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JR Smith already on the road to recovery, but will he be ready for the season opener? More:
Smith last week held his annual golf outing to benefit his foundation, the JR Smith Youth Foundation. The avid golfer -- and actually really, really good -- talked with KnicksNow.com's Jonah Ballow about his recovery from knee surgery.
Today is four weeks since the Sixth Man winner underwent surgery to repair his left knee (patellar tendon and lateral meniscus) and with the stitches now removed, he has been cleared to begin training on a stationary bike and also doing strength work in a pool. His recovery time period still has at least two to three months remaining.
For someone who routinely makes appearances on the summer circuit (in the past, you could see him at Dyckman or Rucker on a given night), it hasn't been easy for Smith to stay off the knee.
"Every time my brother goes to work out, I want to go with him," Smith said, "just to shoot or do anything. But I know I can't."
Smith turned into one of the Knicks' most important players late last season. His 18 points per game was a career high and earned him the Sixth Man Award. He re-signed with the Knicks and happily proclaims "I'm home," but coming off knee surgery will he be able to replicate -- or possibly improve on -- last season?
Smith described a "determination to get back, determination to be better than I was last year. I believe I will be back better."
The Knicks certainly need him to be all he was last season, at least before his tailspin in the postseason, which, of course, could be related to the knee.
Now that Smith has set a standard for himself, the challenge is for him to meet it.
For more information on JR's Foundation, visit www.jrsyouthfoundation.com.