Baron Davis Staying Involved with Knicks

With all of the point guard drama that went on with the New York Knicks this offseason, Baron Davis’ name got lost in the shuffle.

May 6, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Baron Davis (85) gestures to the crowd as he is carried off the court after an injury against the Miami Heat during the second half of game four in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 89-87. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

The Knicks allowed Jeremy Lin to walk and replaced him with the trio of Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni. But while all of that was going on, did anyone ever wonder what happened to Davis?

Davis was all set to be an unrestricted free agent this season before blowing out his right knee during last season’s playoffs.

But instead of just allowing Davis to walk away injured, the Knicks made a classy move by keeping him around this year.

According to his agent Todd Ramasar, via ESPN’s Jared Zwerling, Davis will remain with the team in “some capacity.”

Being that he’s likely out for the season, he won’t be re-signed as a player, but they’ve treated the injured guard like one of their own, which is indeed a classy move. Since his injury, Davis has been allowed to do all his physical therapy with the Knicks training staff.

According to Zwerling, the role Davis will play won’t have a title or involve him to be on the bench during games, but instead will be more of a mentorship role behind the scenes and during practices.

That’s something he’s very excited about.

“He’ll still be around the team and could kind of help some of the younger guys just through his experience,” Ramasar said. “The Knicks have been wonderful in terms of just extending support to Baron, whether it be through obviously his physical therapy or just having him involved with the organization going forward. He really loves that team and that organization has done an excellent job with Baron, and Baron feels like that’s home. He really, really enjoyed last season with the Knicks.”

The ultimate goal for Davis is a comeback to the NBA as a player, but I think it says a lot about both the Knicks and Davis that they both want to help each other out although Davis isn’t currently under contract to him.

Who knows if his knee will be healthy enough to return to the NBA this season, but at least for now, Davis has a home with the Knicks and they are more than happy to have him on board.

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