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Baron Davis’ new mobile gaming app ‘Getting Buckets’ looks awesome (video)

When he’s not busy filming public service announcements for New York City’s Department of Transportation, he apparently spends his idle time coming up with pretty neat-looking video games.

Davis, currently rehabbing an injury he suffered in a game playing for the New York Knicks in May that saw the point guard tear both his ACL and MCL as well as partially the patellar tendon in his right knee, has had some idle time and it appears he decided to make the most of it.

Getting Buckets, the brainchild of Davis and business partner and video game industry veteran Sean O’Brien, teamed up to form the company 5 Balloons Interactive. The company’s first game is designed as a 3-D, “endless-runner,” and features the likes of Davis, Steve Nash, Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings and Candace Parker, individuals all handpicked by Davis himself.

After a year-and-a-half of behind-the-scenes planning and development, 5 Balloons Interactive released Getting Buckets, a mobile gaming app.

Said the business partners about their first game offering, via SLAM Online:

“There’s really no kind of fun, immediate game that you can play that involves your favorite athletes,” Davis says. “What Sean and I wanted to do was to really create a gaming app that would connect fans with athletes.”

Adds O’Brien: “The first vision that Baron had was to create something accessible. He didn’t want to do a simulation game where there are a lot of controls that you have to try to master. He wanted casual fans to be able to pick up their iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch and just be able to play and interact with the athlete. And we really felt there was an opening in mobile gaming.”

The official game trailer follows.

As you can see, the game features many traditional aspects of side-scrolling video games and the goal is for the player to “collect buckets” while avoiding multitudes of pitfalls typically not encountered on the basketball court.

One would assume that Davis is the money-man behind the business entity and O’Brien handles all the designing and technical work — but that would be wrong. According to O’Brien, Davis is as hands-on as they get:

“Baron is not just a figurehead throwing money at this,” O’Brien says. “He’s extremely bright and creative, and he’s bringing a lot of design ideas to the table, along with his marketing ideas. He’s fully committed, and is really the only athlete that I would consider doing this with.”

 This is what you call diversifying one’s portfolio by way of entrepreneurial endeavors, people. If only most pro athletes could figure that concept out, perhaps many of them wouldn’t end up in the poorhouse after their playing careers are finished.