Knicks news: Emmanuel Mudiay looking forward to Madison Square Garden debut
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Emmanuel Mudiay looking forward to Madison Square Garden debut

Emmanuel Mudiay

Emmanuel Mudiay has shown part of his potential during his first two games with the New York Knicks, after coming via three-team trade between the Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks, and his former team, the Denver Nuggets.

Tonight he’ll have the chance to take the floor in the mecca of basketball, Madison Square Garden, against the visiting Washington Wizards — a thought that has been roaming his mind for a while now.

“Best arena in the world,” Mudiay said, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley. “It should be fun… it brings out the best in you.”

“This is somewhere I wanted to be. So the love that I’ve been getting, I’m trying to send it right back to them. All I can do is play as hard as I can for the fans in New York.”

Mudiay, who sprained his ankle in the first quarter on Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers, noted he’s been flattered by the warm reception he’s gotten in the Big Apple, following his 14-point, 10-assist double-double to start his career as a Knickerbocker.

The 6-foot-5 point man was limited to a 19-minute run with the injury, producing only seven points, four rebounds, two assists, a block, and a steal during his stint on the court.

Mudiay and Ntilikina have split time at the guard position, sometimes even playing off the ball in some offensive sets, with starter Jarrett Jack and reserve Trey Burke seeing more limited minutes after the trade deadline.

Head coach Jeff Hornacek warned changes to the lineup would come around after the All-Star break.