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Knicks’ J.R. Smith has knee surgery, out 3-4 months

Jul 15, 2013, 7:38 PM EDT

New York Knicks' Smith is surrounded by team mates after making a last second shot to beat Charlotte Bobcats in their NBA basketball game in Charlotte Reuters

The Knicks were having their best day of the summer, having just come to terms to bring Metta World Peace back home and now this:

J.R. Smith had patella tendon surgery and his knee scoped to repair a tear in the lateral meniscus of his left knee, the team announced Monday. Recovery time is three to four months, which means he could return during training camp, or he could miss the start of the season.

These were chronic injuries that worsened over time and required surgery, according to the team.

Smith had just signed a four-year, $24.7 million deal to stay in New York.

Any time he misses will be a blow to the Knicks. Smith, 27, was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, and was the second leading scorer on the Knicks averaging 18.2 points a game shooting 42.2 percent overall, 35.6 percent from three. Yes he takes too many bad, contested jump shots, but he makes more of those than any person has a right to.

The good news is the surgery gets done in the summer and the Knicks should have him for the majority of the season. The bad news is the Knicks just signed a guy with what they say are chronic knee issues to the longest, largest contract they could.

  1. nghtrder169 - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Really 3-4months being reported by the Knicks? History has taught us dealing with the Knicks and injury reports: Day-2-day really means 3-4 months &
    3-4 months really means Out for the season lol

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      wtf are talking about, are you drunk?

      • nghtrder169 - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:29 AM

        Im a Knick fan who paid attention to last season – Every-time a player was hurt the Knicks had them down as day-2-day and it would take months for them to get back on the court – example Amare, Sheed ect…. SO I simply took that to the next level as a JOKE saying that in the knicks world… Based on past experience with the whole day-2-day thing… That 3-4 months is really out for the season — if u cant understand that now that Ive explained it maybe ur the one drunk

  2. dysraw1 - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    rehab get stronger the legs are a big part of your game, like the guy said up above here its good this is happening in the off season

  3. dezglobal - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Smart guy… Waiting till after he gets a deal to inform them he needs surgery.

  4. 13arod - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    It could be worse sometimes it takes longer depending on the serve of te injury

  5. anhdazman - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    He collected his big paycheck, watch the performance drop steadily. Women, booze and booty calls not in any necessary order when it comes to JR Smith.

  6. adoombray - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    its crazy that he’s only 27. it seems like he’s been around forever.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      It’s not often that a guy can make a name for himself in the NBA, then get shunned due to his behavior to the point where he has to play overseas, then come back and reform to the point where he wins 6th Man of the Year and gets a big payday, all before age 28.

      • jigwig13 - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        I think he went overseas due to the lockout

      • brutl - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        Well that explains why he was bricking all his shots in the playoffs.
        Maybe they can get together and figure out how to sneak an elbow in like Kobe instead of getting kicked outta games.

      • adoombray - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        well… that escalated to Laker hate quickly. That’s saying something when said by this here Suns fan

  7. btrue2life - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    This explains alot about our playoff shortfall, but they wont give him any credit for that but yet poor DWade played with a Knee bruise smh. Will they say we could be better with JR at full strength or if JR was Healthy that we would have beat the Pacers. Now we know we played that series with Melo with a bum shoulder, Tyson with a bulging disk in his neck & JR with a messed up Knee, but u wont hear anyone say that the Pacers only won because we weren’t healthy. The double standard of this ny media & especially ESPN Eff all of them….

  8. brad9000 - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Do you honestly think they didn’t know about the need for surgery before the deal was signed? Seriously, do you think they get their injury reports from twitter? J.R. Will be back and the Knicks were willing to gamble that he will still be a strong contributor.

  9. therealhtj - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    If signing MWP is the best day of your summer . . .

    • nycalldayz - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      Agree. That is a ridiculous comment to make. If Metta is the best the Knicks can do in free-agency, then they deserve to suck as bad as they usually do.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        Yep.

  10. xli2006 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    You knew that deal was going to backfire, but most assumed it would happen during the season.

    The Knicks are going to continue to be hamstrung by their roster moves. All eyes on Carmelo next year if they cant put it together… opt out?

  11. sportsfan18 - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    The author said he takes too many bad shots but it’s OK because he makes more of them than a person has a right too.

    Let me see here… take many bad, contested shots but make more of them than others would so it’s OK.

    J.R. Smith’s shooting percentage last year hurt the teams average shooting percentage.

    He helped bring their team average DOWN. The Knicks were only the 18th best shooting team in the league last year and he was a huge reason why.

    He took the 2nd most shots on the team last yr to Melo. Smith took over 15 shots a game and Melo took over 22 shots a game. The Knicks only shot .448% and Melo only shot .449%.

    Melo and Smith took 45% of the Knicks shots last year.

    Is shooting important?

    Well the Heat were the best shooting team in the NBA last year.

    The Spurs and the Thunder were tied with each other for the 2nd best team shooting percentage in the league last year.

    J.R. How about taking less bad contested shots this year huh?

  12. jimeejohnson - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Worth repeating:

    “It’s not often that a guy can make a name for himself in the NBA, then get shunned due to his behavior to the point where he has to play overseas, then come back and reform to the point where he wins 6th Man of the Year and gets a big payday, all before age 28.”

    Excellent.

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