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After blowing out his knee in the 2012 playoffs, Baron Davis was ready to call it career. The 2-time All-Star went through a lot physically and mentally these past three years and ultimately he decided not to retire. These past few years he’s actually been flirting with an NBA comeback. This week he explained that the young stars in the Drew League inspired him to begin training and preparing to play the game at a high level again and possibly make a return to the NBA.
Davis is realistic, he knows he won’t go into a starting role and he’s fully prepared to be the third PG for a team as long as he can mentor the young guards.
In a column on NBA.com, Davis explains that he’s going full board with a comeback.
So I started listening to my OGs in the gym on Sundays and to random fans that would say, “Hey man, you are still young, you can do it.”
That energy and love acceptance is a crazy feeling. It’s almost like you’re possessed. Am I on some sort of mission? I feel good. I feel younger than I did my last three years. My knee feels like new. Hell, why not. And once again the Drew League is coming up!!! I just finished the documentary, which was accepted into the 2015 L.A. Film Festival. I couldn’t hide behind that anymore. So I’m going to use this summer to really give it a try.
That’s what I missed…the purpose and feeling that I couldn’t find before. I found it this year.
I’m focused. My conditioning is getting better and I am getting stronger. Hey, I’m starting to look like them and walk and talk like them again. Hell, these dudes are getting up to play against me again. Challenging me. Pushing me. Talking trash. I kinda like this. Wait until I get to where I know I can get to the level I need; wait until I am around a team and can really lock in on tools and start to sharpen them with some structure around.
This is a good feeling. I’m feeling good about this. I need to embrace this feeling and be more like these guys. I like this new generation. I want to be a part of it. I have something to offer, something valuable. I still got it, so they say. But it’s a long journey and now I’m fully committed to the journey, the climb, the hurt, the commitment, the unity and the brotherhood.
This time around though, it’s more than me I’m doing it for! So, I have every reason to finish the journey.