Ronnie Brewer will likely be able to begin practicing for the New York in the next few days after sitting out the team's first two preseason games with a meniscus injury, as the Knicks slowly return to health heading toward the beginning of the season.
Brewer is the team's presumptive starting shooting guard, but has been held out of practices and games thus far in his Knicks career after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in September. But coach Mike Woodson said that the sixth-year man out of Arkansas was likely to start practicing and could play in one or more of the team's three preseason games in four days, beginning Friday. In his place, the Knicks started training camp signee Mychel Thompson for one game – he went 0-for-5 from the field, 0-for-4 from three – and James White for another. White also missed all of his three-point attempts, and only scored four points on seven shots. Meanwhile, J.R. Smith continues to come off the bench in a sixth man role. Iman Shumpert, another option at shooting guard for the team, will be out for several more months after tearing his ACL in the last season's opening round of the playoffs.
The Knicks have also been playing without centers Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace, whose timetables for return are unclear. The 39-year-old Camby has issues with his calf, while Wallace simply isn't in game shape after sitting out the past two seasons. Neither is cleared to play yet.
Amare Stoudemire should make his preseason debut in the team's next game after banging his knee against Chris Copeland's in practice.