The Knicks have announced that J.R. Smith has undergone patella tendon surgery and a left knee scope procedure. As a result, he'll be out up to 12-16 weeks. Such a timeline would sideline him just about until right before the regular season.
That same knee pain plagued Smith through the postseason, and is said to be a chronic issue. That certainly explains why the elder Smith is not present supporting younger brother Chris at Las Vegas Summer League this week.
Ironically enough, however, it appears as though the recently named NBA Sixth Man of the Year continued to play through the pain even more this summer. A passionate Knicks fan (and a good friend of mine at that) suggests here that Smith was not simply a spectator at Rucker Park in New York City earlier this offseason, but also a participant.
This link here appears to confirm he did indeed play, though there's no telling how credible that is as a source.
It's interesting to note that Smith obviously re-inked his contract with the Knicks just a few days ago. Did the team know just how much the knee was bothering him? Do they know that he played through the pain? How much of an issue is this?
These are simply interesting things to ponder, but it's nevertheless, unfortunate Smith will be out of commission so long.