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It’s official, Knicks roll the dice on Baron Davis

Dec 19, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Corey Maggette AP

This is not going to work.

That said, the Knicks are desperate for point guard help and they got a guy who can — when focused and involved — be the best guard on their roster. The only issues are he is out with a chronic bad back and that needed focus never lasts.

The Knicks have officially signed Baron Davis to a deal. Which means they have a new clubhouse leader for best beard on the team.

Because he was given amnesty by the Cavaliers and cleared waivers, he gets to double-dip on salary — he gets his old Cavaliers $13.9 million plus the $1.4 million the Knicks pay him with the veterans’ minimum. That is $15.3 million, for those scoring at home.

Davis is out right now with a bulging disc in his back and it may be a few weeks before he joins the team.

For Knicks fans who think this is a big help remember this — the Clippers and Cavaliers just did whatever they could to get him off their rosters. Two teams that could have used his talent just wanted him out the door. The Clippers gave up a first round pick (that ended up being No. 1 overall). The Cavs just ate his salary.

Toney Douglas is still the best PG on the Knicks roster.

When he is sharp, Davis is still a force. He can be fantastic in transition and has an amazing court sense, which should fit with Mike D’Antoni’s system. But he has a long history of injuries and questionable conditioning (they go hand-in-hand). His focus comes and goes game-to-game and even quarter-to-quarter. He loves to take ill-advised shots long early in the clock (and the first time he starts taking shots out of Carmelo Anthony’s hands there will be words). His defense is going to make the Knicks worse.

That said, the Knicks are desperate for point guard help and Davis is a good gamble at a minimum salary. Just don’t expect too much from him.

  1. boston25rocketman - Dec 19, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Ha! Enjoy the big fat Baron!

  2. thenoblefacehumper - Dec 19, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    PBT thinks the Knicks did something bad? SHOCKER! Seriously, I hope you guys don’t think your weird anti-NY bias is hidden well.

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 19, 2011 at 4:04 PM

      I don’t think it’s bad, and I say that in the post, but I don’t think it’s as good as Knicks fans do. I have seen Davis a lot in person the last few years and heard team management talk about him the last two years.

      • thenoblefacehumper - Dec 19, 2011 at 6:12 PM

        See this is what you guys do. You speak of Knicks fans as if we’re some crazy irrational mob who would never criticize anything our team does. Do some Knick fans have unrealistic expectations? Sure. But don’t act like that pertains strictly to Knick fans. Every single fan base (not just in the NBA) has fans who can’t be taken seriously. It just bothers me when you act like Knick fans are the only ones that do it.

  3. arrabin56 - Dec 19, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Cards on the table: I’m a Knicks fan.

    I don’t expect much from Baron, but I’m not sure I agree with the reasoning here.
    Yes the Clippers and Cavs just did whatever they could to get rid of him. But did they do this because they wanted to get rid of Baron Davis, or because they wanted to get rid of Baron Davis’ salary? I don’t remember him ever having character or clubhouse issues.
    I don’t think he’ll be great, I think he’ll be okay for a while, and then injured, and then benched, and possibly cut. But I don’t think he’ll be a problem either.

  4. yournuts - Dec 19, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Thanks for your wonderful endorsement Kurt! You are the hack that we always thought you were. Baron should fit in quite nicely when healthy especially when it cost next to nothing.

    • blueintown - Dec 19, 2011 at 3:02 PM

      Your handle suits you well if you actually believe that.

      • yournuts - Dec 19, 2011 at 5:45 PM

        Blueintown, how can it be bad for the Knicks? He can shoot and distribute and didn’t cost anything but the mionimum. He ican be a handful when surrounded by a good cast of players.

      • blueintown - Dec 20, 2011 at 8:05 AM

        He’s bad, nuts. I know that looking at the numbers doesn’t fully flesh that out, but it’s true. Baron Davis has just become one of those bizarre conundrums. All kinds of talent, but he’s just fat, lazy, and weird. I loved the dude coming out of UCLA, but something’s just not right up there.

  5. shaun1113 - Dec 19, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Ya know i used to be a really big fan of this site until this offseason…then the knicks hate began…”Toney Douglas is still the best PG on the Knicks roster” REALLY?? Lol…i’m a die hard Knicks fan and have been for years and it obviously doesn’t take much to be a writer on this site…do i have to school you on some Knicks knowledge or what? I mean, cmon, who wrote this? Reggie Miller? You’re a jerk and every time you hate on the Knicks i will respond with something like this…learn about the Knicks and start blogging…and btw, are you guys hiring? It must not take much to work for you guys.

  6. theghostofwillisreed - Dec 19, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    the next time kurt writes anything remotely flattering about the knicks will be the first. you would think a laker fan would be the LAST person to have knick hatred. multiple rings compared to a handful for the knicks?

    get over it, kurt. he signed for the vet minimum. if he turns back the clock and becomes a valuable asset, will you stop your crying?

    worry about troy murphy instead.

  7. eaglesandravens - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Irrelevant but…..thumbs up for Baron Davis’ beard. Thumbs down for James Harden’s beard.

    • cubalakeshow - Dec 20, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      thats just a tough call….

  8. dysraw1 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    six seasons ago B.D. was a bad man,today i dont know what he has left an truth be told if i was a gm i be scared touch him besides like i said earlier Deshawn Stevenson would be better fit

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