December 2 2010 Last updated at 05:45 PM ET
Ed Davis on D-League: 'I Never Want to Go Back Down There Again'
By Scott Schroeder D-League Blogger | Follow on Twitter: @ScottSchroeder
Ed DavisThe Toronto Raptors assigned lottery pick Ed Davis to the Erie BayHawks for a rehab and conditioning stint last week, but after just two games, he had plenty of opinions about his time in the NBA Development League.
"One, I never want to go back down there again,'' Davis told The National Post of his time in Erie, Pa. "It's a struggle down there. It's rough. I had a five-, six-hour bus ride to Fort Wayne. It's really a struggle. You get in the mindset that you just really want to work hard and not go back down there.''cont."I was in Erie for two or three days, and I was at the Sheraton,'' Davis said of his living arrangements. "Then we practiced at the (Cleveland Cavaliers') facility and then we went to Fort Wayne and we were in sort of like a motel-type thing. It was a bad hotel, or a motel or whatever. It was a struggle in Fort Wayne. It was cold out there. There weren't many places we could eat. I'm just happy to be back here.''
Contrast Johnson's opinion of his D-League expeience
contWhen Amir Johnson learned the Detroit Pistons were sending him to South Dakota for a seasoning stint in the NBA Development League, he didn't know what to expect.
"I had never even heard of Sioux Falls," says the 19-year-old Los Angeles native, who first arrived Jan. 8 and is now in his second stay with the streaking Skyforce (27-16).
"It's a nice town, but it's the weather that kills me. When I first got here, it was like a blizzard, and that was something I had never seen before. It was a surprise to me."
Recent hints of spring have stirred another surprise regarding this former high school basketball phenom.
He doesn't want to leave.
The Pistons called early last week and gave him the option of returning to the NBA or staying in Sioux Falls for the rest of the D-League season - including a run at the title.
"I told them I wanted to stay," says the 2005 second-round draft pick, relaxing in a booth at a local pancake house. "In Detroit, I kind of got depressed not playing, because I'm a young guy and I want to show what I can do. I'm having a blast right here, and we've got a chance to finish with a champion