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Knicks’ Kevin Knox Calls Start to Career ‘Tough’

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New York Knicks guard Kevin Knox may have been one of the hottest names following his play during Summer League action, and while he played well against the Boston Celtics earlier this week, Knox says it’s been tough for him during his rookie season.

Specifically, Knox says the transition to the NBA game has been “tough” for him.

“The in and out (of the lineup) and not playing as well as I’d like to” Knox said, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. But like I said, I got to be strong mentally and make sure I got to keep playing hard, keep doing the dirty work, work on defense and get better at that. But it’s been tough.”

Knox has scored 8.5 points per game and 2.7 rebounds per game through 12 games for New York this season.

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Celtics’ Brad Stevens Praises Kyrie Irving

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After a stellar performance that fueled a Boston Celtics comeback victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 3, Kyrie Irving appears to be in playoff form.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens heaped some incredible praise on Irving for his impressive performance.

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Heat’s Udonis Haslem Uncertain About Future

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The Miami Heat celebrated the career of Dwyane Wade this past season, ahead of the future Hall of Famer’s retirement at the end of the season, but another franchise legend may be out the door soon as well.

Heat forward Udonis Haslem, who has spent his entire 16-year career with the Heat, reflected on the celebration of Wade.

“Although nothing on the scale of what Dwyane has done for his one last dance, a lot of people feel like I should take the time to be celebrated at some point,” Haslem said, according to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “Personally, as the person I am, I feel like the Haslem family as a whole deserves the opportunity to celebrate when my career does come to an end. So that has some effect on a decision that we make.”

Haslem also commented on an after party following Wade’s final game, which included all of Wade’s family.

“My stepmom wasn’t there, my father wasn’t there, my wife wasn’t there, my kids weren’t there,” Haslem said. “So that wasn’t my moment. That’s what makes it hard, either way.”

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Hornets’ Bismack Biyombo Picks Up Player Option for 2019-20 season

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Charlotte Hornets big man Bismack Biyombo has officially picked up his player option for the 2019-2020 season, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Biyombo, 26, is now set to make $17 million next season and is coming off a season where he averaged 4.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

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