—from “Bye to the Brow,” by Tread, for aceweekly.com
Anthony Davis didn’t become a local hero because he scored 40 points a game, he became a hero because he played defense like those old men we barely remember from old black and white grainy basketball replays. He blocked shots. Layups, mid-range, three-point shots. He blocked shots. Not like a cocky, butt wipe shot blocker who knocked balls into the third row of Rupp, but like a smart, point guard who used the block to set the offense in motion.