NBA Rumors: Ronnie Brewer's Injury Could Cost Him New York Knicks' Starting Job

By A.J. Speier

When the New York Knicks signed Ronnie Brewer, the plan was for him to take over as their starting shooting guard, but now it looks like J.R. Smith could get the job.

Brewer underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee which apparently happened sometime within the last two weeks.

The recovery period for Brewer is expected to take six week and he will most likely miss the first three weeks of training camp as well as the Knicks’ first three preseason games. If Brewer is able to return after six weeks, he would have about 12 days before the season opener against the Brooklyn Nets on November 1 and could possibly play in the Knicks’ final two preseason games.

“If y’all haven’t already heard I had successful meniscus surgery. Started rehab this morning. Minor setback for a major comeback,” Brewer tweeted. “I appreciate the prayers and get well soons from everyone. Much appreciated. Will for sure be 100 (percent) for season opener.”

With the loss of Iman Shumpert until at least January as he recovers from his torn left ACL injury suffered in the playoffs and Brewer out for six weeks, the Knicks’ shooting guard depth has become very thin with just Smith and James White as their only healthy shooting guards on the roster.

Smith is known around the NBA as more of a sixth man than a starter. He’s a streaky three-point shooter who can spark a team.

White was the 31st overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers, but has played in just 10 games in the NBA over his career. He’s spent most of his time in Europe with the Dinamo Sassari of Italy’s Serie A1 league and the NBA D-League.

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