Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Knicks forego Kemba’s ex-teammates in favor of Summer Standout

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Five days before the New York Knicks’ regular season opener against the Boston Celtics, the 2021-2022 roster is taking shape.

The end of the training camp means the final hiring decisions are rolling through the headlines.

The last one for the Knicks was the renunciation of the veteran guard Dwayne Bacon, who in particular is a former teammate of starting point guard Kemba Walker.

Fred Katz from The Athletic was first with reports:

Yes, the Knicks signed Brandon Goodwin, a former Atlanta Hawks guardian, but that move seems to have had a bigger impact on veteran three-year Wayne Selden.

Dwayne Bacon leaves the New York Knicks without playing in the preseason. This one shouldn’t be that surprising.

After the New York Knicks ditched Luca Vildoza, it was Wayne Selden that head coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned (via the New York Post) regarding the final seat on the squad:

Selden, 27, has competed in 124 NBA games for three teams (Chicago Bulls, Memphis Grizzlies, and the New Orleans Pelicans) since 2016-2017.

He has a career average of 7.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

But while Wayne Selden’s future at the New York Knicks is still in the air, fans have received some exciting news about a member of the starting XI who was injured.

During his October 14 media availability, head coach Tom Thibodeau (via Newsday) confirmed the return of Mitchell Robinson in Friday’s preseason finals as well as:

Friday’s exhibition game with the Washington Wizards marks 202 days since the New York Knicks launch center touched an NBA court.

Thibodeau compared his rehab process to that of Derrick Rose, who had his own share of injuries under the head coach when the two were with the Chicago Bulls:

Robinson is one of the most promising front-court defensive players in the NBA.

Thibodeau also emphasized this:

Mitchell Robinson has appeared in 158 games with the New York Knicks and has career averages of 8.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 steals.

Expect Nerlens Noel, a backup of the starting caliber, to take the minutes of the second unit, and savvy veteran Taj Gibson to bolster reserve defense.

Welcome back, big guy.

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Mitchell Robinson has appeared in 158 games with the New York Knicks and has career averages of 8.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 steals.



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