The Pelicans are embroiled in a week of two-a-day training camp practices - getting ready for Saturday night's test against the Houston Rockets.
When the team takes the floor, fans are going to notice a different Anthony Davis: physically he's added some muscle weight and is up to 220 pounds. Mentally, he's grown as well, thanks to a year of experience in the pros and two go-arounds with Team USA basketball.
Davis says he's ready to step up as a leader and take ownership of this retooled team.
"I'm more comfortable and have a lot more confidence," Davis said. "I'm trying to stay healthy and get ready for this season coming up. I learned a lot. I got better offensively and defensively."
Coach Monty Williams noticed the change as well, but wants Davis to find the balance between developing as a leader and relishing this moment in time.
"He's more confident, but when we say mature, we have to temper that a little bit," Will...