By now, I'm sure all of you have already heard: Baron Davis has verbally agreed to a 5-year $65M deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Initially I was very upset and looking over a ton of Warriors blogs seeing other fans reactions, it seems like the majority of people are not just sad but angry at Baron. Some calling him a sell-out, others calling him a traitor. And while it's taken me a few hours to get over the initial shock that I wont see the beard wearing the Warriors #5 next year, I think its appropriate to honor the man who brought back sports excitement to the Bay Area.
February 24, 2005: Baron Davis was acquired for Speedy Claxton And Dale Davis from the Hornets. At a time when the Warriors were the laughingstock of the NBA, the Warriors finally found a heart and soul for a team that was without an identity.
In 2007, the Warriors evolved into the most exciting team in the league, eventually capturing a playoff berth for the first time in 12 years. They would go on to be the first team in NBA history as a number #8 seed to upset a #1 seed, beating the Dallas Mavericks who were the league's best team all year.
No sports event in my lifetime made me more proud, and there was no classier leader than Baron Davis.
The more I think about it, the more I realize how much he has meant to the Golden State Warriors franchise and how much he will be missed by the entire Bay Area community. Instead of hating for what just transpired, love the guy for all he has done.
July 1, 2008: my favorite Bay Area athlete left my favorite team for good.
Good luck to you Baron, and thanks for the memories.