Hot news today out of the Knicks’ voluntary bubble workouts: it looks like Mitchell Robinson is out for the team activities, after doing some individual work last week. Per SNY’s Ian Begley:
Mitchell Robinson will not be with the Knicks during their voluntary team workouts in a “bubble” setting due to personal reasons, league sources told SNY.
The third-year center, who participated with the Knicks during voluntary individual workouts last week, does not have COVID-19, league sources say.
Hey, as long as Mitch doesn’t have COVID, that’s good by me. Hopefully whatever’s keeping him away isn’t too serious. There is at least one small clue:
Mitch has recently shared several (adorable) videos on TikTok of him with a little one. Not sure if that has something to do with why he’s not participating (family), but something I noticed https://t.co/dbK0g4VZ1m— JB (@JeffreyBellone) September 23, 2020
With Mitch slated to miss the rest of the team’s mini bubble, it’s at least encouraging that he spent a week learning from the Knicks’ new big man whisperer Kenny Payne, which Knicks Film School’s Jonathan Macri said was definitely the case in his most recent newsletter:
Kenny Payne has been working “almost exclusively” with Julius Randle, Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson in Knicks workouts, per @JCMacriNBA https://t.co/34Glmf8qcW— Daily Knicks (@DailyKnicksFS) September 23, 2020
According to someone familiar with how New York’s practices have been going, new Knicks assistant Kenny Payne has been working “almost exclusively” with Julius Randle, Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson.
That’s predictable, considering Payne’s rep as a bigs coach, but good to hear! Hopefully he gave Mitch some homework for until next time that doesn’t involve behind-the-back dribbles.