JR Smith out 3-4 months after knee surgery
Smith re-signed with the Knicks on a four-year, $24.7 million deal earlier this month. He had patella tendon surgery and an arthroscopic procedure for a tear of the lateral meniscus in his left knee, the team said.
The Knicks said on Twitter that Smith’s knee problems were chronic and gradually worsened during the season, so they weren’t surprised that the shooting guard needed surgery. They say Smith is expected to be out 12-16 weeks.
You might wonder why the Knicks would sign Smith to such a contract knowing that he had knee problems, and that is a good point. Maybe they figure he should not miss any games and that he will come back better than he was. If I were Smith, I definitely would not rush it; you don’t want to come back before a knee has healed from an operation and then suffer setbacks, which would prolong the recovery. And there actually might be a semi-bright side to this news for Knicks fans; maybe the bad knee is to blame for Smith’s poor shooting performances in the playoffs, not too much clubbing like Rihanna suggested.