The Knicks ran through some scrimmages without two likely starters today. Arron Afflalo was limited for the day and Kristaps Porzingis did not participate at all.
Knicks scrimmaging, w Afflalo & Porzingis on sidelines watching. Same starters from other nite out there: Jose, Sasha, Melo, Thomas, Lopez.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) October 14, 2015
I guess Langston Galloway and Jerian Grant haven't contributed enough to justify supplanting the current starting pair of guards. Fine for now. Something tells me we'll be checking back in on this sooner or later.
Here's video of a couple possessions of the #Knicks' scrimmage today ... pic.twitter.com/RQFofMTjN3— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 14, 2015
You can see Afflalo monitoring progress in the blue #4. It's still unclear if he'll be good to go in Friday night's nonbinding death match against Boston. Same goes for Seraphin. I know all anyone cares about is young Kristaps, sadly I have no news.
Derek Fisher says Kristaps Porzingis' availability for Friday's game is unclear at this point.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 14, 2015
Cheer up, though. I found Kristaps' dietician on the computer machine. He'll be swole as that bowl of chili in no time, for really! Ba-bop! Speaking of machines, The Machine was draining freebies.
Vujacic taking blind free throws. pic.twitter.com/t9KUbNAtQz— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) October 14, 2015
The frontcourt rotation has the most leverage to sit guys for precautionary reasons, and no one seems to think much of Kristaps being kept on the sideline. So despite the fact that his leg will probably be amputated before the season starts, I'm not too worried.
Unfortunately, we'll be switching gears now. New York native and Queens representative Lamar Odom was found unconscious in Las Vegas and is currently in a coma. Several Knicks players and coaches are very close with Lamar and have been stricken with grief in light of the news. By all accounts Lamar has always had a huge heart, and a hard life. Marc Berman pressed for some quotes:
Carmelo was 2004 Olympic teammate of Lamar, seemed very down at practice. Fisher said one of greatest mates he's ever had.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) October 14, 2015
Sasha Vujacic on Odom: "We’re rooting for him. I think he will win this battle. He’s guy with a heart of gold.''— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) October 14, 2015
Here's to hoping he can overcome this, the latest in a long list of obstacles life has thrown at him. I've always been a huge supporter of his, and he's on my personal short list of all time favorite ball players. No matter what happens, I'll be celebrating. My prayers goes out to Lamar and everyone he loves and that love him. Be strong, big fella!