Baron Davis is a very athletic, very talented basketball player. He’s the author of one of my favorite basketball moves ever — this excellent behind-the-back masterpiece from his days at UCLA — and he’s extremely proficient in the vital area of beard growing. He’s a great penetrator, creative passer and a solid defender when he wants to be. He’s everything you could want in a point guard, except for the parts where he’s consistently lazy and falls in love with jumpers he shouldn’t be taking.
Unfortunately for new Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro, he has to learn all of that the hard way.
“Baron has incredible amounts of talent and ability,” Del Negro said, “but his focus needs to be on staying in condition and playing at a high level. And he hasn’t done that for a while, and I know he’s frustrated with that, but there’s things he has to do to correct that.”
Del Negro said Davis had “gotten out of shape pretty badly” over the summer, and while giving him credit for two months of hard work to get into condition, “that should have been a process right after the season ended.
“It shouldn’t have happened just two months ago. We all know that. And that’s what we’re dealing with.”
Let’s break this down:
- Mention of Baron’s immense talent: check.
- Criticism of his lack of focus: check.
- Disappointment with his conditioning: check.
- Knock on his work ethic: check.
- Continued optimism despite these shortcomings: check.
Yep, that’s the dictionary definition of “Baron Davis.” Good luck with that, Vincenzo.