The New York Knicks announced some bad news today concerning recently re-signed guard J.R. Smith. According to the report, Smith underwent surgery to repair his patella tendon and a tear in his lateral meniscus. Recovery time for the surgery is three to four months.
The news was announced on the Knicks public relations page:
J.R. Smith had patella tendon surgery & arthroscopy for a tear in the lateral meniscus, of his left knee, at the HSS in NYC.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) July 15, 2013
It was reportedly a nagging injury that worsened as the season went on, so it may explain why Smith’s production dropped off at the end of the season, however, it could still be a troubling sign for the team moving forward.
It’s obviously not what the Knicks were hoping for when they gave Smith a four-year, $24.7 million deal to return, but he should be ready to go for the beginning of the season if he avoids any setbacks.