Knicks News: Injury Update for Season Opener


The 2015-2016 NBA season is upon us and for the New York Knicks season opener the schedule makers made sure that Phil Jackson and company would take on the top free agent that spurned them. Unfortunately for New York, there will be a few pieces missing as they try to take on Greg Monroe and the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night.

Starting shooting guard Arron Afflalo left the preseason finale game early in the second half with reports of a tight left hamstring and it looks like he will be out for the season opener as well. The Knicks are telling Afflalo not to rush back, that it may take up to two weeks to heal and he is coming to terms with that, as per Marc Berman of the New York Post.

"“I want to say I guess I just have to give it another two weeks or so but it’s hard to judge,”“I’m just going to go based on how I feel and with what the medical staff tells me.”"

MRI exams revealed that Afflalo has a mild strained hamstring. Afflalo is hoping that taking the necessary time to heal will get his body ready for the rest of the season.

"“From this point I’m just going to take the proper time I need to make sure that I can compete for a full game.”“I’ll get through it and hopefully only miss a few games here and there if need be and then be out there the majority of the year.”"

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There really is no reason for Afflalo to rush back, New York has a rough schedule early on and even if the Knicks had him, they would still most likely lose these games. After the Bucks, New York will face the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs, and the Cleveland Cavaliers… Take your time coming back Afflalo.

Kevin Seraphin did not practice Monday and miss the season opener as well. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post Seraphin is dealing with a sore right knee issue dating back to his days with the Wizards.

"Free-agent signee, Kevin Seraphin, of French Guiana, will miss at least the first two games with his chronic sore right knee.Seraphin had offseason right-knee surgery two years ago while with Washington. Seraphin said he has no pain, just swelling."

Lastly, Lou Amundson will also miss the season opener as he is dealing with a sore lower back.

"the club also will be missing Lou Amundson, whose had a back issue all preseason."

The Knicks will start the season a little short-handed with Afflalo, Seraphin, and Amundson out, but should still have enough to challenge the Bucks, as Milwaukee is missing some key players as well. The Bucks will be without Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo to start off their season, so the injury bug kind of tilts in the Knicks’ favor tonight.

Either way, can not wait for the season to get started tonight!

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