According to the Associated Press (via SI.com, via poster DS):
Forward Renaldo Balkman will miss at least four weeks because of a stress reaction in his right ankle, leaving the Knicks without a key reserve just days before the start of training camp.
An MRI exam performed this week also revealed a small cartilage injury in the ankle, the team announced Thursday. Balkman will be fitted for a walking boot and will be re-evaluated after resting for four weeks.
Here at KB, we wondered if Balkman would start the season at SF. Given Balkman’s rookie season & his phenomenal summer league, it seemed at least possible that the Knicks would open the year with Balkman at the 3. In this scenario, Balkman would probably have needed a strong preseason to showcase his abilities. Consequently we also hoped that Richardson would either start or see significant time at SG. However this injury seems to have derailed that opportunity. So it looks like the opening day lineup is either Crawford/Richardson, Crawford/Jeffries, or Richardson/Jeffries. Another question remains: how much does Balkman’s injury hurt his chances at starting?