DALLAS — Tim Hardaway Jr. is getting nearer to his return, and the Knicks want him desperately.
The $71 million guard, who has already missed 5 weeks with a stress damage to his leg, progressed Saturday to contact apply for the primary time Saturday. He shall be re-evaluated subsequent week and is hoping for a return when the Knicks are on a Western Convention street journey from Jan. 17-26.
The 25-year-old mentioned he’ll have one other bone scan subsequent week.
“As soon as I do know what that claims, then presumably I’ll be capable to go fullcourt,” he mentioned. “I’ve been (circling video games to return again) since I’ve been out, from the primary two weeks. First, I used to be itching to get again on Christmas, knew that wasn’t going to occur. Then I used to be itching to return residence to play in Miami (Friday) in entrance of my residence city. It’s simply painful not be on the market. I undoubtedly had these two video games circled on my calendar. However that’s how life works.”
The Knicks are 7-11 with out Hardaway Jr. and have misplaced seven of their final eight. Greater than something, the offense has suffered with out New York’s greatest transition scorer.
“He’s an enormous a part of our workforce,” coach Jeff Hornacek mentioned. “We’ve been shut in these video games and you work for those who add certainly one of your prime gamers again that is likely to be sufficient to get you over the hump in these video games.”
The Knicks is likely to be actually pressed for offense Sunday towards the Mavericks. Along with Hardaway Jr.’s absence, Michael Beasley is listed as questionable with a sprained ankle. He suffered the damage in extra time of Friday’s loss to the Warmth, and sat out of shape Saturday whereas limping in a strolling boot.