Have preseason injuries set the Knicks up for early season failure?

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Much of the narrative regarding New York’s recent track record of underachievement has been centered around a lack of team chemistry. That narrative does have some merit to it, as this has been New York’s first conventional training camp with the trio of Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler all on the roster. Not only was this seen as a training camp in which the “broadway bigs” would have the opportunity to mesh together, but a camp where the Knicks as a team can mesh together as well. However, the Knicks have run into a plethora of injury problems. Amar’e Stoudemire has missed time and both pre-season games to date with a “bruised knee”. CAA favorite Chris Smith is now out for the season with a torn patella tendon. His brother, one JR Smith, now has some sort of unidentified ankle/achilles injury. Free agent steal Ronnie Brewer has yet to see action due to recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery. Marcus Camby has a calf strain and his return is unknown. For what it is worth, Henry Sims hurt his ankle in practice, but he is a longshot to make the team anyways. So yeah, that is a lot of injuries. Great thing the Knicks have Jason Kidd and all of his veteran presence. He’ll be able to fix all the Knicks problems. Wait, he’s old and he’s not good anymore so never mind.

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In all seriousness, this plethora of injuries may very well set the Knicks back in their progression. Apart from a few practices, the star studded front-court trio have not been on the court very much together. Ronnie Brewer, the team’s likely starter at shooting guard, could go into the season without having played a preseason game. It is unknown when Smith and Camby, arguably the two most important players off the bench, will be back. Stoudemire will be back this weekend, but we have no idea what level his play is at currently. This is a huge year for Stoudemire, as he needs to rebound from his dreadful 2011 season. This season certainly has not gotten off to a good start for the much maligned Stoudemire. Read more…

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