The whole Baron Davis coming back to L.A. thing seemed like a good idea a few months ago. Until BD realized that Elton Brand was taking off for Philly and Mike Dunleavy was still in charge. Davis is averaging 18 points per game, but shooting only 39% from the field for the 4-16 Clips. He already looks like he wants out.
(This picture taken right before Boom Dizzle ate Elgin Baylor)
Now, it seems that Baron wasn’t even in game shape to start the season because of a weight-loss endorsement that had him get fat so he could lose the weight using some sort of diet drink. How very Hollywood of him.
Back in September, we reported that B-Diddy was advertising that he was on Jenny Craig to help him get back into game shape after letting himself go in the off-season. But now we get word from SLAM ONLINE that it appears that he gained all the summer weight so that he could lose the weight as part of an endorsement deal, presumably with the weight-loss company.
First, this item from the NY DAILY NEWS about the endorsement:
The Clippers’ Baron Davis is getting paid $250,000 for endorsing a weight-reduction drink. The Clippers privately say that the weight Davis gained to do the endorsement accounted for his slow start. Having signed him to a five-year deal with $62.5 million guaranteed, you can see how they’re not very thrilled by that.
Now, SLAM’s assessment:
Celebrities are asked to gain (or lose) weight all the time, normally for movie roles that pay them tens of millions of dollars. The 29-year old Davis - who was already hefty by League standards - reportedly gained weight for a quarter of a million bucks. Awesome.
The Clip (Horror) Show, at 4-16, is currently last in the Pacific division. But thanks to Jenny Craig, their point guard has a terrific figure!
$250K isn’t a whole lot for a guy who just got a $62.5 million deal, but I think just about any dude would take money to get fat.
This all is pretty typical for the Clippers. Just three seasons ago, it seemed like they were turning the corner and becoming respectable while the Lakers were in all sorts of trouble. People were even talking about the possibility of L.A. becoming a Clips town.
How long ago that seems now.