JR Smith Injury: Updates on Knicks Guard's Knee
Fresh off the signing of his new contract with the New York Knicks, polarizing NBA guard J.R. Smith underwent knee surgery.
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 1
Sports Illustrated's Erin Weaver reports the latest on Smith:
J.R Smith is still recovering from a mid-July left knee surgery to repair his left patella tendon and lateral meniscus and has no timetable for recovery. Smith said Saturday there is still swelling in his knee.
New York Post reporter Marc Berman reports the latest on Smith's knee:
Glen Grunwald believes Smith will be ready for the start of the regular season— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) July 16, 2013
Grunwald says knew Smith "likely'' needed surgery after season but wanted to see what happened with rest. Didn't work.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) July 16, 2013
Marc Berman of the New York Post provides an update on the timing of Smith's surgery:
Source says timing of J.R. surgery was planned during summer league so trainers would be back from Vegas for rehab. No lapse.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) July 16, 2013
ESPN's Ian Begley has the details and expected recovery period:
J.R. Smith had patella tendon surgery & arthroscopy for a tear in the lateral meniscus, of his left knee, at the HSS in NYC, #Knicks say.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 15, 2013
Recovery time for JR Smith is approximately 12-16 weeks, #Knicks say.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 15, 2013
That would bring Smith back to action sometime between Oct. 7 and Nov. 4, give or take a few weeks. Therefore, his availability for the regular-season opener will be a hot topic as the season nears.
Smith, of course, officially re-signed with the Knicks last week on a four-year deal, but as the New York Post's Marc Berman explains, the organization was fully aware of his injured knee during negotiations:
#Knicks were well aware of the knee issue with Smith. During March it started to flare up but he played through it. Hurting again vs Pacers.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) July 15, 2013
The reigning Sixth Man of the Year enjoyed a career year last season, averaging 18.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.5 minutes per contest off the bench.
Of course, while Smith has established himself as a truly deadly offensive weapon in the league, he is a volume shooter through and through. When he's "on," he is the epitome of instant offense. When he's "off," though, he is nearly as frustrating as he is inefficient.
But despite being so enigmatic, the energy he brings off the bench has proven to be both infectious and crucial to the Knicks' success.
Now that Smith is in the long-term plans of the team, however, getting him completely healthy is obviously priority No. 1 for both Smith and the Knicks.
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