Baron Davis aims for 2013-14 return

You didn't need medical training to realize the severity of Baron Davis' injury during Game 4 against the Heat in the first round of the playoffs.

And that's why it was safe to assume Davis, at 33 years old, might have just played his last game in the NBA.

But Davis, who suffered a partial tear of the patella tendon in his right knee and complete tears of the right anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments, doesn't believe he's done yet. While he'll likely miss all of next season, he hopes to re-sign with the Knicks in 2013.

"I hope I return. I want to come back," Davis told a small group of reporters on Tuesday at New York City's Dyckman basketball tournament. "I want to be a Knick for the rest of my career. ... Playing in the Garden and the people, the fans. I feel like New York is the mecca of basketball. This was the best stage, for who I am, to give back to the community and play for a top-notch organization."

Davis will become an unrestricted free agent on Sunday, but still plans to support the Knicks. Davis said that whenever he does return, he wouldn't mind continuing to back up Jeremy Lin, who he said deserves to start long-term.

"He's proven he can handle the job," Davis said. "I think he has proven himself."

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