Ricky Davis Suspended for Drug Violation

Ricky Davis has been suspended for five games by the NBA for violating terms of the league's drug program. As is always the case in these situations, details are scarce. Mike Dunleavy offered little opinion on the matter, and simply acknowledged it with the following quote:

"We've been informed of the league's action concerning Ricky Davis and we will comply with all terms of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Beyond this statement, we will have no further comment on this matter."

Sounds like David Stern himself might have prepared that for Dunleavy to read. In any case, Ricky will be unavailable to the Clippers for five games, but which five games remain a mystery. That's because the suspension will begin "with the next game for which he is eligible and physically able to play." And for Davis, that might be a while.

Ricky has been sidelined with a knee injury since November 22nd, and the timetable for his return was set for sometime in January. Even when he was playing though, Davis was completely ineffective since he joined the Clippers over the summer. Before the injury, he was in the starting lineup -- and averaged just 4.3 points per game, while shooting a dismal 27.8 percent from the field.

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