The Knicks have only played for the organization twice before. On the last night of 2020, they plan to increase it by a third.
After missing the entire preseason and the first four games of the regular season due to a groin injury, combined guard Austin Rivers is expected to play the Knicks on Thursday night against the Toronto Raptors in Tampa. Rivers’ father, Doc, is the current head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. He played for the Knicks from 1992-94.
The 28-year-old Rivers said that a few days before signing with Houston on November 22 and trading to acquire it, he suffered a groin injury and agreed to reach a $10 million deal with the Knicks. Three-year contract. However, only the first year of the transaction is guaranteed.
The veteran, who has worked in the NBA for 9 years, added that he is not sure if he will be restricted in his Knicks debut, or if he is suitable after starters Everid Payton and RJ Barrett. Serve as a defender.
Frank Ntilikina (sprained right knee) and Dennis Smith Jr. (fourth from left) were excluded from Thursday’s game, and Alec Burks (sprained left ankle) ) And rookie Immanuel Quickley (hip pointer) were listed as suspicious players. Quickley missed the first three games and suffered hip fingertips because of the Knicks’ opening season loss in Indiana.
Rivers pointed out that the first-year coach Tom Thibodeau made the Knicks “play hard” and won the first two games against Milwaukee and Cleveland. Thibodeau has been an employee of Doc Rivers in Boston since October 2007.
“Honestly, even as individuals, I didn’t play with them. I knew one thing I had to do-shooting, I might make everything, I might miss everything. When I play these games, I will regain That feeling and rhythm-but one thing that must be consistent is that when I’m there, I have to play hard.” Austin Rivers said. Because this is the symbolic meaning of our team now. We are one of these teams. When you play against the Knicks, there is no night. This is the mentality we want to build here.
“I know that success and failure will be shaken, but your efforts will not. This is what Thibs instilled in this team. I just have to work hard.”
Last season with Houston in 68 games (four starts), in 23.4 minutes, the 6-foot-4 Rivers averaged 8.8 points and 1.7 assists per game, while shooting 42.1% (three-pointers) The hit rate is 35.6%).
In the Knicks’ regular season, only two other father and son companions appeared: Ernie and Kiki Vandeweghe and Henry and Mike Bibby.
Doc Rivers, who has coached Austin for four seasons with the Clippers, said earlier this month that because of his “great experience” with the Knicks, he prompted his son to sign with the Knicks.
Austin Rivers (Austin Rivers) said: “I think this is all the atmosphere attached to Thibs.” “I think this is different, because this is his request. There is no other choice. You don’t work hard, you don’t Play. He is like that. I think everyone can see this picture in our team. I think everyone knows-if you don’t play hard, you won’t play.
“Only some teams have this identity, and this is what we are trying to build here. Thibs has done a great job, and we are catching up. Everyone is moving the ball and playing hard, and that’s it. .”