Hornets coach takes parting shots at Baron

Updated: March 2, 2005, 11:43 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans coach Byron Scott called for non-guaranteed contracts in the NBA -- and took a shot at former Hornets guard Baron Davis, too.

"Basketball should be just like the NFL -- no guaranteed contracts. Watch how the quality of the game goes up then," Scott said Wednesday night before the Hornets faced the Charlotte Bobcats. "Guys will show up and play because if they don't and they get cut, what are they going to do?

"[In football] you have guys playing with broken arms because they know they could get cut tomorrow. [In the NBA] these guys get a broken fingernail and say, 'I'm out for two weeks.' "

While Scott did not name Davis specifically, he smiled when reporters asked if his comments applied to the recently traded star point guard.

Shortly after returning from an early-season back injury, Davis turned his right ankle in a game at Toronto in January and missed 17 games because of a bruised Achilles tendon. He returned for one game before being traded to Golden State last week in exchange for Speedy Claxton.

"I never hard of a guy spraining an ankle, then missing two weeks," Scott said. "You never heard about that in the '80s [when Scott played with the Los Angeles Lakers]. That's unbelievable."

Scott's comments came only days after Davis, who was angered earlier this season when the Hornets barred his personal trainer from practice, compared playing for New Orleans to "being in prison."

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