Once you’ve been in the NBA for a few years, you’ve seen everything. A few trips to the Staples Center and you’ve seen Rihanna chillin’ courtside, Jack Nicholson creeping in the tunnels and Flea doing weird bass guitar dances. Throw in the incredible amount of celebrities they meet during various cross-promotional opportunities, the random backstage encounters at concerts and everything that goes down at All-Star Weekend and it’s zero percent surprising that standard entertainment celebs and basketball players are buddies all the time.
But that doesn’t mean they don’t get starstruck. It just has to be the right person. Take Baron Davis, he’s a budding movie mogul so he wouldn’t freak out unless he met someone super famous, which is what happened when he was guesting on an episode of “Hot In Cleveland.” From ESPN:
It’s a chilly November evening in Hollywood, and the NBA veteran (now with the Knicks) is about to tape a cameo for the TV Land sitcom “Hot In Cleveland.” That was the plan, anyway. Upon arrival, Davis took one look at the series lead, the illustrious Betty White, and all but ran for the door.
“I just forgot all of my lines!” Davis yelps at the 90-year-old comedienne and TV legend, his eyes as wide as the ball he bounces for a living. “I’m so starstruck!”
This is a guy who is friends with Jessica Alba and did DVD commentary with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, but it’s Betty White that stuns him. I know Betty White is having a curiously long renaissance the past few years, but that is still pretty hilarious. I guess he’s a big fan of “Live with Elizabeth.”
Also included in that little story is this nugget of fun.
Next, he’ll shop to networks a self-produced pilot for “I Love Boom,” a reality-based sitcom that Davis describes as “Curb Your Enthusiasm meets Entourage,” about the off-court life of an NBA player (Davis, playing himself). “It’s an offbeat look at a player’s typical day off, when he goes to doctor’s appointments and always says the wrong things,” Davis offers.
Just what the world needs, another “Curb Your Enthusiasm” knock-off. After “The Paul Reiser Show,” I thought we’d be done with such a thing. Whatever. At least Baron’s more interesting than Paul Reiser and I can’t imagine his show will be about him complaining of being bored with being rich. I’m hoping it’s mostly just him and Steve Nash riding bicycles together, interspersed with trips to the beard trimmery.
At the very least, I’m hoping we get a chance to at least see the pilot. Lots of television pilots never see the light of day, but I think we can all agree that we’ll at least get some laughs out of a Baron Davis TV show, even if it sucks.
Kind of like the Knicks, now that I think about it.
(via Ananth Pandian)