Baron Davis practiced for the first time with the Knicks on Monday. Davis has been recording from a bad back.

“His creativity alone is something special,” Amar'e Stoudemire said afterward, adding, “Once he gets back out there, the game definitely becomes easier for all of us.”

“When they tell me I’m looking good and Coach feels like I’m looking all right and I won’t get out there and hurt the team, then we’ll be able to make that judgment,” Davis said. “Right now, it’s a first step.”

The Knicks open a four-game trip at Charlotte on Tuesday, but Davis is not expected to be in uniform.

“It’s going to take a little while for him to get his mojo back,” D’Antoni said.