In the midst of telling a basketball story, Baron Davis became a basketball story.

A knee injury brought Davis' 13-year NBA career to a halt during a Knicks playoff game in 2012. He had already started shooting footage of the summertime Drew League, a project that intensified as Davis entered retirement. The finished documentary, "The Drew", will premiere on Showtime on Friday night at 8 p.m. in the Eastern and Pacific time zones.

For a while Davis' basketball exploits were limited to some weekend pickup runs. He'd dabble in a few games of H-O-R-S-E. He found the competitive juices were most likely to flow when he played games of Connect Four -- or sometimes when he picked up the controller and played Mario Kart.

But all of that time spent around the Drew League stirred something.

"Being in that environment and not playing?" Davis said.

That didn't sit right.

Something else didn't sit right: the way his career ended. He'd come down from the highs of the "We Believe" Golden State Warriors playoff run in 2007, to shifting among three teams (the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks) in the final four years of his career. He was heckled by then-Clippers owner Donald Sterling when he played in L.A. His beloved grandmother died in 2011 while he was playing for the Cavaliers. The finish wasn't clean. It felt as if there were more to be done.

Davis hired a personal trainer and worked his way back into shape. He showed up regularly to the Sunday runs. He put out the word that he wanted back in.

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Rachel Nichols, Zach Lowe and Raja Bell share their thoughts on Iggy Azalea saving Nick Young from an embarrassing tattoo gaffe.

Robert Horry drills buzzer-beater vs. Kings

When it happened

2002 West finals: Game 4: Kings vs. Lakers

Just six words on six seconds

Big Shot Bob to the rescue. -- Chris Broussard

Robert Horry: Right place, right time. -- Rob Peterson

Kobe knows it's good before anyone. -- Dave McMenamin

That Vlade tap-out haunts Kings fans. - Ian Begley

Closest the Sacto Kings ever got. -- Chris Ramsay

Why Horry drinks free in L.A. -- J.A. Adande

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Derek Fisher needs just 0.4 seconds to sink Spurs

When it happened

2004 West semis: Game 5: Lakers vs. Spurs

Just six words on six seconds

Not Kobe. Not Shaq. Derek Fisher. -- Chris Ramsay

Spurs chased Kobe, Fish sunk them. -- Justin Hagey

Wild finish to a wild game. -- Chris Broussard

Don't say ".4" in San Antonio. -- J.A. Adande

The "Al Michaels does NBA" era. -- Dave McMenamin

Fish. Rim. Fish. Rim. Fishy rim! -- Jim Merritt

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No. 10 | Full list | No. 8

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Michael Smith and Jemele Hill share their opinions on Bill Walton telling his son, Luke, to avoid the Lakers coaching job if offered to him.

Jalen Rose tells Dan Le Batard that Shaquille O'Neal did a good job leading the Lakers' teams during the 2000s.

Jerry West forces OT with 60-foot heave

When it happened

1970 NBA Finals, Game 3: Knicks vs. Lakers

Just six words on six seconds

That's why he's called Mr. Clutch. -- Chris Broussard

Gotta guard The Logo all 94. -- Chris Ramsay

And it was worth only two. -- Dave McMenamin

Did Wilt Chamberlain get the assist? -- Matt Wong

But they lost the game though. -- J.A. Adande

Only The Logo ... and Steph Curry. -- Royce Webb

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No. 12 | Full list | No. 10

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Magic Johnson's junior skyhook

When it happened

1987 NBA Finals, Game 4: Lakers vs. Celtics

Just six words on six seconds

Magic channels Kareem to bury Celtics. -- Chris Broussard

"Junior Skyhook" enters the NBA vernacular. -- Chris Ramsay

Magic always found ways to win. -- J.A. Adande

Anyone notice that Kareem was open? -- Brad Doolittle

Magic's most true "hero ball" moment. -- Royce Webb

Magic swish over three Celtics legends. -- Justin Hagey

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No. 13 | Full list | No. 11

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors have granted permission to the Los Angeles Lakers to interview Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton for their coaching vacancy.

Steve Kerr, who was named the NBA Coach of the Year on Tuesday, revealed before Wednesday night's series-clinching Game 5 win over the Houston Rockets that the Lakers can meet with Walton as soon as a break in the Warriors' schedule arises.

