Elfrid Payton looked up as he dribbled towards the halfway line and saw Mitchell Robinson make his way to the basket without obstacles.
Payton threw the ball towards the hoop, and the Garden crowd gasped and then roared when Robinson took his back to the hoop and slammed into a crushed alley-opposite in the first quarter of Sunday’s victory over the Pistons.
“He’s someone who always does that,” said Payton after the game. “I was just trying to put it on the money as much as possible. He made an incredible show to turn and crush him backwards.
“My biggest fear is that someone will go under it. This is my biggest fear because it jumps so high. When I see that her man gets a little loose, I don’t think anyone can jump with him. Nothing of what it does surprises me anymore. “
Meanwhile, the overall game of the second year’s center continues to move forward. Robinson finished Sunday’s game with 14 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in 27 minutes off the bench. The 2018 second round pick dropped 5 of 6 shots from the ground to improve his NBA leading pitch goal rate to 73.6 percent, still on course to beat Wilt Chamberlain’s 72.7 record for cent in 1972-73.
Asked about Robinson’s positive side, Payton added: “It’s huge. It has a lot of potential. I think it will be fantastic. Still raw. Dominate the games. He is still raw and dominate the games, segments of games. I think he will be very good, fantastic, if it continues. “
James Dolan fevered with Spike Lee and other fans last week, but former Knicks center Tyson Chandler, now with Houston, said he had “nothing but respect” for the Knicks owner since he was granted the use of Dolan’s private plane to take care of the sick mother, who had cancer at stage 4, in Los Angeles during the 2013-14 season.
“It intensified and took away a lot of weight, honestly. So I’m very grateful to him at the time, for the way he stepped up, “Chandler told SNY.” People have their opinions … I feel all about him, but this has nothing to do with me. If someone comes to me and asks me, I say he is a great friend. He looked out at me in times of need. This is the kind of thing people don’t hear about. They just hear others. “
The Knicks have gone 16-26 since interim coach Mike Miller took over for firing David Fizdale in December. Payton believes that Miller “has definitely given himself a chance” for future NBA coaching work, in New York or elsewhere.
“I wish him the best because he really loves this game. He has a good knowledge of this game. Even if it’s not here, I know it will be successful, “said Payton.