There is no specific time frame for a career in the NBA. Some players get only one season whilst others spend decades on the hardwood in the pros.
Usually though when a player retires, they stay retired - especially when they've suffered multiple torn knee ligaments and have been out the game for three years. Even if they are a multi-time NBA All-Star.
Well, nobody told 1999's third overall pick Baron Davis. The former Knicks point guard today confirming that he is planning a comeback attempt at the age of 36.
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Davis bowed out of the NBA in 2012 after suffering ligament damage during a Knicks playoff game. In 13 years in the league he played over 800 games during spells with the Hornets, Warriors, Clippers, Cavaliers and Knicks. In his prime he was as exciting as they come at the PG position but mounting a comeback now would certainly shock a few in the league.
Whether any teams are going to consider a man three years out the league and with an injury history towards the end of his time in it remains to be seen, but Davis does have pedigree that could intrigue some needy teams out there.
Making the All-Star team in 2002 and 2004, the Cali native also led the NBA in steals in two separate seasons and made the All-NBA Third Team back in 2004.
Davis was also part of the US men's national team squad during the 2002 FIBA World Championships.
With experience on your bench an ever-increasing need in the NBA there seems little harm in inviting Davis for a visit, if only to see if he can roll back the years on the practice court.
One last run
Having said all that, we have seen numerous retired stars talk up chances of returning to the league or still being able to compete in the NBA today.
The league changes fast though, and, even though Baron Davis only retired in 2012, he might face a reality check should he ever be invited for a workout with today's young stars.
Sometimes it is best to stay retired, but you can't blame a guy for trying. I mean it worked for Michael Jordan...