With the Knicks hosting the Hornets Saturday night, a familiar face from the team this season returns in C Willy Hernangomez.
The First-Team All-Rookie selection a year ago was traded to the Hornets after being underutilized to start the year. Despite reports that Hernangomez wanted to leave the team, Knicks starting C Enes Kanter has nothing against him.
In fact, he still stays in contact with him.
"I still talk to him," Kanter told The Post's Marc Berman. "He's doing an unbelievable job working out and an unbelievable job of working on his body. I think he's a young version of Marc Gasol. If he works hard enough, he can be as a good as Marc Gasol."
No matter what Kanter sees in Hernangomez, the Knicks clearly didn't as he played garbage minutes before he was shipped away. However, Kanter didn't want him to give up as he told him to work hard and stay patient.
"I told him you have to be patient, man,'' Kanter said. "I remember my first year in the NBA was tough. I wasn't playing much at all. I was playing behind Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. That's what I told him. If you want to go 14, 15 minutes in this league, you gotta work. In practice, we got no friends. In practice, 'These are my friends.' You can't be nice in practice. In practice, that's where the minutes come. So you have to go out and try to kill it in practice."
Hernangomez isn't having a much better time in Charlotte, as he has only playd in nine games where he is averaging 4.9 minutes.