The New York Knicks found out first hand last season the impact injuries can have on a team.
As the Knicks are only weeks away from beginning training camp, they would hope to get through the season without having to deal with any major injuries, other than Iman Shumpert, who’s already on the shelf because of a knee injury suffered in last season’s playoffs.
However the Knicks got a dose of bad news on Friday when Howard Beck reported that newly signed shooting guard Ronnie Brewer will be out six weeks because of knee surgery. Beck also reported via Twitter that Brewer’s injury happened within the past two weeks.
Knicks G Ronnie Brewer will be out 6 weeks after surgery for meniscus tear in left knee. Injury happened w/in last 2 weeks.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) September 7, 2012
That’s certainly news that Knicks fans don’t want to hear, as that currently leaves the Knicks with only J.R. Smith as a healthy 2-guard.
Brewer’s expected rehab schedule won’t cost him any regular season action as the Knicks don’t open up until November 1, but it could cost him some valuable time in camp. With so many new bodies in the fold, this upcoming training camp is a very important one to build chemistry, especially with Mike Woodson entering his first full season as the Knicks head coach.
There was no immediate details on how Brewer hurt his knee, but it’s not good news for a team that lost Shumpert, Baron Davis and Jeremy Lin a season ago to knee injuries.
The Knicks open preseason play at the Washington Wizards on Oct. 11. Their regular season opener is slated for Nov. 1 at the Brooklyn Nets. Brewer’s reported timeline would therefore have him back in action during the preseason and with more than a week to spare before the opener.
Brewer, 27, has missed just one game combined over the last two NBA seasons, but this leaves the Knicks in an early bind as Brewer was slated to start at the 2 while Shumpert recovers.
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