Knicks reserve guard/forward Bill Walker has been ruled out for Saturday's preseason opener against the Nets, according to coach Mike D'Antoni.
Walker has sat out of the last four practices due to the injury.
D'Antoni said Walker's condition has improved but he didn't want Walker to take the court with only four practices under his belt.
"I don’t think he’s ready to go," D'Antoni said.
Walker averaged five points and two rebounds in 13 minutes per game last year. He shot 38% from beyond the arc.
But the veteran may be counted on to produce more this season. The Knicks' bench is awfully thin after Shawne Williams decided to sign with New Jersey.
"Billy’s role will be the same," D'Antoni said. "Hopefully, this year he feels more comfortable and can get going so maybe his production goes up."
Overall, D'Antoni said he wasn't worried about the Knicks' scoring off of the bench -- or scoring in general.
"Whether it was Shawne doing it or whether it’s going to be Billy [scoring, or Amare [Stoudemire] or [Carmelo Anthony] have got to take 21 shots instead of 19, we’ll find a way to score. I'm not really worried about that," D'Antoni said.
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