11-year veteran stays in Big Apple

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks re-signed forward Vin Baker on Wednesday.

The 11-year veteran averaged 9.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 54
games for the Knicks and Boston Celtics last season. He signed as a
free agent in March, averaging 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in the
final 17 games for the Knicks.

"Vin gave us a solid presence off the bench at the end of last
season and in the playoffs," Knicks president Isiah Thomas said.
"With a fresh start at training camp with the team, we know he'll
be an even more productive force."

The 6-foot-11 Baker averaged 14.3 minutes in four playoff games,
contributing 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in the Knicks' first-round
loss to the New Jersey Nets.

Baker was the eighth overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the
1993 draft and a four-time All-Star, but his battle with alcoholism
led to his release by Boston.

Baker was shooting more than 50 percent for the Celtics before
he was suspended -- and subsequently had his contract terminated --
for violating terms of his alcohol treatment program.