J.R. Smith had a great 2012-13 season, winning the Sixth Man of the Year award. In the offseason the New York Knicks, fully aware that Smith would need knee surgery, re-signed their bench star to a three-year deal. However, after a left patella tendon surgery and an arthroscopy for a meniscus tear in July, Smith will not be ready to start the season.
According to ESPN, Smith doesn’t have a timbetable for a return yet, and is still experiencing swelling around his knee as a result of the procedures.
The initial recovery time for Smith’s surgery, which was performed by team orthopedist Dr. Answorth Allen, was approximately 12 to 16 weeks. That meant Smith would likely miss part of training camp and the beginning of the regular season.
“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 at a PGA Foundation golf clinic at Chelsea Piers for the New York/New Jersey Boys & Girls Club. Smith said there is still swelling in his knee.