Precious Achiuwa increasingly a hero of his hometown

Precious Achiuwa, who will become a restricted free agent this summer, has embraced the role of hero for his adopted city.

Having moved to the Bronx from Nigeria during eighth grade, Achiuwa is living the dream of playing the best part of his young basketball career in the city that nurtured his love for the sport.

β€œIt was really, really fun. And I’m just happy that we were able to handle the business and get a win,” Achiuwa said during his postgame interview on MSG Network after the big win in Philadelphia.

Achiuwa’s versatility is his calling card. He played center when the Knicks went small. He moved to forward when Thibodeau threw with Hartenstein, who is on minimal restriction as he deals with Achilles pain, at center.

“I was able to play multiple positions not only in attack but also in defense – I can guard 1-2-3-4-5 (all positions from point guard to center) – which shows my versatility on both sides of the court ball,” Achiuwa said.