On Monday the New York Knicks announced that the NBA’s Sixth Man Award winner J.R. Smith has had patellar tendon surgery and an arthroscopy for a tear in the lateral meniscus of his left knee.
Smith underwent a successful procedure at the Hospital for special surgery in New York City. Knicks team orthopedist Dr. Answorth Allen said that Smiths recovery time will be approximately three to four months, making his comeback window fall somewhere between October 15th and November 15th. The NBA Season kicks off on October 31st.
There were hints late last season that Smith was experiencing some discomfort in the left knee, but no mention was ever made at the possibility of off season surgery being an option. The good news is that it looks like Smith will not miss any regular season games, although that still does remain a possibility.
Smith is coming off a career year in which he averaged 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds off the bench for the Knicks.