Knicks’ J.R. Smith has surgery on knee
New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith received patella tendon surgery and arthroscopy on his left knee on Monday the team announced.
The surgery, which was performed by Dr. Answorth Allen at the Hospital for Special Surgery, will likely take Smith 12-16 weeks to recover from, according to the Associated Press. It will likely mean that the 2012-2013 Sixth Man of the Year will not be able to join the Knicks for training camp starting in late September.
The knee apparently started bothering Smith during the playoffs, reports ESPN. The Knicks were aware that Smith would probably require surgery in the offseason.
Smith averaged 18.1 points per game during the regular season, which was second most on the team behind Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. He was rewarded by the team for his great season this past week when he re-signed to a four-year deal worth $24.7 million.
“Re-signing J.R. was one of our primary goals this offseason, and we are thrilled to have him back,” Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald said in a statement. “He made great strides this past season with his consistent play off the bench for us, and we look forward to his continued growth.”
With Smith injured, it is no wonder Metta World Peace is apparently joining the Knicks.