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The key to Pelicans big man Anthony Davis gaining weight? Seafood

Anthony Davis

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis reacts after being called for a foul as the Pelicans play the Charlotte Hornets in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)


Anthony Davis lives in New Orleans and plays for a team named after a coastal bird that loves fish and will pretty much eat anything from the sea. He also needed to put some weight on his frame, which after last summer has apparently continued to grow up to 6-foot-11.

So what was the answer?

According to a recent Wall Street Journal feature on Davis, seafood.

The only problem with that is Davis was not a guy who liked seafood. At all:

It wasn’t that long ago that Davis would have found glazed almon, broccoli florets and sweet potatoes as appetizing as a wad of paper. But he enjoyed this recent meal so much that it inspired him to anoint his personal chef the finest in all New Orleans. “Hands down,” Davis wrote.

That chef is named Will Jones. He’s from Louisiana and loves crawfish. Which is why he was stunned when Davis said he didn’t eat seafood. This, to him, was heresy. Jones took it upon himself to introduce New Orleans’s basketball star to its cuisine.

He started by serving him locally sourced rainbow trout. Then they moved onto salmon. “And salmon was a big hit,” he said. At that point he felt comfortable experimenting. Davis’s palate has expanded to appreciate oysters, king crag and shrimp -- but only after its digestive tract has been de-veined.

Davis, 23, entered the league at 221 pounds. He’s had to play both the power forward and center position for New Orleans, and the team has tried to get him to put on weight. It’s worked, and he’s now listed on at 253 pounds.

Eating things from the ocean is gross, but I’m glad Davis found his way past the smell and the sight of seafood to be able to beef himself up.

I’ll never understand it. Go Pelicans.