Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson ‘felt great’ in Friday’s preseason debut vs. Wizards

Mitchell Robinson goes up with the ball (not a great shot) white uniform preseason debut

The Knicks capped off their undefeated preseason schedule with a 115-113 comeback win over the Washington Wizards, complete with a Julius Randle game-winner at the buzzer.

But perhaps the most important thing to come out of Friday’s win was the reemergence of Mitchell Robinson, who took the floor in game action for the first time since March 30 foot surgery.

Robinson ended up playing 27 minutes, and Tom Thibodeau continued to check in with the training staff to see how many minutes the center could take. And while there were signs of rust as Robinson gets back into full game-ready condition, he manages to give the Knicks six points, nine rebounds, and two steals.

“Overall, I felt great,” Robinson said afterwards. “Just a few things I’ve got to work on like my finishing, getting my touch back, and conditioning. That’s the main thing. As soon as I can get my conditioning back and I can play all day, I should be alright.”

With Nerlens Noel still out with an injury and Taj Gibson playing in foul trouble all night before fouling out early in the fourth, Robinson was on the court for long stretches at a time, and it was cleared that running up and down the court eventually took a toll on him.

“I felt real tired. Not as tired as you would have thought though. It wasn’t like that bad, but it was bad,” Robinson said with a smile. “It’s getting there. I don’t think I’m at the halfway point yet, but I’m right there (motions just below with his hands). It’s just going to build over time.”

As the Knicks head into their regular-season opener against Boston on Wednesday, Robinson believes he should be good to go, as he came out of Friday’s preseason outing pain-free and without having to worry.

“My foot felt great. I just iced it. I don’t feel nothing at all. … Just go out there and have fun and play,” Robinson said.


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