We all knew that Baron Davis’ knee injury suffered in Game 4 was brutal, but now we know just how brutal.
The Knicks have announced that Davis has suffered not only complete tears of his MCL and his ACL but also a partial tear to his patella tendon. Knick fans should be familiar with patella injuries, as we saw the Knicks acquire Antonio McDyess in 2002 after he missed all but 10 games of the 2001-02 season from a partial tear to his patella tendon. He then tore it completely in the 2002 preseason and missed the entire 2002-03 season. He basically took until the 2004-05 season to be fully healthy (although he was never the same player again).
Like McDyess, Davis’ injury means he almost certainly would have to miss the entire 2012-13 season and that presupposes that there are no complications, and with a guy like Davis who has had knee problems and back problems (and who will be 34 years old in a year), that is no guarantee. There is a very decent chance that his career might just be over for good.
If that’s the case, he had himself a great NBA career, with multiple honors (two All-Star appearances and an All-NBA spot in 2004) and a legacy of inspired play (particularly his legendary performance during the 2007 playoffs with the Golden State Warriors). If it is not the case, then best of luck to Baron with his comeback aspirations. Whatever he decides to do with his career, we appreciate his efforts as a Knick.