Ricky Davis wasn't supposed to be in the D-League at this point in his career. Back in the late 1990s, he looked like he might be an NBA star-in-the-making and frequently provided highlights like this:
But after 12 years in the NBA, the Clippers cut Davis back in 2010 and, ever since then, he's had trouble finding another NBA team willing to take a chance on him. So he's played in France, Puerto Rico, and China. And late last year, he entered his name into the D-League draft and was selected 93rd overall by the Erie BayHawks. It's not the ideal situation for him (again, this is guy who should be in the NBA right now) but all indications are that he's making the most of it.
Recently, Grantland caught up with Davis and, if you think you have a pretty good idea of what he's all about, think again. In Grantland's piece on him, Davis sips tea, talks about his 17-acre farm in Texas (WTF?), and even reveals that he wants to get into coaching within the next few years. That's right. The guy who once took a shot at his own basket during an NBA game in order to try and tally a triple-double wants to coach.
"I've always wanted to coach," he says. "I think I'd be a good coach."
In the piece, Davis also talks about the current crop of NBA superstars, his feelings on the D-League and, well, go see for yourself over here. If nothing else, we guarantee you'll walk away from the Grantland piece seeing Davis in a whole new light.
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