Some news on this first official day of the 2019-20 Knicks season: Damyean Dotson will not play during the preseason, but it seems like the Knicks are relatively confident he’ll be back by the start of the regular season:
Knicks say Damyean Dotson will not play in the preseason. Dotson had right shoulder surgery in the offseason. He could be ready to start the season.— Chris Iseman (@ChrisIseman) September 30, 2019
Dotson had what could reasonably be called a breakout season last year, averaging 10.7 points on a .415/.368/.745 slash line in 28 minutes per game and starting in almost half of the Knicks’ games last year.
Dotson had the surgery on his torn labrum back in May, which at the time was only believed to have a two-month recovery period that wouldn’t really affect things as far as Dot’s availability for the start of camp.
Before he underwent surgery, the expectation was that Dotson would be sidelined for roughly two months due to the shoulder ailment, per sources. Dotson is not expected to miss time next year and the belief is he’ll be ready for the start of training camp, as The Athletic reports.
So with Dot being out now, it seems like maybe there’s been some unforeseen complications with the recovery. That, or the team could just be being cautious with holding Dot out of preseason contests that will likely be more useful for the newer and/or younger players on the roster anyway. Dot is maybe the most known commodity on this team as it stands.
In other news, Reggie Bullock is predictably still going to be out for a little bit after having cervical disc herniation surgery in mid-July.
Knicks also say Reggie Bullock is making progress and will be re-evaluated in November.— Chris Iseman (@ChrisIseman) September 30, 2019
Thankfully, shooting guard is a position where the Knicks should have some decent depth, with Allonzo Trier and Wayne Ellington available for that spot, as well as RJ Barrett and possibly Frank Ntilikina.
More media day updates coming soon!