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18to88
03-23-2006, 07:26 PM
Raptors Release Antonio Davis


(March 23, 2006) - The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have waived centre Antonio Davis.

http://www.nba.com/media/raptors/davis_140_bio.jpg "After receiving a second opinion on Antonio's lingering back problems, it is very unlikely that he would return to competitive action this season with the Raptors," said Bryan Colangelo, president and general manager of the Raptors. "After lengthy discussions with Antonio regarding his physical condition and his general sense of disappointment over his personally difficult year, we have concluded that it's in the best interest of both the organization and Antonio Davis to simply release him at this late point of the season."

Davis had missed the past 12 games after suffering a back injury in the third quarter February 27 in Miami. He was acquired in a February 3 trade with New York and appeared in eight games with Toronto averaging 4.4 points and 4.5 rebounds in 23.9 minutes.

Davis, who had previously played with the Raptors from 1999-2004, is the franchise’s all-time leading rebounder with 2,839.

http://www.nba.com/raptors/news/pressrelease_060323.html

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We should get him.

Shade
03-23-2006, 07:31 PM
Hmm...wonder if he'll retire now.

We should bring him on board. You can never have too many injured players, right? :crazy2:

blanket
03-23-2006, 07:47 PM
If he decides to sign on with another team, can he play in the playoffs?

I forget the rules and dates on that one...

Hicks
03-23-2006, 07:49 PM
I think it's way too late for that now.

Kstat
03-23-2006, 08:20 PM
If he decides to sign on with another team, can he play in the playoffs?


No.

And it's rather low of Toronto to release him this late.

Shade
03-23-2006, 09:01 PM
No.

And it's rather low of Toronto to release him this late.

You're just mad because now you can't steal BOTH Davis's. :tongue:

SycamoreKen
03-23-2006, 09:02 PM
Maybe he asked them to since he won't be playing any more. He may have said he would rather be home in Chicago than sitting in Toronto not playing. It's not like he isn't getting paid.

BigMac
03-23-2006, 09:38 PM
No.

And it's rather low of Toronto to release him this late.


Yeah, and he'll miss Toronto's deep run into the playoffs. Shame on them.

:confused:

rel
03-23-2006, 10:25 PM
he's saying that toronto could have waived Davis earlier to actually give him a shot to sign with another team...

Hicks
03-23-2006, 10:26 PM
They're cutting him because he's too injuried to play anyway.

ChicagoJ
03-23-2006, 11:56 PM
1) He can't play. He physically can't play. So what the fans of any team say, "We've got to sign this guy" when all he's going to do is sit on the injured list? He's done. D-U-N.

2) I don't think its true that he's ineligible for the playoffs. He has to be a *somebody's* roster as of a certain date. If a playoff team signs him, I'm pretty sure he's still eligible. But they won't, of course, because he can't help them from the injured list.

Knucklehead Warrior
03-24-2006, 04:57 AM
He had back problems when he played for us, about 20 years ago.
He could sit on the bench behind Shawn Kemp and Sam Perkins.

Bball
03-24-2006, 06:44 AM
1) He can't play. He physically can't play. So what the fans of any team say, "We've got to sign this guy" when all he's going to do is sit on the injured list? He's done. D-U-N.

2) I don't think its true that he's ineligible for the playoffs. He has to be a *somebody's* roster as of a certain date. If a playoff team signs him, I'm pretty sure he's still eligible. But they won't, of course, because he can't help them from the injured list.

So you are saying his situation is tailor made for the Pacers and they should sign him right away?

Hey... Misery loves company.

-Bball

brichard
03-24-2006, 11:03 AM
1) He can't play. He physically can't play. So what the fans of any team say, "We've got to sign this guy" when all he's going to do is sit on the injured list? He's done. D-U-N.

2) I don't think its true that he's ineligible for the playoffs. He has to be a *somebody's* roster as of a certain date. If a playoff team signs him, I'm pretty sure he's still eligible. But they won't, of course, because he can't help them from the injured list.


But is there a chance that Davis is just sitting out b/c he absolutely doesn't want to play for Toronto? Kauffman is the expert MD here, but as I understand it the back is a pretty tricky thing to diagnose. People can have nearly identical X-rays and one person is feeling fine and the other is in agony. I'm sure all those guys have hurt backs based on his age, weight, and basketball activity for years. However, it might hurt a little worse if you are forced to live in Toronto again and play for a sucky team.

ChicagoJ
03-24-2006, 11:48 AM
So you're saying that he's just dogging it?

Great!! Let's bring him in and have him teach Saras about professinoalism.

:devil:

:brick:

:D

brichard
03-24-2006, 12:30 PM
So you're saying that he's just dogging it?

Great!! Let's bring him in and have him teach Saras about professinoalism.

:devil:

:brick:

:D

I just think he likes Indy, it is closer to his family in Chicago, and a happy Antonio is a better Antonio. I think it is possible he is dogging it a bit b/c he clearly was not happy to be sent across the border again. We all get mad about players for professionalism, but I think we fail to imagine how bad it would suck to get shipped to a place you clearly don't want to live.

He would be foolish to not take the money, but at the same time it puts a great deal of strain on his family. And of all places to be sent, he is sent back to the very place he left after his last contract negotiations. For all we know the release may be made by the Toronto top brass just to "honorably discharge" Antonio from the team.

By the way, this is all conjecture. I'm just saying if he could be happy in Indy and effective... heck yes we could use a veteran big man like Antonio. If he is actually laid up, then obviously it would make no sense to bring him in and take over the spot of the person we traded him for. Oh, the irony.... :cool:

beast23
03-24-2006, 01:47 PM
AD has made his money from the game.

I'd invite him to camp to see if his back is healed. Depending on whether we can get our hands on other frontcourt players through trade or free agency, I'd consider giving him a very small contract, if he's healthy in August.

Pollard will probably retire after this season. Hulk can hit 8 to 10 foot shots and Foster is a rebounding and defensive specialist.

AD can hit a 10 foot shot, has usually been decent with the ball in the post, and is an okay rebounder and defender. He might help provide a little depth for very little salary. But not this season.

SoupIsGood
03-25-2006, 01:25 PM
AD has made his money from the game.

I'd invite him to camp to see if his back is healed. Depending on whether we can get our hands on other frontcourt players through trade or free agency, I'd consider giving him a very small contract, if he's healthy in August.

Pollard will probably retire after this season. Hulk can hit 8 to 10 foot shots and Foster is a rebounding and defensive specialist.

AD can hit a 10 foot shot, has usually been decent with the ball in the post, and is an okay rebounder and defender. He might help provide a little depth for very little salary. But not this season.

I like this idea.