Baron Davis crowd-funds basketball documentary on L.A.’s Drew League

Baron Davis drives against San Antonio's Tony Parker as the Clippers play the Spurs at Staples Center on Dec. 1, 2010.
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Two-time NBA all-star point guard Baron Davis is looking for a few more assists: 100,000 of them, to be precise.

The Southern California native and former Clipper is seeking to raise $100,000 via the crowd-funding site Indiegogo to complete a documentary about the Drew League, a Los Angeles summer basketball league featuring amateur and pro players alike.

Davis, who last played professional ball for the Knicks in 2012, is directing and producing “The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce” and has been working on the film for more than two years.


The documentary promises to go behind the scenes at the Drew, which was established at Charles Drew Jr. High School in South L.A. in 1973 to help young players sharpen their skills and form meaningful connections on the court.

The league has since blossomed into one of the Southland’s premier pro-am showcases, attended by local streetball figures, college players and NBA stars. During the 2011 NBA lockout, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and James Harden all stopped by the Drew League to get some games in.

“I often feel people sugarcoat basketball and the way we grew up in South Central, but I want to give the real perspective,” Davis said in a statement. He added, “This is not just a sports documentary, it’s a story about family, community, perseverance and the life lessons we’ve learned through basketball.”

For contributors to Davis’ campaign, which closes Feb. 19, the perks include wristbands, posters, T-shirts, water bottles and even attending a Clippers game with Davis (price tag: $8,000).

Davis has been working on breaking into Hollywood for several years, and his producing credits include the Emmy-nominated documentary “Crips and Bloods: Made in America” and the Gina Carano action movie “In the Blood.”

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