Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Baron Davis says he wasn’t mimicking smoking a joint after making his first 3-pointer as a Knick Monday against the Nets.
The gesture was captured by Deadspin in the above screen grab.
On Tuesday, Davis Tweeted: “To clear up rumors. I was kissing my hands after I shot the 3 last nite. Kissing the 3 was all I was doing. Stop fishing and hating plz.”
Davis’s agent, Todd Ramasar, told The New York Times Davis was “blowing kisses” at his successful 3-point shot in the Knicks’ 100-92 loss.
“He wouldn’t do that,” Ramasar told the paper. “That’s ridiculous.”
Playing his first minutes of the season after battling a herniated disc in his back, Davis played nine minutes and scored three points backing up Jeremy Lin in the game.
Former Knicks star John Starks, who battled his own back issues during his career, believes Davis can still be a factor going forward.
“If Baron is healthy he could be a big plus for the team, but you got to wait and see with him,” Starks told SNY.tv exclusively last week. “Having that herniated disc is a tough injury to come back from.
“I had a bulging disc back when I was with Golden State. Mine was a bulging disc and so I just needed time out and like in two months it was healed. But his was herniated so it’s a little bit different.”
Davis figures to get minutes behind Lin, who has led the Knicks to an 8-2 mark since Linsanity began Feb. 4.
“Yeah, at this point in time,” Starks said of Davis before he returned, “because I don’t think even if he comes back he can log heavy minutes with that type of injury.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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