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Cam Reddish finally gets a chance to show the Knicks what he can do

In just over a month and a half since being traded to the Knicks, Cam Reddish has had a ton of experience in New York.

Wing for the third year, ai cost for Knicks one time first choice. He was then benched for two more games but has since played in each of the Knicks’ last eight games, having double-digit minutes in seven of them, partly because of RJ’s injury Barrett and Quentin Grimes.

Now, with just 21 games left in the season, but Grimes is expected to sit out at least part of them and the Knicks increasingly recede from the playoff hunt, Reddish has a crucial opportunity to show off those greats. what he can do.

“I’m trying to work my way up,” Reddish said Tuesday after practice. “Really just trying to play right. Don’t try to force it too much. But yes, I think the last 20 games are definitely a good start.”

Cam Reddish reacts while on the field during the fourth quarter of a Knicks game
Cam Reddish reacts while on the field during the fourth quarter of a Knicks game
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The 22-year-old Reddish, who has at least one more season left on his contract with the Knicks, has yet to get the real match minutes fans had hoped for when he traveled to New York to try to tap his potential. .

But the former No 10 player in general, who requested a trade from the Hawks last summer so he could take on a bigger role elsewhere, insists he is trusting the process.

“I just hit the gym,” said Reddish. “I feel like the rest will take care of itself. I’m not too worried about my minutes at the moment. I know what I’m capable of doing in the ring, so when the time comes, I just want to be ready. I am not tense in these minutes at the moment. ”

Cam Reddish holds the ball in front of the Miami Heat's Kyle Lowry .
Cam Reddish holds the ball in front of the Miami Heat’s Kyle Lowry .
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In 11 games as Knick, the Duke product averaged 5.4 points in 12.5 minutes per game while shooting 36.4% from the field and 22.7% from the deep.

The final 21 games of the season could be an important showcase for both the Reddish and the Knicks as they try to figure out their future together. Team president Leon Rose turned down the Lakers’ offer for Reddish on the trade deadline, even though coach Tom Thibodeau wasn’t fully committed to buying Reddish in the first place. The Post’s Marc Berman previously reported.

When asked if he considers himself part of the Knicks’ future, Reddish said yes, but noted that he only controls part of that decision.

“I think I can do it all,” said Reddish. “So yes. But I don’t know other people’s plans. I just focus on going to the gym.”

Cam Reddish after Knicks practice
Cam Reddish after Knicks practice
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Thibodeau sounded encouraged by the 16-plus minutes Reddish showed up Sunday against the 76ers as he scored six points (in a 3/6 shootout), three rebounds, two assists, a steal, a block and two turns, respectively. about.

“I liked the way he played in our last game,” Thibodeau said. “He gave us a good run. So I think he’s starting to get a little more comfortable. He is doing a really good job. He comes every day. And so I think he’s starting to have a good feeling about it. ”

Reddish agrees he is more comfortable with the Knicks, who will begin their tough seven-game road trip against the 76ers on Wednesday in Philadelphia.

As for pleas from the fan base for him to play more, Reddish said he feels the support.

“I see it everywhere – I can’t help but see it,” he said. “But I try to stand my ground. I appreciate all the love, I really, really do. But I’m just trying to get ready.”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/01/cam-reddish-finally-has-a-chance-to-show-knicks-what-he-can-do/ Cam Reddish finally gets a chance to show the Knicks what he can do

JOE HERNANDEZ

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