Baron Davis “Grows Up”

11.28.07 10 years ago 8 Comments

There’s an interesting story in today’s Sacramento Bee about the maturation of Baron Davis into a true leader. They’re about two or three years behind on the story, but it’s worth a read anyway, including this from Paul Silas:

“I can remember back when he would take a back seat to let other people lead,” said Paul Silas, Davis’ first NBA coach, back in the previous lifetime in Charlotte. “Now, he’s the guy. Everybody looks to him for leadership. They look for him to pat them on the back. Whatever’s needed, they look to him to provide it. And he does.

“I’ll give you an example. When he first came to the (Hornets), he had the bandanas on and the hip-hop clothes and all that kinda stuff. So then I was coaching in Cleveland, and he came in after the game, into the wives’ room, and he had on a nice suit and a tie and what not, and I just hugged him. I said, ‘Oh my God, man. Look at you.’ He said, ‘I’m growing up, coach.’ That did my heart all the good in the world. He was no longer subjected to his surroundings. He knew where he fit and what he had to do.”

Read the full article HERE

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