A few moments after Baron Davis suffered a horrific right knee injury during the Knicks' Game 4 win over the Heat at the Garden last Sunday, Amare Stoudemire got down to one knee beside the fallen point guard and said a prayer for him.
"It was something I don't want to see again, from none of my teammates especially," STAT said after the game.
This Sunday in Florida, Stoudemire's cousin is preaching a sermon and will make a special prayer request for Davis.
"My family's praying for him, I'm praying for him," he said in Miami before Game 5. "He's in good spirits actually. He's still smiling. I can tell he enjoyed being around us, because whenever he's around us, he has great energy."
Stoudemire can relate to what Davis is going through. While Davis battled back from a herniated disk, it was also a very trying season for Stoudemire, not only health-wise (a bulging disk), but also related to his family. His older brother, Hazell, died in a car accident on Feb. 6. And in the past, STAT also dealt with several long-term knee and eye injuries.
On Thursday, Davis had successful surgery to repair a partial tear of his right patella tendon and complete tears of the right anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments. The recovery time is expected to be a year.
Davis, an unrestricted free agent, has made no indication at this point whether or not he will attempt to return or opt to retire. He hasn't spoken to the media since the injury.
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