Posted by Sekou Smith
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Admit it, you laugh whenever you hear about a professional athlete doing double duty in the music or movie business.
Shaquille O’Neal rhyming with the Fu-Schnickens or those seemingly endless NBA cameos on Entourage probably come to mind (and yes, like you we are trying to forget about Kobe Bryant’s guest spot on that Brian McKnight song).
Don’t include Los Angeles Clippers guard Baron Davis is in that group of pro athletes simply indulging one of his passions. Davis is serious about his movie-making passion and has the credentials and industry cred to back it up, including an Emmy nomination for the Stacy Peralta-directed and Forest Whitaker-narrated documentary Crips & Bloods: Made in America.
He joined us on Episode 22 of the Hang Time Podcast to talk movies, basketball, his mentoring and fund-raising work in his native Los Angeles via his Rising Stars of America camp, celebrity kickball (two words: Jessica Alba) and one of his other passions, beards.
Davis is something of a multi-media mogul, having melded and mastered the weird science of sports and entertainment on several different platforms — including Twitter and the “Boomiverse” (it’s worth the trip, and no passport needed).
Davis, however, wasn’t the only heavy hitter to join us on Episode 22 of the HTP. Stu Jackson, the NBA’s vice president of basketball operations, took some time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions about the NBA schedule, his job as the league’s “Fine Guy” and the chances of there being a Hard Knocks-styled show featuring NBA teams (“We don’t have a Rex Ryan in the NBA”).
Jackson does more than just dole out the punishment for those players, coaches and franchises that run afoul of the league’s rules. In fact, his job is far more complex than you might have imagined, as he explains.