Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 at 9:20 am  |  32 responses

JR Smith Out 3-4 Months After Knee Surgeries

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

New York Knicks guard JR Smith could miss the season opener — he underwent a pair of left knee operations. Smith, who recently inked a four-year, $24.7 million contract extension, had patella tendon surgery and arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus.

The Knicks say that the soon-to-be 28-year-old’s injuries were chronic and gradually worsened, and that he’ll need about 12-16 weeks to recover.

Per Newsday and the NY Post:

That timetable seems certain to knock him out of action when they begin training camp in September. The regular-season schedule hasn’t been announced yet, but historically the NBA opener is on or around Nov. 1. [...] J.R.’s brother Chris, who is a member of the Knicks’ summer-league team, said last week he expected J.R. to travel to Las Vegas to watch him play. But that never happened. Instead, he was at the Hospital for Special Surgery undergoing surgery by Dr. Answorth Allen.

The Knicks knew about the issue when the season ended and knew Smith would need surgery. Earl Smith, J.R.’s father, claimed the surgery was timed for mid-July during summer league and it had no bearing on his son hiding his injury during free agency.

The team reportedly didn’t hesitate to re-sign JR Smith this summer despite his injuries, since they considered his deal below market value.

Smith won the Sixth Man of the Year award last season, but struggled mightily in the Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers as his left knee injuries worsened.

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  • danpowers

    we need to change that 6 million a year to a max deal asap

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Now its basically Amare playing the 2…best of luck to JR in recovery…

  • MikeC.

    We can trot out the most depressingly bad defensive team in history!
    PG: Melo
    SG: Neck Beardnani
    SF: Amare
    PF: Hardaway Jr (why not, might as well destroy his confidence early)
    C: Tyson (great defensive player, I just want to see the look on his face when he gets blindside dunked on 13 times/game while everyone else shrugs and points at each other)

  • MikeC.

    Shumpert can play the 2. Unless shooting is something you need from your shooting guards.

  • Max

    Shump can shoot it.

  • spit hot fiyah

    do you that there are actually different types of knee injuries and knee surgeries?

  • Dev

    This should open up the door for Hardawauy Jr too

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    He was recently injured in a summer league game as well. Don’t know how long he’ll be out though.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    I do, but the key word here is ‘chronic’…..i know Amare had a diff type of surgery but still..its the knees….knee problems affect your mental

  • King David

    smh at the Knicks front office…

  • LLC#12

    That team would be worth the cost of league pass on their own.

  • danpowers


  • danpowers

    ok guys, still bored, top 10 shooting guards of all time

    1 jordan
    2 bryant
    3 west
    4 drexler
    5 wade
    6 iverson
    7 allen
    8 miller
    9 gervin
    10 carter (sorry pistol pete)

  • Da Real

    How will this affect his ability to stand on couches in the club tho??

  • Tony Taylor

    No dave bing or alex english

  • danpowers

    id say english was a small forward. who would you leave out of that list for dave bing?

  • Tony Taylor

    Ughh maybe miller but that would put him at 11 in my book

  • danpowers

    as a knicks fan im a burned child and just painfully remember his killer instinct which makes up for what some may call a lack of versatility. that is definitely my subjective impression. david bing just never hurt me that bad lol

  • RKJ92


  • Jayvee

    Wait..when did Amar’e start playing as a 2?

  • Tony Taylor

    I feel you bruh I feel you. I like reggie too he simply showed up when the lights were the brightest he might only score 20-22 pts but it was the way he would do it though

  • Interdico Scriptor


  • The Philosopher

    Maybe he will get a floor game, now.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    I realise I’m way late and u might not get this but I hope so cos u often had a good take on this stuff, but can someone pls explain how West gets in here. Not being American I don’t have access to the history of L as much as u guys (Enig, Philo, Lake, Nbk etc) and I don’t want to hate on a dude I know little about. I know he’s the logo, I know he’s a notorious Laker and I know about the half court shot in the finals but to me, and maybe this is just me, but looking at the NBA in the 60′s I truly think I could have played then… I’m not kidding. And don’t tell me just about every ball player I played with/against in college wasn’t better than Mikan, wasn’t better than Coosy.

    SO I gotta ask, what did West do to make him number 3? First step? good hands?? help defender??? what????

    The rest is a mix up. Iverson is there at 3 IMO. To me Iverson is underrated, if anything. People who think he was bling were way off. Iverson was street. Iverson was working class. Iverson was a hustler, a ganster, a thug, a rude boy. Of course it all went to sh*t, but that’s another story. But he was unselfish and an awesome ball player with the best cross over in the history of the L. Yes I said it. Don’t give me Hardaway either.

    Miller is better than Allen.

    Pippen is better than both, he’s about number 5 after Wade.

    Jordan, Bryant, Iverson, Wade, Pippen, Miller, Wilkins, Drexler.. that’s as far as I get.

  • danpowers

    i wont put a top 10 out there without controversy lol. but why not carter? he never lived up to the expectations of most fans so people easily overlook his performance http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/cartevi01.html#per_game::none

  • danpowers

    pippen was a small forward.

    about west: first off: http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/westje01.html#per_game::none

    normally i dont like to rank former players of former times that high, but did not want to catch the wrath of nostalgic basketball historians in here lol. their arguement is to see the old guys performance in proportion to their times because when they played the put up their accomplishments not only against lesser trained players but also didnt have access to modern training methods. so the argument is that a player dna is timeless and their mojo would have probably also transferred into todays game with access to modern training.

    im not such a big fan of that point, but always take some alibi old a*s athletes to please the masses lol

    i gave wade and drexler the slight edge over iverson because they played slightly more efficient and simply due to size a little more helpful on D. i understand why one could make a case for iverson at number 2 , but the championships then still speak for wade and drexler.

    sorry but in no way was miller better than allen. how would you back that statement up?

  • Armando

    Difficult ranking players. I’m one of those you’re referring to feeling you can only determine how good a player was compared to his era. Stats are useless to compare as the pace was so much higher before. Pace adjusted to 2013 pace Wilt would have been a 28-12 player in his prime, still MVP caliber, but when people refer to his number as astronomous, they aren’t more astronomous than Carmelo’s or Howard’s are today (ppg and rpg respectively)… Technology, development, knowledge… are all relevant. How good would Jesse Owens be today, I mean, 10.2 on coke having dug his own starting pit?

    Nevertheless, only taking in to consideration how good players were in their era I prefer tiers, to specific ranking:

    1: MJ, head and shoulders above the rest… how good was he compared to anyone else in the late 80s through the 90s, regardless of position?
    2: Kobe.
    3: West.
    4: Drexler, Wade.
    5: Miller, Allen, Iverson, Gervin
    6: Dumars, Pistol, Sam Jones, Carter
    7: McGrady, Richmond
    8: Thompson, Ginobili, Petrovic

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Jerry West is Top 5, easily….I’m not old enough to have seen him play but what a lot of us do know are these items :

    1. you can google/wikipedia his resume and it is far above almost everybody on your top SGs list. Only guy that has a better resume than him is most likely Jordan.

    2. He IS the NBA logo.

    3. He is in the original NBA 50 greatest players.

    4. Some put him above Kobe as the best Laker shooting guard… i wont go that far but you can make a case…

    Thats all I have…off the top of my head right now

  • LP @ThisisEther

    just a joke….

  • LP @ThisisEther

    He can, i forgot about him

  • Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    I think they should start Bargs at the 2 because he fits that role perfectly.

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