Knicks center Mitchell Robinson has been bumped up to questionable for Sunday’s game against the Sixers following his return to practice Saturday.
Robinson has missed the last 14 games with a broken right hand. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said Robinson was cleared for contact and was waiting how he responded to Saturday’s scrimmage.
After practice, Robinson tweeted “I feel tooooooo goooooddddd bro I’m ready.”
If the 22-year-old Robinson is made available for Sunday’s game, Thibodeau admitted it may take a few games before he starts as he comes off a tricky broken fourth metacarpal bone in his hand. Nerlens Noel, a fellow shot blocker, has started in Robinson’s stead.
“I want to see how that goes,” Thibodeau said. “There’s great versatility there. Eventually, he’ll get back to starting. Whether that happens right away or down the road … I’m comfortable with both guys in that role. And I’m really comfortable with Taj [Gibson] as well. That gives us great depth at that position.”
Robinson was not made available to the media after practice.
“He’s getting close,” Thibodeau said. “Been cleared. He’s done more. So we want to see how he responds after the contact, The conditioning piece is important, But he’s been cleared from a physical standpoint.”
Backup center Taj Gibson said Robinson has been engaged even while hurt, listening to practice sermons on the court with his cast on.
A hand specialist told The Post that Robinson’s situation can be risky as a shot blocker because of the potential impact on the hand.
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