Tommy Dee, theKnicksBlog.comThis is not going to be a post about Linsanity, which to me is the greatest example of capitalizing on an opportunity in the past 25 years in sports. This post is about last night’s game and another player who was prepared to play serious minutes, and was a major key in a critical early season win against a very good Bucks team.
Pablo Prigioni is a pro. He’s an older rookie, but he’s a guy who plays within himself and plays a good, solid point
Many people have asked me why he didn’t play more against the Nets and it’s a fair question. Clearly, Mike Woodson knew he would need Prigs to get some burn in Milwaukee and he informed him to be prepared. And the move paid Woodson back big time.
Without Jason Kidd, Prigioni is a critical piece to the puzzle in terms of controlling the Knicks tempo and getting them into sets. That was a major issue against the Nets, as Raymond Felton was pressing. Prigioni can be a calming influence in big games.
It remains to be seen what last night’s game will do for his rotation minutes, but you have to expect with Kidd out Woodson will keep calling on his 35-year-old rookie floor general.