Nothing like the weight of the world on your shoulders to welcome you to your new team.
Veteran point guard Baron Davis practiced for the first time with the Knicks yesterday, and he’s already being counted on to fix a staggering offense.
“It just takes time and timing and pace in order to really get that rhythm,” Davis said after practice. “Once our offense catches up with our defense, we’re going to be unstoppable, so I’m not really worried about our record.”
Knicks fans might share a different sentiment.
The team is 17th in the league in scoring, averaging 94.3 points per game. Last year, with Carmelo Anthony only on the team part of the season, the team was second in the NBA with 106.5 points per game.
For now, the Knicks are tempering expectations for Davis, who still has no timetable for return from the back injury that has kept him out all season.
Davis admitted he contemplated retirement before signing with the Knicks.
“It felt wonderful, considering three months ago every time I came to the gym, I could barely walk or even pass the ball when I was working out with my kids,” Davis said about his return to practie. “It just felt good to be out there with my teammates.
“There’s a lot of expectations, but I think I’m up for the challenge.”
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