Devastating Injury News For Baron Davis
Devastating Injury News For Baron Davis, In the third quarter of Sunday’s New York Knicks win over the Miami Heat, veteran point guard Baron Davis suffered a horrific knee injury (available to view after the jump, if you like awful things). He was taken off in a stretcher, and pretty much everyone watching knew that he had suffered a serious injury that would keep him out for quite some time.
On Monday, we discovered the severity of the damage, and it’s not good. As announced by the Knicks on Twitter, the MRI of Davis’ right knee showed a partial tear of the patella tendon and complete tears of the MCL and ACL. Howard Beck of The New York Times followed up that recovery from that is typically 12 months, but even that seems optimistic considering Davis would be 34 at the time of that comeback, has suffered several other bad knee injuries in the past, and has been dealing with a bulging disc in his back. On top of that, he will be a free agent and is unlikely to have the support of a franchise during rehab.
In other words, we have probably seen the last of Baron Davis in the NBA. With that in mind, forgive me if the rest of this post sounds like a discarded verse from the Skid Row track “I Remember You” — from the day he first suited up for UCLA in 1997 to his last season with the Golden State Warriors in 2008, Davis was my favorite basketball player. While his career was near its end anyway, and he was unlikely to be any more than an adequate backup for several more seasons, it’s still sad to say goodbye.
As a freshman at UCLA, Baron was the most athletic point guard of all time (yes, greater than Derrick Rose). He blew out his knee in the NCAA tournament later that season, but he returned as a sophomore nearly fully recovered and came through with some of the greatest highlights you’ll ever see on a college basketball court. He struggled with turnovers and fouls, but there were few prospects more exciting. If you don’t believe me, just watch this video.
He was drafted third overall by the Charlotte Hornets and had difficulties finding his way as an NBA point guard. Yet, within those first few years, there were very high highs, including several playoff triple-doubles, an injury-replacement All-Star nod in 2002, and the general sense that he was on the brink of something truly special. There were plenty of injuries, though, and things ended poorly as he feuded with head coach Paul Silas and was traded for pennies on the dollar to the Golden State Warriors in 2005. (Yahoo! News)