Ron Baker could miss the remainder of the season
This is a season to forget for New York Knicks guard Ron Baker, who has been hit with one injury after another. He has had four just in the last couple of months, with the most recent one possibly ending his 2017-18 campaign.
After a sprained ankle, a bruised shoulder, and a fractured orbital bone, he now has a dislocated right shoulder and a torn labrum. He got hurt following a freak accident with the Brooklyn Nets’ DeMarre Carroll, wherein his hand got caught up with Carroll, who was bringing a shot up for jumper. The impact of the quick clash went upward to Baker’s entire right arm, which eventually caused a dislocation.
Baker, a former star of the Wichita State Shockers, is in his second year in the NBA. Though only averaging 2.4 points and 1.6 assists on just 13.3 minutes per game on the season, the hard-nosed guard is beloved and well-respected in the entire Knicks organization.
Here’s head coach Jeff Hornacek talking about the floor general’s unfortunate state, as quoted by Steve Popper of North Jersey.com:
“It’s a tough break… He’s one of our guys that plays extremely hard, kind of how we want to play. [The injury] Seemed a little freakish, it looked like he hit the ball. That’s a tough break for him and for us. Ron’s a tough kid. He’ll battle through it, rehab, surgery, whatever he needs to do to get it right. Other guys are going to have to step up.”
Baker was a third-string point guard in the Knicks rotation, right behind Jarrett Jack and rookie Frank Ntilikina. He also sees action as a two-guard whenever the team plays small ball.