Darren Collison downplays appearance in Staples Center for Lakers game
Retired NBA point guard Darren Collison was seen getting chummy with Los Angeles Lakers’ president Jeannie Buss at Staples Center on Thursday during the Lakers’ hosting of the Houston Rockets.
Collison’s courtside appearance further ignited speculations that he is indeed coming to California to sign with the Lakers. The 10-year vet, however, quickly downplayed his attendance and claimed nothing is set in stone in terms of his possible return.
“Just watching the game. Ain’t nothing to it. Got the best seats in the house,” he told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin shortly after the Lakers lost at home, 111-121
Darren Collison, of course, was born in Rancho Cucamonga, California and played college ball in UCLA.
Despite gaining plenty of interest from contenders over the summer, Collison, 34, shocked the entire NBA when he announced his retirement from basketball last June. He is a devout Jehova’s Witness and said he wanted to use the time off to focus on his faith.
Rumors began swirling around of his possible comeback over the last few weeks, with the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers reportedly the favorites to pry him out of retirement.
It is worth noting that the Lakers did not make moves in the deadline. The team could very well be targeting Collison to fill their need for an additional floor general.
Despite having a diminished role with the Indiana Pacers last season, Collison still came through with averages of 11.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, and a career-high 6.0 assists per game in 76 games last year.
Aside from his playmaking abilities, Collison is also a career 47.1 percent shooter from the field and has a 39.4 percent shooting average from downtown.