After point guard Baron Davis was injured in the New York Knicks first round playoff loss to the Miami Heat, the Knicks reached out to Davis and offered him a role with the team even though he was a free agent and not under contract with the organization.
Until now, exactly what role Davis would serve was unndefined, but we’ve since learned that he will serve in multiple facets.
He will spend some time around the team in an advisory role; he will work with Madison Square Garden’s “Garden of Dreams” Foundation; he’s expected to provide content for MSG’s in-game entertainment and he may do some scouting for the team.
A unrestricted free agent, Davis is expected to miss the entire 2013 season, but in good faith the Knicks have allowed him to rehab his knee at their facilities and wanted Davis to remain involved with the team in some capacity.
He won’t be sitting on the bench during games and won’t have an official title, but him being around the team is a good thing considering he still has close ties with many of the current Knicks players.
Davis still wants to resume his playing career and will likely be out until at least May. His first choice is to return to the Knicks, only time will tell if that is possible after the team signed Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd in the offseason.
“I hope I return. I want to come back,” the point guard said in June, according to Begley. “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.”