Baron Davis is 37 years old and hasn’t played in the NBA since 2012.
That, however, is something he hopes to change in the near future.
Indeed, Davis, a two-time All-Star, is attempting an NBA comeback. He played for the D-League’s Delaware 87ers this past year and hopes to play in the NBA summer league after the season.
“I think it’s important for me to go out there and once again show and prove to people that, hey, he’s serious about playing and he can play,” Davis said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I think it’s more so a matter of me doing what I need to do and showing people I can actually play and I want to play. That’s really it. And then from that point, letting teams see how I look and then figuring out which team is a good fit.”
A few months into his return, Davis said the game has gotten much faster yet much slower at the same time.
“The game is faster, but the game is definitely a lot slower to me because you know where to be,” he said. “I see things before it happens. I would say in my time in the D-League, the only problem was I would say just knocking off the rust, really. Just confidence and knocking off the rust. The game is played at a faster pace, but as far as just the actual game, the game is really slow. I felt like I had control. It’s just a matter of, oh, I can get to that spot without thinking about it. A lot of that is just timing and being rusty.”
Some may call Davis crazy for trying to make a comeback at 37, but he doesn’t care. He isn’t doing this for publicity or closure, either.
“I want to play basketball,” he said. “I really love basketball. I think when I was in the thick of it, it was hard to love it because it was something that was constantly breaking my heart. Injuries, just the relationship with the organization, having to fight for things that you believe in – I would say the last so many years was really just my fight with the game. So mentally and physically, it just really starts to become a drain because it wasn’t really about what was happening on the court. It was more so about all the other things around it.”
Davis is also trying his hand at film. He directed and produced “The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce,” which tells the story of a youth basketball league that has been a staple of the Los Angeles community for more than 40 years. It airs Friday on Showtime at 8 p.m. ET.
Davis, the No. 3 overall pick in 1999, played for five NBA franchises. He was asked for his thoughts on one team that he played for, the Clippers, and one he didn’t, the Rockets.
“They’re going to have to restructure that team, if you ask me,” Davis said of the Rockets. “You’re going to have to build one way or the other. You know that you’re going to lose Dwight, so you’re going to have to build around James. You’re going to have to find the right pieces and the right personalities that are going to want to play that type of basketball and guys who don’t mind not shooting the ball as much because you know the majority of the shots are going to go to two, maybe three, people.”
The Clippers, Davis said, don’t need as much of an overhaul. In fact, he thinks they have the most talented roster in the NBA.
“I say you keep them together for another year,” he said. “They’re one or two pieces away from being right back where they were. Unfortunately, Chris and Blake got hurt, but they were right there. The Clippers are right there.”