Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. has been absent from the lineup since suffering a stress injury in his lower left leg early this month, and he may be out a while longer.

Hardaway spoke with members of the media Thursday before New York's matchup against the Nets, and he painted an ominous picture regarding his health.

"I'm going to take everything slow," Hardaway said, via ESPN.com. "I'm not going to force the issue because this is a serious injury, and I don't want it to hit me in the long run."