It was about a week ago that Baron Davis decided to leave the Warriors for the “greener” pastures of Los Angeles. And it was to the Clippers, not the Lakers.
At the time it seemed like a minor coup for the Clips — a chance for them to be something other than the NBA under card in Hollywood. On paper, at least, they looked respectable.This was, of course, contingent on Elton Brand staying to solidify things around a core of Davis, goofy center Chris Kaman and rookie Eric Gordon. And there was a chance that Corey Maggette wouldn’t find too many lucrative offers out there and would choose, instead, to return for another season.
Now, it appears, Davis is going to be all by himself. Awww, poor guy.
So, what was all that talk about Davis swooping in to help revive and perennial laughable franchise? And where does that chatter stand now? Uh, let’s just say we seriously doubt it’s going to happen.
As it stands right now the Clippers have eight players on the roster for 2008-09: Chris Kaman, Al Thornton, Cuttino Mobley, Tim Thomas, Brevin Knight, Davis and rookies Eric Gordon and DeAndre Thomas. Not only is that roster woefully thin on bodies, it’s woefully thin on talent. Kaman is hit or miss on most nights and you have to think he’s going to break down physically at some point, and Mobley and Thomas are well overpaid.
So, Baron went from one of the youngest and most exciting rosters in the NBA to what is now probably the worst. Ouch. I would hate to be the guy who had to deliver that news to him. He was probably twitching worse than a Baghdad parking attendant. Can’t you just see some agent/manager guy walking up to Davis as he’s hanging out with his boys. And then squeamishly interrupts them with a Woody Allen-like delivery that goes something like this:
“Um, Baron? Yeah, hi, um, I just wanted to say that, um – wow your beard looks great today, do you trim it yourself or do you have a guy? It looks fantastic, really. I’ve never been able to grow that kind of facial hair myself, I’ve always — Oh, no, I didn’t need anything, just thought I’d come check and see how my favorite client was doing. Everyone in LA is so excited you’re coming–Elton? Oh, he hasn’t called you yet? Right. About that. See um, Elton, well, uh, see there’s been a change in plans. Um, I don’t know quite how to put this. Let’s just say if you’re still interested in moving next door to him the daily commute might be a bit of a problem…”
Gotta love it. But Davis had to know this was coming, right? I mean it just wouldn’t be the NBA if the Clippers weren’t terrible.