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Ricky Davis
Ricky Davis
Position: None
Born: 09/23/79
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:197 lbs. / 89.4 kg.
The recovery following Davis’ last knee injury rejuvenated his body and his hopes of returning to the NBA. “It’s what’s inside that keeps me wanting to be on the court,” Davis said. “I’m blessed to be able to play this game. It’s just a thing that keeps ticking in me.” His latest hoop dream is to play a few more years. Then he’ll retire as a player. “Now I’m the old man,” Davis said. “In my mind, I still feel like I’m a kid. My body’s like, ‘No way, kid.'”
Immaturity and selfishness surely hurt Davis’ chances of another contract, but he said it was his health that ultimately pushed him out of the league in 2010. Davis said he played that season with an undiagnosed tear in his left patellar tendon—an injury the Clippers had classified merely as tendinitis. (A team spokesman declined to comment on Davis’ assertion.) Davis was averaging just 4.4 points per game when he was waived, a damning stat for a single-minded scorer who once averaged 20.6 points for the Cavaliers.
The Knicks’ D-League team in Erie may be more mismanaged than its big-league team. Allan Houston, who is Erie’s GM, is insisting on keeping the present roster, despite the Bayhawks entering the weekend with a 1-11 mark, the worst record in the 17-team loop. Said one scout on Ricky Davis, the NBA veteran now playing for Erie: “He’s a negative presence. Among other things, he shoots when he shouldn’t.” Nothing’s changed there. But at least Davis hasn’t flooded the locker room, as he did last season when he played for Maine of the D-League and wasn’t happy with his situation.
Davis says he will likely resume playing in the Development League or overseas. He would like to coach if he does not return to the NBA as a player, but he says his career has been fulfilling. “I would definitely be satisfied,” he says of his career.” I played 12 years. I got drafted when I was 17. [Note: He was 18.] I think I was one of the top three youngest guys ever playing in the NBA. I’m satisfied with it.”
“One-two punch” is how Davis imagined himself playing with James. “Then Silas came in,” he says. “Me and Silas had a past in Charlotte. I don’t know why Coach Silas was mad, but I’m thinking it was all about LeBron and the transition of trying to make him the number one. I mean, I was ready to ride with him one-two ’cause I was doing my thing.” “They were kind of messing with me because I didn’t need no plays. I was on fire, but they wanted LeBron, so it kind of got weird. They started taking me out, started labeling me, saying I was talking crazy to LeBron. It got kind of weird.”
“I had thought I got the rebound,” he says. “I was so in my selfishness that I wasn’t thinking of the whole perception of what could happen. When you’re so young, you don’t think about what will happen later. And me coming from where I’m coming from, playing in the park all day … I’m going to get in trouble? Why would I get in trouble? We’re up by 20. That’s what I’m thinking in my head. We’re up by 20. Why would I get in trouble? But there’s more politics involved. There’s more than being a little kid and playing in a grown man’s world.” Much less publicized is Bobby Sura’s similar attempt the next season. Sura, then with the Atlanta Hawks, tried to claim his third consecutive triple-double by purposefully missing — albeit at his own basket — during the closing moments of a win over the Nets. NBA officials erased the rebound. “I’m disappointed that my attempt to turn my third triple-double caused so much controversy,” he said in a later statement. “It was never my intention to make a mockery of our sport and to take any attention away from our huge win over the Nets. If anyone was offended by my actions, I sincerely apologize.”
In an attempt to acquire that final rebound, Davis purposefully shot and missed at his own basket. (By rule, a player cannot be credited with a rebound for a miss on his own goal.) Then things got ugly. Old-school enforcement ensued when Utah’s DeShawn Stevenson fouled Davis. Hard. Utah coach Jerry Sloan turned irate, telling reporters afterward, “I was glad that Shawn tried to knock him down. They can put me in jail or whatever they want for saying that, but that’s the way it is.” The sequence ignited a fierce debate about individual achievement and results in sports. The Cavaliers fined Davis $35,000. Figures around the league denounced him and his selfish style of play. Davis has the advantage of a decade’s worth of perspective now. He says he’s surprised the stunt has stuck with him, but he also concedes it was all his own doing.
The roguish days of the NBA seem a distant memory, but Davis hasn’t forgotten. “It was instilled in me,” he says. “Anthony Mason coming in with 50 shots of tequila. This was before they brought the bottles. The waitress coming out with 50 shots and I’m 17, 18 years old. So now when I’m 25, 26, I go out and hang out, kick it. The league changed so fast and so drastically. It was hard to change sometimes. This routine, I’m not used to that.”
The competition is ruthless. And Davis knows that the NBA isn’t the same as when he left. “[I could] go out hard the night before, then come out the next day and give you 40,” Davis says. “You know why? I came in with Anthony Mason, Derrick Coleman, Eddie Jones. [They would tell rookies] ‘You put the bags up. You better have the condoms. You better meet us.’ That’s what I came into.”
Davis tugs at his left knee as he explains, and demonstrates how, in order to keep it straight, he needed to lift his leg with his hand. NBA doctors, Davis says, misdiagnosed the injury as tendinitis. He recently learned that the injury was actually a patellar tendon tear, for which he underwent surgery and rehabilitation. Now he says he’s ready to resume his NBA career. In January, he got a shot with a workout for the Timberwolves. But Minnesota passed on bringing Davis back. “They signed [Mickael] Gelabale for the whole year,” Davis says. “I played with him in France, so that really makes me sick. That makes me really sick. That really hurts. They signed him for the whole year.”
“I got offers from the D-League before (Ricky Davis or Greg Ostertag) ever thought about playing in the D-League,” Finley said. “My thing is, I want to play basketball, I would enjoy playing in the D-League, but at the same time I don’t want to take an opportunity away from a young guy to get exposure. I’m still thinking about it. If the right situation comes, where I could be something like a player-coach, maybe I would take that opportunity.”