David Fizdale, Mitchell Robinson have differing opinions on ankle injury
New York Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson and head coach David Fizdale had their first public disagreement after a 107-102 win over the Brooklyn Nets during their second preseason win. The forward was helped off the court after sustaining a sprained ankle, one the coach said “is not terribly bad, but I think he got a pretty good sprain,” according to Marc Berman of The New York Post.
Robinson didn’t want to make much haste of it, saying he would be ready to take the court again for Friday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans in Madison Square Garden.
“It’s good — just a little tweak,’’ said Mitchell Robinson. “I’m definitely going to be playing Friday. It ain’t nothing serious at all. I sprained this one before in summer league.”
“I can walk — they just want me to be safe,’’ added Robinson, who had a slight limp in the locker room.
The Knicks are likely to play the cautious game with him, with three games remaining in their preseason schedule before they gear up for the season-opener.
Mitchell’s preseason performances will be vital to his eventual minutes in the regular season, hence his resistance to admit that he’s hurt.
The rookie was effective in his preseason debut against the Washington Wizards, scoring six points, grabbing seven rebounds, blocking a shot and causing Markieff Morris’ ejection in the second quarter — all in 16 minutes of action. Mitchell made his only basket of the game, tallying two points and two blocks on Wednesday before leaving the game with the injury in the fourth quarter.
David Fizdale is, obviously, entering his first season with the franchise.