Mitchell Robinson stated there’s a “weight off my shoulders” now that his father has been discovered after having gone missing in Florida since Feb. 11.
The Knicks middle had taken to social media final week asking for assist in discovering his father, Mitchell Robinson Jr., who has since been situated safely in Missouri.
“He may have advised us,” Robinson stated Sunday in his first public feedback since his dad was reported lacking. “I assume he wanted a while to himself. However I’m pleased he was discovered secure, so I can deal with what I should be anxious about. Weight off my shoulders.”
Robinson, in the meantime, fouled out in 16:35 on Sunday after battling Joel Embiid in the Knicks’ loss to the 76ers. It marked his fourth recreation fouling out this season and nineteenth of his profession. He had fouled out in fewer minutes 3 times earlier than, all throughout his rookie season.
With a rematch in opposition to Embiid awaiting on Wednesday in Philadelphia, Robinson is aware of what he must do higher in opposition to the potential MVP.
“Simply be extra bodily,” Robinson stated. “Being in the precise spot on the proper time. I used to be out of place a few occasions. … For me I simply bought to be able to play and be able to go on a regular basis.”
Robinson’s new backup, rookie Jericho Sims, additionally fouled out in 18:25 after recording six factors and a career-high 10 rebounds — 9 of them within the first quarter.
“I believed the rebounding was actually good,” coach Tom Thibodeau stated. “Embiid is quite a bit to take care of. You’re not guarding him individually, it’s a must to guard him together with your crew. And so I believe [Sims] remains to be studying and I believe he’s going to get higher in time. However there’s a physicality to that that’s not simple to take care of. [Embiid] is powerful and he’s expert and he’s fast.”
With Robinson and Sims each fouled out by the 8:52 mark within the fourth quarter, Thibodeau opted to make use of Julius Randle at middle as an alternative of bringing Nerlens Noel or Taj Gibson off the bench. Neither veteran has performed within the Knicks’ first two video games after the All-Star break — signaling a youth motion on the place with Sims getting extra minutes, although Noel has additionally been coping with plantar fasciitis.
“I would like [Noel] to get by way of some practices first earlier than we throw him again in there,” Thibodeau stated.