The Knicks currently have 6 players injured: Amare Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert, Ronnie Brewer, Marcus Camby, Chris Smith and Henry Sims.
Amare Stoudemire sat out the Knicks’ second pre-season game against the Boston Celtics as a pre-caution; in fact, it was said that if game one was a regular season game, he would have played. Stoudemire is battling a sore knee, and right now, it’s just that. He should be good to go for Friday’s game against Landry Fields and the Toronto Raptors, but we’ll closely monitor him as he continues resting a multi-million dollar knee.
Iman Shumpert is still slated for a return sometime between December and Febraury, likely right in the middle: January. He’s been shooting around and working on his balance in practice. One good sign, though, is that a picture of Shumpert shooting showed him getting some elevation on when taking shots, which is the first time we’ve seen him jump from both feet – as opposed to dunking off of one leg, like we witnessed in his iPhone 5 review.
Since we learned about Chris Smith‘s injury, he’s undergone a successful surgery to repair the tear. He’s still slated to be out for three-six months, and honestly, I doubt he’ll still be on the team by that time.
Henry Sims took a rather gnarly fall in training camp a few days ago, one that required him to be helped off the floor, and he has been out since then. Sims actually missed the Knicks’ tip-off two nights ago, so it seems like his injury is pretty serious. I feel bad for the young big man, as this injury will likely cost him the chance of making the New York Knicks. There’s no official word out on how serious the injury is, but it doesn’t sounds great. UPDATE: Sims participated in practice today, after tweaking his ankle. He should be available to play in some of, if not all of, this weekend’s games.
Marcus Camby strained his calf, roughly 10 days ago. When news surfaced, it was expected that Camby would be out for 7-10 days, but we’ve arrived at the tail end of that prediction. Woodson said, “I can’t say he’s getting close… He’s feeling better – put it that way.” It’s not expected that Camby will be ready to go for any of the Knicks’ next three games, and beyond that, there’s no guarantee he’ll be ready to start the season. Of course, this is discouraging news, as one of the biggest question marks surrounding the team has to do with age. Right off the bat, one of the team’s oldest, and most crucial players, the backup center, isn’t able to participate with the team, due to injury. UPDATE: Camby will not travel with the team on their three-game road trip, but will stay back and work on conditioning and balance work.
On a more positive note, Ronnie Brewer partially tore his meniscus a little over a month ago, and it was expected that Brewer would be out for six weeks – pegging him for a return on opening day. Luckily for Brewer, and the Knicks, it’s sounding like he could potentially return to the floor as soon as today. Woodson hinted that Brewer could make a return to practice today or Thursday, and then see game time at some point in the Knicks’ next three games. This is really encouraging news, as Brewer should get some time in camp and in game before the season starts. I picked Brewer as my biggest addition this summer, and I think the extra time before the season will benefit him, as well as the Knicks. UPDATE: Brewer participated in practice today.