J.R Smith (Ankle), Marcus Camby (Calf) and Rasheed Wallace (Conditioning) did not practice with the Knicks on Wednesday, but Ronnie Brewer (Knee Surgery) did return to practice for the first time since his surgery five weeks ago.
Brewer, whose status for the Knicks preseason game with the Raptors on Friday in Montreal, Quebec is still up in the air, will be re-evaluated on Thursday to see if he is going to play.
According to Jared Zwerling of ESPN-New York, Brewer was not pushed too hard by the coaching staff in practice and was only allowed to participate in the two-hour conditioning session.
After practice, Brewer spoke to the media saying he was pain free and that his number one goal is to get back into game shape.
“It’s been feeling pretty good,” he said. “I’ve been trying to do conditioning on it on the side [court] with our trainers. It’s a lot different speed when you’re going through the drills with the team. I have to get my rhythm back. The knee feels great and I’m excited to be out here.”
J.R. Smith was in a walking boot at practice which we mention in an earlier post and Coach Woodson told the media his ankle remains sore and the staff will keep an eye on it.
Zwerling reports that, Coach Woodson also provided updates on Marcus Camby, who has now been out beyond the 7-10 days originally diagnosed with his calf injury and Rasheed Wallace who is still working on his conditioning, as reported by Zwerling.
Woodson On Camby: “He’s still with the medical staff. There’s no need to rush him. We just want to make sure that when we put him back out on the floor, he’s ready to go.”
Woodson on Wallace: “If we think he’s ready, we will definitely have him scrimmage. There’s a chance he could possibly go next week, based on my conversations with the doctors. I’ll have to wait and see when we get back Monday.”