The New Orleans Pelicans have been plagued by injuries and an insufficient supporting cast but Anthony Davis has remained loyal to the franchise.
“My desire to win here is the same,” Davis told The Vertical. “I go out there and play. I don’t care what the record is. I just go out there and play. I have to lead this team and make sure my guys are always happy and high energy. I don’t care what people say about our team. They’re not in our locker room seeing us, not part of our group. That’s all white noise.
“I just try to control what I can: go out there and compete.”
Davis was asked if his aspirations to win with the Pelicans has wavered amid the team's poor results and injuries.
“No, no, never,” Davis told The Vertical.
Davis is averaging 31.7 points, 11.5 rebounds and three blocks as he continues to perform as one of the NBA's best players.
“Injuries happen, and there’s nothing I can do about it,” Davis said. “I just wanted to get my body right to be able to play all 82 [games] this year and then play the postseason. I know how important it is to take care of my body and stay on the floor as much as possible.
“I know this team and what people say is noise. We just want to compete and get wins.”
Davis has a player option in his deal where he can become a free agent in the 2020 offseason.