CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4773 posts, RR: 25 Posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 842 times:
Everyone, add Antonio Davis to your lists. Talk about a lame excuse for not wanting to stay in Toronto:
Metric system concerns free agent Davis
The big forward says he's concerned his kids' are learning the wrong things in Toronto, making Raptors fans nervous and perhaps further inflaming the sensitive Canadian psyche.
TORONTO -- Antonio Davis is worried. His young children are being taught the metric system and the Canadian national anthem.
Antonio Davis had his best season this year, averaging 13.7 points and 10.1 rebounds a game.
That's not what American children should be learning.
At least, that what the Toronto Raptors' soon-to-be-free-agent all star forward told American syndicated talk show host Jim Rome on Thursday.
“It's just that Canada teaches a lot of different things,” Davis said when asked what he didn't like his 6-year-old twins, Antonio Jr. and Kaela, exposed to.
“You know, the metric system, when they go to school every day and they're singing the national anthem. Some of those things are going to pass as they're kids. As they grow older, there are some different things they need to learn.
“I'm a little worried about it now because they're really starting real school -- first and second and third grades -- and I think those grades are very important in their learning process.”
Raptors general manager Glen Grunwald, who has become a Canadian citizen with his two children, wasn't overly concerned with Davis's comments.
“Tell Antonio that I will volunteer to tutor his kids in pounds and ounces and gallons and pints (if he re-signs),” Grunwald said with a chuckle.
Davis's California-based agent, Bill Duffy, was amazed at the indignant reaction to his client's remarks.
“I can't believe the over-reaction to this,” said Duffy, who also represents Dallas Mavericks star Steve Nash of Victoria. “I heard the interview and I told him (Davis) that it was a great interview.”
He defended Davis's prerogative to judge his children's schooling.
“I think it was fair and not controversial at all,” Duffy said. “I would expect a Canadian living in the U.S. might say the same thing. It wasn't disparagement.”
Davis, 32, has two years left on a seven-year, $35-million US contract but is eligible to become a free agent on July 1 and is looking for a long-term deal in the vicinity of $10 million a season.
“I think my family was happy (in Toronto), but I'm not sure how happy they were,” Davis said. “There was a lot of time that I was worried about them and worried about their situation, the kids in school, the opportunities for my wide to do different things.
“I just need to make sure those things are taken care of first, and then we'll make that decision on whether it's the best thing for us to come back or there's a possibility we'll have to go elsewhere. I think everything else in Toronto is just fine.”
Davis enjoyed his best season as a professional in 2000-2001, averaging 13.7 points and 10.1 rebounds a game in the regular season and becoming a key factor in the Raptors taking the Philadelphia 76ers to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals before being eliminated from the playoffs.
He said he intends to pursue his free-agency opportunity agressively.
“I don't think there's many times in your career where you have an opportunity for people to really get a chance to see who wants you and what's going on,” Davis said.
“I'm going to do my best to try and keep it open. If I'm here is Toronto, that's fine. If I'm somewhere else, I have to make that change and be ready to do the same thing and continue to play and try to be the best player that I can be.
“I mean, Toronto's not a bad place. I was happy here. I was happy with the team. But if I have to move on, I have to more on.”
Blink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5474 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 764 times:
That is such a piece of crap it isn't even funny. I as an American would rather learn the metric system(which I have learned) personally, i think it is easier because it is all on the same units. Whereas customary NOT standard is based on a whole bunch of units. In my mind, his is excuse is pure crap and he just wants more money.
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
An-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 758 times:
L-188, what I meant is that he did not say anything racist about Canada, but he was pounded by press and fans alike, when it shouldn't have been the case. As for aircraft - perhaps, I believe you, but the world uses metric system, except for the US. I still can't get accustomed to it!
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Ryanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 759 times:
Just out of interest, when (if at all) is the US planning to change to metric? It's just that here in the UK it has been a nightmare changing to Metric, although metric obviously makes a lot more sense. We still use miles here though, and I can't see that changing.
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Transactoid From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 754 times:
Canada changed to the metric system before I was born. Therefore, I have grown up with metric. I think it's a lot easier than imperial (standard, what-have-you). I don't understand all their crazy units and numbers.
