Anthony Davis: Cousins, Rondo "The Enemies"

Anthony Davis understands why DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo went West, but he said it's frustrating when "guys decide to leave"

Tiki and Tierney
July 25, 2018 - 5:48 pm

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DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo didn’t play long in New Orleans, but they played well when they did. With Cousins and Rondo – and, of course, Anthony Davis – the Pelicans went 48-34 last season and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

Cousins and Rondo, however, signed with the Warriors and Lakers, respectively, in free agency.

Davis, a first-team All-NBA performer, will “for sure” miss them.

“We had a lot of good stuff going on,” Davis said on Tiki and Tierney. “We were playing well before (Cousins) went down with his injury. But the decision he made, it was best for him, his family, his career. Hats off to him. It sucks that he’s gone – him and Rondo – but we got to move forward. Can’t come back now. Got to play this season without them. Now they’re the enemies.”

Davis, 25, has played in New Orleans since 2012. He averaged 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks last season. Still, the Pelicans play second fiddle to the Saints in New Orleans.

“It’s a football city,” Davis said, laughing. “They’re the Saints all day, but they’re starting to come around, especially with the stuff we were able to do last year. The city was really excited about our team and our season and what we were able to do. For right now, the Saints are holding it down, but we’re trying to catch up to them.”

Just as the Saints have a franchise cornerstone in Drew Brees, the Pelicans have one in Davis. But the supplemental pieces keep moving.

“We constantly change our roster,” Davis said. “We got to keep our core together. Now we got to go into training camp and be locked in because we’re kind of behind the curve of these other teams like the Warriors and all these other teams who have been together for a while – Houston. They’ve been together for a while and they’ve got that team chemistry. For us, we have to take training camp and stuff a little more seriously.”

Davis said it’s “frustrating” to say hello and goodbye to teammates so often, but that can happen when you play in a small market.

“It’s not that we want to, but guys decide to leave,” said Davis, who is in Los Angeles for the 10,000-mile pit stop of the Mobil 1 Annual Protection 20K Road Trip. “It forces us to add new pieces. But we definitely try to keep our core together as much as possible and try to build around it. Of course this offseason was a little different. . . . We still have our two main guys – Jrue (Holiday) and I. We’re trying to build around that and try to make some noise in the postseason. All these other teams keep their roster – but add guys. For us, two guys decided to leave, so now it put us behind the 8-ball a little bit. We got to play catch up.”