But Friday after Clippers practice, with his first game against his former Warriors looming, Davis took a minute to reflect. He let himself think about no longer being the iconic player of in a star-hungry region. He allowed a moment for contemplation over the fact his No. 5 jersey won't eventually be hanging from the rafters next to Rick Barry.
"I've never been hurt like that," Davis said, fidgeting with tape holding together his left ring and middle fingers. "I was hurt. It kind of gave me like a bad feeling. It is a business. That's the sad thing about it, that at any point and time you can be separated from your family. And it's not that your family wants you to go. It's not your neighbors want you to go. It's just people who don't really have an effect on the game are, I guess, the people who own the block."
The tone of his voice, the glare in his eyes, suggests he's still not over the bad break-up he had with the Warriors this past summer. Although he has the contract security he longed, and he's the star point guard in his hometown, his departure from the Warriors still seems to be a lump in his throat.
After failed negotiations for a contract extension, Davis stunned the franchise by opting out of the final year of his contract -- set to pay him nearly $17 million in July to become a free agent. Days later, he signed a five-year, $65 million deal with the Clippers.
Things haven't gone great so far in Los Angeles. The Clippers are 1-7 entering today's game against the visiting Warriors. Davis, playing with a sore left hip and a sprained left ring finger, is averaging 15 points on 37.4 percent shooting with 7.6 assists in 32 minutes.
"Even though I'm happy, our team hasn't got off to the start I envisioned to really make people miss me up there," Davis said with a laugh.
Davis said he misses the Bay Area. He shook his head and smirked as he stared into nowhere when asked why he's not still there, apparently still grappling with that reality.
Davis said he and executive vice president of basketball operations Chris Mullin had an agreement that he would get an extension. No numbers were reached, Davis said, but there was an understanding until something got in the way.
In his heart of hearts, he said, Mullin wasn't the reason. Nor was coach Don Nelson.
"It's not my fault," Davis said. "It wasn't like I was lying saying I wanted to be there, retire there, spend the rest of my career there, accomplish something. I thought that I was going to be one of those players who got their jersey retired. It grew to be a great relationship and home for me. After we beat Dallas, promises were made and never followed through. Then they wanted to see if I could play a full season, and promises were made and never followed through. It wasn't the fact that I wanted more money. I opted out of more money to come (to Los Angeles). It was more that I didn't feel like I was wanted, like my welcome wore out. They had gotten enough. They had gotten what they needed. That's how I felt, and it kind of forced me to look elsewhere."
Davis said it bothers him that some fans call him greedy and selfish, blame him for hurting the franchise. He said he gets a little comfort in knowing that some fans and members of the organization remember his contributions to the community and the franchise. He said he still talks to his former teammates and feels their frustration. Even tries to play "distant big brother."
Closure won't come before Jan. 25 at Oracle Arena, but Davis said he is hoping today's game against his former team moves along the transition process. Because if looks tell the story, he's no doubt still transitioning.
NOTES: Warriors guard Monta Ellis made an appearance at the Warriors practice in Oakland on Friday. He was minus the boot and even mixed in a couple of set shots as he caught up with some of his teammates. His agent, Jeff Fried, said he will get the screws in his left ankle surgically removed on Wednesday, allowing him to increase his off-court rehab. ... Rookie guard DeMarcus Nelson and forward Richard Hendrix were sent to the Bakersfield Jam, the Warriors' affiliate in the NBA Development League.
Staff writer Curtis Pashelka contributed to this report.