The New York Knicks play their first preseason game tomorrow — TOMORROW! Preseason, while generally unimportant other than getting real-time experience on offense and defense, is at least that necessary step to getting back to real NBA basketball.
Unfortunately for the Knicks, they’ll once again be participating with an incomplete teams. According to Adam Zagoria, Amar’e Stoudemire, J.R. Smith, and Jeremy Tyler will not make the trips for the first three preseason games as they recover from injuries. Smith, we know, is recovering from knee surgery (and likely wouldn’t be able to play, anyway, due to his impending five-game suspension when he returns to the court), and Tyler is also recovering from a foot surgery that, unfortunately, could cost him a roster spot.
Stoudemire is the interesting case here. It was revealed right at the start of camp that he had a covert knee surgery (“clean-up”) over the summer, but the details as to his recovery were kind of fuzzy. Stoudemire hasn’t participated in scrimmages, and from camp updates, it seems he’s mostly been working by himself with staff members. It already didn’t seem like he was going to be ready for the start of the season, but it especially seems like Stoudemire will miss more time right off the bat if he’s not traveling for preseason games.
These Knicks have the chance to be quite the team, but it’s unfortunate to begin the season and getting reps without crucial members of the rotation.
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