Speaking publicly for the first time since undergoing season-ending surgery on his right shoulder last week, Knicks PG Ron Baker is vowing to come back next season stronger than ever.
"Then the plan is to be healthy in four months, which puts me right at like the first week of June," Baker said. "But obviously [I'm] not going to push it because there's really no reason to because I won't make it back for this year. So the focus is obviously to be as healthy as possible when camp comes next year."
Baker, 24, suffered a dislocation and a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Jan. 30 against the Nets. He underwent surgery on Feb. 7 and was given a recovery timeline of 4-6 months.
"Doc thought the surgery went really well," Baker said. "He was glad we had the surgery after he got in there and kind of [saw] what he'd seen on the MRI compared to what he was seeing in my shoulder. He thought it was wise that we did the surgery.
"The only issue I have is sleeping. It's very tough to sleep with a sling on. Other than that, everything was positive."
Baker went undrafted out of Wichita State in 2016 before signing with the Knicks as a free agent. He appeared in 52 games last year with New York and signed a two-year, $8.9 million deal this past summer.
The Wichita State product was averaging 2.4 points and 1.6 assists in 29 games this year before he was injured.
"I know a lot of guys in the summer don't really do a whole lot until July," Baker said. "So plenty of time in the summer to obviously get healthy and then get in shape for, hopefully, next year."