Demetrius Davis bullied everyone on the basketball court and no one off of it.

“He bullied me,” his younger cousin CC Sabathia, laughing, told a crowd of about 200 people yesterday.

On Dec. 15, Davis played morning basketball near his Sacramento home. Just hours later, he died of a heart attack at age 45. So it fit that, to honor the man’s memory, his inner circle named a basketball court, located within walking distance from the house where he grew up, after him.

And it surprised no one that the man who is physically here the least of anyone, but whose presence is always felt, made this touching day possible.

“This is home. This is my community,” Sabathia said. “I just want to see it doing well. Whatever I can do to help it out ... I thought this would be more like a barbecue. That’s what my cousin would have wanted.”

The timing worked out perfectly: Sabathia flew from Seattle to San Francisco with his Yankees teammates on Sunday night and slept in his house in nearby Fairfield, Calif. Tonight he’ll kick off the three-game series against the A’s at Coliseum, his 14th career appearance in the ballpark closest to where he grew up.

With a rare in-season off day in Northern California, Sabathia utilized it to honor his cousin and touch base with the people he has known the longest. His PitCCh In Foundation paid for the court to be repaved, and CC and his wife, Amber, emceed the dedication ceremony. CC’s mother, Margie, also attended.

Davis played tight end for the University of Nevada and was the very last selection of the 1990 NFL draft (by the Los Angeles Raiders), earning the annual “Mr. Irrelevant” title. He never played in the NFL, instead going to the Barcelona Dragons of the World League of American Football.