AC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 754 times:
I'm in same boat as that lousy NBA loser. Everyday, I have to listen to the Americans' "pledge of allegiance". Dammit just tell your kids to do what I do, don't say the words!!! what a jerk.
By the way the "standard" is a bunch of bull-poopy. inch, yard, mile you need all these crazy fractions to convert from one to the other. Metric is so much more logical: 1 kilometre=1000 metres. none of that 1,3XX feet in a mile crap
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 743 times:
Sad, sad, sad.
Ryanb741: America tried switching to the Metric in the 1970s, a committee was established, but nothing was ever given a timetable, so it slowly dissappeared. I would imagine within the next ten years the US will be making concerted efforts to be in the SI (Système international, or the official name for the Metric system). Already in many states, you will see distances given in feet and metres or miles and kilometres on road signs. It's only a matter of time. I did once find a website put out by the government explaining all the reasons why the US should go Metric, and I believe there is a bill in Congress to install the Metric System.
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New sensation From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 729 times:
This article is bullocks. Antonio Davis wants to leave Toronto because he's pissed off at Vince Carter for going to the commencement ceremony, and at the Raptors organization for allowing him to go. Vince carries too much power with the Raptors, just like Grant Hill did with Detroit. When you give one player too much of a say, it's gonna cause some friction. Oakley also wants out for much the same reason, but no other team would be willing to pay him what he will ask for.
Watewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 723 times:
You can tell that he's after the green. He won't sign with Toronto unless it's a maximum. As much as I admire Grunwald has done with his team in the midseason, he really needs to wake up and not be suckered into believing what the players say. It's bad enough that McGrady left for nothing, it looks as if Davis will be playing alongside McGrady next season. And with Oakley likely gone soon and Carter sure to jump Canada as soon as he's eligeable, he'll only have Peterson in the long run in the worst case. And this is the same guy who rewarded Stewart with a multimillion dollar deal for doing nothing.
DG_pilot From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 856 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 712 times:
The English system might be harder for those who cannot remember simple numbers or do simple math (haha ), but it is also more applicable to about everything. The sizes of the standard measurements in the English system are better selected for what they will be used to measure in most cases. The English system has "evolved" since the time of the Romans to what it is now, and the very useful and applicable measurements we use today have survived this long time span.
Newer is not always better. Thankfully the United States still uses English units in nearly every circumstance.
FP_v2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 704 times:
Both systems are good, it only depends which one your more familar with. The Imperial system is used only in a hanfull of countries around the world while the metric system is used everywhere else, even Star Trek!
D L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 10917 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 702 times:
Hmm. That's funny about American kids not learning Metric. When I was in second grade, we learned Metric and "Imperial" at the same time. (I've never heard it called "Standard.")
BTW, DG_Pilot, you want to attempt to prove what you just said? Sounds like a load of mullarkey to me. "The sizes of the standard measurements in the English system are better selected for what they will be used to measure in most cases."
So, an inch is more appropriate to use than a centimeter in what cases? Gallons is better than Liters? (Hell, what measurement do you use to quantify your sodas?)
N400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 693 times:
While I do prefer C° to F° (but today they seem to be used simultaneously in the US), I'm glad we're using the Standard system and not Metric. We shouldn't switch just because the rest of the world is doing it... our system works perfectly fine.
D L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 10917 posts, RR: 52
Reply 23, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 689 times:
"We shouldn't switch just because the rest of the world is doing it..."
You're right. We should switch because it's a better system.
BTW, if you really want to know how much better Metric is to Imperial units, here's a thought for you: Imperial units are officially defined in terms of their metric counterparts, while the metric system is defined by exact, and simple)scientific reasons:
A gram is how much one milliliter of water weighs (at sea level). (So, a liter of water weight 1 kg.)
A milliter in a cube measures exactly 1 centimeter on a side. (Thus, a meter can be accurately calculated using a bottle of water!)
An inch is OFFICIALLY and exactly 2.54 centimeters.
(There are 36 inches in a yard, and 1760 yards in a mile.)