The New York Knicks have a problem on their hands: the NBA season hasn’t even started yet and they are already being hit with injuries.
Iman Shumpert is set to return from his ACL by December/January, Ronnie Brewer just returned to practice yesterday after having surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee, Marcus Camby says that he will be returning next week after straining a calf and now J.R. Smith has on a walking boot.
There was speculation as to whether the report of his boot was true, and Smith confirmed those rumors by tweeting a picture of it with the hashtag “#what’sonyourfeet.”
Smith sat out the Knicks preseason game against the Boston Celtics due to “soreness” in his ankle, and according to Al Iannazzo of New York Newsday, will not be traveling with the team to their three game preseason road trip. After initial disappointment over not getting the starting spot at SG that he believes he deserves, Smith has sounded accepting of his sixth-man role.
“My goal was to come in here and be a starter, and play with those other four guys on the floor,” Smith said. “It is frustrating after a while that people see me as a sixth man, sixth man, sixth man, when you believe you’re a starter. But at the same time, you have to understand this is a team game and you have to put individual goals aside.”
Although Smith likely won’t start many games, he will be an extremely valuable asset to the Knicks second unit. He has the ability to score in bunches, and adds to the offensive explosiveness of “Mob Deep,” as the Knicks reserves call themselves.
The Knicks are one of the deepest teams in the NBA, but to reach their full potential, they had better hope that Smith’s walking boot is just a precaution and not a precursor to a more serious injury.
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