Baron Davis Takes Jab at Steve Lavin

As dedicated readers of LBS well know, I am not above expressing my opinions of Steve Lavin. Yes, he’s a nice guy who always treated me well, and he’s a good analyst on TV. But one detail should be understood: he was not a good coach at UCLA. Considering he along with Bob Toledo contributed to my uncanny run of horrid athletic performances by the basketball and football teams while I was a student in Westwood, I harbor quite a disdain for the man. Anyway, for all you supporters of Lavin (and there were many of them), check out this comment by Baron Davis:

UCLA products Baron Davis and Matt Barnes were back in their old haunt as the Warriors held their shootaround at Pauley Pavilion.

As things wound down, Davis started needling Cal grad John Murray, the Warriors’ strength and conditioning coach. “Look up there,” Davis said, nodding at the UCLA’s 11 championship banners. “That’s tradition. That’s the little brother beating up the big brother.”

Then Davis got rolling. Talking about his own time with the Bruins, he took a swipe at Marin native Steve Lavin, saying, “We should have a banner up there: the only team to make the tournament without a coach.”

That was from last week in the Contra Costa Times online, and later spotted in the LA Times by Bruins Nation. How incredible is that? I’m guessing that’s a comment Baron made and figured was off the record. Putting reporting ethics aside, I would venture to say that’s indicative of many player’s attitudes from the Lavin era. And I think we all now know why Baron only stayed in school two years — and it’s not because he struggled in his Poly Sci classes.

Chest Bump to Deadspin

Is Baron Davis Playing the Field?

Earlier in the month we had rumors that Baron Davis and Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher were smitten with each other. People said they were practically in love. If that’s the case, then what’s up with Baron being seen around town with Lauren London? Does that make the rumors false? Maybe not, says Bossip:

A source close to Bossip says that the “relationship” between Baron and Lauren is just for her press coverage, but his relationship with the cougar actress is genuine. The snitch also mentioned that Lauren is a gold digger that gets around and is definitely f*ckin for tracks publicity.

Maybe Baron’s just trying to throw all of us off the scent. Who knows. But I’m all for the Baron + Teri hookup. They couldn’t be more perfect for each other. In fact, wouldn’t it be tight if the entire Desperate crew dated NBA stars?

Baron Davis + Teri Hatcher = Lovely

One’s a desperate housewife, one’s a desperate basketball player. They’re a perfect match wouldn’t you say? Hey, if the rumors are true, then I’m all for it. So how in the eff did it happen?

Tony [Parker]… introduced the brunette star to a fellow NBA guard, the Golden State Warriors’ Baron Davis, 28, at the newlyweds’ reception on July 7. And after that, Stephen Kay back home seemed to be miles from the actress’ mind!

“Baron and Teri really hit it off,” said a friend of the TV beauty. “They talked and danced all night and had a great time. They couldn’t seem to get enough of each other!”…

On July 24 [Teri and Baron] were spotted together again at the Hollywood eatery Pace, where they sat on the same side of a four-person table, “looking like a couple of love-struck teenagers!”

Honestly, I’m not a fan of either of them, so it works perfectly in my mind. Here’s one thing though, didn’t know Baron Davis was friends with T. Parker. And here’s another, I was really just looking for an excuse to share with you the information that I saw Nicole Sheridan in a soft core movie the other night. I got really excited until I realized Nicollette Sheridan was the Desperate Housewife. That just bummed me out.

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