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Davis keeps hoop dreams alive

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

Kelvin Davis might be 51-years-old, but don't expect him to become the national spokesperson for people thinking about retirement.

Davis is too busy right now pursuing a "younger" man's dream--the life of a professional basketball player.

It's something Davis has been going after for a couple of years, and he might be getting a little bit closer each season.

"The dream is still very much alive," Davis said.

The Southern Crescent native arrived on the national scene when he became the oldest man ever to sign a professional basketball contract when he inked a deal with the ABA's Atlanta Vision, a minor league squad he played with for two seasons. His time in the ABA rekindled his basketball dreams that had been dormant for decades.

Along the way Davis has landed a couple of NBA D-League tryouts, and recently returned from a workout for the Idaho Stampade, the Denver Nuggets developmental league affiliate.

"It was really intense and rigorous," Davis said. "We spent a lot of time scrimmaging and working on drills."

But Davis impressed, and this weekend, he heads to Portland where he will go through a second tryout with the team.

Davis' basketball roots go back more than 30 years when he was a high school player at Evergreen, Ala. He was one of the state's best, averaging 21 points and eight rebounds per game.

His high school resume led him to Jefferson Davis Junior College then on to Alabama State.

That was more than 30 years ago, but Davis has never lost his passion for the game. Often Davis can be found playing in a pick up game or just shooting baskets along side players 20 to 30 years younger.

His still spends several hours each week at Hoops and Fitness in Jonesboro working on his game and doing whatever it takes to stay in shape.

Davis hopes to land on an NBA roster have caught national attention over the years.

Davis trek to a possible spot in the NBA has landed national attention with appearences on Good Morning America and CNN.

There is also talk of a documentary.

Regardless of how how the story ends, Davis has served as an inspiration for those who want to go after a dream.