Knicks release Baker:
Ron Baker, former Wichita State guard, was released by the New York Knicks Thursday morning.
Baker, originally signed as an undrafted free agent in August of 2016, re-signed a contract with the Knicks in August of 2017.
Baker was waived by the Knicks after they agreed to a two-year contract with Allonzo Trier.
In a statement released by the New York Knicks, Steve Mills, president of the Knicks stated:
“Ron is a true professional and we thank him for all of his contributions during his time with the Knicks. His dedication and passion for the game are unquestioned and have been truly appreciated by our fans and organization. We wish him all the best.”
In his three seasons with the Knicks, Baker appeared in 92 games with 14 starts. He averaged 3.3 points, 1.8 assists and 1.5 rebounds in an average of 14.7 minutes.
This season alone, he averaged 1.3 points and 1.2 assists in an average of 9.7 minutes in 11 games.
Catching up with Ron:
Last month, I had the opportunity to catch up with Baker during the Knicks/Thunder game.
Something we talked about was his style of play: grit and hustle. Baker made a name for himself throughout the league for his hustle plays and doing the nitty-gritty work.
“The way I play is just how I’ve been raised to play the game. Trying to play with a lot of grit,” Baker said. “Most of my coaches I’ve had growing up in college and high school taught me that grit, and I’ve been trying to translate it to the NBA.”
Baker believes that with his style of play, he believes there will always be a spot for him somewhere in the NBA.
“I feel that if I can do that well my whole career, there will always be a spot somewhere in the league for me,” Baker said.