Baron Davis continues to make his thoughts on Derek Fisher known.
Davis responded to a tweet on Sunday from someone saying the Knicks should hire a “young black coach” instead of recycling a coach like Tom Thibodeau. Davis responded to the tweet by saying he would take the job. He also took a shot at Fisher, calling the former Los Angeles Lakers guard a “con artist.”
I will take the job. They gave it to Derek Fisher and he a con artist
Fisher got a 5-year, $25 million deal to coach the Knicks when Phil Jackson was leading the team. He was fired midway through his second season amid losing and a controversy with Matt Barnes.
Some of Davis’ issues with Fisher go back to when Fisher was the president of the players union. Davis felt that Fisher sold the players out (likely during the lockout in 2011) and has taken shots at him over this.
Fisher is currently the coach of the WNBA’s LA Sparks. Davis has been an active businessman since retiring from the NBA after 2012. As for the comment about the Knicks giving an opportunity to a young black coach, they just fired David Fizdale, who fits that description, and had three black head coaches during the 2010 decade (Mike Woodson and Fisher being the others). They also had a front office comprised of a black president (Steve Mills), black GM (Scott Perry) and black head coach (Fizdale) as recently as this season.
The BIG3 basketball league surprised many with a news announcement on Wednesday saying that numerous player and staff changes were being made, including the deactivation of several big-name players. The players being deactivated include former NBA players Lamar Odom, Baron Davis, Bonzi Wells and Jermaine O’Neal.
According to the media release, the changes “are being implemented to maximize competition, protect the health of players, and to raise the level of professionalism of the BIG3.”
Davis is listed as a co-captain for 3’s Company, which is 0-3 on the season. He has not registered any stats and said in a statement on his Twitter account that he decided to no longer participate in the league.
I have decided to no longer participate in the @thebig3 I don’t feel it is in my best interest to play, all love to the guys, stay connected and protect yourselves. @icecube good looking and best of luck!!
Derek Fisher was once considered one of the most respected veteran players in the NBA, but it seems his reputation has taken a bit of a hit since he decided to call it a career.
A good example of that would be the way some of Fisher’s peers are responding to his latest business venture. On Wednesday, sports business reporter Darren Rovell revealed that Fisher has joined a company called Luxury Asset Capital, which basically lends money to athletes who have gotten into financial trouble.
Derek Fisher has joined Luxury Asset Capital, an alternative financing vehicle for athletes that lends them in between $50K & $5M using their property, contracts & pension as collateral.
You can see how that would not be the best look. The business model appears to be one that targets athletes who have spent their money recklessly and need a way out. Former NBA star Baron Davis, who played at a time when Fisher was president of the NBA Players Association and helped negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement during the 2011 lockout, blasted Fisher.
Players believed Fisher worked with the NBA on a CBA that was more favorable for team owners, and he lost the trust of many of his peers. Davis is certainly not the only current or former NBA player who feels Fisher’s involvement in Luxury Asset Capital is wrong.
Baron Davis is now 39 years old and has not played in the NBA since the 2011-12 season, but that is not stopping him from continuing to pursue a comeback.
While in attendance to watch the Bucks defeat the Warriors on Thursday night, Davis told Matt Steinmetz of 95.7-FM The Game that he thinks Golden State should consider signing him for backcourt depth. He wasn’t joking, and he said he has already reached out to multiple teams.
Baron Davis at Bucks-Warriors game. Told me before tip: “Someone should write a story of how the Warriors should sign me after New Years, for backcourt help down stretch.” Was he kidding? Nope. Said he already touched base with Hawks regarding playing and another team or two.
Davis tore his ACL and MCL in a playoff game with the Knicks back in 2012, and he had to undergo surgery before he became a free agent that summer. He never signed with an NBA team after that, though he scored 44 points in a Drew League game in 2015 and later played with the Delaware 87ers of the NBA D-League.
While he has managed to keep himself in the news with his outspoken opinions, Davis has little to no chance of finding work with an NBA team. He was once an All-Star caliber player, but that was many years ago. There’s simply no reason to think he could play at a high level at his age and so far removed from NBA basketball.
Baron Davis’s tenure with the New York Knicks was brief and injury-plagued, but it roughly coincided with their most recent period of sustained success, and as he watches the organization today, he doesn’t see much.
Davis criticized the Knicks organization for having “no real plan” and admitted he feels for Carmelo Anthony as the franchise trudges toward another rebuild.
“I always feel for Melo. That’s my teammate, my brother,” Davis told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “Melo is a dude who wants to be in New York. It’s different. I think that when we were, the two years I was there, I thought we had the people and chemistry around him, and personalities to let Melo be Melo. When you allow Melo to be himself, then he becomes one of the most dangerous weapons in the league. And everyone else around the team takes the responsibility of making sure that weapon is utilized. And I think the last couple years we went to the playoffs, we started to develop that.
“Once we got over the ‘Linsanity,’ it was like, we still know who the weapon is. Like, and the team was there. We were closer than we’ve ever been to really building something. And then it kind of all went downhill.”
Davis said he thinks the triangle is obsolete, but there are principles worth teaching. Team president Phil Jackson is, in his mind, simply dealing with a language barrier with the players.
“They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but you definitely don’t want to teach a new dog some old a– tricks when everybody’s learning all the new stuff,” Davis said. “So it’s just a matter of, how do you get the dog to learn the new tricks but giving them the old principles to understand it?”
Anthony has admitted that the season is wearing on him. It’s hard to blame him. There isn’t much about what Davis is saying that doesn’t ring true.
“Nah, I’m trying to get back to the NBA,” the 37-year-old told a fan after a workout. “The real thing.”
Davis played D-League ball last season and has been a fixture in the Drew League, but he hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2011-12 season, when he suffered a knee injury.
“It’s full circle,” Davis said. “I came to The Drew with big dreams as a kid, and now I have a goal again. I just feel like I have something left to give. When I don’t, I’ll hang it up and stay away for good. But right now there’s something there.”
Davis’s comeback is a longshot, though he’s not the only one aiming high this summer.