We all thought J.R. Smith had some superhuman powers when it came to being the reigning Sixth Man, but it appears as that is all not the case, as the team suffered some crushing news that after 5 days since inking his four year contract, the troublesome Knicks guard must go under the knife to repair his left knee which can see him missing action for four months, and likely for the start of the season. With one star gained in Artest, the Knickerbockers lose a strong piece in Smith, who averaged 18.1 points off the bench to snag that coveted Sixth Man award last season.
The Knicks suffered a devastating blow on Monday when the club announced that J.R. Smith could miss four months after having patellar tendon surgery and an arthroscopy for a tear in the lateral meniscus of his left knee.
The announcement comes just five days after Smith, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, signed a four-year contract extension that could be worth as much as $24 million and raises the question of why the Knicks would re-sign Smith to such a lucrative deal if he was not healthy. “The injuries were chronic and gradually worsened,” the Knicks said in a statement that they conveniently released after team executives had left the Cox Pavilion following the team’s loss in the Vegas Summer League.
The Knicks said the recovery time is approximately 12-to-16 weeks, which could put Smith in position to be available on opening night, but that seems unlikely since he won’t be practicing much in September and October.