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Knicks’ Baron Davis debuting next week?

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The New York Knicks are more than a quarter of the way through their 66-game schedule and they've had to suffer through their 8-13 record without the help of point guard Baron Davis, who had back surgery in December but was expected to be in the lineup by now.

The word from Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni now is that Davis won't be in the lineup till next week, the New York Post reports. "We all wanted things earlier,'' D'Antoni said, according to the Post. "But we want when he comes back he could stay back and not risk the in-and-out and all that stuff.''

Davis sat out Monday's practice because he was "too sore," the paper reports, but he is expected to be practicing again Wednesday. "He hasn't looked strong in scrimmages," the paper reports and "D'Antoni said [Davis] hasn't had 'enough pop'" and needs "recovery time from scrimmages."

The 32-year-old Davis, a two-time All-Star, split last season between the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging 13.1 points, 6.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.

The Knicks, expected to be a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference this season, are currently a game and a half out of playoff contention.

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