With the New York Knicks having their share of injures, particularly to big men Amare Stoudemire and Jared Jeffries, the Erie BayHawks aren’t expecting their NBA hybrid affiliate to send down 7-footer Jerome Jordan for a third time.
“You have to understand as an D-League organization and coaches that the NBA parent club is the most important thing,” Erie coach Jay Larranaga said. “What is best for the Knicks is what will be done. If that means Jerome coming down, then we’ll do that. If that means Jerome being ready to help them, then we’ll do that. It’s out of my hands. Our hands. We’re here to help the Knicks get the most out of their investment in the BayHawks.”
Stoudemire is expected to miss two to four weeks with a back injury and Jeffries will likely be out at least another week with a knee injury.
Jordan averaged 18 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in five games with the BayHawks. Erie went 4-1 with Jordan. A rookie out of Tulsa, Jordan, 25, has averaged 1.5 points in 18 games with the Knicks this season.