Tonight marks the return of one of the most popular athletes in the history of the Bay Area, as Baron Davis at last pays a visit to the arena he once ruled.
Many things have changed in Oakland, as the team legs out a disastrous season following the Davis trade to L.A. The leadership is questionable at best; guys are injured; some are being told they’re no longer welcome; and the GM has been cut off at the knees. Even Baron can’t explain it.
From the Contra Costa Times:
This is not what Mullin had in mind four years ago when he said his major goals were to assemble a team that could develop together and make the franchise more desirable to free agents. It worked for a while.
“All my NBA friends were talking about trying to come over,” Davis recalled. “Everybody wanted to come. It was the new look, kind of like Phoenix, except we were younger. We were up-and-coming. We were potent. Then … I don’t know … it just came apart.”
Sadly for Davis, his situation back home isn’t much better than the poisonous one he left behind.