Ron Baker is wearing a cumbersome sling covering his right arm after having surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder and torn labrum. Baker said “pain-wise I’m great,” but he’s having trouble sleeping.
He said the sling will come off in 4-6 weeks, and he should resume basketball activities sometime in June. But he said he’s not going to push it.
“I won’t make it back for this year,” Baker said. “So the focus is obviously to be as healthy as possible when camp comes next year.”
Baker has a $4.5-million player option for next season. He’s expected to pick it up.
“I’m always a positive guy, so it’s not going to slow down the way I approach things,” Baker said. “If I didn’t care, I wouldn’t be here right now. So glad to be on the team, and do whatever I can to help. Obviously Emmanuel [Mudiay] just got here, so he’s going to need some guidance on some things out there. Hopefully I can help him if he needs it.”
The Knicks celebrated their 50-year anniversary at the current Madison Square Garden Wednesday. They played their first game in the building Feb. 14, 1968 — a 114-102 win over the San Diego Rockets . . . Former Knick Amar’e Stoudemire has signed to play in the BIG3, the halfcourt 3-on-3 basketball league that features former NBA players. Stoudemire retired from the NBA in 2016.