Knicks fans may not have something to cheer about before the All-Star break, especially after losing seven straight games. But, if there is anything to cheer about, it would be welcoming the newest Knick to his first game at the Garden.
Emmanuel Mudiay will see his first game in a Knicks jersey on the MSG hardwood, and he is excited to be a part of the home team this time around.
"The best arena in the world," Mudiay told The Post's Marc Berman. "It should be fun."
Things haven't been fun for the Knicks, though, as they can't seem to find themselves without Kristaps Porzingis on the floor. As for Mudiay, he dazzled with a double-double in his first game against the Pacers (14 points, 10 assists), but it wasn't the same result against the Sixers. In 19 minutes of work, Mudiay tallied just seven points and two assists, as he struggled to control T.J. McConnell on defense.
Mudiay said after the game that he twisted his ankle during the game, and that was the reason for him looking slow on the defensive end. His right ankle has been a career-long issue as it ended his year in China early, and he has missed time in all three of his NBA seasons due to ankle sprains.
But Mudiay isn't making a big deal of the twist as he is good to go for Wednesday's contest against the Wizards. The 21-year-old is still trying to get acclimated to the Knicks' system on both ends of the court, and it doesn't help that the team didn't hold a practice on Tuesday.
Watching film is the only way Mudiay can prepare at this point.
"I'm going to watch a lot of film," he said. "I'll talk to coaches as much as I can and learn the system on defense. I'm used to the Denver play-calls defensively. So I got to adjust real quick to that. I don't want to use that as an excuse, but you got to use team systems and what they're trying to do. It's been a little difference."
He is also trying to get to know his new teammates as fast as possible too.
"It's the first time meeting a lot of them; all of them except I knew Michael [Beasley] in China, but we didn't know each other on a teammate level. I'll figure out everybody here, but it's going to take a couple of games," he said.
Mudiay is still expected to come off the bench tonight, but things could change after the All-Star break when head coach Jeff Hornacek and the rest of the Knicks' front office take a look at the plan for the rest of the season. For now, though, the newly acquired point guard will soak in his first of many games in the Garden as a Knick.