Cleanthony Early Injury: Updates on Knicks PF's Knee and Return

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2014

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22:  Cleanthony Early #17 of the New York Knicks during a game against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden in New York City on October 22, 2014.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The 2014-15 season is very much about rebuilding for the New York Knicks, but they will be without promising rookie Cleanthony Early for at least the next month. ย 

According to the team's official public relations Twitter account, the Wichita State product is set to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery before being re-evaluated in four weeks:

Despite the setback, Early is maintaining a positive attitude:

The 6'8" forward was a second-round pick by the Knicks in the 2014 NBA draft. He is averaging nearly three points and one rebound per game in limited action, but the 23-year-old has the tools necessary to be a bigger contributor as the season continues.

His absence won't have much of an impact on what the 3-8 Knicks do from a rotational standpoint in the coming weeks, but it will certainly slow down Early's progress to some degree.

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