In addition to the calamity that was Tyson Chandler’s leg injury and the health-related minutes restrictions placed on Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks will have to deal with a multitude of other injury issues in the coming weeks. Metta World Peace, perhaps the team’s most consistent player thus far this season, has had to have his knee drained. That same knee was operated on back in April when he tore his meniscus. He’ll be missing tonight’s game (although for different, more personal reasons) against the Detroit Pistons, and his status for Wednesday night’s matchup is still unknown.
The struggling Raymond Felton is also dealing with some health issues. In addition to the hamstring issues that have been bugging him since the offseason, he now reportedly has a pinched nerve in his hip that is causing him quite a bit of pain. In typical Felton fashion he has opted to play through the pain, but it has clearly limited his effectiveness and he may be best served by sitting out for a while. He hasn’t reached a decision on the matter yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he opted to continue playing. Still, it might be good for the team to give him a few games off, handing the keys to the offense to some combination of Pablo Prigioni, Beno Udrih and Toure’ Murry.
All of this comes after it was revealed that Iman Shumpert had a knee operation in the offseason (the Knicks sure are secretive about their injury news). Remember, Shump’s name has been floated out in a lot of trade rumors and concerns about his knee (especially as someone who has torn an ACL in the past) could give potential suitors some pause and limit his trade value.
The Knicks’ slow start will only be further complicated by their numerous injury problems. They have some quality depth, though, and this could be a chance for some of their role players to step up to the plate.