For former University of Kentucky stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, there’s no time like the present for the New Orleans Pelicans teammates to continue to get to know each other’s games.
They have been working out together extensively during the offseason, Davis told Pelicans.com.
“We’ve just tried to get in as much work as possible this summer,” Davis said from Los Angeles, according to the report. “We didn’t have that much time last season to work out with each other, because we didn’t have training camp or (many practices). So we wanted to take advantage of this opportunity, where we had time in the summer in the same city and can get in some work together, because we’ll be playing with each other a lot.”
Davis and Cousins only played 17 games together after Cousins was acquired in an All-Star break trade from the Sacramento Kings. So waiting until training camp to play together again wasn’t an option.
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“It’s about trying to get used to each other,” Davis said. “Of course we knew what each other can do from when we matched up against each other when he was in Sacramento, but it’s different now, learning where he likes to be and where I can get my shots from, or where he can get his shots. We didn’t want to waste training camp trying to figure that out. We’re going to both use this to be ready and try to improve the team.”
Davis told Pelicans.com that he’s impressed by how motivated Cousins has been during the offseason.
“He has a lot more in his game than people say,” Davis said. “He can shoot the ball very well. He’s doing some stuff that is going to be great for us this year — I don’t want to give it away, but he’s working out and doing a lot of great things. I think everybody knows that he lost a ton of weight. He’s trying to do whatever he can to improve the team. … I never had a chance to work out with him before this summer, or see him work out. It’s been great watching how hard he goes.”
Davis and Cousins won’t be the only former Kentucky Wildcats playing for New Orleans this season. Rajon Rondo’s free-agent signing was announced last week, and reports also have Darius Miller signing his free-agent deal with the team on Monday.
Davis said Cousins, who played with Rondo in Sacramento, played a big role in the Pelicans adding the point guard.
“We’re just happy we got him,” Davis said. “It goes back to DeMarcus just trying to help the team in whatever way possible. Helping us to go get Rondo was one of those things.”