Monday, October 16, 2006

Knicks forward Jared Jeffries out with Broken Wrist

The New York Knicks' newly acquired starting small forward probably won't suit up for the Knicks season opener on November 1st against the Memphis Grizzlies. Jared Jeffries injured his wrist during a dismemberment of the pathetic New Jersey Nets in a preseason game just a few days ago. Jeffries is expected to be the defensive glue for the team this year and my only guess is this means increased minutes (possibly starting minutes) for swingman Quentin Richardson, who has been rumored to have had a great training camp earlier this month. Rookie small forward Renaldo Balkmen, depending on how he fairs during the remainder of the preseason, could also see some of Jeffries' minutes at the three or four spot this season. Jalen Rose does not seem thus far to be in Isiah's master plan, particularly since Isiah intends to go young this year.

Knicks guard Steve Francis is also injured, though his injury appears to be less serious.

The Knicks play on Tuesday at home against the Boston Celtics and again against the Celtics on Saturday in Boston.

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