Mitchell Robinson had another tough workout and experience with the Knicks on Thursday, but head coach Tom Thibaut was not ready to announce that the rehabilitation center would be ready for the final against the Wizards on Friday.
“We see his emotions [Friday], go around the shot. And if he feels good, we’ll do it, ”Thibaut said.“ The most important thing is to do it when he’s ready, not to rush. … But the next step for him is to play the game. ”
Thibodeau said Robinson, who was sidelined from surgery on his leg in early March, continues to “make really good progress” as the fourth-year center makes a good contribution to the opening of the season against Boston on Wednesday.
“I feel so good,” Robinson said. “I’m on the team right now, so it’s one of the biggest parts. I went back to full contact practice with guys and stuff like that.
“I try to see what’s going on [on Friday]. If the coach says I can go, they say I’m there. As a player, I feel like I can leave, but I have to see what they say.
“All in all, it would be nice to get back to him, but I’ll see how he goes.”
Center Nerlens Noel also missed the first three games of the season with a knee and knee problem.
“He tried a little [Thursday]too, so I want to see where he is [Friday] then we’re also trying to move it somewhere else, ”Thibaut said. “It’s very difficult because now we have Mitch going through what he’s going through. Maybe he’s done more work than Nerlens now.
“And then Nerlens, we have to make sure we speed it up. But the biggest value of having a crown is [Gibson]and so we feel very well. “
Tibodo said he expects defender Kemba Walker to play on Friday after taking a break against the Piston on Wednesday. … Knicks rejected former Seton Hall goalkeeper Myles Powell, but they are expected to add him to the G-League Westchester list. … The Knicks also gave up guard Devin Bacon. He was on an unsecured contract at the camp.