New York Notes: Robinson, Reddish, Brunson, Simmons, Brown

Shortly after the Knicks picked up a victory in Portland on Tuesday, center Mitchell Robinson appeared to gripe once again about his offensive role – or lack thereof – in a pair of Snapchat stories, per Peter Botte of The New York Post.

“Tired asf of just being out there for cardio fam,” Robinson reportedly wrote on Snapchat. “Like I want to play basketball to (sic) really just wasting my time and energy.”

This isn’t the first time that Robinson has taken to social media to complain about only being on the floor “for cardio” — he did the same on Instagram in December of 2021. Of course, at that point in the 2021/22 season, the Knicks were 12-16 and had just lost four straight games.

Robinson’s social media activity this time around came after he attempted just two shots in 21 minutes on Tuesday, but the Knicks won for the 11th time in 14 games and now have a 41-30 record. Given the team’s success this season, it’s a little concerning that the fifth-year center still may not have bought into his role.

With the Knicks enjoying a stretch of three days off between games, Robinson has yet to speak to reporters about his Snapchat posts.

Here’s more on the NBA’s two New York teams:

  • A few days after Cam Reddish cited “politics” and “favoritism” as reasons why he didn’t play at all during his final two months with the Knicks, head coach Tom Thibodeau took the high road when discussing the forward and the trade that sent him to the Trail Blazers, writes Peter Botte of The New York Post. “He’s played very well. Happy for him,” Thibodeau said of Reddish. “I think it was one of those trades that was good for both teams, and that’s what you like. So, we got what we needed, and I think they got what they needed.”
  • Jalen Brunson, who has missed five of the Knicks‘ last six games due to left foot pain, practiced in full on Friday and seemingly has a chance to return on Saturday, tweets Fred Katz of The Athletic. Brunson will be listed as questionable vs. Denver.
  • Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn said at the end of February that there had been no discussion about shutting down Ben Simmons for the rest of the season due to his back and knee soreness. Vaughn reiterated that stance on Thursday when asked about the former No. 1 overall pick, according to Dan Martin of The New York Post. “There is zero discussion about him not playing (again this season),” Vaughn said, adding that Simmons hasn’t experienced any setbacks in his recovery process. “We expect him to be back, we’re waiting for him to be back.”
  • In case you missed it, the Nets officially signed center Moses Brown to a 10-day contract earlier today. While Brown could stick around beyond the next 10 days if he impresses Brooklyn, it’s worth clarifying that he won’t be playoff-eligible, since he was waived from a two-way contract by New York after the March 1 deadline.
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