The Knicks have officially inked Baron Davis to a one-year deal for $2.5 million. That's pretty much all I'm willing to commit to as fairly solid information at this point. Oh yes, and the fact that he's 32 years old and has logged 167 missed missed during his 12-year NBA career. Beyond that, the rest depends on who you talk to...or what you might like to believe as is convenient based on your fan affiliations.
Of course, as my leanings are towards the Knickerbockers, I'd like to believe BD is a welcome veteran addition more than capable of running the point and being productive given the limitations of Toney Douglas and the relative uselessness (my opinion) of Mike Bibby for anything but some occasional breathers and open threes (although you can depend on non-existent defense).
Instead of blindly pontificating, we got the lowdown from one of the biggest Cleveland sports fans we know (outside of our own Erie's Scribe, of course). Cue Craig Lyndall, one of the prolific editors of the unrivaled Cleveland-centric sports blog, Waiting for Next Year. Listen up, Knickerbockers fans.
Everyone expected the absolute worst when Baron Davis was brought to the Cavs as part of a draft pick acquisition deal with Mo Williams heading to the Clippers. Prior to his arrival many of the National pundits questioned whether or not B Diddy would even show up. There were questions around whether Davis would be willing to even talk to Cavs coach Byron Scott let alone play for him. A couple of "greetings" tweets to the Cleveland faithful from Davis on Twitter cured those thoughts. What the Cavs got was a jovial player that clearly injected his aged talent into the lineup. Not that it was a big deal to anyone else, but Davis provided some fun at the end of the horrible losing streak last year.
The Knicks should remember BD's Cavs debut as he helped a woeful bunch beat Melo's Knicks in MSG with his 18 points. In addition, I'll never forget Baron Davis helping lead the Cavaliers to a late-season victory over the Miami Heat at home. That game was so cathartic for Cavs fans. LeBron had a triple double. The Cavs blew a 23-point lead. The game was tied at 83 with seven minutes to go in the game. The Cavs went on a run fueled by Baron Davis assists to guys like Ryan Hollins and J.J. Hickson.
The point for Knicks fans is that even with Davis past his prime, you are getting a talented player who has only grown maturity-wise. You're getting a guy who not only helped the Cavaliers get a tiny slice of revenge against the Miami Heat, he was pumping the crowd up trying to let them know that it was not only possible, but going to go the Cavs' way that night. He was intent on making teammates better and picking his spots to score. Just hope he finds the right chiropractor in NYC.
So, there you have it Knicks faithful. If anything, this gives me hope. I've always like the beard's demeanor. How personalities will mesh is never a given. But at 2010 season's end, Baron's knees were holding up and his game wasn't too shabby either. Now, as Craig notes, let's cross our fingers for a good chiropractor and a solid year from the rest of Davis's "team of experts." Hope is a good thing...