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Anthony Davis says he’s ‘forever indebted’ to the late Tom Benson

Anthony Davis on Friday honored the memory of New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson, who passed away Thursday at the age of 90.

The Pelicans drafted Davis with the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, which came only months after Benson, who also owned the New Orleans Saints, acquired the team. Davis in a tweet said he will be “forever indebted” to both Benson and the owner’s wife Gayle.

“Mr. Benson has meant so much to this city & to my career in NOLA,” Davis wrote in the tweet. “Mr. B & his wife Gayle treated me like family since I arrived & I’m forever indebted to them for their kindness & generosity.”

Davis also paid tribute to Benson during Thursday’s 98-93 loss to the San Antonio Spurs by inscribing “R.I.P. Mr. B.” on his sneakers.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement Wednesday on behalf of the league in the wake of Benson’s passing.

“The NBA family mourns the loss of New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson. Big-hearted and gracious, Tom topped off a distinguished business and sports career by acquiring the Pelicans in 2012,” the statement read. “During his tenure, he hosted two highly-successful All-Star Games, rebranded the franchise and installed a first-class organization. He was a dear friend to me and so many others in the sports world, and the loss of his authentic and unique presence will leave an enormous void. We send our heartfelt condolences to Gayle, their family, the Pelicans and Saints, and his countless friends.”