Davis' life story ready for big screen

By Doug Gorman


Kelvin Davis' life story is perfect for the silver screen.

Nearly three years ago, Davis became the oldest person to ever sign a professional basketball contract when, at 47, he joined the Atlanta Vision of the ABA.

Now at the age of 50, Davis life isn't about to slow down.

In addition to basketball, Davis has been bitten by the acting bug. He is currently playing a basketball coach in the soon-to-be released movie Bankshots, with some of the basketball scenes being filmed at Hoops and Fitness in Jonesboro.

Bankshots is brain child of film maker Tyga Graham, who has worked entertainment giants such as Tyler Perry.

A documentary on Davis' life is also in the works, as well as a movie deal which will bring his story to Hollywood.

His NBA dreams are alive and well too.

Davis was a standout high school basketball player in Evergreen, Ala., in the late 1970s, and also starred in college at Jefferson Davis Junior College and Alabama State University, but took a long hiatus from the game to teach high school, pastor a couple of churches and raise a family.

It wasn't until just a few years ago when Davis basketball dreams were born again. After playing in recreation leagues against much younger players, he was urged to tryout for the Vision, a team owned by former Georgia Tech and NBA veteran Dennis Scott.

He ended up making the team and playing two years in the league.

Through it all, it has been his deep-rooted faith that has carried him and led him through this basketball adventure.

"I have had the chance to use the talents the Lord gave me, and that's very important too," he said.

But his basketball dreams haven't ended there. Davis is serious when he talks about landing on an NBA roster, not as a coach, but a player.

At 50, he says he can still get up and down the court with players more than twice as young.

He showed off his skill last year when he was invited to NBA Developmental League camps with the Dallas Mavricks and Denver Nuggets organizations.

Although he didn't earn a spot on a either D-league roster, he earned plenty of respect.

"One younger player told me, I must have found some kind of youth formula, I must be bottling to stay young," he said. "They thought there was no way I could run like this."

He also became a fan favorite during the tryout sessions.

People were following me out the door, and fans and players were asking me for my autograph because, they were thinkng if this guy makes it, it will be something speciall," Davis said. "So it was very good, I expected a call from them, but the coach said just be patient."

For Davis, his life also centers around his family Danielle, Kelvin Jr. and Princeton.

Since all this has happened, he has also had the chance to reconnected with his father Matt after years apart.

His father just wrote a book How faith works. Davis has been inspired by his father's book.

"I guess, he passed down that gene to me," Davis said. "I didn't grow up with him, but the last few years, we have been together.

Matt Davis never saw his son play basketball.

If Kelvin Davis has his way, that will change.

Maybe someday when he makes it to the NBA.