"We told Mitch that he's perfectly welcome to talk to Luke as soon as the series is over and we have a little break," Kerr said of Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.

NBA coaching sources say Walton, after spending eight-plus seasons as a player with the Lakers, is a prime target for Los Angeles in its search to replace Byron Scott, who was fired Sunday night after posting a 38-126 record over the past two seasons.

Yet sources stressed to that San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina is also getting strong consideration. Messina had a decorated coaching career in Europe before serving as a Lakers consultant in 2011-12. Not only is he a known entity to Lakers officials, but he also has spent the past two seasons alongside Hall of Fame-bound San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

The Lakers, sources say, are seeking a coach who can change their on-court fortunes, connect with their many young players and help their free-agent recruiting efforts. Team officials, however, have made it clear that they are not prepared to grant full personnel control to whomever they hire. That policy applied in Los Angeles even when Phil Jackson was on the bench.

Sources say the Lakers also plan to interview former Cleveland Cavaliers

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Nick Young is a lot of things. He's a shooting guard who averaged 7.3 points per game for the Los Angeles Lakers this past season. He's a player who likes to celebrate, sometimes a bit too early. And, outside of basketball circles, he's the fiancé of rapper Iggy Azalea. And thanks to her, Young avoided what would've been a highly embarrassing tattoo blunder, because for all the things Nick Young is, a good speller he is not. We'll let Iggy tell the tale:

She's right, Young is definitely lucky she's around to catch mistakes like this. As for the misspelling of his own nickname in his Twitter handle ("Swaggy P" should have two g's), he gets a pass on that one: Twitter only supports handles up to 15 characters, and @NickSwaggyPYoung would be 16.

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Los Angeles LakersThe Lakers are auctioning the No. 8 section of the Staples Center hardwood court they installed prior to Kobe Bryant's last game on April 13.

Before Kobe Bryant's last game April 13, the Los Angeles Lakers installed two new hardwood sections on the court, one with the number 8 and one with the number 24, the two numbers Bryant wore for the team in his 20-year career.

On Wednesday, the team announced that it would be auctioning off the No. 8 section from that game, in which Bryant scored 60 points.

The floor piece, which measures 20 feet by 8 feet, is signed by Bryant, and the proceeds will benefit the team's charity, the Los Angeles Lakers youth foundation.

The auction began at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday and closes May 15. The current high bid is $12,100.

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Kobe throws it up, Shaq slams it down

When it happened

2000 West finals, Game 7: Blazers vs. Lakers

Just six words on six seconds

On long list of Blazers' heartbreakers. - Royce Webb

300 pounds, crushing hopes and dreams. - Tom Haberstroh

Perfect collaboration between two NBA greats. - Dave McMenamin

Shaq called for it. Good play. - Henry Abbott

Shaq Face as good as play. - Justin Hagey

Same face Shaq made when traded. - Justin Verrier

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No. 18 | Full list | No. 16

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Lakers get permission to interview Spurs assistant Ettore Messina: The man has seemingly accomplished everything in basketball. Ettore Messina has coached countless championship teams. Plenty consider him to have one of the most intelligent minds in the sports. Yet, Messina still has not become an NBA head coach. Perhaps his chance has come. The Lakers recently received permission from the San Antonio Spurs to interview Messina for their vacant head-coaching position, this newspaper has confirmed. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers’ Jeanie Buss says front office will be judged by “wins and losses”: The ticking clock has sounded louder and louder. The Lakers’ continual struggles has brought more reminders of the self-imposed timeline Lakers executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss outlined regarding his expectations on how long it would take for the team to become Western Conference contenders. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Could Kevin Durant’s future be impacted if good friend Derek Fisher is hired?: Derek Fisher is a long-shot candidate to end up in Los Angeles coaching the Lakers and will need the support of everyone from Kobe Bryant to Magic Johnson to enhance his candidacy. But Fisher, along with UConn head coach Kevin Ollie, has the support of two players that mean more to the Lakers future than Kobe and Magic. Fisher, according to a source, is hoping that his connections to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will make him more attractive to the Lakers, who have missed out on key free agents the past few summers. -- New York Daily News



Kobe Bryant
17.6 2.8 0.9 28.2
ReboundsJ. Randle 10.2
AssistsM. Huertas 3.4
StealsD. Russell 1.2
BlocksR. Hibbert 1.4