. That's why I think he's certainly the best in the game who has ever laced them. "
Davis recalls how, as a child, he had taken a photo in front of the statue of Jordan in front of the United Center in Chicago, which received many comments and comments on social media. His family also shows the image of a young Davis holding a Jordan No. 23 basketball.
"I've been to some Bulls games and seen the statue," Davis said. "Honestly, the statue is what I came closest to when I was younger. For example: "This is MJ". Take a picture with him and it will appear on your social media when MySpace and Facebook were there. It just goes up and gets all the likes and things and comments. Anyone who had played ball in the city had definitely been to UC and got a picture of the statue and them. "
While Davis wears No. 23 like Jordan, he said he did not pick the number but only received it from his high school trainer. Davis joined Perspectives Charter in 2007 as an unaccompanied 6-foot guard. At a time when he was a senior, he rose to 6 feet and 10 inches, becoming perhaps the best basketball player in the country's high school rebounding game with 32 points (22) and 7 blocks per game.
In 2011, the Kentucky Signee was rewarded with an invitation to participate in the Jordan Brand Classic, an all-star elite high school game with the best preparation seniors. Davis received Co-MVP awards after collecting 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks for the West All-Americans.
Then Davis had the opportunity to speak to Jordan for the first time. BBut Davis was too nervous to say a word.
"Man, this is Michael Jordan. It was the first time I saw him and talked to him, "Davis said. "He said," Any questions? "I had so many questions, I just could not summon up to say something to Jordan, I did not ask anything, I was in awe."
Davis said he had not spoken to Jordan or been to Jordan since he was voted the # 1 best choice in 2012 by the New Orleans Hornets (now the Pelicans). At least he will wear an NBA All-Star jersey with a Jordan Fire symbol on Sunday.
He's ready to deal with all the issues that are sure to hit him this weekend, but he's mostly looking forward to having his game talk.
"The rest of the weekend is fine, but on Sunday I'm definitely upset because there are not too many people," Davis said. "I'm looking forward to All-Star, all parties and all that you have to do, but Sunday night is all about playing."