3 years, 9 months and 27 days! That’s long it’s been since Baron Davis has played in a professional basketball game.
I loved seeing him in cameos like Entourage, The Night Before and Joe Dirt (I’ll be honest – I didn’t see this sequel). I love seeing him in Drew League games and even took a trip to Seattle to see him take on the best of the Seattle Pro-Am this past summer, but nothing beats seeing a natural born hooper like Baron Davis competing in a NBA basketball game…especially when it’s been 3 years, 9 months and 27 days.
Being the unappreciated showman Baron still is, the 2 x NBA All-Star who gave us one of the most memorable playoff dunks off all-time (on AK-47) scored his first bucket of the game on a dunk – even though he said he wasn’t going to be doing any dunking.
“I thought it was LeBron James coming to block it. I didn’t want to lay it up,” he said. “I thought, while I’m up here, I might as well try.”
Then in the 2nd quarter, the #3 pick of the 99 draft with the NBA record for longest shot in NBA history, showed off his range by sinking a deeeeep 3-pointer.
Then a minute later, the 36 year old who used to be one of the biggest triple double threats in the league, threw a near half-court no-look alley-oop.
“I survived.” Baron jokingly said after putting up 8 points, 4 assists, 3 steals and 5 fouls in 19 minutes.
Not only did he survive, but the man who made the beard and GQ fashion cool in the NBA a decade before James Harden came along, shined in his debut.
“I play for the love of the game,” said Davis before his debut. “The art form. The spirit. Just for the camaraderie and the energy from the fans. “Making good plays, being a good teammate is really what gets me going. I live for the play, I live for the assist – that’s what I play for. It’s being able to pass down knowledge and experiences and share stories. Hopefully it will resonate with a few of these guys. For me, it’s a great opportunity to be around young guys, and to have an influence on their career and the beginning. That’s really exciting.”