Steve Francis was back with the Knicks on Monday.
â€œWe knew he was coming back,â€ Knicks coach Isiah Thomas said this afternoon when practice was finally over. â€œHe practiced a little bit today. Weâ€™ll just see where it goes from here.â€
The swelling in Francis’ knee has subsided and could be ready to play in two weeks.
â€œItâ€™s hard when people assume so many different things,â€ Francis said. â€œWhen youâ€™re injured, youâ€™re injured. Thatâ€™s what it is. You canâ€™t really go out there and perform to your capabilities if youâ€™re injured. Iâ€™m not saying people donâ€™t believe me, but they havenâ€™t really given me a chance.â€
â€œThat was never mentioned,â€ Francis said about the rumors of a buyout. â€œI donâ€™t know where that came from.â€