Prigioni says he needs another week to recover

Adam Zagoria

Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni says he needs another week to recover from a hairline fracture of his right big toe, meaning he could return during the team’s Texas swing beginning Jan. 2 in San Antonio.

“The problem is when I run,” Prigioni said after shooting free throws on Thursday. “I tried to run. When I push with my big toe it’s sore, so I have to wait a couple more days and then keep working.”

With both Raymond Felton (groin) and Prigioni out, the Knicks are down to third-string point guard Beno Udrih, who seemed to lash out at his critics after playing badly in Wednesday’s blowout loss to Oklahoma City.

As for Prigioni, he said he’s “feeling better,” but doesn’t think he’ll play in the home-and-home this weekend with Toronto.

“I’m feeling better definitely,” he said. “I think I need a couple more days. I need maybe one week more. I will try every day and I want to come back soon.

“I hate to be out. I prefer 10 times to be with the team. “


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

123 comments
SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun


Lowry said chants of his name at MSG were "humbling" "but I play for the Raptors"


Did Knicks fans do this? And if so, when??
Also, do you think Lowry tries to kill us tonight in an attempt to prove he's worth the 1st rounder? Lol

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

Since some are talking about trading Melo to the clips i think a better idea would be to send him to PHX with a trade centered around Plumlee Morris bledsoe and on of this years first rounder for Melo and Tyson plus filler to make the trade work. We would have to take back Frye  to make it work. 


The suns would be a legit team 


Dragic

Green

Melo

Morris

Tyson


Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Seems like no one is interested in our home and home series with the new and improved Raptors. I remember when we would talk about the actual game of basketball here in the old days. Now it's mostly fantasy traders and the never ending battles between the glass half full and the glass half empty crowd.


The Raptors have played well since making the trade for Patterson, Vasquez, and Salmons. They are 6-3, since the trade, with road wins over OKC and Dallas. Casey has been bringing all his new additions; the 3 Kings and Hansborough off the bench. They have an interesting team with Lowry and Vasquez being solid PG's and having a tough front line with Valanciunas, Johnson, and Psycho T. 

jimmybx
jimmybx

Problems remain the same.


1. JR is just now rounding into form from last year.

2. Felton has not been healthy at all this year.

3. Iman is not recovered from surgery over the summer

4. Amare is not the player he was last year after his surgery


The improvements will come as Hardaway Jr. gains experience and Shump, Felton and JR work their way to better health. 


As long as the team identifies roles, they will be ok. There's been no consistency with our lineup. It's really humorous reading all the craziness from fans. One thing everyone seems to share in common is their complete and total lack of faith. It's like a disease of negativity that's deeply embedded within Knick fans. I'm cool with the team's position right now, because I see things realistically. 


We're in a fortunate spot, because the Atlantic/East is a mess. We're still likely to be the #3 seed if we stay in 1 piece. The team still has components that upper echelon teams possess. Felton is the key. This guy has to get healthy. As evidenced last season, when he went out, we STUNK. When we played Felton and Priggy together, we excelled. We're going to need Tim Jr to play more, because JR works best as 6th man. And Tim is our most reliable gun from 3. He's needed. Our bench play has been brutally bad this season. I would like to see Shump and JR come in off the bench once the team gets their guys back. Bring in Bargnani off the pine as well. Use KMart in a starters role. 


In Woody's defense, this wasn't the team he signed on for before the season started. Our depth was compromised before the season began. He can't run the pick and roll, because Felton simply has not been healthy. That's a killer right now. Not that Felton is a superstar, but he isn't Toney Douglas and that's what he's looked like. I just wish Felton, Shump or Bargnani improve their shooting from downtown. It's not around 35% which is what we need them to be at for the team to operate effectively. 


Lotta games to be played. No time for panic, IMO

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

If a team like the clippers wants a guy like Melo, who they can't sign outright, I'll be dammed if they are going to give up scraps.

If I was GM and they came to me with crap, I would be dangling the idea of Melo to the Lakers real fast.

You want the 2nd best scorer in the league, perennial all star, to pair w/ paul, and keep away fr LA? Pay up.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

RT @BrandonJennings: RT @PoohJeter: My bro @BBROWNLAU had 74 points tonight here in China. He was hooooopin!!! (BOX SCORE & HILITES PLEASE)


Bobby Brown is balling in China 74 points in a game...our  front office needs a wake up call.  We should have sign Bobby Brown over the summer....he may have provided a Linsanity moment for this team.  Dude can score the ball, even though it is in the China league.  But, a lot of NBA players thinks Brown got NBA game.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

After watching that game on Christmas I need another week to recover too!

danewyorkr
danewyorkr

Melo (29), Hardayway Jr(21). and Martin(35) for Blake Griffin(24), Jamal Crawford(33), and 1st round pick will be fair for both teams. I think the Clippers would be foolish not to make that trade and the Knicks should only do it if they know for sure that Melo is leaving. 


Felton Pablo Murry udrih

Crawford JR

Shumpert Meltta

Blake AB

Chandler Stat 


Paul collison

reddick Hardaway green Bullock

dudley Barnes jackson

Melo Martin Jamison

Jordan hollins mullens


our future team could have a Rondo Blake Gasol big three

jimmybx
jimmybx

@SheSaidSpikeWho Kyle's a solid shooter from three when left open. Problem is we're not sure of securing him after the season is over. Like his game, but we need to lose Felton in this trade.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Knicks_Fanatic I agree. The Raptors have been playing well and playing hard lately. We already have issues against them. I bleed orange and blue but I don't expect a win in any game we play now lol. I still hope for it though. Besides, it is difficult to win both games in a home and home series...and with the way we've been playing, it'll be difficult to win one. 

