New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams knows everyone loves pizza, but he’s never seen anyone love it quite as much as his forward Anthony Davis.
“It’s almost like you can do a show on the kid and pizza,” Williams told The Jim Rome Show. “I mean, when you say ‘P’ in the word ‘pizza,’ he perks up. I’ve never seen anyone like that and I like pizza just like anyone else.”
Williams first took note of Davis’ love affair for the Italian dish at the NBA Pre-Draft Camp in 2012.
“He and I decided to sit down and talk and watch a game and I bought some pizza,” said the coach. “He and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and I and one of our assistants sat for about 3 or 4 hours, and the kid ate pizza just about the whole time.”
At that moment Williams came to the realization that his future star loved pizza more than he could ever understand.
“It was cool for me to get to know him,” said Williams. “But I was looking at him out of the side of my eye a little bit. I’m like ‘this is not like, this is past a fascination, this is like he loves eating dough, cheese, and tomato sauce in ways you and I can only imagine.’”
As for the 2012’s NBA Draft 1st overall pick’s play, Williams says Davis improved his skill set over the summer, looks physically good and is mentally ready for the 2013-14 season.
“He can put the ball down better, and he’s stronger,” said Williams. “He understands he has a target on his back, but he hasn’t backed down. That’s one of the many reasons why we all love him and feel like he’s going to be a special player.”