Elbow infection a setback for Davis

Baron Davis cheering the Knicks on during the

Baron Davis cheering the Knicks on during the first half of a Knicks-Celtics game. (Dec. 25, 2011) (Credit: Errol Anderson)

Baron Davis picked up an infection in his right elbow that he said shut down his system and has delayed his Knicks debut even further.

Davis is rehabbing from a herniated disc, and about 10 days ago, the elbow situation arose. He said his arm and back are feeling better, but the Knicks are not planning to have Davis play before the All-Star break.

"Might not," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We don't know. Right now, we're not counting on it. If he does, great.

"They let it set for two or three days to calm back down. If it calms down, we'll pick up where he left off and then we got to go through the process of practicing. We're still at least a week or 10 days out when the process restarts."

The Knicks looked at Davis, a two-time All-Star, as the point guard they've needed to run D'Antoni's system and balance the offense. They hoped Davis' debut could come by the end of January. But his situation shows the Knicks need another backup plan at point guard, their weakest position.

Toney Douglas, Iman Shumpert, Mike Bibby and Jeremy Lin have started for the Knicks this season. They can't rely on Davis being the player they hoped, or on the other four point guards to consistently run the team well.

Interim general manager Glen Grunwald has been looking for backcourt help, but this could push him to get something done quicker. Ramon Sessions and reportedly Jonny Flynn have been on the Knicks' radar.

Davis scrimmaged Jan. 23 and played three-on-three the next morning. At the time, D'Antoni didn't rule out playing Davis during the Knicks' four-game trip that week. But Davis said he couldn't lift his arm during a Jan. 26 day off in Miami.

Davis said the elbow "has been taken care of." He doesn't expect to practice this week but remains optimistic. "The elbow triggered something that caused me to have some hiccups in my back. More than anything, I think the rest helped, got me refreshed and rejuvenated."

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