Baron is one of my favorite players of all time. No joke. All time. I loved watching him ball out there. He's the reason I have a beard. I'm dead serious. It always felt like you were watching that one kid at the park who could have gone to play college ball if he wanted to but didn't. He'd just fool around with opponents. Plus, unlike most of the great point guards in NBA history, he had exceptional leaping ability and tremendous strength. He could pop a three in your face, cross you up, back you down, or SLAM on you (just ask Andrei Kirilenko). He had such a wide variety of talent and made watching basketball fun for any sports fan. If you didn't appreciate watching B Diddy in his prime, I actually don't believe you appreciate athletics in general. He was exceptional, and I'd like to quickly pay homage to his career which I feel like not enough people respect.
Baron was drafted with the third overall pick in the NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets after putting together this beautiful highlight reel in college:
By the time Baron was 22 years old he was averaging 18 points, 8.5 assists and over 2 steals a game for the Hornets during their last year in Charlotte. The Hornets made the move to NOLA with Baron as their star player, and there he managed to score his career best 22.9 points per game. However, he would soon be shipped to his home state of California. Due to a bit of beef between Baron and then-coach Byron Scott, and the Hornets desire to clear cap space, they traded Baron to the Golden State Warriors for Speedy Claxton and Dale Davis at the trade deadline of the 2004-05 season. This is when my love for B Diddy really picked up.