Rookie Veteran Making Impact on Knicks
During Friday morning’s shootaround, the Knicks didn’t think Jason Kidd would be out much longer with lower back spasms. But in the meantime, backup point guard Pablo Prigioni has been stepping in nicely for the future Hall of Famer.
“Pablo’s been great,” starter Raymond Felton said postgame. “I can’t even call him a rookie — he’s been a pro his whole life. This is his first time playing NBA basketball, but he’s been playing overseas pro basketball his whole life, so he’s a great player all around. He knows the game, he understands the game and he makes things easy for us. He’s a guy that when you put him in the game, we don’t lose a beat.”
Prigioni, 35, led the play of the game, throwing an alley-oop pass to J.R. Smith, who converted a reverse, two-hand dunk with 8:11 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the Knicks up 95-73.