Raptors cut Davis loose

Antonio Davis (right), fighting for position with San Antonio Spurs' Sean Marks last month...

Antonio Davis (right), fighting for position with San Antonio Spurs' Sean Marks last month following his trade to the Toronto Raptors, has been released by the club. (Toronto Sun File/David Lucas)

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:45 AM ET

It seems that coaching in Toronto these days is about as enjoyable as a day at the beach in Iraq.

Both the Raptors and Maple Leafs have struggled this year and the respective head coaches, Sam Mitchell and Pat Quinn, are paying the price.

Mitchell has complained recently about suffering from migraines for the first time in his life and Quinn is reportedly having trouble sleeping.

The good news for Mitchell, at least, is there will be one less prima donna on the roster.

Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo announced yesterday that the team has waived the Human Soap Opera, Antonio Davis, who was acquired by Toronto on Feb. 3 from the New York Knicks for Jalen Rose, cash and a first-round draft pick.

Davis had missed the past 12 games after suffering a back injury in the third quarter February 27 in Miami.

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

Since arriving back, Davis has been a major sour puss and obviously didn't want to be in Toronto.

Reached on a scouting mission in the U.S., Colangelo told the Toronto Sun that a second medical opinion confirmed that Davis would likely not be able to play again this season and that it was in the best interest of both to grant Davis his release.

"Every time he showed some progress, and he would take the floor or get to a certain point during exercise, he would suffer another setback," Colangelo said, of Davis' strained lower back.

Colangelo stressed that losing Davis is not a huge deal for the franchise, as interim GM Wayne Embry made the trade last month more to clear salary cap room this summer than anything else.

Colangelo said there is a chance that the team may sign a second player to a 10-day contract, but only if they feel the player has a chance to develop into an everyday performer with the team. The GM also indicated that they likely will sign guard Andre Barrett to a second 10-day contract next week.

The Raps host the sinking Minnesota Timberwolves tonight and Mitchell winced at comparisons between Chris Bosh and Minny's big man Kevin Garnett, whom he played with years back.

"I don't see a comparison. People need to stay away from trying to compare different players. It's not fair," he said. "Let everybody be who they are and what they are."

Still, Bosh has made it his goal to develop into a player like Garnett, particularly when it comes to intensity and rebounding. As for Mitchell's refusal to compare the two, Bosh said the coach is just trying to protect him.

"He wants me to have more own identity and make a name for myself," Bosh said.


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