Knicks' Early robbed, shot

– The Knicks' Cleanthony Early was shot in the leg by masked robbers who demanded his "gold" as he left a strip club Wednesday.

Early was leaving CityScapes in Queens with his girlfriend at about 4:30 a.m. in an Uber cab when the vehicle was surrounded by at least two other cars and as many as six men got out, the two officials said. Early handed over two gold chains before he was shot in the right kneecap, the officials said.

Early, 24, was hospitalized in stable condition. Early was doing OK and his injuries weren't life-threatening.

The theft comes 10 days after Knicks forward Derrick Williams was robbed of $617,000 in jewelry from his home

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