Cleanthony Early Hospitalized: Updates on Knicks SF After Being Shot in Knee

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

New York Knicks forward Cleanthony Early (17) comes off the court with an injury in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, April 3, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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New York Knicks forward Cleanthony Early was shot in the knee during a robbery in an early-morning shooting on Dec. 30. It is uncertain when he will return to action.  

Continue for updates.

Anthony Comments on Early After Visit to Facility

Monday, Jan. 4

"His spirits are good," Carmelo Anthony told reporters after Early came to the Knicks' practice facility on crutches Monday.

Early Released from Hospital

Sunday, Jan. 3

Head coach Derek Fisher told reporters Early was discharged, but he added it was "too soon" to discuss a timetable for his return to the court.

Early Comments on Shooting

Thursday, Dec. 31

Early Thanks Supporters After Shooting

Wednesday, Dec. 30 

Cleanthony Early @Clearly_Balllyf

Thank you all for your Thoughts and Prayer I appreciate you all! Shout out to you beautiful souls for caring, God works in Mysterious way!

Latest on Early's Timetable to Return

Wednesday, Dec. 30

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reported Early faces a two- to three-month recovery timetable, which is subject to change based on rehab.

Early MRI Results Revealed

Wednesday, Dec. 30

Charania reported Early's MRI results showed "no structural damage or surgery needed on shot knee," and the wound was sterilized to keep infection from setting in. He also said the gunshot pierced him cleanly, and the bullet wasn't lodged.

Anthony Comments on Implications of Early Shooting

Wednesday, Dec. 30

"We need to do a better job of putting ourselves in a safer environment," Anthony said, per Bruce Beck of WNBC-TV.

"We all are targets, at the end of the day, regardless of how much love people show you," the 31-year-old added, per Andrew Keh of the New York Times.

"We have to do something," Anthony said, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, regarding gun control.

As Frank Isola of the New York Daily News pointed out, the shooting comes after Anthony spoke in a public service announcement aired by the NBA five days ago.

Knicks Release Statement on Early's Condition

Wednesday, Dec. 30

The Knicks released a statement, saying: "We are aware of what occurred with Cleanthony Early this morning and are relieved that he is not in a life-threatening situation. We will not comment any further until we receive more information."

Latest on Early's Condition

Wednesday, Dec. 30

According to Ross Keith, Chris Sommerfeldt and Larry McShane of the New York Daily News, the 24-year-old forward was robbed of his belongings by four to six people in ski masks after leaving a Queens, New York, strip club and was shot in the knee during the incident.

Samantha Tata and Anthony DiLorenzo of PIX 11, citing the NYPD, confirmed the shooting occurred at 4:40 a.m. ET and that a woman who was with the former Wichita State star was not harmed.

Exact details regarding Early's health remain unclear. He was taken to the hospital, but a spokesperson for Elmhurst Hospital said Early has been transferred to a different facility, per ESPN.com.

The shooting comes just days after Knicks forward Derrick Williams was robbed of $750,000 worth of jewelry by two women, per Larry Celona and Joe Tacopino of the New York Post

Early has been used sparingly in his second NBA season. He has played in 10 games and is averaging just 0.7 points in 3.4 minutes per contest.

While potentially losing his services may not have a huge impact on the Knicks from an on-court perspective, one can only assume his teammates will be shaken up and focused on his recovery after such a scary incident.

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