Earlier this year, former NBA all-star Baron Davis announced that he will be attempting a comeback. This after he suffered a devastating knee injury in 2012 as part of the New York Knicks and hasn’t stepped foot on an NBA court since. Now 36-years-old, Davis has signed on with the development league’s Delaware 87ers, an affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers.
According to a profile in the New York Times, Davis says he does not want the final visual fans seeing of him is being carried off the court at Madison Square Garden in the 2012 playoffs. The 2-time all-star also shared that he turned down offers to play overseas, going with the D-League, where he feels he would have a much better chance at actually suiting up for another NBA team.
In the back of my mind, I always thought about how I went out, being carted off of the Garden on that stretcher,” he told the NYT. “So eventually, it was just like: ‘Man, I have to say my peace. I have to go and push myself.’ And that’s what led me here. I’m a believer in starting from the bottom.
Delaware is not like Hollywood. But Delaware is cool. All you really need is a gym and a couple good places to eat and a movie theater.
Since joining the 87ers, Davis has been dealing with a nagging injury but has been still be able to play fairly well.