It had been 421 days since Knicks president Leon Rose had spoken to the press...but who’s counting? The New York press, that’s who.
Leon Rose speaks to the media for the first time in 421 days!— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) September 24, 2021
Wait. Did he just not want to talk to me? https://t.co/G9AzIs4A3G
I’m just joshin’ ya, Mike. Anyway, Don Leon had previously been too busy building the first good Knicks team in a decade to bother with the media—and fans didn’t really care all that much—but the Godfather stepped up to share a few words just before his Knicks start training camp. GM Scott Perry and head coach Tom Thibodeau also spoke briefly.
The foundation is set. Now it’s time to work. pic.twitter.com/nzxKqBlXTP— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) September 24, 2021
Inspiring stuff! There was some real news—both good and bad—to come out of the press conference, however. Let’s begin with the good: the Knicks are all vaxxed, waxed, and ready to kick some ass!
NYK GM Scott Perry says all Knicks players are vaccinated. Perry says the organization is proud of how seriously the players approached COVID-19 and credits the team medical staff. Per NYC mandate, Knicks and Nets need to be vaccinated to play/practice in the city.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 24, 2021
This terrific news comes one day after reports that Nets superstar Kyrie Irving has yet to get the vaccine (of course). The state of New York has mandated that all players be vaccinated in order to play or practice, so it’s nice to see each and every Knick putting their job (and their health, and the health of their community) ahead of whatever bullshit they saw on Facebook.
Now for the bad news: Center Mitchell Robinson hasn’t been cleared to play yet. The young big man broke his foot last season.
Mitchell Robinson (foot) hasn’t been cleared to play yet. NYK’s Leon Rose & Tom Thibodeau both said they were very encouraged by Robinson’s play prior to his injury. When asked about Robinson’s contract, Rose said: “We love Mitchell Robinson. We look forward to seeing him play.”— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 24, 2021
If Marc Berman of The Post’s sources are to be believed, this is just an extra precautionary measure:
One NBA source says medical reports are good for Mitchell but still want to be extra cautious in preseason. https://t.co/9ZFZ6XdeJv— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) September 24, 2021
That would make sense: foot injuries for big men are no laughing matter. They probably should ease Mitch into action. It’s going to be a long, and hopefully prosperous season, and they will need Mitch healthy for the biggest games.
Almost training camp time! Woooo!