Baron Davis won't make Cavs debut
CLEVELAND -- Baron Davis traded the beautiful climate of Los Angeles for a foot of snow and the team with the worst record in the NBA.
And he's perfectly fine with the swap and being a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"I look at is as a rebirth," said Davis, who didn't play Sunday against Philadelphia. "It's a new beginning. I'm excited."
A reunion with coach Byron Scott is the major reason why Davis, acquired on Thursday from the Clippers, is excited about joining the Cavaliers, who lost a record 26 straight earlier this season and were 11-47 going into Sunday.
The two butted heads when Scott coached Davis in Charlotte.
"Playing for Coach Scott, we're together for a reason," Davis said. "There a few things my game can benefit from by playing for him."
Scott eventually pushed for Davis to be traded. It appeared the two would remain distant, but two years ago they patched up their differences in a parking lot before a preseason game as Davis apologized to Scott for the way he behaved while they were together.
"We've had some ups and downs," Davis said. "We've made some mistakes. We have a great deal of respect for each other. I'm here to help him and I knew he's going to help me. I'm glad we get to have a second try at this."
The Cavaliers acquired Davis, a point guard who can score, and an unprotected 2011 first-round draft pick for guard Mo Williams and forward Jamario Moon. As was the case with Davis, center Semih Erden and forward Luke Harangody, acquired in a trade with Boston on Thursday, also were out. Davis and Erden were inactive while Harangody dressed for the game.
Scott said the new players haven't had a chance to practice with the team. The Cavaliers don't play again until Wednesday night against San Antonio. Scott said Davis, who has been bothered by a sore left knee all season, is questionable for that game.
"It's felt OK," Davis said. "It's a little unstable. It swells up periodically. I've been playing hurt all season."
Davis, 31, doesn't think the knee will keep him sidelined for an extended period of time. He shot around on the court for about 30 minutes before Sunday's game.
"If I can get out the floor and get some good practice time here, the faster that happens the quicker I can get out on the court," Davis said.
Dealing with the knee problem is nothing new for Davis. He said he's had three operations and also had a cyst removed.
Davis, a 12-year veteran, is averaging 12.8 points this season, down from his career average of 16.5 points.
Davis is occupying the locker that was used by LeBron James, who left for Miami in July. The locker was used by Moon before the trade. Davis will wear No. 85 as a tribute to his grandparents, who raised him in the Los Angeles area and first got him interested in playing basketball. His grandparents lived on 85th Street.
Davis, even though he was playing in his hometown, had some rocky times with the Clippers. He was heckled this season by owner Donald Sterling, who sits courtside as the Staples Center.
"You never expect the guy who signed you to a contract to be the person who hates you the most, but I had to deal with that too," Davis said.
Davis helped former Clippers teammate Blake Griffin win the dunk contest during All-Star festivities last weekend in Los Angeles. Davis popped out of a sun roof from a car that was parked in the lane and tossed the ball to Griffin, who jumped over the car to complete his most impressive dunk of the contest.
"It was great to be there to support my teammate," Davis said. "It was great to be in my hometown and to bring the dunk contest back to the point where it has some entertainment."
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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