The New York Knicks already have a J.R. Smith.
Imagine them with two.
According to Jared Zwerling, now with Bleacher Report, the Knicks are auditioning former NBA guard Ricky Davis (yes, that Ricky Davis).
Davis, who last appeared in an NBA game in 2010, will be in mini-camp with the Knicks this week, in hopes of winning a roster spot.
Davis, who turns 34 in a couple of weeks, will go up against nine other camp hopefuls looking to hook on with the already crowded Knicks.
The Knicks won’t be the first club to audition the veteran as the Minnesota Timberwolves also gave him a look back in January.
The 6’6″ guard wasn’t signed by the Wolves, something he seems quite bitter about.
“They signed [Mickael] Gelabale for the whole year,” Davis told Jonathan Abrams of Grantland. “I played with him in France, so that really makes me sick. That makes me really sick. That really hurts. They signed him for the whole year.”
Davis has played in the NBA for 12 years in which he averaged 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 29.8 minutes per game.
In his prime Davis had some talent as he averaged double figures in scoring in seven straight seasons, including averaging a career-high 20.3 points in 2003 with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
But for all the talent he had, Davis’ career has been marred by his ability to shoot teams out of games more than help teams win games and his less than spectacular effort on the defensive end of the floor when he generally gave no effort.
Off the court he was always as controversial as he was on it.
Again, sound familiar.
Here’s to thinking Davis has very little chance at earning an invite to training camp, but if he somehow does can you just imagine the headlines that he could create with the likes of Smith and Metta World Peace by his side.
If that happens, who knows how much closer the Knicks will be to winning a championship, but they will be very entertaining for sure- at least off the court.
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