New York Knicks: Team could ease Mitchell Robinson back into lineup

New York Knicks training camp is right around the corner. As the team starts to head back into the facility and begin preparation for next season, we’ll get some updates on everyone’s status. It seems as though Mitchell Robinson may still be affected by his injury from the end of last season.

NY Knicks: Mitchell Robinson could be eased back into the lineup

SNY insider Ian Begley reported that Mitchell Robinson still “Hasn’t been cleared to play yet”.

Begley stated that both KnIcks President Leon Rose and head coach Tom Thibodeau have been really encouraged with his development.

The news might be frustrating for New York Knicks fans, however, this seems to be more precautionary than anything.

If you followed this offseason and monitored different Knicks players’ social media this offseason, you will have seen Robinson putting in a ton of work on the court.

Robinson has spent the past summer working on his craft both on and off the court.

Pictures started to emerge of Robinson looking as though he added a ton of muscle. This shouldn’t come as a surprise — this is around the time in their NBA careers that you want to see lanky NBA centers begin to add muscle and fill out their frame.

Robinson himself stated that he could weigh up to as much as 270lbs.

Robinson fractured his foot back on March 30th against the Milwaukee Bucks. We never received a precise timetable and we’re left with “out indefinitely”.

There was some hope that Robinson would be able to return in last year’s playoffs had the Knicks gone further but there was never any concrete proof of that being a possibility.

It has been a while since Robinson has seen consistent action. He had just returned from a hand injury and was being eased back into the lineup before getting hurt again back in March. It only makes sense that this team wants to ensure he isn’t simply thrown into the fire on opening night.

New York Knicks fans know all too well about giving up on an immensely talented “injury-prone” center early in their career and regretting it down the line…Marcus Camby.

Robinson showed significant strides in his game last season and is looking to continue his incremental growth in the NBA into becoming a dominant center. New York will likely want to see how he performs early in the season before discussing a potential contract extension.