Knicks News: J.R. Smith out 12-16 Weeks with Knee Surgery

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Knickswag Notes: 

This news is shocking and unbelievable at first glance. After signing a 4 year deal worth 24 million, J.R. Smith is now on the shelf for the next 4 months. My first thought is, did the Knicks know that this was an issue? If so, what were they thinking? If not this is another unfortunate blow to the Knicks.

The Reality:

With J.R. out New York will have to fill in with Iman Shumpert and first round pick Tim Hardaway Jr. Four months from now would take us into November, which is right around the start of the season. J.R. will need time to get back to full strength by the end of training camp, so I would expect him to miss maybe a month of the season at worst. If this timetable is accurate then the blow to the roster is not as bad as first glance. Especially if Hardaway Jr. and Shump can hold down the fort. This injury to J.R. might have a silver lining. This might allow Hardaway Jr. to get some serious playing time. This might be a good thing for the future of the Knicks, as well as Hardaway Jr.

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