Judging by their past three games, the New York Knicks could definitely use some help.
Perhaps newly acquired Cam Reddish will be able to provide some.
Prior to Thursday night's contest against the visiting New Orleans Pelicans, Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau was asked about the newest Knick and whether he would soon be ready to debut for the club.
It would seem so.
“Pretty close,’’ Thibodeau said when asked where Reddish is with respect to his debut, according to the New York Post. “He’s moving around pretty good. Should be any day now.’’
His arrival couldn’t come at a better time.
With Thursday night’s loss, the Knicks have dropped to 0-3 on their current four-game homestand and sport a record of 22-24 — good for 11th in the Eastern Conference. Even worse is the fact that, in those three losses, the club looked listless and uninterested. It’s become an alarming trend for a team that entered the season with high hopes.
En route to dropping a 102-91 decision to New Orleans, the Knicks fell behind by as many as 25 points, and could have certainly used another player who could create plays off the dribble and perhaps help his teammates find easier scoring opportunities. In some ways, it’s easy to see how Reddish might have helped. But with Cam unavailable, Thibodeau ended up sticking with his reserves down the stretch.
The third-year swingman was acquired from the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 13 in exchange for Kevin Knox and a future conditional first-round draft pick, but he is yet to make his debut due to an ankle injury. Still considered to have loads of untapped potential, after being selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Reddish showed some promise in his first two seasons, but had to compete with many other talented players at his position for minutes.
In New York, he might not have that problem — especially considering the extent to which Thibodeau has been impressed by what he’s seen so far.
“He’s learning what we’re doing, so that takes a little time,” Thibodeau said of the 22-year-old. “We love his size. He’s been terrific. He comes in early. He studies. He works hard. So, he’s doing all the right things, which is the first step.’’