Mitchell Robinson Rumors

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Mitchell Robinson
Mitchell Robinson
Position: C
Born: 04/01/98
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:223 lbs. / 101.2 kg.
Salary: $1,559,712
The coronavirus can’t stop Spencer Dinwiddie from needling Knicks fans. Quarantining since his recent positive test, the Nets guard responded Thursday to a picture circulating on social media of Knicks center Mitchell Robinson. In that selfie, Robinson is wearing what appears to be a custom-made shirt that shows him blocking Dinwiddie’s shot. Dinwiddie, who designs his own sneakers with images and messages, then wrote on Twitter: “I would’ve put em on a shoe, but ima need him to not lead the league in fouls before I do that.”
I’ve been told that getting a big man who can shoot is one of the things the Knicks hope to do in the offseason. I don’t know if that means they are only looking for that player in free agency, or if they would look to draft a shooting big with one of their three draft picks. I believe they want to improve their spacing and have heard the two players you named above mentioned – RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson. My opinion is that Danilo Gallinari will be considered. I haven’t heard anything on Davis Bertans, which doesn’t necessarily mean the Knicks don’t have interest in him. New York would need to offer Bertans a significant contract to pry him in free agency. The Wizards have Bertans’ Bird Rights and can exceed the cap to re-sign him at any amount up to his max salary.
Storyline: Danilo Gallinari Free Agency
I’ve been told that getting a big man who can shoot is one of the things the Knicks hope to do in the offseason. I don’t know if that means they are only looking for that player in free agency, or if they would look to draft a shooting big with one of their three draft picks. I believe they want to improve their spacing and have heard the two players you named above mentioned – RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson. My opinion is that Danilo Gallinari will be considered. I haven’t heard anything on Davis Bertans, which doesn’t necessarily mean the Knicks don’t have interest in him. New York would need to offer Bertans a significant contract to pry him in free agency. The Wizards have Bertans’ Bird Rights and can exceed the cap to re-sign him at any amount up to his max salary.
Storyline: Danilo Gallinari Free Agency
With that in mind, we reached out to one current NBA coach and one former NBA coach to gauge their thoughts on some Knicks candidates. Below are their thoughts on how Tom Thibodeau would fit in New York… SCHEMES… “He’s an elite defensive coach. There’s no question. Those guys will be playing hard for him and, if they follow his scheme, they’ll defend the pick-and-roll well. They’ll take away drives and control the paint. His schemes are excellent, but as we saw in Minnesota, the schemes alone can’t offset lack of effort from players or subpar defenders. I think RJ Barrett has the frame and athleticism to be a talented defender. Mitchell Robinson has a ton of upside on that end as a shot-blocker. Tom should be able to get the best out of those two and whoever else they put on the court.”
Storyline: Knicks Coaching Search
In February, Robinson signed on with Rich Paul, the superagent who guides the careers of LeBron James and Anthony Davis and recently made the cover of Sports Illustrated for his influence. Paul became Robinson’s fifth agent — one of the perplexing sidelights to Robinson’s fledgling career. So far, so good as Robinson’s game took off in the final weeks leading into the March 11 shutdown. “When you get the right representation, there’s an ease that comes to your mind that allows you to focus on other things,’’ Paul told The Post in his first remarks regarding his new alliance with Robinson. “It’s hard to sleep with both eyes closed in this business. It’s a lot more mental than people think.’’
Storyline: Agent Changes
If Mitchell were to seek a trade from the Jazz, one opposing executive, speculating, said that any Knicks package would probably have to include either RJ Barrett or Mitchell Robinson, and two first-round picks (one of them unprotected). So if you are putting together potential Knicks trade packages for Mitchell, it makes sense to start there. And, obviously, if Utah was trading Mitchell and keeping Gobert, the club wouldn’t want to deal for Robinson.
Storyline: Donovan Mitchell Trade?
If Mitchell were to seek a trade from the Jazz, one opposing executive, speculating, said that any Knicks package would probably have to include either RJ Barrett or Mitchell Robinson, and two first-round picks (one of them unprotected). So if you are putting together potential Knicks trade packages for Mitchell, it makes sense to start there. And, obviously, if Utah was trading Mitchell and keeping Gobert, the club wouldn’t want to deal for Robinson.
Storyline: Donovan Mitchell Trade?
“His game is perfect for how the game is played now,” Howard told The Athletic. “He doesn’t have to spend a lot of energy but blocking shots, rebounding and being a presence on the defensive end and also a lob threat. That’s a little different than the era that I came in. You would’ve been asked to score in the post, play defense — that’s a heavy load. I think the cards he’s been dealt with he’s doing an amazing job.”
Mitchell Robinson’s followers saw the tweet Dec. 2, but David Fizdale got the text message after it. The Bucks had buffeted the Knicks by 44 points and Robinson had grabbed 14 rebounds, but they were empty calories in a loss that bad. The Knicks were reeling; Robinson was, too. After fouling out in three of his last five games, he picked up five fouls in Milwaukee, then ended the night by asking for Giannis Antetokounmpo’s shoes after the blowout. “Got to work on myself,” Robinson tweeted.
The text to Fizdale, then the Knicks head coach, was more inquisitive. Robinson asked what he could do better. “I felt I needed to do more,” he said Thursday night. “Like stay out of foul trouble.” Fizdale told him to keep playing hard and the Knicks soon hatched a scheme to try to get Robinson on track. The results have been obvious. In the 11 games since that night, Robinson is playing more minutes, fouling less, scoring more and rebounding better. He is still a shot-blocking menace, but more in control on the defensive end and a threat on offense.
Knicks center Mitchell Robinson became the Knicks’ fall guy Sunday in an attempt to get Julius Randle off the schneid. But the Knicks never looked worse. Randle didn’t play well. Bobby Portis, who replaced Robinson in the starting lineup, couldn’t make a shot. And Knicks coach David Fizdale is back to the drawing board.
Knicks center Mitchell Robinson became the Knicks’ fall guy Sunday in an attempt to get Julius Randle off the schneid. But the Knicks never looked worse. Randle didn’t play well. Bobby Portis, who replaced Robinson in the starting lineup, couldn’t make a shot. And Knicks coach David Fizdale is back to the drawing board. “He wanted me to come off the bench,” Robinson said after the 113-92 Sacramento rout dropped the Knicks to 1-6. “He wanted to see how they’d do with them starting. So I’m going to support the decision. I’m still on the team. I’m going to come off the bench just as hard.”