Head coach Mike Woodson allowed several players a recovery day on Tuesday in the midst of a strenuous training camp. Wednesday’s session featured a return for most players and a new face on the Knicks roster.
Ronnie Brewer made his first appearance of training camp after the guard underwent surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee in early September.
“I think I was a little over anxious today,” Brewer said. “I thought I was going to be able to do the full practice. They just wanted me to be cautious and take it slowly but it felt good to be out there with the guys and be part of the team and try to work my way back in.”
The Knicks acquired Brewer in free agency to fill a spot at the shooting guard position. He will provide depth and handle some minutes on the wing while Iman Shumpert continues to rehab his surgically repaired knee.
Brewer explained how he is keeping up with the new schemes at camp, “We watch film. Coach Woodson has a great staff and every practice one of the coaches works a little with me to learn the concepts, what he has implemented on defense, the things that they are looking for on offense. I’m just out there trying to watch as much as I possibly can to learn everybody’s strengths and weaknesses.”
Early in camp, Marcus Camby suffered a calf injury that sidelined him for the first two preseason games. The center is anxious to get back on the floor as New York prepares for a three-game road trip starting on Friday night in Montreal against the Raptors.
“I feel like I’m almost there," Camby proclaimed." Doctors are still holding me out, so a couple more days of rehab and treatment and we’ll see where we go from there.”
Smith’s Recovery Day
J.R. Smith sat out of Wednesday’s practice with a sore ankle. The shooting guard participated in the full practice on Tuesday and needed some time to recover.
“We’ll let him on sleep on it tonight and see how he feels tomorrow and if he comes to me and says I’m going today, then he will be back out there going tomorrow,” Woodson said.
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