Knicks’ J.R. Smith cleared to begin light training

Yesterday marked four weeks since New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith underwent surgery to repair his left knee. Smith has had his stitches removed, and he’s been cleared to begin light training, according to Alan Hahn of MSG Network.

Hahn notes that Smith’s light training consists of riding a stationary bike and doing strength work in a pool. Both activities will allow Smith to begin working out without putting excessive stress on his recovering knee.

Smith’s surgery was to repair his patellar tendon and lateral meniscus. While being cleared for training is certainly a good sign, Hahn notes that Smith still has at least two or three months remaining in his rehab.

The Knicks depended on Smith last season into the playoffs, as he earned over 18 points per game for New York on his way to being named the Sixth Man of the Year. For his part, he believes he’ll return from the knee significant injury better than before.
Smith described a "determination to get back, determination to be better than I was last year. I believe I will be back better." 

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