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Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 9:10 am  |  12 responses

Baron Davis to Mentor Kyrie Irving


B-Diddy says he’s got nothing but love for the Cavs’ incoming point guard, and wants to mentor Kyrie Irving early on in his NBA career. From the Plain Dealer: “For now, Kyrie Irving and Baron Davis are just a couple of unlikely college students. Irving has gone from top pick in the NBA Draft in June to rubbing elbows with Duke co-eds in theater class. Davis has transitioned from 12-year NBA veteran to one of the richest men going back to school since Rodney Dangerfield. Their academic status — like their budding friendship — is nontraditional. While some might view Irving as a threat to Davis’ starting role with the Cavaliers, the 32-year-old point guard seems to be embracing the youngster. They met this spring in Cleveland at Irving’s predraft workout and have remained in touch during the NBA lockout. ‘[I'm] really looking forward to playing with, and mentoring, Kyrie,’ said Davis in an e-mail. ‘He’s so talented, creative, smart, has so much potential and could become a great cornerstone of the Cavaliers’ franchise for many years to come. I’ve been talking to him a lot this summer about NBA life, and in Cleveland, he’s going to learn so much from coach [Byron] Scott, who will be a great mentor as well.’ Davis, who’s taking classes at UCLA, had a decent finish to last season after the Los Angeles Clippers shipped him and a first-round pick to the Cavaliers for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon on Feb. 24. The draft pick was the lottery winner the Cavs used to select Irving. The two-time NBA All-Star could help shepherd the teen through his first season. Davis has played and clashed with the demanding Scott during their days together in New Orleans (2004-05), but he has gained perspective on the relationship.”

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  • Bmack

    In other news, scholars have yet another reason to believe that 2012 will indeed be the end of times.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Nooooooooo. If the Cavs want to be successful anytime in the near future, keep Irving as far away from BDiddy as possible.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Bet he’s already put Irving on to all the best pig-out spots in Cleveland.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    I NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHY SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE SO MUCH HATE FOR BARON. THE BEST TEAM HES EVER BEEN ON WAS AN EIGHTH SEED MADE UP OF CASTOFFS AND YOUNG GUYS. I ALWAYS WISHED HE HAD BEEN ON A GOOD TEAM, AND HAD CONSISTENT PLAYOFF RUNS. … LMFAO@ THE PICK THE CLIPS SENT BEING THE ONE THAT TURNED INTO NO. 1. CLIPS SHOULDVE HAD KYRIE TO GO WITH GORDON AND BLAKE. WOW, THE CLIPS CONTINUE THEIR CLIPPER WAYS.

  • dma

    And the first thing he’ll learn is how to milk the injury

  • Chukaz

    I love Baron when he’s focused. He’s like a LeBron-Nash/kidd hybrid no joke (he’s huge compared to PGs and his vision and play making are incredible when he’s focused). With that said, Kyrie Irvin put on like 10 lbs as baron uttered those words…

  • marc

    People forget how good baron davis was when he was with the hornets. smh

  • RaZkOL

    Yeah this will work. Irving’s learning quick, he’s already hurt! and 12 Lbs. heavier!

  • Marcel

    I hope this guy ends the ghost of lebron james

  • rich

    people only hate on baron because its easy to make a joke on him same with barkley warren sapp, big ben on the steelers, and ron artest. we all know about barons unbelievably high skill level, and irving will be lucky if he gains a portion of baron’s leadership IQ passing, and defensive abilities. in his prime I would say baron is better than derrick rose last year

  • kantankruz

    Kyle: “Hey Baron, let’s go to training yeah.”

    Baron: “Nah fu*k it dude, this kid on Madden 12 has been kicking my ass for the past week and I’m not leaving till I beat him. Go get us a couple of burgers would ya little bro, your mentorship will begin soon enough.”

    “Don’t forget to supersize the sh%t outta it bro.”

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    unfrozen caveman lawyer/ chuckaz are right prime baron davis > seriously homie was unstoppable. go rematch that macs warriors series if you don’t believe me. and check out that slam on AK-47 too. I actually really like that comparison btw… baron davis(healthy and in shape) = nash/kidd/lebron hybrid

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