Monday, March 5th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  32 responses

Donald Sterling Made Baron Davis Stop Liking Basketball

In a long, and illuminating Q&A with the NY Post, Knicks backup point guard Baron Davis talks about the nightmare he lived through as a Clipper. You might recall that he used to get heckled by his own boss during games: “Q: What’s your lowest NBA moment? A: ‘I would say the first time I got traded from New Orleans to Golden State. I gave my heart to the organization. I played with loose cartilage in my knee. I played with a herniated disk that I didn’t find out was herniated until I tore my meniscus. And it came a point in time where they thought that I was faking my injury, and that just wasn’t the case. And the other lowest point is when I played for the Clippers. … I just stopped liking basketball. And then you dribbling down the court and having the owner like cuss at you and call you an idiot. I didn’t even look forward to coming to the games, and if the owner [Donald Sterling] came to the game, I definitely was not gonna have a good game because it was just like, how do you play when the main heckler in the gym is the owner of the team, and he’s telling you how much he hates you and calling out your name?’”

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  • neaorin

    This is exactly why I’m not on the Clippers bandwagon.

  • ClydeTheGlide

    Well, at least he’s found a new home in the Knicks. A role he looks comfortable in and what looks like a bit of chemistry with his teammates. I hope one day he gets some sort of recognition, be it in a championship or some other award. People have just straight hated on him in the past because of injuries and maybe being a bit out of shape –> look beyond the basketball court people! Seems like such a likeable guy with good intentions and aspirations.

  • KH10

    B diddy will always be one of my favourite people in the NBA purely for being on the Step Brothers DVD commentary.

  • Jayy

    Should’ve stayed with the warriors.

  • Danno

    Mike Dunleavy signed this guy to a huge contract and he repaid the organization by showing up out of shape year after year. Dunleavy also fought for a huge contract for Chris Kaman and he also stiffed the franchise. Sterling clearly has had his issues but dumping these three (BD, Kaman, Dunleavy) was a highlight moment.

  • Jer Dawg

    This is a poor reflection of Clipper ownership for creating poor environment among the work place. The fans deserve the team they have now because of all the unconditional support they give, but Sterling HAS to go.
    The other half is Baron just not taking care of himself. He was a monster of a point guard before. It’s a shame everyone only got to see maybe 3 great consistent years he’s produced a highest level. He’s been inconsistent the rest of his career.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Donald Sterling makes a lot of people people hate Basketball. Anyone read the Clipper Darrell story that’s been going around lately? Wow.

  • jpm34

    If he hated being with the Clips so much then why was he pissed to be dealt to Cavs? No REAL contender wants his drama.

  • Isaac

    @niQ If you read the other side to the story, you’d find that the Clippers offered to bring Darrell on and pay him(in addition to the free season tickets they already give him. The Clippers only request was that he not do media interviews without their consent.

    Darrell is in it for the money.. Make no mistake.

  • Isaac

    Summary of Baron’s stint with the Clippers:

    Baron signs a $65 million contract, and immediately shows up to camp out of shape and injured.. Plays terrible in the games he doesn’t sit out with some phantom injury.

    They draft Griffin, Baron comes to camp in shape, Griffin gets hurt, Baron checks out for the rest of the season.

    Griffin’s all healed, Gordon makes a big jump in his production, Baron once again shows up to camp way out of shape and injured.. Sits out the first 20 games of the season, Clippers start 2-15, season was over before it started.

    EFF YOU BARON. I don’t like Sterling at all, but Baron deserved to get heckled.. He should be in jail for stealing all those millions.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    The more I learn about Donald Sterling, the more I respect him. Can’t say that I would ever LIKE a guy like him, but… It seems like that there is no lying in Sterling.
    He may be an ass. He may be a racist. He may be cheap.
    But he, in my judgement, does not hide any of that.
    After that, it is up to the individual(s) whether or not they want to deal with those characteristics in a person.
    He generally turns in profit.
    He wins lawsuits against him.
    He’s a beast.
    One can more easily trust a person who “puts it out there”, as opposed to a person who will deny everything, and then, surprise people later.

  • Rainman

    ^ granted all of the above…the guy is still the biggest douche in the league, arguably.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    ^Oh, definitely.
    I would think so.
    From what has been put out there.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Interesting Philo. You respect a douchey, racist, cheap ass. Not sure whether or not I understand your position, but it’s interesting.

