The recent production of New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay has some questioning whether it’s just a fluky hot streak, or a marked step in his development.
Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale believed the latter.
“Now how far it goes from there, it’s going to be what he does. But you get in a third of the season and a guy is consistently putting in 20, 30, 20, 30, six rebounds, six assists constantly doing that (it’s not a fluke),” Fizdale said, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
Over the last 9 games, Mudiay is averaging 20.0 points, 5.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds for New York.
“I think the first thing he had to prove to himself and to everyone was is he a legitimate NBA basketball player and I think that’s proven right now so now the next step is can we get him to really grow and develop and show the consistency of what a lead guard can do? But he’s really, he’s taken off and really gotten better every day.”
Nets to Re-Sign Alan Williams
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Williams has decided to remain in the United States following complications that popped up during hit contract negotiations with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Williams was having quite the season in the G League,
averaging 21.0 points per game and a league-leading 14.7 rebounds per contest.
Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Credits Team Meeting for Spark
The loss to Milwaukee back on December 21st was the Celtics’ 3rd in a row and dropped their record to 18-13 on the season.
“We could pinpoint a lot of turning points,” Irving said, according to Jay King of The Athletic.
“We just want to build that chemistry first. Just getting with one another (after the Bucks loss), really put everything out there and then move on from that point. At that point, playing against Milwaukee, we weren’t at rock bottom, but we needed to address some shit in this locker room. It’s just good to get stuff out in the air.”
Irving believes in this team’s chances this season, despite the early struggles.
“We’re not on a good team, we’re on a great one,” Irving said. “We have the talent to be great.”
Kings, Knicks Discussing Zach Randolph, Enes Kanter Trade
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, neither side is close to an agreement yet, but both are motivated to rid themselves of expiring contracts.
Kanter has been upset with his role on the team this season, and Randolph has yet to play for the Kings this season after signing with the team prior to the 2017-2018 campaign.
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