Now with his sixth team in his NBA career, Baron Davis has played a number of roles with a lot of different players. As a professional, Davis has usually done his best to make the most of his situation. In certain locations it was harder than in others.
According to Steve Serby at the New York Post, playing for the Los Angeles Clippers made Davis "[stop] liking basketball". Davis explained that playing in LA marked one of the lowest points in his basketball career.
With Donald Sterling heckling him as he ran down the court at certain home games, it's no surprise that even a professional basketball player could see his passion for the sport disappear. What is significant about his statement is the rarity with which people openly state they don't enjoy the sport. Even players with extremely tumultuous careers don't easily open up about their waning passion for the game.
In a career marked by ups and downs due to inconsistency, physical fitness, and injury, Davis has now found himself in a good situation in New York. After coming back from injury, Davis is now backing up the sensational youngster, Jeremy Lin.
Though Lin has had his share of highlights since taking over the starting role, he still has been struggling with turnover issues. In 20 minutes on Saturday, Davis had eight points and seven assists on three-of-five shooting. He was two-of-three beyond the arc.
Seemingly happier as a Knick, Davis now has the opportunity to "put [his] name in the hat amongst the New York great point guards." With more playing time sure to come, Davis can get back to enjoying basketball.
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