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Baron Davis: "I'm not uncoachable"
by Marc Narducci / March 7, 2005

Are you excited at a new start with Golden State after what was a frustrating season in New Orleans?

Baron Davis: It's real cool. This is an opportunity to turn another page and chapter in my career. To show I'm not a bad guy, not a bad person. I'm not uncoachable. I am a good point guard. I'm not always injury prone. I am really ready to step forward and show people what I can do. It's a better situation.

How do you like playing in coach Mike Montgomery's system?

BD: I feel comfortable. Sometimes he asks me what I want to run and I like that and I like a coach who has confidence in his players.

You have suffered this season from a right Achilles injury. What is the status of your heath?

BD: I'm not very healthy. Next year I will be 100 percent, but I'm not at all right now. I'm just happy to be out there and win and playing about 75 percent. We still want to win a lot of games and knock teams out of playoff contention and that will be exciting to do.

How tough is it to go out every night and when you are far from 100 percent physically?

BD: It's extremely tough because I know I can dominate the game if I am 100 percent. It's tough that you have to pick your spots and fatigue also sets in. You have to be careful about going to the hole because of all the pounding. It will come in due time.

For somebody who is 75 percent healthy, you sure have had a lot of strong moments. Does it give you comfort to play well despite not being near 100 percent physically?

BD: Absolutely. To me it's a part of getting better. Being out there trying to do things without having full capabilities. It will come as I get treatment and therapy and get healthy.

The Warriors have some talented young players such as Jason Richardson and Troy Murphy and it appears as if this franchise has a bright future. Would you agree with that?

BD: Absolutely. We have a good young group. We have guys who play hard. We will be better and very successful in the future. We have a lot of guys banged up and we give it our all every time we go out there.

If you aren't close to 100 percent, what makes you go out every night, especially with the Warriors well out of playoff contention?

BD: Just that I'm able to do some stuff. I want to jell with the team and I want to win. I want us to have a good feeling going into the last 20 or so ball games for the NBA season. I just want to make it through without
getting any serious injuries and deal with it in the summer.

Can you hurt your Achilles anymore by playing?

BD: I just have to be careful. A lot of times, when I go to the hole, I take a beating. And I also have to come out when I get fatigued. I have to be smart about things and monitor my minutes and things like that. It's going to be a lot easier when I'm 100 percent. I know I have the utmost confidence in my ability as a basketball player. Once I get to 100 percent, I'm just using this year as a growing process and next year I will do whatever I want to do.

Can Golden State make a run at a playoff berth next season?

BD: Absolutely. The only thing we have to do is finish the season out without any major injuries and have a healthy season next year and we will be playing in the postseason.

Marc Narducci covers the NBA for the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a regular contributor to HoopsHype.com

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