Posted August 31, 2013

J.R. Smith has no timetable for recovery from knee surgery

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J.R. Smith said Saturday that there is still swelling in his left knee. (Ron Hoskins/Getty Images)

J.R. Smith said Saturday that there is still swelling in his left knee, months after surgery. (Ron Hoskins/Getty Images)

J.R. Smith is still recovering from a mid-July left knee surgery to repair his left patella tendon and lateral meniscus and has no timetable for recovery. Smith said Saturday that there is still swelling in his knee.

Initially, Smith was expected to take 12 to 16 weeks to recover, meaning he would miss part of training camp and the beginning of regular season.

The Knicks open against Milwaukee Oct. 30 and there’s no guarantee that he will be ready by then. From ESPN’s report:

“I want to get out there as soon as possible. I know they’re going to make sure I come back healthy, 100 percent so I don’t re-injure it or make it worse,” Smith said.

If Smith is unable to start in October, the Knicks could use rookie Tim Hardway Jr. to fill in.


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