Friday, March 30, 2012
Jeffries may sit another week, endorses Woodson
By Ian Begley
Jared Jeffries has missed five games with a sore right knee. It sounds like he may sit out a few more before returning to the court.
Listen to the complete interview:
In an interview on ESPN New York 1050's "Ruocco and Lundberg Show" on Friday afternoon, Jeffries said that he hopes to begin running next week but hesitated to predict when he'd be back on the court.
"Next week or the end of next week I should have a feel if I'll be back during that time or (will need) another week off," Jeffries told Ruocco and Lundberg.
The Knicks have continued to play well despite Jeffries' absence, going 3-1 with him out. But with Amare Stoudemire out 2-4 weeks, New York (26-25) needs him back as soon as possible.
With Stoudemire out, Carmelo Anthony has started at power forward for the past two games. But Anthony may not be able to matchup against the bigger power forwards in the league.
Josh Harrellson and Steve Novak have manned the forward spots in the second unit. Though Mike Woodson has noted that Harrellson hasn't been able to get in game shape since missing five weeks with a broken wrist.
Jeffries, who is a valuable defender and skilled at drawing offensive charges, could help the Knicks at either the starting or reserve forward spot.
Just when he returns is up in the air.
"I feel good right now, but I haven't done anything," he said.
Jeffries said both he and Jeremy Lin's injuries (Lin is out with a sore left knee) are due to "wear and tear" and have been compounded by the lockout-shortened 66-game schedule.
"You get a small injury and it seems to keep going and keep compounding itself," Jeffries said.
Here are a few other highlights from Jeffries' interview with Ruocco and Lundberg:
ENDORSE MIKE WOODSON AS THE KNICKS' NEXT HEAD COACH? "Yeah, he's done a wonderful job in a difficult situation, difficult circumstances. He's done a great job of keeping guys together and keeping guys unified.... He does a good job of motivating guys to play the right way offensively and defensively."
MAKE PLAYOFFS? WIN THE TITLE? "Yes we are going to make the playoffs.... Yeah (we can win a title). I think that with the way this season (is), it's a lot like a football; it's a lot like a hockey season where if a team gets hot at the right time and plays well they can win a championship."
ILL WILL TOWARD CARMELO AFTER D'ANTONI'S EXIT? "Not at all. We all understand that it's a business. As close as I am to Mike (D'Antoni), I was also traded under him. So it's a situation where we all understand it's a business and we want the best for our team and our career …. I talked to Mike about it and he said it was a good decision. I respect him and his decision and we've played well ever since. The way we've played (now) is how we should have played all season."