Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  19 responses

Baron Davis Looking to Turn the Cavs Into Winners

B Diddy seems to think he can help re-create some of the magic he conjured up in Golden State for his new team. The Oakland Tribune reports: “It seems that since leaving the Warriors, Davis’ career has spiraled — from the face of the franchise in Oakland to rookie Blake Griffin’s sidekick in Los Angeles to Ramon Sessions’ backup in Cleveland. Certainly, the prevailing expectation was that he’d be unhappy in Cleveland, if he showed up at all. The Cavs are 12-50 entering Tuesday’s game against the Warriors, and from Dec. 20 to Feb. 9, they lost an NBA-record 26 games in a row. But where others see failure, Davis said he sees opportunity. He said he’s excited about playing for Cleveland because in the Cavaliers he sees a return to his glory years with Golden State. For the first time since he decided to jumped ship, Davis said he sees a chance to be himself again, to play his game. He has designs on finishing what he started with the Warriors, but in Cleveland. He has designs on creating We Believe II. ‘It’s the same situation as Golden State,’ Davis said. ‘Different weather, mind you. But the energy is here. I step into a situation with a bunch of young guys. The organization is great. We have really good folks that are going to push us and push me back to the top. I see this as an opportunity, more so than anything, for me to get back to where I am able to do the things that I am capable of doing.’”

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  • riggs

    did he or did he not have that same opportunity in LA and didnt push himself to it only after the owner started making fun of him? also id rather take the clips young players versus ANYONE in the cavs.

  • underdog

    I like this positive approach from Baron. It’s nice to see someone is not bi*ching for once. I hope it works out well, but somehow I don’t see how his game will blossom again under the coaching of Byron Scott.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Want to know something weird? Baron is now playing for his most sane owner. Think about that.

  • http://zenguu.com Max


  • http://www.angryarab.net Tariq

    I love Baron Davis, but he’ll more than likely be pushed back to the nearest Popeye’s.

  • robb

    That’s what I call optimism.

  • Red Star

    Hope all works out for you BD!

  • ab40

    baron davis feeds off energetic crowds and cleveland has one. case closed

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    cue Charlie Sheen’s “winning” quotes
    and no, Baron, the GSW that you joined had way more talent than the current Cavs squad.

  • kornheiser

    “But where others see failure, Davis said he sees opportunity”…. I lol’d when i read this

  • Fruizm

    I used to wish the cavs the worst when mo was there…now I would like to see them succeed…I thought I hated the cavs but I think mo is the one I hate.

  • r2j

    Better days are ahead. A couple of draft picks and
    some salary cap space. Along with Baron, Hickson, Boobie Gibson and a healthy Varajo, the Cavs has a chance to make the playoffs. Keep your head up Cleveland.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I think when Baron went to the Clippers, he kinda put his game in cruise control, thinking he can do all of his side projects and finish out his career in his hometown. Plus, nobody wants to work too hard if you’re boss is an a$$hole.. Hopefully he can become one of the better pgs in the East (again).

  • Felix

    I hope so… lol at r2j “some draft picks, salary cap space…they’re only like, 4 or 5 players away”

  • Bojangles

    where is runNgun to say Baron to knicks. Come on “Walsh make it happen”

  • 1982

    Dan Gilbert’s prophecy was right all along…

  • http://slamonline.com nazzzi

    I don’t care how much of a jerk your boss is, BD gets paid millions to PLAY A GAME!!!! It’s insulting to every fan of the game that he didn’t even care enough to show up in shape, much less play hard. His whole approach is disgusting. If he or anyone else is going to use Sterling as an excuse for Baron’s underperforming then that’s completely lame. He shouldn’t have been playing for Sterling at all. He should have asked for a trade. Better yet, he shouldn’t have gone to the Clippers in the first place. That would have been the principled thing to do. Instead, he scarfs down food like eating is going out of style and doesn’t play hard. He didn’t even hide the fact that he just wanted to focus on his outside ventures. BD is the epitome of a spoiled, pampered athlete. I hope he enjoys playing for yet another loser of an owner.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Dear Nazzzi, Are you crazy? Love, Ugh.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    physician, heal thyself