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Cole Anthony has chance to prove Knicks made big mistake

Cole Anthony has chance to prove Knicks made big mistake

Manhattan
native
Cole
Anthony
should
have
plenty
of
motivation
to
face
the
Knicks
at
the
Garden
in
a
Martin
Luther
King
Day
matinee.

The
Magic’s
6-foot-2
rookie
starting
point
guard
was
passed
over
by
the
Knicks
with
the
No.
8
pick.
Anthony
wasn’t
high
on
the
Knicks’
point
guard
list.
The
Upper
West
Side
stud
out
of
North
Carolina
fell
to
Orlando
at
No.
15.

The
Post
reported
more
than
a
month
before
the
draft
the
Knicks
were
not
considering
Anthony
with
their
lottery
pick.
In
fact,
the
Knicks
didn’t
work
out
Anthony
or
interview
him,
according
to
sources.

“As
a
kid
growing
up
in
New
York,
it’s
exciting
to
be
able
to
go
back
to
play
where
you
were
raised
in
the
biggest
arena
and
stage
possible,’’
Anthony
said
on
Zoom.
“I’m
excited
for
that.’’

But
Anthony,
20,
won’t
be
seeing
family
because
of
COVID-19
protocols.
And,
of
course,
Anthony’s
parents
won’t
appear
in
the
Garden
stands
under
Gov.
Cuomo’s
state
guidelines
for
all
pro
sports
teams
other
than
the
Buffalo
Bills.

“Let
me
start

I
ain’t
playing
before
no
friends
or
family,’’
Anthony
said.
“Going
back
to
New
York
definitely
feels
good.
Just
being
in
the
same
area
as
them
feels
good.
I’ll
shoot
them
a
little
FaceTime.’’

Anthony,
the
son
of
ex-Knick
Greg
Anthony,
has
been
given
a
large
chance
as
a
rookie,
even
if
he
could
have
benefited
from
a
summer
league.
In
13
games,
Anthony
is
averaging
10.4
points
4.2
assists
3.5
rebounds,
and
averaging
24
minutes.

With
the
season-ending
injury
to
Markelle
Fultz,
Anthony
moved
into
the
stating
lineup.
He
got
his
first
taste
of
playing
in
New
York
on
Saturday
in
Brooklyn,
and
even
spent
some
time
guarding
James
Harden.

He
notched
16
points,
eight
assists
and
three
rebounds,
and
Orlando
coach/former
Knicks
assistant
Steve
Clifford
thought
it
was
his
best
game.

Cole Anthony
Cole
Anthony

NBAE
via
Getty
Images

“He’ll
get
another
chance
Monday,’’
Clifford
told
The
Post.
“Cole
is
a
natural
competitor
who
has
a
true
love
of
the
game.
Like
all
of
this
year’s
rookies,
he
didn’t
get
to
have
the
experience
of
summer
league
or
the
September
optional
workouts.
So
he’s
learning
more
on
the
fly
and
he’s
doing
a
very
good
job
with
it.
He’s
right
and
he
learns
quickly.
We’re
happy
with
his
approach
and
progress
he’s
making.’’

“It
will
be
great
for
him,’’
Clifford
added
about
Anthony
playing
at
the
Garden.

Anthony’s
rocky
season
at
North
Carolina
lowered
his
draft
stock
and
questions
remained
about
his
outside
shooting.
He’s
shooting
just
20.5
percent
from
(9
of
44)
from
3-point
range.


Source : Marc Berman Link

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