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Baron Davis targeting a return to the NBA next season

Jul 18, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

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When we last heard from Baron Davis, he was attempting a career in comedy by telling a story of personal alien abduction that actually was taken seriously by more than one media outlet.

If you have to explain a joke, it isn’t funny, so maybe it’s best that Davis is attempting to get in shape to return to doing what at one point in his life he did best — playing basketball professionally.

Alan Hahn caught up with Davis at Summer League in Las Vegas, and during an interview televised on the MSG Network, Davis said he’s targeting a return to the NBA next season.

Between attempts at comedy, Davis says he has continued the rehabilitation process on the gruesome knee injury he suffered in the 2012 playoffs while playing for the Knicks. After taking the last season off (he spent a lot of time around the Knicks), he 34-year-old said he plans to return to the NBA this season.

“My whole thing is to get in the best shape of my life and by September or October be ready to showcase my talent and try out for whoever I need to try out for,” he said. “I think the most important thing is being in shape.”

Davis was being at least a little bit funny unintentionally here, as conditioning has been an area he’s struggled with at times over the course of his 13 NBA seasons.

When we last saw Davis on the court, it was playing for the Knicks back in May of 2012, when he suffered a brutal dislocated knee injury that has kept him out of action to this point. If he’s 100 percent healed and gets himself in peak physical condition as promised, there will be more than one team that will likely take a chance on the veteran guard for a minimum deal to fill out its roster.

  1. davidly - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Now he says it was a weather balloon.

  2. trickybastard - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    maybe he has to explain a joke because idiot media (such as yourself?) got it wrong and ran with it

  3. JHathwell - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    He’s got a life of crime waiting for him if he wants it, considering all the good money he stole from the Clippers and Cavs.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:35 PM


      His career earnings are $147.6 million dollars so far. His career PER is decent at 17.8, but considering that a PER of 15 is league average and a PER of 20 (and higher) is considered all star level, he’s made a lot of coin for a career that’s been only above average.

      So he’s been OK, better than average, but to have earned about $150 million?

      • JHathwell - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        Not to mention he got about half of that money playing fat, out of shape and barely interested.

    • yankees218 - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      now THAT was a lame joke…

      • JHathwell - Jul 19, 2013 at 6:06 PM

        Wasn’t a joke.

  4. detroitrollin22 - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    He better hope the aliens from Space Jam give him his powers back.

  5. loubearkane - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    If he’s 90% or better healthy and in shape , looked larger in NY , I don’t see how LA , NY , Memphis and probably the best fit GSW as a mentor to Curry wouldn’t be interested.

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Baron should definitely come back. Let’s combine his pipe dream with Mark Cuban’s laughable case of denial and have Baron Davis sign with the Mavericks. There you go; Baron is competing at an NBA level again and Mark Cuban is better off with Baron and pieces than having a blue chipper like Dwight Howard.

  7. eltoro1000 - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    LeBron’s hairline has a better chance at returning…

  8. jimsjam33 - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Yuk Yuk ,

    That Baron Davis he really is a good stand-up comedienne . Did he really say he wants to make a come-back next season ? Where , not on the Planet Mars ? Nah , say Davis that was just a joke that some dummy media outlet fell for . Now , all the basketball world thinks he was abducted by the Martians last week . Actually , he says he wants to spread his wings as a Pelican or just maybe , a Hornet . He thinks anything with wings would be a good fit for him .

  9. jimbo062981 - Jul 18, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Just like his fellow overpaid under performing 99 draft alum Steve Francis he is better off going to China. Would be a fitting end to two similar careers.

    • badintent - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:04 AM

      Steve average 20,5,5 for the first 5 years of his career. Only Magic, Jerry West and The big O Oscar Robertson put up those numbers. They are in the HOF. When Steve blew his knee out, the numbers stopped.He earned his $$ for five years.

  10. mrlaloosh - Jul 18, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    This guy is too lazy to get in shape. He took the money and ran…..

    • cbking05 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      I call B.S. No way he ran…

  11. starvingardens - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    He’s gonna make a comeback into the league because he’s got no more money.

    Just call him “Broke Dizzle”

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