Knicks

Knicks’ J.R. Smith Out 3-4 Months After Knee Surgery

Reigning Sixth Man Of Year Likely To Miss Start Of Camp
J.R. Smith (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

J.R. Smith (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

New York Knicks
Upcoming Games

Buy Knicks Tickets Full Schedule
Saturday Dec 20
vs. Suns
Thursday Dec 25
vs. Wizards
Friday Jan 2
vs. Pistons
Knicks Central
Shop for Knicks Gear
Buy Knicks Tickets

NBA Scoreboard
NBA Standings
Team STATS
Team Schedule
Team Roster
Team Injuries

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Knicks guard J.R. Smith has had patella tendon surgery and arthroscopy on his left knee that likely will keep him from joining the Knicks when they open training camp in late September.

The team said Smith will need 12-16 weeks to recover from the operation performed Monday by Dr. Answorth Allen at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The team said the injuries were “chronic,” with the arthroscopy repairing a tear in the lateral meniscus.

“The injuries … gradually worsened,” the team said in a statement.

Smith, who won the Sixth Man of the Year award, helped shoot the Knicks into the playoffs before struggling in the postseason. The New Jersey product worked out a deal to stay with the Knicks that will pay him about $25 million over four years.

He averaged 18.1 points during the regular season, second on the team behind Carmelo Anthony.

You May Also Be Interested In These Stories

(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)