Baron Davis hasn’t played in the NBA since 2012. A two-time NBA All-Star, Davis last played for the New York Knicks, and saw his final season in the NBA truncated by a torn ACL and MCL at the age of 32. He’s also good friends with the point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, Steve Nash.
Nash, 39 years old and still in the NBA, has seen his last two seasons with the Lakers hampered by constant injury. Long regarded as one of the brightest players in the league, ESPN recently unveiled a collaboration between their well-known columnist and 30 for 30 creator Bill Simmons and Steve Nash as they chronicle his battle back onto the basketball court for what will likely be his last two seasons as a professional. It’s called The Finish Line.
Davis, unlike Nash, hasn’t seriously considered returning to the NBA after his injuries. Luckily for us, neither he nor Nash are above having some fun with their public personas, and as Nash announced The Finish Line, Davis premiered his mockumentary, The Comeback, on the eve of All-Star Weekend.
Proclaiming himself “Not, like, Charles Barkley fat — like, Shaq fat. Dominant fat,” Davis, along with Nash, playfully skewer everything that Steve Nash is famous for. In real life, Nash has long been regarded as the pinnacle of healthy living — but in The Comeback, he’s skewered for not eating pizza. When Davis’s agent calls him up and says he needs to get to New Orleans to talk to GM’s about coming back, Davis turns it into taking Kenny Smith’s job on Inside The NBA. It’s a nice bit of levity as the NBA goes into the NBA All-Star Break.
You’ll need levity if you check out The Finish Line. While Davis’s self-awareness is a jokey reflection on the idea of an athlete kind of not really committing to a comeback, the real documentary is the exact opposite of that. If the first episode is any indication, the series is going to be a great watch.