McDyess return more likely next week

NEW YORK -- Antonio McDyess did not play for the Knicks on Friday night after all.

Coach Don Chaney had suggested Wednesday that the talented power forward could suit up and play against the Nets. However, McDyess said Thursday that next week is a more realistic goal for his return.

"I ain't ready yet," McDyess told the New York Post after Thursday's practice.

One day earlier, Chaney said of McDyess: "If he plays great [in practice] and I think he can play a couple of minutes, I will."

McDyess has yet to play a regular-season game for the Knicks after breaking his kneecap one year ago in the preseason.

"[Wednesday] was a big test for him," Chaney told the Post. "I wanted to see how he felt and responded today. He looked pretty good."

However, Chaney also said it was too soon to insert him into the lineup.

"It's his call, but we have to allow him to get into it," Chaney told the Post. "He doesn't have a good grasp of the plays. It would be totally unfair to him, whether he's healthy or not."

The next target date is Wednesday night -- a home game against the Lakers.

"I really don't know," McDyess said of his return date. "I can't judge without running up and down. I wouldn't mind coming back, but I have to take my time. [Practice] is definitely all it takes."

"It's all about patience," Chaney told the newspaper. "Now that we're close, you can't rush it. I'm very excited to see him play, but not excited enough to put him out there now."