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Cleanthony Early | Forward | #11

Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/17/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 220
College: Wichita State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 2 (4) / NY
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Cleanthony Early (knee) will join the Knicks on their upcoming road trip.
Early is targeting a March return after suffering a gunshot wound in late-December and it's great to see him able to travel with the team. While we wish Early the best in his recovery, he's at least a month away from returning and won't see enough minutes upon his return to warrant a pickup in standard fantasy leagues. Feb 4 - 1:51 PM

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Cleanthony Early (knee) was spotted taking some free throws on Monday.

It's the first time we've heard of Early back in the practice facility after being shot in the leg just before 2016 began. It's a very positive step in the right direction, but Early isn't expected to be available until March at the earliest, and it's possible that he misses the entire season. Keep getting well, Cleanthony.
Jan 25 - 1:01 PM

Cleanthony Early (knee) is expected to return to action in March.

"He’s feeling better and he’s going to be fine,’’ a friend told The New York Post. "It was the best possible outcome, and it’s not going to have any effect on his career. There was no structural damage and no infection, so he didn’t need surgery. That was the beautiful thing, not needing surgery. Thank God — his knee could’ve been blown out.’’ This is wonderful news for Early, but his absence won't have any effect on the Knicks rotations' because he had a very limited role this season.
Jan 10 - 10:04 AM

Cleanthony Early (knee) is expected to attend Knicks practice on Monday.

Early has no timetable to return to practicing let alone game action, but the expectation is that he will meet with team doctors in order to begin crafting a course for his eventual comeback. It's great news that Early is okay, but we're not expecting to see him in an NBA game anytime soon.
Source: Newsday
Jan 4 - 9:39 AM

Cleanthony Early (knee) has been released from the hospital, but he has no timetable to resume basketball activities.

It's one step at a time for Early, who is still recovering after being the victim of a gunshot wound to his knee. An earlier report suggested Early could miss 6-12 weeks, but now is not the time to speculate. Even if Early returns this season, it will be to a non-role in the rotation. The good news is that he gets to return home.
Jan 3 - 2:23 PM

Cleanthony Early (knee) will be sidelined for 6-12 weeks. but that timetable could change depending on his rehab.

An MRI taken on his knee came back clean, and he doesn't have any structural damage and will not need surgery. Early will make a full recovery and could return as soon as the end of February based on this timetable. He wasn't in the rotation in New York, so his absence won't have any fantasy implications. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 06:26:00 PM

An MRI taken on Cleanthony Early's knee came back clean, and he does not have any structural damage and will not need surgery.

Awesome. The bullet reportedly went straight through the knee, and it sounds like he should make a full recovery. Early is already out of the hospital, so it sounds like the coast is clear for the young forward. We will provide another update when the Knicks release a statement.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 05:32:00 PM

Cleanthony Early (bullet wound) has reportedly been released from the hospital.

"We are aware of what occurred with Cleanthony Early this morning and are relieved that he is not in a life-threatening situation," said a Knicks' team spokesperson in a statement. "We will not comment any further until we receive more information." We'll continue to update Early's status as more information becomes available, but it's nice to see that he's already been released from the hospital.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 11:35:00 AM

Cleanthony Early was reportedly shot in the leg after leaving a Queens' strip club early-Wednesday morning.

Early was reportedly a mile away from the strip club in his Uber car when three cars boxed in the vehicle, and four to six individuals wearing ski masks proceeded to rob Early of his jewelry and gold caps on his teeth. He was shot once in the knee, and was then rushed to Elmhurst Hospital. He is reportedly in stable condition, and the injury is not life threatening.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 08:30:00 AM

The Knicks have recalled Cleanthony Early from the D-League.

While Early has potential, he hasn't played much this season and doesn't belong on fantasy rosters in any size league.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 12:33:00 PM

Cleanthony Early will play in the D-League for the Westchester Knicks.

He hasn't been getting much player time and only saw six minutes on Sunday. Early has no fantasy value right now.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 06:21:00 PM

Cleanthony Early played six minutes in Sunday's overtime loss to Houston.

Early is nowhere near sniffing the rotation, and this will likely be his last blurb for a while.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 09:49:00 AM

Derek Fisher feels Cleanthony Early has "developed nicely."

"He's taking care of his body and he's doing well," Fisher said. "He's attacking the basket. I think that's really the strength of his game, using his athleticism and size. If he makes some shots, that's great." After using the offseason to reshape his body, including a return to yoga, Early appears to be taking his second season as a professional basketball player as his career instead of just what he happens to do for work.
Source: Newsday
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Knicks head coach Derek Fisher believes that Cleanthony Early will help the team this year and also said that he is taking better care of his body.

"The first part of him was physically getting to a point he could perform night in, night out without breaking down,’’ Fisher said. "He’s taking care of his body. He’s attacking the basket. That’s really the strength of his game, using athleticism and size. He’s doing really well and proving with minutes he can handle it responsibly. He’ll be able to help us this year.’’ Early was a huge disappointment last season and couldn't stay healthy, but he has made strides in the preseason and dropped 17 points on Saturday vs. the Hornets. Early isn't on the fantasy radar yet, but it sounds like he could earn a spot in the rotation.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 09:17:00 AM

Cleanthony Early has taken up yoga to prepare for the upcoming season.

Early cites improvements in defensive positioning, dribble positioning and ankle/hip mobility as well as overall flexibility as a result of doing yoga. After his muscles felt "tight" at different times last season, Early wanted to make sure that didn't happen again. "I'm focused on preparing myself for an 82-game season," he said.
Source: ESPN N.Y.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 01:41:00 PM

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