Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer
Anthony Davis was asked about criticisms that he didn't give enough effort at times on the defensive end. His response: "I looked at it a little bit. I think I could have played harder. But like I said, that's last year. I don't even want to talk about last year. All of that's irrelevant right now. I'm focused on this year. … When you have guys out there pushing, who want to win with you, it changes your whole mindset for the game, especially during games. Like I said, we have guys who play hard. Coach hasn't had to stop anyone about playing hard, or come to anyone and talk to them about playing hard. It's all ‘Let's figure out the offensive end, let's figure out the defensive scheme.' That was last year. People say I could have did this, that and the other thing. Do I agree? Sometimes. Maybe. I'm just focused on what I can do this year to make us better."