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

We dont care because we all know this team has no shot in hell of winning anything except the headline battle.

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

@Knicks_Fanatic i think we all expect them to lose both games due to poor coaching followed by poor execution lol its been the same song and dance all season

johneco
johneco

Felton said in the offseason he had lost an extra 10 pounds running.

But when he came to camp he looked 20 pounds overweight, and like one of the fattest players in the NBA.

The types of injuries he's had are consistent with being overweight.

I like his mental toughness on the court, but it seems it doesn't extend to the cookie jar, and probably a lot of his and our problems are of his own making.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

 I can't see any Atlantic taking the third spot. Atlanta should grab that pretty easily.

Juan Maldonado
Juan Maldonado

That's right! I think we need to trade him also, but im just not sure where.

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

@danewyorkr Hell no i wouldn't give them Melo and Hardaway and only take back Griffin and crawford thats nuts. IF i had to trade Melo i would give them Melo, JR and/or Felton and take back Griffin ( I'm not a huge fan of; with out a good point guard he will be horrible), Collison, Bullock and this years first round pick and a future first round top 5 protected and a second rounder with the clips getting the option to swap picks in 2016.


This is a fair deal for both teams i dont know if the money matches up but something along that lines. 



VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@danewyorkr Good God, that's a fair trade?

Griffin's one of the most overrated PF's in the league...

Take Crawford out of the equation, add Collison and picks and then we can talk.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Ridiculous trade.

Melo, mwp for blake, collison, bullock, dudley, this years first

No way in hell im giving them my best youg guard AND Melo for crawford!

Melo is an mvp type. His ability better bring more than what you want back

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

@jimmybx @JayfromtheFix Im not a Melo hater, i rather keep melo at 100 mil instead of 130 mil. If he wants the full max i would trade him it makes no sense fiscally to pay him 130 mil and i have been in favor of melo coming here. 

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Sandro Guedes @orlando_knickfan I would trade him to any team that would accept him and gives us pieces if he doesn't resign here. However, if the Clippers do want him, then Orlando is right. He can't sign with them outright, so they will have to pay...if the FO is smart. The Clippers also aren't winning anything with the team they have so they might just do their due diligence and look into Melo. 


Pat Riley will find a way for everyone to take even less money and get Melo to the heat lol.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@Sandro Don't be shocked. Melo and paul are real tight. They don have enough offense

danewyorkr
danewyorkr

@orlando_knickfan Blake is 24 and they have more to risk than we do by taking on Melo at 21m. Melo is a (b+) player and Blake is a (b) player who is 5 years younger. Like I said, the Knicks only make the trade if they are sure Melo is leaving. BUT it is clearly a fair trade for both teams. The trade of Melo and old Ron Artest is ridiculous. The Clippers don't have a owner named Dolan the last time I checked. 

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

Blake is a lot younger and would be a great piece to build around. I'm not a huge fan of his game but it would be nice to get a very young all star that we could take our time building around instead of having to build a win now team.

jimmybx
jimmybx

@JayfromtheFix @jimmybx lmfao...right. That's right. You still are suffering from "assetitis" in 2010 when we were talking about "gutting the team" for him. 


#Transparent

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Sandro Guedes @Knicks_Fanatic Yes, I think Houston would have to send just a bit more than Asik for Millsap.  But that's my favorite potential Millsap trade.  Unlike Ryan Anderson, Millsap is an all-purpose PF that can compete defensively - what he lacks in 3-pt shooting (though he has range) in comparison to Anderson, he makes up in other areas.


The deal is even good with respect to the salary cap flexibility for both teams, since both contracts expire in 2015.  Good short-term and long-term deal for both teams.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Sandro Guedes 

Millsap is a much better player than Asik. He is hitting 47% of his threes and is solid on the boards and defense. Plus, Asik is due $15 million next year and Millsap is signed long term.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Sandro Guedes @SheSaidSpikeWho I don't expect us to get a star...just pieces. If they're giving us Griffin then fine but I would later flip Griffin for someone else (like you mentioned a few weeks back).  If Clippers want to use "you won't get a star" I would tell them it doesn't matter. I will trade him elsewhere (no not every team is willing to pay but some are...make no mistake about it.) The Knicks will still have plenty of money to try to get a star and if Melo is leaving, then we can try to use him to get solid players...not necessarily stars. Maybe Houston would be interested. 


Tell the Clippers to stick with what they have since they won't get him at all if we don't trade him there (or unless they get rid of long contracts for expiring ones to sign him outright). 

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Juan Maldonado Blake is injury prone. His knees will be a problem eventually. Like Sandro said a few weeks back, if you get Griffin, you might be able to flip him due to his age and jumping ability.

Juan Maldonado
Juan Maldonado

Lmao, yeah you're right in regards to the fact that he's vintage amare, but what are you afraid of? Him getting injured? I think blake is a beast man! And he's young.

Juan Maldonado
Juan Maldonado

I know. When we signed Chris Smith I couldnt believe it, becausei kept hearing from the fans how bad he was. So I automatically assumed they did this for JR, it just sucks man. Why do we do this to ourselves? We need to sign B.B as soon as possible, before somebody else does.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@Juan Maldonado I am not sure, if we can sign him before the Chinese League is finish for this season.  He can't be any worse than Chris Smith.