PHOENIX, Ariz. — Phoenix Suns guard Walter Davis, returning to the National Basketball Assn. team after a 30-day stay in a California rehabilitation clinic for undisclosed treatment, said today that "my problem was cocaine and alcohol."
Davis, 31, was released last Friday from the Adult Substance Abuse Program at Pasadena (Calif.) Community Hospital. He entered the clinic Dec. 12 after telling the Suns that he had a serious "personal problem" although the night before in Oakland he tied his career high with 43 points in a 123-113 win over the Golden State Warriors.
"When I got up in the morning, I had this feeling that I wanted everything to be right like it used to be. It was affecting me--the way I played and my family. I asked for help," Davis said at a news conference. "I'm very sorry for what happened. I let myself down, my organization and my teammates. I feel I owe everybody an apology although I know not everybody will accept it.
"I just want to come back and play and stay healthy. The scariest part is knowing the disease I have has got to be worked on the rest of my life. I'm a drink away from being where I was. I'm taking it one day at a time. That's all I can ask for--stay sober for 24 hours."