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Report: Baron Davis not ready to retire

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--Even though he is 33 years old and will probably miss the entire 2012-13 season because of knee injury, Baron Davis said July 19 his career is not over, NBA.com reported.

Davis plans to play in the NBA again.

His 2011-12 season ended in a May 6 playoff game while playing for the Knicks when Davis tore two ligaments and tendon in his knee. Recovery time for such an injury is about 12 months.

Back and hamstring issues also limited his playing time for the Knicks last season.

Davis played in 29 games, including 14 starts, in his one season in New York, and he averaged 6.1 points and 4.7 assists. It was the first time since his rookie year in 1999-2000 that he averaged less than 12 points a game.

--G Jason Kidd, who signed with the Knicks last week, reportedly was arrested early July 15 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in the Southampton, N.Y.

The arrest, first reported by Patch.com of South Hampton, was confirmed by the Southampton Town police in conjunction with a single-car accident involving Kidd.

The authorities said Kidd, 39, was taken to the Southampton Town Justice Court and arraigned on a misdemeanor DWI charge. He released on his own recognizance.

According to police, a 2010 Cadillac Escalade driven by Kidd hit a telephone pole and then drove into a forested area in Water Mill, N.Y., close to Kidd's home in the Hamptons.

Kidd, whom police said was the only person in the vehicle, was transported to the Southampton Hospital to receive treatment for minor injuries before he was arraigned.

--The Knicks definitely got older. The question is, did they get better?

Intent on getting the most out of their high-priced stars, Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, while the two are still in their respective primes, the team was aggressive in free agency by signing 39-year-old point guard Jason Kidd with their taxpayer's mid-level exception and acquiring 38-year-old center Marcus Camby via sign-and-trade.

Kidd addresses a critical need at the point guard position, which he figures to share with newly acquired Raymond Felton. Initially, the Knicks made a very determined effort to land former two-time MVP Steve Nash via sign-and-trade, but Nash opted to go to the Los Angeles Lakers so he could live closer to his children in Phoenix.

Still, the addition of Kidd, even at this advanced age and stage of his career, is an upgrade over last season, when Jeremy Lin was flanked by hobbled veterans Baron Davis and Mike Bibby.

Camby's role is easy: he provides depth at the center position, where Tyson Chandler -- last year's free agency prize -- earned NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors. It is Camby's second go-around in New York and, coincidentally, he was the backup center the last time the Knicks won a playoff series 12 years ago. Camby can give the Knicks important minutes behind Chandler, who often played in foul trouble last season and had to tone down his aggressiveness because of the Knicks' lack of depth and size in the frontcourt. Camby also gives them another strong rebounder, which was an area of need.

Along with the new additions, which also included former D-League and European standout James White, the Knicks brought back two very important role players in J.R. Smith and Steve Novak. The Knicks believe they have solid depth at every position, though shooting guard could be an issue with Iman Shumpert not expected back until at least mid-season following major knee injury. The team did not match the offer sheet Fields signed with the Toronto Raptors.

--G Landry Fields will end up in Toronto, as the Knicks decided against matching his three-year contract worth nearly $20 million. The 2010 second-round draft pick from Stanford averaged 8.8 points and 2.6 assists last season. The final year of his new deal reportedly includes a sharp pay increase

--Among the 16 players named to the finalists roster for USA Basketball on July 2 were two Knicks players, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. Both will be on the team that represents the U.S. and defends the 2008 gold medal at the Olympic Games in London in August. For Anthony, this is his third time appearing in an Olympic Games. Chandler, who was a key member of the World Championship team in 2010, will experience his first Olympics. U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski praised Melo for his commitment to USA Basketball and considers him an important piece to his team because in the international game, the 6-8, 230-pound forward can play all three frontcourt positions.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"We got a nice roster right now. ... Teams are loading up. Everybody's chasing. Everybody wants to win now." -- Knicks center Tyson Chandler on the upgrades to the Knicks roster.

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