Melo, Woody: It's 'great' to have Baron back

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Baron Davis' personality, with his huge smile that can be seen from 40 feet away, lights up a room.

Mike Woodson and Carmelo Anthony thought of that immediately when they were asked about the veteran point guard being at the Knicks' practice facility on Tuesday.

They both smiled right away, excited that Davis, who suffered a serious right knee injury in last season's playoff round against the Heat, is still involved with the Knicks through different on- and off-the-court initiatives.

Melo: "He's a character. That's my man. It's great to just to have him around, his personality, him being around us, especially after what happened last year. We miss him. But it's good to have him back."

Woodson: "It's been great, man. I mean, I have the utmost respect for Baron and what he gave us last year. For him to go down like he did, man, I wouldn't want to wish that on anybody. But he's still a part of our family and players that are here love seeing him back and being around us. We've just got to get him rehabbed back where he can be able to do some things from a conditioning standpoint for himself to make him feel mentally better than where he is right now, because he's still hobbling and trying to get back."

Davis, who was not made available to the media on Tuesday, will have a multifaceted role with the Knicks this season. According to sources, he will spend some time around the players as an adviser; will work with MSG's Garden of Dreams foundation; is expected to provide content for the network's in-game entertainment; and might do some scouting for the team.

Davis' agent, Todd Ramasar, told ESPNNewYork.com in the offseason that his client's goal remains the same from the moment he suffered a partial tear of his right patella tendon and complete tears of his right anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments during Game 4 against the Heat.

"He wants to make a comeback," Ramasar said.

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