Mitchell Robinson and coach break silence after Isaiah Hartenstein beats Knicks

Mitchell Robinson and his coach Marcell Scott have heralded a great year for the New York Knicks center following the departure of Isaiah Hartenstein to the Oklahoma City Thunder .

“There’s something cooking,” Robinson said on his Instagram story. “Wait and see”.

Scott then posted an Instagram story of him showing Robinson and his high school coach William “Butch” Stockton in the gym.

“A big year, [New York City],” Scott said.

The weeks of trade rumors surrounding Mitchell finally ended on July 1, when Hartenstein accepted a three-year, $87 million offer from the Thunder, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski .

It was more than the Knicks could legally offer, which they did — four years worth $72.5 million — thanks to his Early Bird rights. And it was a huge pay raise for Hartenstein, who earned $16 million over the past two seasons with the Knicks.

Robinson is recovering from two surgeries on his left ankle, which kept him out of action for 50 games in the regular season and in the second round of the NBA playoffs, which the Knicks lost in seven games against a team in better shape, the Indiana Pacers.

The 26-year-old Robinson was having a record-breaking season, averaging 10.3 rebounds, 6.2 points on 59.2 percent shooting, 1.5 steals and a career-high 1.3 blocks, before of the injury. He led the league in offensive rebounds with 5.3 per game up to that point. He finished with an offensive rebound average of 4.6, tied with Clint Capela for the best mark in the league last season.

Robinson’s health will be crucial for the Knicks in their bid to unseat the Boston Celtics and repeat their victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, who have formed a new Big 3 with the addition of Paul George. The Knicks’ starting center had missed 71 games over the past two seasons.

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