Knicks re-sign two struggling players; Randle Hits Protocols


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New York Knicks winger Damyean Dotson defends Saben Lee of the Detroit Pistons.

Slowly but surely, the New York Knicks are clearing their COVID-19 list. However, injuries continue to be a problem and the team still has multiple players in health and safety protocols. A particularly important player joined the latter group on Thursday.

As reported by Knicks PRBig man All-Star Julius Randle has entered protocols and will be out for the team’s New Year’s road tilt with the Oklahoma City Thunder. According to updated NBA protocols, asymptomatic and vaccinated players may be allowed to resume basketball activities after five days if their cycle threshold (CT) levels are above 30; CT levels can be an indicator of how contagious an individual is.

Players can also test protocols by returning two negative PCR results 24 hours apart. Otherwise, they must remain in quarantine.

Randle had clearly been working on hardwood recently. In his last two games, he’s averaged just nine points per game on 7 of 31 shots. Meanwhile, the Knicks have been outnumbered by 25 points while on the field.

New York now has four actors in the Protocols – Randle, Wayne Selden, Jericho Sims and Nerlens Noel. So, in an effort to keep things going, the squad opted to reorganize with a replacement pair.


Knicks re-sign Dotson & Mooney


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By a team announcement On Friday, the Knicks signed winger Damyean Dotson and goaltender Matt Mooney for their second 10-day contract. Both players signed their first contracts with the Knicks this season on December 21.

Dotson, of course, has already spent three seasons in New York from 2017-2020. During the 2018-19 campaign, he appeared in 73 games for the club – starting with 40 of them – and harvested in averaging 10.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.8 steals per contest while hitting 36.8% of his triples.

Since returning to the Knicks, Dotson has only played two games. In a Dec. 23 loss to the Washington Wizards, he recorded 16 minutes of action and scored four runs on a 2 of 4 shot.

Mooney, meanwhile, saw two minutes of action in the Knicks’ Christmas Day fight with the Atlanta Hawks and missed his only shot attempt. According to the New York Post Marc Berman, he did not make the trip to OKC.

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Obi Toppin takes the start instead of Randle

With Randle out for the moment, Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau has indicated that Obi Toppin will join the top five as a forward, as reported by the New York Daily News. Stefan Bondy. The move could provide a silver lining for Knicks fans.

Toppin, who was the No.8 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, has made huge strides in his second year in the pro ranks. Over the course of 30 games played, the 6-foot-9 forward has averaged 8.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and an assist in 15.7 minutes per game.

His net score of 13.4 is the team’s best score among those who have logged 100 minutes or more this season.

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