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Baron Davis is looking forward to mentoring Kyrie Irving. Insert joke here.

Sep 25, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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Perhaps I’m just feeling optimistic today. Maybe I’m just tired of being negative about everything in the post-apocalyptic wasteland that is the lockout. But I want to believe that there’s something Cavaliers fans can actually look forward to about Baron Davis, and not just the day his contract expires.

Consider this quote from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer regarding Davis talking about Kyrie Irving, the No.1 overall pick point guard who will be taking Davis’ job

“[Im] really looking forward to playing with, and mentoring, Kyrie,” said Davis in an e-mail. “Hes so talented, creative, smart, has so much potential and could become a great cornerstone of the Cavaliers franchise for many years to come. Ive been talking to him a lot this summer about NBA life, and in Cleveland, hes going to learn so much from coach [Byron] Scott, who will be a great mentor as well.”

via Kyrie Irving and Baron Davis in a budding friendship | cleveland.com.

Is there anything more you would want to hear from Davis? No talk of how he’s the starter, no jabs at Byron Scott. No talk about how it’s going to take him some time. Just support and love for the young point guard. And just when I was ready to make a series of jokes about Davis mentoring him on doughnuts and contested 40-footers with 15 seconds left on the clock, I remembered something.

Davis has constantly defeated expectations, good and bad. A franchise cornerstone for the Hornets? Became a malcontent inefficient drain. Castoff in Golden State? Led them to their biggest playoff win in decades and was brilliant under Don Nelson. Next great star for the Clippers, going to lead them back to the playoffs? Wah-wah.

So in Cleveland he’s expected to have little or no value, to just be something to deal with. But Davis is a smart character who as his career has gone on has gained some wisdom. He doesn’t create drama, he just plays point guard and honestly, sometimes does it well enough. He’s not the worst player in the league, and he does have somethings he can teach Irving.

Maybe, just maybe, Baron Davis is going to confound expectations again and be a positive influence on the Cavs. If it doesn’t work out that way, then that’s fine, he wasn’t expected to. But all indications are that Davis might wind up being a good thing for the Cavs, and not just because they landed Irving because of it.

I want to believe!

  1. jonka - Sep 25, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    if i had a dollar for everytime this retarded site bashed the cavs….
    he is organizing offseason workouts, he built some positive momentum at the end of last season and he wants to turn irving into the star cleveland never had.
    get off his and the cavs backs

  2. BrownsTown - Sep 25, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    I can’t believe I’m commenting on the NBA right now, but what the heck……Baron has been nothing but a leader and catalyst (albeit injured at times) since he arrived last year. Maybe he had issues during his prior stops, but he’s been great in Cleveland. Give the guy a break.

  3. sguy2130 - Sep 26, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Davis has definitely been a pleasant surprise thus far. Most of us just expected him to come in, be a cancer and make the team no better, possibly even worse. He has been the opposite. He made the Cavs more competitive right off the bat, and seems to be a good team leader.

    He may have motives, such as trying to increase his value so a contender would be willing to take a chance on him again, but whether or not that is the case he is doing everything the right way, and seems to legitimately want to help the Cavs franchise move forward. Have to give the man some credit.

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