With Davis, Warriors are Resurrected
All it takes is The One, and the graveyard becomes a playground.
The One can breathe life into a place dead for a decade and an object of pity or ridicule for nearly as long.
After 15 games in Oakland, it appears Baron Davis is The One for the Warriors.
Davis has given the Warriors the kind of cachet they have not had since 1994, when young and coltish Chris Webber was dealt away by a foolishly proud general manager/coach who had ingratiated himself with the goggle-eyed new owner.
Davis doesn't make the Warriors instant championship contenders, but the 25-year-old point guard is the reason they are back in the NBA. In a league where respect trumps all, including talent, the Warriors now take the court knowing they won't be disrespected.
"Everybody who's in the NBA is here because their talent is good enough," Davis says. "But respect among your peers is something each and every individual strives for. It's not about
the media. It's respect from your peers and the coaches in this league.
"It doesn't matter whether I make the All-Star team. It doesn't matter where people rank me among point guards. It might be fifth, sixth or third.It doesn't matter because I know every time I step on the floor, I have the respect of everybody on the floor, whether they like me or not. And that's where we're trying to get to as a team."