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Practice notes: Kurt Rambis expects Cleanthony Early to return this season

Huzzah for Cle!

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The New York Knicks may have struck out at the trade deadline, but that doesn't mean we won't see reinforcements this season. One such player may be second-year small forward Cleanthony Early, who was shot in the knee in a horrifying robbery attempt on Dec. 30.

Tremendous news! While there's no guarantee Early will return this season -- that whole "Wound hasn't fully healed" thing is particularly worrying -- his return would be a wonderful moment for this team. As for Cle himself, he has all the motivation in the world to get back on the court; he'll be a restricted free agent at the end of the season, and has only played 681 minutes in his pro career. That next contract has to be on his mind; hopefully he can block that out and focus on the task of returning to full health.

In other news, Carmelo Anthony is ready to roll:

Nice to see the team's leader refreshed and looking forward to the task ahead. Here's to good health for Melo, good health for Cle, good health for all Knicks!