Now that more details have been announced as J.R. Smith comes out of surgery, writers from all across the web are weighing in on what this means for the upcoming season for both the Knicks organization and Smith himself.
Zach Harper, an NBA writer for CBS Sports, commented on the other players in the league that have had the same knee injury as Smith:
This is the same injury that both Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chase Budinger of the Minnesota Timberwolves had during the 2012-13 season. Budinger missed four months during the regular season but managed to play 23 games. Westbrook was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round when Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets crashed into him near the sideline.
Marc Berman from the New York Post discussed other options Smith had in the timing of his surgery:
According to a source, Dr. Callahan told Smith he had the option of having surgery in March, but he opted to play through it.
Nate Taylor of the New York Times reflected on Smith’s playoff performance with the injury in mind:
But Smith slumped in the playoffs after being suspended one game for elbowing Boston’s Jason Terry in the opening round. It now seems clear that knee discomfort might have contributed to his poor play. His absence will put pressure on the Knicks to add a veteran guard to the roster.
Frank Isola from the New York Daily News wrote about how Smith’s injury will impact the roster in the future:
Smith’s surgery came on the same day that the club signed small forward Metta World Peace. The Knicks will still have to add a guard and would prefer to sign Nate Robinson, but Robinson believes he can get more than the veteran’s minimum, which is all the Knicks can offer.
NBC Sports’ Kurt Helin addressed the timing of the injury with Smith’s new contract:
The good news is the surgery gets done in the summer and the Knicks should have him for the majority of the season. The bad news is the Knicks just signed a guy with what they say are chronic knee issues to the longest, largest contract they could.