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Julius Randle, Knicks must be growing concerned after Mitchell Robinson’s admission

Julius Randle, Knicks, Mitchell Robinson, Nerlens Noel, Taj Gibson

With just a few days before the start of the new NBA season, the New York Knicks are still having some issues with their big men.

Nerlens Noel is expected to sit out opening week due to his ankle injury while Mitchell Robinson is still not 100 percent after recovering from his foot fracture. Robinson, however, has been trying to get his rhythm back, suiting up in the Knicks’ final preseason game against the Washington Wizards and contributing six points, nine rebounds, and two steals.

After the game, Robinson admitted his conditioning level still needs a lot of work (via Empire Sports Media).

“It wasn’t that bad, but it was bad. I got to work on my finishing, get my touch back. That’s the main thing. Once I get my conditioning back—that’s the main thing—so I can play all day, I’ll be all right.”

The 23-year-old center gained a lot of muscle during his recovery to improve his toughness. But with the Knicks’ frontcourt issues, Robinson needs to get his old form back as soon as possible. While Taj Gibson is a reliable big man, he’s not exactly young. Rookie center Jericho Sims has shown potential, but he’s still not starting lineup material.

Robinson was having a stellar campaign for the Knicks last season before he got derailed by his injury. While he’s still trying to work his way back, his return is definitely a welcome development.