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Anthony Davis back at practice with Pelicans today

By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer

After being sidelined with an upper respiratory infection during Wednesday’s loss to Toronto, Anthony Davis was back on the New Orleans Pelicans’ practice court Thursday morning, honing his post-up moves and footwork against a unique defender: His head coach, Monty Williams.

Williams said that roughly once a month during the season, he gets on the hardwood with Davis and provides intensive hands-on instruction.

“I try to show him some of the things I’ve seen,” the former NBA forward and fourth-year coach said. “(Assistant coach) Kevin (Hanson) tries to incorporate some of things I’ve seen into (Davis’) game. We talk about things we can add to his game and try to sharpen him up a little bit.”

Williams added that he’s talked to NBA legend Karl Malone about coming to New Orleans to speak with Davis “about the mental aspects of being a big-time player.” Williams said Malone was receptive to the idea.

“We’ll try to hook that up at some point,” Williams said of a potential meeting between the two power forwards. “I think the biggest thing is talking to AD about being that kind of player, and all the pressures that go with it, and how you balance all of that. Because their games are a lot different – Karl came into the league and he was already 250 (pounds) with mammoth arms, and beating everyone up. AD’s pushing 230 right now. They have two different games.”