Hornets Anthony Davis, rumored $200,000 Kentucky man, faces hometown Chicago Bulls

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The Hornets Anthony Davis played in the Rising Stars game in Houston during NBA All-Star weekend and had 11 points, 9 rebounds and two blocks. The New Orleans Hornets play tonight at home vs. the Chicago Bulls. Here’s a short video clip around  of Hornets Anthony Davis’ time in Houston.  We got a glimpse into family time, his busy appearance schedule –  and then Anthony took a second job as a “wingsman.”

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Tonight he faces his hometown Bulls, and he’ll do so making a lot more money than he was rumored to be making while with the Kentucky Wildcats.

From ESPN:

The University of Kentucky issued a statement on Friday threatening legal action over a Chicago Sun-Times story claiming that recruit Anthony Davis negotiated a deal to receive $200,000 from someone who wanted him to commit to the school.

The intial Sun-Times story on Wednesday cited unidentified sources and stated:

“The rumors/sources that have Davis choosing Kentucky are also alleging that the commitment cost $200,000. [Anthony] Davis Sr. has flat out denied everything.”

If UK did give Anthony Davis 200k, they certainly got their money’s worth- a national championship, all the player of the year awards and the #1 pick in the NBA Draft. I heard off-the-record rumors of Davis getting paid from numerous journalists before the Sun-Times story was even printed. Of course, the amount I heard was $120,000. Now we don’t have the smoking gun that Anthony Davis was paid under the table, there’s a reason Kentucky keeps getting the best of the best recruits every single season. They broke a record this year in signing 5 McDonald’s All-Americans. And John Calipari’s first two Final Fours were later vacated due to sanctions, so maybe the evidence negating last year’s national championship will emerge one day. Calipari’s reputation isn’t sterling.

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More from Deadspin:

Sources from three separate universities told the Sun-Times that Davis Sr. asked for money in return for his son’s commitment, with the amounts ranging from $125,000 to $150,000.

What it comes down to now is the paper’s sources words against the university’s. Who do you believe? A multiple-sourced story, or a university and coach, with separate histories of violations, who stand to suffer if the story is true?
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