New Orleans offers some of the world's most renowned restaurants like Emeril's, Commander's Palace and Herbsaint. So what dish has Hornets rookie Anthony Davis fallen in love with since arriving to the Crescent City?
Pizza.
Specifically from the city's Reginelli's Pizzeria chain restaurant, where his pie of choice is a large with double pepperoni and double sausage.
"He eats pizza, man. It's like if anyone says, 'P … I' and then, 'Pizza,' he perks up," Hornets coach Monty Williams said. "This dude has this fascination with pizza. It's unreal."
Despite the calories and carbohydrates acquired with each meat lover's slice, Davis, a slender 6-foot-11, 220-pounder, has not gained much weight since being drafted No. 1 overall last year. Davis says his high metabolism is keeping him from picking up pounds.
Hornets coach Monty Williams believes the 20-year-old is improving as a player, but says he will be better with more muscle. One game in particular that concerned Williams was when Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer physically punished Davis during a 96-87 win over the Hornets on Feb. 19. Davis finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, but said "he learned a lot" that night from the battering he received.
"Boozer made a point of trying to hurt him, basically," Williams said. "He just tried to smash him every play. I thought, 'This could be ugly for him if he doesn't get stronger.' I started talking to him about, 'Right now you have to use your quickness because you can't out-strength these guys.'
"That has been a turning point for him because he is starting to use his speed more, running more. Just doing all the things most guys can't do at his position. He's still a way off. If you look at his numbers and the way he's played and you have to give him a grade, one through 12th grade, he's like seventh or eighth grader because of the strength and know-how."