May 16, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers in game 5 of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffsat Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 85-75. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

J.R. Smith hopes to be back for opening night, to early to set timetable

According to Ian Begley on Twitter, New York Knicks Sixth Man of the Year, J.R. Smith says he hope to be back for opening night, but it’s too early to set a timetable for his return.

Smith was spotted at a charity golf event walking around without a knee brace, but still showed a slight limp. Smith underwent knee surgery on July 15th after singing a four year $24.7 million contract to return to the Knicks.

The resigning of their Sixth Man of the Yeaer was given a 3-4 month window for his recovery, which is an October 30th return.

If he happens to run into a set back, it could open something up for Iman Shumpert and the addition of newly signed Beno Udrih will add some flexibility for the New York Knicks in their back-court.

I’m sure they would love to have Smith available for the opening of the season, but knee injuries are something you can’t just rush.


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