Knicks’ Quentin Grimes adored by coach as ‘fierce competitor’

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Before the Knicks acquired Cam Reddish from the Hawks for Kevin Knox and a protected first-round decide on Thursday, Atlanta reportedly requested for Quentin Grimes.

But given the way in which coach Tom Thibodeau spoke glowingly about Grimes on Friday, maybe it must be no shock that the Knicks weren’t prepared to half with the rookie.

“I love Grimes. I love Grimes,” Thibodeau stated Friday after apply. “He’s a fierce competitor, can shoot the ball, can guard multiple positions, and he’s only going to get better. You look at his shot profile, it was great in college. It’s been great in the pros. So that’s an important part of winning. Then to see the way he guards people, his competitiveness, that stands out.”

Grimes has performed in 24 video games this season, together with two begins, whereas averaging 4.9 factors and capturing 38.4 % from 3-point vary in 13.7 minutes. But the Knicks’ current COVID-19 and harm points have opened the door for him to see extra of a possibility, and he has taken benefit.

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In his previous 10 video games — throughout which the Knicks have gone 7-3 — Grimes is averaging 6.7 factors, 2.1 rebounds and one steal in 21.1 minutes.

While Reddish gained’t play instantly due to a sprained ankle, it stays to be seen whether or not his arrival will pressure anyone out of the rotation.

Thibodeau admitted that will probably occur no less than when Kemba Walker and Derrick Rose return from accidents, however did say he preferred how the present rotation was taking part in.

“The group that’s playing now is playing well,” Thibodeau stated. “So we want to keep that going.”

Walker, who has missed the previous seven video games with left-knee soreness, is “doubtful” to play towards the Hawks on Saturday, Thibodeau stated.

Before he addressed the acquisition of Reddish, Thibodeau made positive he gave props to Knox, whose disappointing Knicks tenure ended after three-plus seasons.

“Kevin did a good job for us,” Thibodeau stated. “I have great respect for him and his professionalism, the way he handled himself and of course we wish him well moving on.”

Asked if he had heard from any former Duke teammates for the reason that Reddish commerce went down — Zion Williamson notably joined them to type a Big 3 for the 2018-2019 Blue Devils — RJ Barrett stated with a smile, “We’ll keep that in-house,” presumably desirous to keep away from any whiff of tampering.

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