HoopsHype Baron Davis rumors

May 6, 2012 Updates

Smith, Novak and Baron Davis could be playing their last games as Knicks. The only good note from the playoff catastrophe is reducing their market value. Smith is leaning toward opting out as he makes $2.5 million next season but hasn’t said certainly. Novak could be worth more than the $2 million lower exception the Knicks have to offer if the $5 million mid-level goes to point-guard-of-the-future Jeremy Lin. New York Post

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Baron Davis’ health continues to be a major concern. The veteran guard, who injured his neck in Tuesday’s loss to Chicago, played just 19 minutes Wednesday night and had five turnovers. Mike Bibby played nine minutes, and third-string guard Toney Douglas was a DNP as Mike Woodson went most of the second half with J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert in the backcourt. The Knicks, of course, had their point-guard issues solved for 25 games during the height of Linsanity, but with Jeremy Lin out with a knee injury and Davis breaking down, Woodson is experiencing the same problem Mike D’Antoni was forced to deal with in December. Woodson wants to limit Davis to between 25 and 30 minutes but he needs a suitable backup. Lin, who had surgery last week to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, is expected to be out another four to five weeks. Chauncey Billups was targeted to be the starting point guard, but the club waived Billups under the amnesty clause in order to sign Tyson Chandler. New York Daily News

April 11, 2012 Updates

The Beardman era is over. Baron Davis and Li-Ning have split up. CounterKicks can confirm that Li-Ning initiated an early termination of Baron’s endorsement deal, which was originally signed in 2008 and not due to expire until later in 2013. counterkicks.com

March 26, 2012 Updates

Apparently Baron Davis and Jose Calderon nearly got into an altercation after the game. Remember, the Air Canada Centre has a strange dynamic where both teams exit through the same tunnel. Apparently Davis and Calderon collided toward the end of the game and Davis apparently felt that Calderon tried to grab him around the head, so he was waiting for the Raptors point guard in the tunnel after the game. However, Tyson Chandler held Davis back, preventing him from getting into any trouble with the league... Give the big man an assist. Newark Star-Ledger

March 14, 2012 Updates

On top of that, Baron Davis, who just returned from a back injury, is unhappy with his limited role as Lin's backup. Davis, averaging just 17 minutes a game, has already spoken to D'Antoni about giving him more playing time, according to the sources. While Lin wants to run D'Antoni's system, Davis is more in line with running the offense through Anthony and Stoudemire, the sources said. ESPN.com

March 13, 2012 Updates

Baron Davis called T.J. Ford and spent about 45 minutes on the telephone with him Monday to apologize for being involved in the play that ultimately ended Ford's career. Last week in San Antonio, Davis ran inside to get position for a rebound and his forearm hit Ford, who immediately crumbled to the floor. Ford has a history of neck and spine problems. He announced Monday that he is retiring from basketball. "He was just saying it was like a blessing in disguise," Davis said. "The fall scared him. The hit scared him. He basically was saying it wasn't my fault. It was basketball. I just let him know I have a great deal of respect for him, love for him. He's like a little brother of mine. I just felt bad. I just felt real bad to be involved in a play like that because it's not in my nature and my character." Newsday

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In addition to rediscovering his groove, Davis has also developed a humility that has done wonders for the Knicks’ chemistry. There was a time when Davis would have been livid over a reserve role behind an unproven player like Lin, but Davis seems to understand his role, and he’s playing it to the fullest. “Basketball is basketball,” Davis said. “Whether you start, whether you come off the bench, you’ve just got to make the most of the minutes you’re out there and that’s all I’m worried about at this point.” FOXSports.com

Davis, who says he still doesn’t feel comfortable playing more than 15 or so minutes per game, also acknowledges that he’s not back to 100 percent just yet. So, really, he’s just happy to be on the floor. “There’s some things out there that I can’t do, and a lot of things that I still need to work on as far as timing and my explosiveness and also just my strength and conditioning,” Davis said. “But whatever I have, I’m going to give it all out there on the floor, coming off the bench for 15 minutes, giving Jeremy some time. That’s all I can do at this point, is just give it my all.” FOXSports.com

Q: How do you and Jeremy Lin mesh? Baron Davis: I think our games complement each other. Q: How so? A: He’s an attack, attack, attack, attack. Like he’s speed and fast. I’m more so kinda shifty and at a different pace than his. I’m more like pass first than I am scoring. ... He plays like north- south ... straight lines. ... I play like ... in squiggly lines. Jeremy sets the defense up because he attacks, attacks, attacks and gets in the paint and puts a lot of pressure on the defense. Then when they’re used to that pressure, when I come in, it’s like, “Oh, he’s not going all the way to the basket. He’s stopping, and he’s finding.” New York Post

Q: Describe your first NBA coach with the Charlotte Hornets, Paul Silas. A: I just thought that I was gonna just take the NBA by storm, and he was just like, “Nope.” (Laugh). I remember times that I would be dribbling up the court, and he’d be yelling at me, and I’d be yelling back at him (laugh), and then, the next day at practice, I’d be pouting, and he was like, “Oh, you mad, you mad at me? Come here, give me a hug.” He was really teaching me how to lead those veteran guys. New York Post

Q: What is your production company’s next documentary? Baron Davis: It’s called “American Schlaub.” It’s about men’s fashion, and how we’ve gone from the fashion capital of the world in the United States to like the laughingstock, and how nobody cares about how they dress or how they look. Q: Describe your ”Crips & Bloods” documentary. A: I wanted to make it for kids to see it in schools, because a lot of times perception of being in a gang and being a thug and being tough. Kids don’t really know what that means, and they don’t really know the stakes. Q: Life after basketball? A: Either acting, or I do want to be the head basketball coach at UCLA. That would be a dream come true. Carry on Wooden’s legacy. New York Post

Q: You said you thrive on pressure. Is that because of your childhood in South Central L.A.? A: Absolutely. ... Every day was more like survival ... seeing friends get locked up ... seeing friends dying. ... I think I’ve been to like 20 funerals, by the time I was 13, 14 years old. Basketball was always a release, so when the pressure comes, it’s almost like I’m used to those pressure situations. I’m used to being able to navigate my way through ’em. So, basketball, that’s just the fun part. You know that nothing serious (chuckle) is gonna happen. I don’t mind being the hero or the goat. Q: Describe the riots. A: Basically, the ABC Market that was burning down, flames were flying on my house. I remember as a child I had to take the water hose and water the roof so our house wouldn’t burn down. New York Post

March 1, 2012 Updates

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