In the least surprising breaking story of all time, JR Smith has been suspended for failing THREE drug tests for recreational substances such as Marijuana. Smith’s was already in danger of missing the first few weeks of the season with a knee injury. His suspension will begin the first game he is physically able to play, so if he is ready to come back 2 weeks after opening day, he will have to wait an extra 5 games after that.
The Knicks recently gave Smith a new contract, and he has wasted no time in showing why the Knicks were able to get such a bargain on the mercurial Smith. One person who is not happy? The fictional Mike Woodson twitter account
This is another frustrating off-court setback for J.R, who has had disciplinary issues through his career.
Knicks star 6th man JR Smith has had surgery on his knee and is scheduled to miss 3-4 months, which would put his return somewhere between the middle of training camp and 2 weeks into the regular season. This is disappointing news for Knicks fans, who watched their team battle injuries all of last season. It appears that this injury is related to the knee injury which caused Smith to struggle so badly in the playoffs. The injury is apparently chronic and seems to have built up over time, so a surgery to try to eliminate or mostly solve the problem seems to be the best course of action, and it is one that the Knicks have chosen to take. We should know more in the near future about the severity of this injury. My gut feeling is that it will not be a long-lasting concern, as long as we can get JR back in a timely matter, but you never know with these Knicks. Let’s hope he only misses 6 or 7 games, if any. And let’s hope that when he comes back, he can get his explosiveness back very quickly. I will keep you guys posted when we find out more.
League sources revealed Thursday that Knicks sixth man J.R. Smith played through a knee injury during the postseason. Smith had fluid on his knee, which is the same ailment Carmelo Anthony suffered from in March. Anthony’s game was severely impacted by this injury, and it seems to have had a similar effect on Smith, who struggled mightily in the playoffs. Smith reportedly began complaining of the injury during the first-round series against the Celtics, in which he played well in the first couple games before getting ejected and suspended for elbowing Jason Terry, after which he was not the same for the rest of the postseason. Anthony’s problems went away immediately after he got his knee drained. Smith is considering getting the same procedure. It is hard to imagine why he did not do this earlier (especially during his suspension), and it is hard to imagine that he will be foolish enough to decline to get the knee drained now, with the Knicks facing a 5-month layoff.