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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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Nets’ Caris LeVert Out Following Surgery

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The Brooklyn Nets will be without swingman Caris LaVert for the next several weeks following surgery to repair ligament damage in his right thumb, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

LaVery suffered the injury during Sunday night’s loss to the Phoenix Suns and then underwent an X-ray exam, followed by an MRI.

LaVert has averaged 16.8 points per game this season for the Nets.

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Wizards’ Isaiah Thomas Wants to Find Permanent Home

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Washington Wizards’ guard Isaiah Thomas is looking to find a permanent home as he gets his career back on track.

Thomas is currently on a one-year minimum contract with the Wizards, and while he didn’t rule out a long-term deal with Washington, he did state his goal is on this long-term future.

“I want to be somewhere I can be three or four years,” Thomas said, according to Fred Katz of The Athletic.

“I was in Sacramento for three years. I was in Boston for three years. Even though that’s not a long time, I was comfortable there. My family was able to build relationships with people around the organization, people around the city. It just made things easier. So, what I am looking for — obviously, I want to get paid the most I possibly can, because I feel like I deserve that, but I also want to be able to be somewhere for a while.”

Thomas is averaging 13.2 points and 6.2 assists per game for the Wizards this season.

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Celtics’ Gordon Hayward Undergoes Surgery

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Boston Celtics’ forward Gordon Hayward underwent surgery on his left hand is expected to miss approximately six weeks, the team announced this week.

Hayward suffered the injury during Saturday’s victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Hayward, 29, had been showing signs of a return to form of late, so the injury comes at a bad time.

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