Toney Douglas knew he had a problem with his shoulder. What was revealed today by the team is that the problem was a torn labrum in his right shoulder (Douglas is a right-handed shooter), which says a lot about the second-year guard's toughness.
Douglas underwent surgery today, performed by the team's orthopedist, Dr. Answorth Allen at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, to repair the injury. The recovery period was projected to be 12 to 16 weeks, which means Douglas won't be ready for basketball until early August. Training camp is scheduled to open in the last week of September, though the potential of a lockout this offseason could delay the start of the season.
The injury is believed to have originated from a hard hit Douglas took from Kevin Garnett in the preseason and Douglas said he would continually hurt it from time to time, especially while running through screens. It didn't stop him from hitting a team record nine three-pointers against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 17 at the Garden.
Douglas led the Knicks with 143 three-pointers made and shot 37.3 percent from downtown on the season.