Run, J.R., run!


GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks guard J.R. Smith ran on the practice floor for the first time since knee surgery on Tuesday.

Smith has yet to face contact in practice.

Mike Woodson said last week that he hopes that Smith can return to the floor in about 10 days.

Smith, the reigning Sixth Man Award winner, underwent major knee surgery in July, shortly after signing a three-year, $18 million contract with New York.

Once he's healthy, Smith will battle with Iman Shumpert for the starting shooting guard spot.

Woodson has said Shumpert has an early advantage in the competition because Smith is hurt.

Another mitigating factor is this: Smith will serve a five-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy once he is deemed healthy by an independent doctor.

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