The New York Knicks are one of the more surprising teams out of the gate, going 4-0 and looking like a serious contender.
What makes this even more impressive is they are doing it all without several key players sidelined by injury.
Let’s take a look at how their recoveries are going and dig up some more juicy rumors and information out there concerning this exciting squad.
The tenuous basketball relationship between STAT and Carmelo Anthony is being tested as the team finds success with their star PF out of the picture. According to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, it could be quite some time before both are on the floor together.
Mike Woodson told the reporter:
“He’s not on the bench sitting, but he’s back there getting treatment every day,’’ Woodson said. “I don’t think he’s on crutches at all. He’s walking all right. I just see him on the table getting treatment. I ask him how he’s doing and I keep moving.’’
As long as the Knickerbockers are winning games, they have no need to rush Amar’e back from injury. He could be out until late December, which isn’t such a concerning scenario now that the team is winning.
Shumpert is another player who could be instrumental to New York’s chances of making a serious postseason run, and he may not be back until February.
The sophomore guard is still rehabbing a nasty torn ACL and meniscus from April’s postseason series versus the Miami Heat, and he told Marc Berman of the New York Post that a betting man would be wise to target January for his possible return to the lineup.
Fortunately, J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni and Jason Kidd are handling the Knicks backcourt just fine right now. Eventually, the team will need Shump’s superior defensive abilities and immense athleticism—but they can’t afford to rush him back.
STAT for Gasol?
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News has pondered a possible trade now that Mike D’Antoni is running the show in Los Angeles.
The former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach found success with Stoudemire at both stops, and now rumors could start swirling that the Lakers coach is interested in working with the PF for a third time.
Wonder if Mike D'Antoni can convince the Lakers to trade for Amar'e Stoudemire. The Knicks will gladly take Pau Gasol— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) November 12, 2012
Of course, the Lakers would be crazy to ship a player as productive and healthy as Pau Gasol for STAT, but weirder things have happened in this league.
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