The path in and out of the NBA is not always the same for every player in the league. Solomon Jones is a prime example of how quickly it can all change.
Jones, the newest member of the Knicks was signed on Friday night as the team searched for a big man to help counter the massive amount of injuries to their frontline. Due to a an acute stress reaction surrounding a chronic stress fracture in his navicular bone, Kurt Thomas was not available to return this season and was released by the team.
“I’m just so happy to put a New York Knicks uniform on,” Jones exclaimed. “It’s a great opportunity for me, a great organization and I’m really happy about it and looking forward to it.”
Thomas’ roster spot opened the door for Jones while New York gears up for a postseason run with only five games remaining on the regular season docket. The need for an active frontcourt member is paramount considering Amar’e Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin, and Marcus Camby are all sidelined.
Jones received his release from his Chinese team on Friday morning and returned to the States in mid March. The 6-10, 245-pound forward / center was working out in Atlanta when he received the call to join a red-hot Knicks squad. Jones’ former and now current head coach, Mike Woodson checked on his new player to see if he was in condition and ready for action. The Florida native confirmed he’s been spending time in the gym, waiting for an opportunity to land on an NBA squad again.
Jones described the attributes he intends to add his new squad, “Energy, rebounding, you know they have a lot of big guys out, so just trying to come in and rebound, run the floor and bring as much energy as I can.”
In 2006, the Atlanta Hawks drafted Jones with the 33rd overall pick out of South Florida University. He has 268 career games under his belt with 11 starts for Atlanta, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, and New Orleans.