  • j

    The NOLA comment is funny too. He signed a max deal then DEMANDED a trade, and now he’s pretending like he wanted to be there whole time. Not to mention his poor play and crappy attitude forces New Orleans to trade him for pennies on the dollar.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    If I thought he was being fake about his position(s), then, it would be considerably harder for me to respect him.
    I would rather someone tell me their true feelings. Then, I will less likely be caught off guard.
    I ask you, who would garner more of your respect?
    The racist fellow who everyone already knew was racist, or someone who you thought was not a racist, then, turns out to be racist by surprise?
    Would you respect the fellow who tells you to leave their property from the beginning, because of your race, or, would you respect the racist who invites you onto their property, to only accuse you of stealing something from them… because of your race?
    Can you feel where I’m coming from?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    to bad Sterling couldn’t make Baron Davis hate the buffet.

  • ClydeSays

    Sterling is an ass for sure. You don’t call out the guy you’re giving millions on national TV. It makes you both look bad. As for BDiddy, yeah he’s had injury issues, but he also rarely shows up for the season in shape & if he’s not interested in the game, he’ll just sleepwalk through it. He’s one of those players who could have been so much better if he worked out & stayed focused over his career…

  • T-Money

    philo: why can’t i not respect both?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I don’t respect Sterling.
    But I appreciate him making my life easier by not hiding what he feels and thinks.
    I don’t respect a man who believes what he believes.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    You can rerspect both.
    It’s just that one variable seems more easily respectable, no?
    So, you respect that he makes your life easier by not hiding his feelings, but you don’t respect him.
    I feel you.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    You have said that you believe that everyone is racist.
    You have said that you do not respect a man who believes what Sterling believes.
    As is such, does that mean that you do not respect anyone? Considering that you feel that everyone believes what Sterling believes? As far as race is concerned?

  • Jay

    Baron Davis is a joke….when he was with the clippers he always was the last one on the court….never warmed up before the games……always showed up fat and unmotivated….always was a ball hog….always gave excusses…….always took horrible shots…and has always been 2 faced…

    I was the biggest baron davis fan since his highschool days at crossroads in santa monica and am a life long clipper fan…but the guy flat out is a head case…and never lived up to his potential….any team he is on will find a way to lose….just watch the knicks implode.

    Ater watching baron for 3 years in LA the fans even wanted him gone…and if I am an owner and you are my highest played player at 65 million for 5 years….hell yeah im gonna scream at you when you show up close to 300lbs to start a season and you play like you are a 3rd string point guard with diabetes.

    Lost full respect for him as a player and a man.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I didn’t say I respect him, I say I appreciate him.
    Everyone has racial biases. We all see the world through our own individual prism based on our belief systems and experiences, and race is a huge part of that prism whether we recognize it or not.
    But, Sterling openly discriminates against minorities and spreads blanket falsehoods about them. There is a huge difference between doing that, and doing what most people do.
    Like, most people may ignorantly believe that Affirmative Action was created to give black people and other minorities an unfair advantage over white people and is thus unfair. While this is not based on facts, I can understand how people arrive at this conclusion because they have been fed this lie for a long, long time.
    That is really different from believe that some of vile lies that Sterling believes, and from trying to dominate and demean people the way Sterling likes to do. Sterling is the most vile form of racist, but I appreciate that he doesn’t try to pretend to be something else. He’s no David Duke or Rush Limbaugh, who want to practice racism and then pretend like they don’t know what’s going on. Sterling just does his thing and says “eff it.”

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Respect the intelligent insight, which you’ve always provided on a consistent basis, for at least as long as I have been commenting on SLAM.
    Now, you appreciate Sterling. Is not that in, at least, in the same realm, same ballpark as “respect”? A form of “respect”? Would being appreciative of Sterling be greater than having a “respect” for him?
    Do you really appreciate anyone who you have no respect for at all?

  • mark

    I’ve been a Clippers fan as long as i’ve liked basketball (Before blake and cp3) and I maintain they won’t be truely great until Donald Sterling died. I mean I don’t like to wish death on anyone BUT…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I don’t appreciate or respect Donald Sterling. He’s a gigantic bag of douche. But I respect even less, or at least in the same ball park, those who pretend they aren’t racist while condoning, even participating in institutional racism and imperialism. Meaning the most bleeding heart liberals.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    some* of the most bleeding heart of liberals.

  • Mega

    If u got a name like ‘the philosopher’ u gotta bring a better analogy to the table then ‘open racist vs closet racist’. I respect neither of them.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    F*ck donald sterling and F*ck rush limbaugh. that is all.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    it really is a shame though bc Baron davis really could’ve been a perennial all-star. but between the injuries, the training and the focus issues… smh

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @Philosopher – You’re an absolutely lousy philosopher.