Once he gets some more experience, and a consistent role with the team, he will be a great player.
Mark my words, if we lump him in with all the other crap players we have had and ship him off we will regret it.
He has talent. He has potential. The last few games have shown that. But his career so far has shown that he doesn't put in the work, and if he doesn't get his minutes he tends to let his effort level drop. I don't want players like that on any team I am a fan of. I want guys who are willing to put in some consistent effort for their multi-million dollar payrolls.
I worked in a corporate and unionised world where people thought they should get promotions or opportunities because they had "put in the time" as opposed to going out on their own time, learning skills and then demonstrating they could actually DO the job they wanted to be hired for. To me, Davis is like that guy. Full of entitlement. "I played hard three games in a row Coach. Why'd you pull my ass just because I coasted in the second quarter?" or "I've got a nice little hook from six feet out. Why should I work on my foul shot?"
I really hope he gets it. I hope he gets it while a member of the Raptors. But if he doesn't understand yet, with all the trainers, coaches, veteran players around him that he has now. And all the examples of NBA "could have beens" that flame out every year. And three D-Leaguers right under his nose, including a guy who spent 7 years in the equivalent of Basketball purgatory, then I wonder if he really will. I hope I am wrong about him. Maybe he's worth another season. But maybe it's time to move on.
That brings up an interesting question (well, at least to me):
Do you think Colangelo was crafty enough to bring in a 29 year old, many seasons removed from NBA veteran to give the young guys a perspective on what could happen or will happen if they don't put the work in or as an insight in to how easy it is to be in or out of the league as a fringe NBA player?
It most likely wasn't the intent but I'm sure having those guys around would offer a unique perspective to guys like DeRozan, JJ, Davis, and Bayless - if they took the time to listen to their experiences that is.
should bring in jyd's brother.
some asshole broke his leg during a high school game, when scouts were there...now he's a motivational speaker.
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BC brought in useless veterans like Carter and Rasual Butler. The D-leaguers were merely replacements. They have filled in admirably and brought in good attitude and work ethic with them. The lesson is very much there to be learned for someone with more brains than JJ. If anything BC was at fault in the first place to bring in garbage players who didnt show up and were unfit for a NBA team. No wonder JJ thinks he is worthy of a starting spot. Thank god we have a strong coach who is not afraid to take tough decisions if he thinks its the right one.
Not giving up on Ed Davis yet. I don't think his problem is a sense of entitlement.
Ed Davis could get to Antonio's level, but he would have to decide to work. That is pretty much my point.
Why the hell is Davis on the team, If Bargnaniis going to be the starting pf from here on out?
Should have been moved already i'd be dumbfounded if he were not traded this offseason.
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