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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.'" USA Today Sports

Davis said he can see himself coaching 10 years from now. He wouldn't mind being on the sidelines at Iowa. The whirlwind career continues. The journey has taken him far from his roots. "I came a long way for a corn-fed boy," Davis said, smiling. "I thank God about it every day." USA Today Sports

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The goal is to return to the NBA, to help some team in need of scoring punch, but mostly to write a happier ending to his NBA story. Davis knows his career ended years before it should have. He knows, too, that he was not exactly a model teammate in his 12 seasons, during which he was traded five times. "I did the wrong way sometimes," Davis said, adding, "I've learned from those mistakes." Bleacher Report

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. Bleacher Report

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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. New York Daily News

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Ricky Davis was drafted in the sixth round of the NBA D-League draft by the Erie BayHawks. Erie is the D-League affiliate of the New York Knicks, who reportedly worked out Davis in the offseason. RealGM

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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." Grantland

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." Grantland

In case you're wondering if Ricky Davis had his facts straight when he told Grantland he had a tryout with the Wolves in January, he really did. 1500 ESPN

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." Grantland

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." Grantland

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