Thursday, November 1, 2007

Book 'em, Baron: Davis helps Warriors help themselves


(10-31) 20:46 PDT Oakland --

If Baron Davys is looking for a name for his squad book club, I'd wish to propose "No Warrior Left Behind."

Whatever he names it, Davys better set his strategy into operation pronto. The Warriors lost their season opener to Beehive State by 21 points Tuesday. Davys believes his book baseball club will do the Warriors stronger, tougher and more than cohesive, and they're going to necessitate every tool they can acquire their custody on.

Davis already have given books to his chap captains, Sir Leslie Stephen Glenda Jackson and Flatness Barnes. After Wednesday's practice, Davys headed to the shop to purchase books for the remainder of the guys.

Warriors' Book Club? It's on.

"I'm just tryin' to beef up our minds, acquire us strong," Davys said Wednesday. "This is gonna be a tough twelvemonth for us."

Davis picked up the book vibe from former teammate Adonal Foyle, an intellectual chap who encouraged his teammates to read. Foyle led his ain monthly book club, although none of the Warriors was a member.

Davis joined a book baseball club in Los Angeles, where he dwells in the offseason. On a recent route trip, after dining with respective teammates, he sauntered into a bookshop and was inspired to purchase books for a few of the guys. His choice was "The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork," by Toilet Maxwell.

"This is their (Jackson's and Barnes') first clip being captains," Davys said, "so I thought I'd acquire 'em some leading books, the type of books that have got helped me."

Davis decided to do it a team-wide thing. He bes after to split the Warriors into three groupings and give each grouping a different Maxwell book, then premix and match.

"Everybody have leading qualities in themselves," Davys said. "Your squad is only as strong as the weakest link; we desire everybody to be of strong head and strong will. I believe reading, especially books like these, beef ups your mind, gives you more than assurance when you're come out of the closet there on the court."

At Foyle's book club, Adonal would take a treatment that invariably phased into a group-therapy and personal-support session. Davis' baseball club will be more than loosely structured. He will establish treatments on flights and autobus rides, and at squad breakfasts.

"My baseball club isn't as organized as Adonal's," Davys said. "Mine is a small thugged out. We'll allow it take its ain form. This squad doesn't make too well with too much structure."

The general subject of the books will be motive and leadership, but it's not merely about the content of the books, but the activity itself.

"It will give us something else to make to sort of larn each other, turn with each other," Davys said.

An NBA star leading a book baseball club looks unusual, but Davys is full of surprises.

The Warriors picked up Davys for a song 21/2 seasons ago, because the New Orleans Hornets had grown disenchanted with his attitude, hurts and work ethic. Can you name the two participants the Warriors traded to acquire this still-young (now 28), two-time All-Star? Dale Davys and Rapid Claxton!

If you believe the rumour mill, Baron Davys had been a spot of a high-maintenance prima donna going back to his UCLA days.

But since the trade? Solid. The Warriors and manager Don Horatio Nelson helped resuscitate Davis' stock and career, and he helped resuscitate the franchise, adding reputability and grit.

The participants admire Davys and provender off his energy and intensity. During the offseason, he expressed irritation that the Warriors weren't renegotiating his contract, then he quickly backed off and said he's happy with his contract and he and every other NBA participant are lucky to be making a short ton of money.

Davis had a rep for being fragile, and he have had hurts with the Warriors, but he shook off complaints last season to come up up large and strong in the playoffs, and he reported to encampment slimmed down and revved up.

When I told Davys that the public perceptual experience is that professional jocks are not large readers, he said, "I implore to differ."

It was the first clip I've heard an jock usage that phrase.

Davis said he believes Americans in general don't read a lot, and that he was not always a rapacious reader.

"I didn't even travel to social class in college," he said.

It should be noted that Davys paused for a beat, then roared with laughter, which I interpreted to intend he was kidding. After all, how could an jock go to UCLA two old age without reading like crazy?

Regardless, Baron is now the Oprah of the Warriors, which is good. This squad doesn't have got any muscle, so it had better do upper limit usage of its brains. A leader's leader

Baron Davys have shared books by leading expert and motivational talker Toilet C. Maxwell* with his Warriors teammates. Some Maxwell titles:

"The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork"

"The Difference Maker"

"The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership"

"The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player"

*Maxwell, 60, have written tons of books with entire gross sales of more than than 10 million copies.

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