by Marcel Mutoni

Prior to the cross, um, hallway battle between the Lakers and Clippers last night, Baron Davis was handed a microphone and asked to deliver a message of hope to the Clipper faithful. He dutifully obliged: “This is going to be a different Clipper team, just wait and see.”

The message was delivered with authority and confidence; unfortunately, none of his teammates seemed to have heard it, as the Lakers easily rolled to a 38-point victory. After the game, Davis was understandably less than thrilled. And though he downplayed it to the press, Baron was forced to hold his first team meeting shortly after the drubbing.

From the LA Times:

“I mean, no, it was kind of a get-together,” Davis said, fumbling out the words. “It wasn’t really like no team meeting, nothing special like that. It was just an understanding that that’s a winning team over there.”

When asked if he was upset with how the Clippers played, Davis didn’t hold back. “Absolutely,” he said. “I mean, weren’t you upset watching? You had to watch it.”

Chin up, Baron. You’ve got 81 more chances to prove just how different a team the Clippers are going to be.