Anthony Davis has endeared himself to New Orleans through his work both off the court and on

Anthony Davis

can’t help but notice the homeless people living under bridges near the New Orleans Pelicans’ arena when he arrives for and leaves games.

“Any time I see a homeless person I give them money if I have cash on me,” Davis said. “You don’t know what they’re going through. Some people say you never know if they’re lying or putting on a show. But you never know.

“If that were me, I would want someone to help me out. I try to make sure I can help out any way possible.”

The night before Thanksgiving, Davis paid for and served meals with his family for the residents of the Salvation Army Center for Hope in downtown New Orleans. Davis’ Thanksgiving dinner was the tipoff to his season-long “AD’s Flight Academy,” which will include monthly community events focusing on giving back to children and families in the New Orleans area.

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