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Problem was, he was stuck on the bench behind Ron Artest at small forward. He also was primarily a low-post scoring threat at the time, and Jermaine O’Neal had first dibs on that job. Seemingly destined for a reserve role for seasons to come, he asked team president Donnie Walsh for a trade. To this day, it’s his greatest regret. It’s the same sentiment now voiced by Davis, who also sought a trade in search of a starting opportunity and was dealt to Toronto, but now wishes he had stayed put. “It’s one of those things, you don’t know how good you got it until you’re gone,” he said. “This is a consistent organization that always did everything the right way. You kind of take those things for granted. But I didn’t know. “I tell people all the time, I could have been a lifetime Pacer. I think I had enough people here who liked me, I could have been like Jeff Foster. But I wanted to test my wings and see if they could fly.” Pacers.com
Dress is a major topic. A decade ago players spent lavishly on furs and jewelry, but the fashion is more sedate now -- in no small part because of the NBA's dress code for players -- which has gone a long way to improving how a lot of fans see players. "If you want to wear a big blue chinchilla, with big chains, if you want to do that, and that's how you want people to see you, let us tell you what that looks like," says Davis. "Sit here in this chair, put that on, and let us tell you what we're thinking. Let us tell you what corporate America is thinking. That's what we're trying to get you to see. That's your choice." ESPN.com
Whatever is assumed to be wrong with NBA players, I'd challenge their accusers to find evidence of it at this suburban New Jersey meeting facility. "We're finally feeling like this stuff is working," says retired player Antonio Davis, who is a key part of the proceedings in his role for the Players Association's player programs department. "We're finally feeling like man, we say things, and we don't know if they're getting it, until we see them doing the things we have told them to do." Rory Sparrow, who works for the NBA's player programs department, sees the same thing. "What we have now are guys who understand what the ultimate prize is about," he explains. "Guys come into the business knowing OK, I'm going to get paid, and I really do want that compensation. And I'm going to enjoy the benefits thereof. But I also know that ultimately you're not really judged as a great player until you win something." ESPN.com
Antonio Henderson-Davis (his rap nickname came when someone said he looked like a cross between Mike Tyson and 50 Cent) is not the kind of act that wins "American Idol." He's more the kind that gets famous during "Idol" auditions. Still, his charisma is undeniable. "People are not laughing at him," Hudson says. "They're laughing with him." ESPN.com
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