To those that watched Sunday's Miami/New York game, we saw Baron Davis crumple to the floor. I don't ever want to see the replay ever again; a misstep caused him to dislocate his knee... and if you saw it, knees are not supposed to bend that way.
Well, the bad news was just realized. According to multiple reports, Baron Davis completely tore his ACL and MCL as well as a partially torn patella. Recovery time would take a whole year. If he does go through with the rehab and makes a complete recovery, he'll be 34 years old. The way his injury history is, it wouldn't be a shock at all if he retires from the game.
At his best, Baron is a demon on the court. He led the "We Believe" Golden State Warriors to a mighty upset over the #1 seed Dallas Mavericks in the 2007 Playoffs. He had incredible ups and his dunk over Andrei Kirilenko will be replayed in playoff highlight reels for a long time. He looked like an MVP candidate at times when he was with the New Orleans Hornets. And he was a very talented scorer and passer.
His conditioning and decision-making on the court weren't exactly the best. He seemed to be out of shape for various reasons and liked to pull up for threes, SSOL-style, even though he wasn't a good shooter. His tenure with the Clippers was memorable for the wrong reasons. Still, he was so talented that he was looked at as a savior for the New York Knicks when they needed a point guard.
If he does call it quits, I'm still gonna miss Baron on the court. He was a fun player to watch, despite his glaring flaws. At least, he has a lot of projects to fall back on if and when he retires from the NBA.
Speedy recovery, Boom.