J.R. Smith undergoes knee surgery
2013 Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith underwent patella tendon surgery and arthroscopy for a tear in the lateral meniscus of his left knee on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
The news comes a surprise to many, seeing as the Knicks just resigned Smith, who was a free-agent, to a 4-year deal worth $24.7 million, ESPN reported last week.
But the front office notified the public that they were aware of his probable need of surgery when they signed him, officially tweeting that Smith’s injuries were “chronic and gradually worsened. Recovery time is approximately 12-16 weeks.”
J.R. Smith’s injuries were chronic and gradually worsened. Recovery time is approximately 12-16 weeks.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) July 15, 2013
This means Smith will most likely miss training camp and maybe even the beginning of the season, which makes the Knicks’ news of signing free agent Metta World Peace today a lot more important.
World Peace is likely to still come off the bench, but will probably receive extended minutes in the absence of Smith.
Smith had the best year of his nine-year career this past season, averaging career-highs in points, rebounds and minutes per game at 18.1, 5.3 and 33.5 respectively.