- “First thing we want to do is protect the basket. You don’t have a man in transition — you protect the basket, find the ball.
- And then everyone has to point and talk. So you might be saying ‘my man my ball’ so we don’t get two run into 1 and leave a guy wide open. We had one situation where we left Kispert wide open on the weak side. That shouldn’t happen.
It’s everyone communicating.”
“Look you can’t have a great defense unless you have a lot of talk. And it has to be a lot of talk. That ties everyone together. It gives you a heard start on what’s coming; what everyone needs to do. Sometimes we’re great at it; sometimes we’re not as great as we need to be. But if we want to have a great defense, we have to get that done.”
These quotes came before Mitchell Robinson sprained his thumb in a game against Washington several nights later (a pseudo home-and-home) and needed surgery that will keep him out at least 3 weeks. The Knicks are now starting Jericho Sims in his absence, with Isaiah Hartenstein backing, and Julius Randle playing some center with Obi Toppin up front.