TORONTO - Like father, like son, the story of the Davis hoops clan now has a Toronto twist.
Terry Davis used hard work to carve a decent career in the NBA, a journey that featured stops in Dallas, Denver, Miami and Washington.
Along the way, Davis got to play at Maple Leaf Gardens, a site the Raptors used in their infancy when their Air Canada Centre digs were getting built.
Davis recalls with fondness his trips to Toronto, a travel that is destined to include more visits now that his son Ed is a member of the Raptors.
“I always remember Toronto being a great city, a clean city with warm people,’’ the elder Davis said on Monday when Ed Davis was introduced to the media. “Nothing has changed.”
Terry Davis lists Charles Oakley among his closest friends, a further Toronto tie connecting the Davis name and the Raptors franchise. The two are products of Virginia Union, a school that also gave the NBA Ben Wallace.
Oakley gave Toronto much-needed toughness and experience when he was acquired from New York.
Ed Davis is no Oakley, but his rebounding and athleticism are what’s needed for Toronto’s current incarnation of the Raptors.
Ed Davis will be asked to do what he did at North Carolina, but it’s off the court where incoming players separate themselves, an area Davis has advantage over most of his peers.
“My dad’s seen it all,’’ the younger Davis said. “He has always talked to me about working hard and the lifestyle of the NBA.”
Terry Davis believes his son’s legacy will be based on the time he spends in between games and practices.
“You need rest in this business,’’ the elder Davis said. “These kids and even some of these veterans get caught up in matters that have no bearing on basketball.
“I’ve always said that 70% of this game is mental. The more mentally prepared and the more mentally tough you are, the longer you survive.”
Ed Davis fell to the Raptors at No. 13 as teams raised fears about a broken wrist he suffered last season.
“I truly believe that everything happens for a reason,’’ he said. “It’s a great fit here and I’m happy to be here.”