InsideHoops.com NewsWire: New York Knickerbockers President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Isiah Thomas announced today that forward Renaldo Balkman has a stress reaction and a small cartilage injury in his right ankle confirmed by an MRI. The second-year Staten Island-native will be fitted for a walking boot and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.
In 68 games as a rookie last season, Balkman, 6-8, 208-pounds, averaged 4.9 points, 4.3 rebounds over 15.6 minutes. Among NBA rookies last season, he ranked eighth in rebounding and sixth in steals per game (0.84).
“We performed an MRI that located a stress reaction and injured cartilage,” Director of Player Care, Dr. Lisa Callahan said. “We will re-evaluate the healing process after four weeks of rest to decide how much longer it will take for Renaldo to be back on the court.”