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Baron Davis on his alien abduction . . . on his potential comeback this season. More:
Baron Davis was in Las Vegas, safe and sound. Well, maybe not sound, because if you know Baron Davis, you know he's rarely of sound mind.
"I mean if you know me . . ." he said with a grin, aware it was unnecessary to finish the thought.
That's why he was surprised that so many people took him serious when he spoke of being abducted by aliens between Barstow and Vegas. He wound up at an In-N-Out Burger.
The story was told on "The Champs" podcast, which is hosted by two comedians, Neal Brennan and Moshe Kaster, which right away should have suggested his story was an attempt at humor. (Davis has a history of attempts at comedy. Last year he created a character, Brian Davies, who "reported" on the London Olympics).
The joke was interpreted as real and the story was picked up by news agencies all around the U.S.
"I mean, you go on a podcast with two comedians, two funny guys and it's like, 'Hey, I' need to come with like a funny story'," Davis told me during an interview on MSG Network. "Not thinking I was that important to the world, not even knowning that alien abductions are important to the world, just kind of making a joke."
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."