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Weighty rumours
Trade talk proving to be a big burden on Davis and his family

By BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

Antonio Davis said he would need a dictionary to find a word to describe what he's feeling.

It would have to be a word that encompasses all of these genuine but contradictory emotions: Frustration. Anticipation. Antsiness. Determination. Resignation.

But one thing Davis knows for sure is he wants to be kept abreast of what's going on trade-wise, so he is happy the communication pipeline with Raptors general manager Glen Grunwald has been reopened following a weekend of rumours linking Davis to the Chicago Bulls.

"Yes, I did have a good conversation with Glen," Davis said yesterday during a lengthy media scrum. "I understand him, which I thought I did before the conversation. I'm glad he called me and we talked, I'll put it that way. I'm glad that door is back open."

Of course, if the door is "back" open, that implies it was closed for a while. Davis admitted he wasn't thrilled by the manner in which he first heard about the rumours.

"People who I felt I should have heard it from, I didn't," Davis said. "You don't want to get a call from your mom, your mother-in-law, your wife, before you get a call from your agent or your general manager. Women are a little more sensitive, so they come at you and you have a lot of explaining to do. What do I say? 'I'm sorry honey, I don't know what the heck is going on, let me call you right back.' "

The fact Davis' wife and two kids are living in Chicago made this round of rumours even more emotionally draining.

"My family is doing really well, thanks for asking," said Davis, whose children heard he was coming home but then had to be told nothing was certain. "You try to explain it to two eight-year-olds, they don't really get that part.

"I wish it wouldn't have come out as a rumour. I just wish if it was going to happen, come to me and tell me I'm traded."

Failing that, does Davis want Grunwald simply to announce there's no trade in the works?

"No, I don't think that's good, because if (Grunwald) can't honestly step up to this team and say that, then I think it would (lead to) the team not trusting him," Davis said.

The rumoured deal that has Davis heading to Chicago for Jalen Rose, with assorted baggage thrown in on either side, isn't dead.

But until something happens, Davis said he has enough to worry about as a member of the Raptors. The team's recent play backs him up on that.

"As I think everybody has seen, this team really has been on a roller-coaster," said Davis, whose club scored only 62 points in a home loss to Milwaukee on Sunday and has scored fewer than 70 points four times in 13 games this season. "We've shown some signs of being a good team but we've also shown some signs of being a terrible team."

When Davis was asked to explain in 10 words or fewer why the Raptors are having so much trouble scoring, it took him a lot more than 10 words to formulate a non-answer.

"I don't want to get in trouble, man," Davis said. "I don't really know how to explain it from my perspective so that you'll understand and I'm not coming across as jumping on anybody or blaming anybody.

"We haven't got to the point where we can do the things we've been doing for the past few years in order to put some points on the board. We're all trying to buy into the system, to listen to (new coach Kevin O'Neill) and do whatever we can. And until we figure out how to get our points in this system, we're going to struggle."

Recent struggles aside, and as goofy as this sounds, the Raptors actually have three winnable road games this week, at Atlanta, at Orlando and at Miami. Whether Davis still will be a Raptor when the team returns home remains to be seen.

"You guys know a lot," a smiling Davis said to reporters as he walked away, "so if you hear I'm traded, please let me know."









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