New York Knicks Center Mitchell Robinson to Undergo Ankle Surgery, Expected to Miss 2 Months
Knicks Center Mitchell Robinson Injured, Out for at Least Two Months
Mitchell Robinson, the starting center for the New York Knicks, will undergo left ankle surgery this week, leaving the team without his services for at least two months. The injury occurred during a game against Boston, and subsequent testing revealed a stress fracture. This comes as a major blow to the Knicks and Robinson, who has been a key player for the team this season.
Robinson leads the NBA in offensive rebounds with a total of 112, averaging 5.3 per game. His presence on the court has greatly contributed to the Knicks’ defense and their ability to create additional possessions on offense. For the season, Robinson has averaged 6.2 points and 10.3 rebounds, shooting 59% from the field.
Coach Tom Thibodeau expressed confidence in the abilities of the Knicks’ backup centers, Isaiah Hartenstein and Jericho Sims. Hartenstein, in particular, showcased his abilities by grabbing a season-high 16 rebounds in the game against Boston. Thibodeau acknowledges that while it is difficult to replace a player like Robinson individually, the team is capable of stepping up collectively to fill the void left by his absence.
This setback presents a challenge for the Knicks, but Thibodeau remains optimistic about the team’s ability to continue performing at a high level. Robinson’s surgery and subsequent recovery will be closely monitored as the Knicks adapt to his absence on the court.