When Baron Davis suffered a partial tear of his right patella tendon and complete tears of the right anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments during Game 4 of the New York Knicks first round series loss to the Miami Heat last spring, many believed that his playing days were over.
At age 33, Davis’ production has dropped since his days with the Golden State Warriors and his injuries are expected to make him miss the entire 2012-13 season. His surgery went successfully and will force him to be out until May 2013.
“I hope I return. I want to come back,” Davis said back in June. “I want to be a Knick for the rest of my career. Playing in the Garden and the people, the fans, I feel like New York is the mecca of basketball. This was the best stage, for who I am, to give back to the community and play for a top-notch organization.”
While he’s currently a free agent, Davis has remained close to the Knicks and has spent time rehabbing the injury at their team facility. He also has kept a close relationship with some of the players.
Since he can’t play for the Knicks this season, Davis was approached during the offseason by management to work around the team and he has accepted. However, he won’t receive an official title within the organization and won’t sit on the bench during games.
The Knicks have given Davis an advisory role and he could help do some scouting for the team. He also will help provide content for MSG’s in-game entertainment and work with Madison Square Garden’s “Garden of Dreams Foundation.”