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Knicks activate Cleanthony Early for first time since December shooting incident

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 12: Cleanthony Early #17 of the New York Knicks dunks over Carlos Boozer #5 and Wesley Johnson #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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The Knicks, and second-year forward Cleanthony Early, got some good news on Sunday. Early has been inactive since December 30th, when he was shot in the knee outside a New York City strip club in an incident that had all the signs of a targeted robbery. He underwent surgery on the knee and was initially ruled out between two and three months. It looks like he’s hitting that timeline exactly, according to a release from the team:

Early didn’t play much before the incident and probably won’t play much now, but regardless, it’s great news that his recovery went as expected and he’s healthy enough to play. Something like this could have ended a lot worse.