McDyess Moving Closer to His Return to Action
Nov. 6 — A day after being booed off the court for a dispirited 106-90 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, the Knicks had reason to hope.
Antonio McDyess put his three-time surgically repaired left knee to its most extensive test at practice. For the first time since October 2002, McDyess ran full-court three-on-two drills, even with contact mixed in.
"It's definitely a big step for me," McDyess said Thursday. "It's the first time to go through this with the team since the injury.
"It wasn't like banging, banging," he added. "It was just going in the flow, contact if you need it. I don't ever think about my knee or anything. That's a big plus on my part."
McDyess has endured so many false starts since he first injured the knee on March 3, 2001, that his words are tempered, his smile restrained. But even as he refused to put a timetable on a return, he offered hope to the Knicks, who are struggling at 1-3.
McDyess said that even after an extensive one-on-one session Tuesday, he felt no soreness Thursday. He said that his wind was improved, and, perhaps most important, that he was not favoring his stronger leg.
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