Elfrid Payton rewards Tom Thibodeau, the confidence of the Knicks

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On Monday, Knicks starting point goalie Elfrid Payton faced Lakers point guard Denis Schroder who will be a free agent this summer. Payton will face Pelicans playmaker Lonzo Ball on Wednesday, also a free agent this summer.

The Knicks are expected to take an interest in the two guard points in August.

But when Payton plays like he did against the Lakers on Monday, who can say he won’t be back with the club next season? Especially with Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau’s constant praise for Payton, congratulating him Monday on his “formidable” outing.

Payton finished with 20 points in 27 minutes, or 9 of 12 from the field without 3 points in a 111-96 win at the Garden. He crept into the lane for his runners and floats and was a plus-27, even though he only had two assists.

« [He put] a lot of pressure on the rim, ”said Thibodeau. “Downhill, in paint, ball pressure, making tough plays, it gives us physicality, allows us to make more change than we normally would because of the size and toughness it has. . It’s an important part of this team. “

Elfrid Payton
Elfrid Payton
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Payton never seems to gain enough Knicks fans, but the only fan that matters is Thibodeau, who keeps starting him – throughout the season.

Despite a pelvic injury, a hobbled Schroder still had a good game, collecting 21 points, but that came mostly in the first half (16) before the Knicks pulled out.

With Julius Randle in the point-forward role, Payton has fewer ball-handling tasks and admits it’s “an adjustment.”

“I’m just rolling with it,” Payton said.

But it still attacks the rim.

“I’m just trying to look for different seams and cracks,” Payton said. “It’s something I’ve done my whole career. I’m just trying to get into painting, trying to make games for other people and make them for myself. “


After the deadline for exchanges when they are shipped Austin Rivers and Ignas Brazdeikis, the Knicks had two open spots on the roster. They filled them with 10 day contracts for big men Add Norvel and John Henson.

Pelle officially signed its second 10-day contract on Monday. Henson injured his calf on the second day, and it’s hard to imagine he’ll be renewed when his contract comes up this week as he couldn’t get dressed.

“Injury is an unfortunate part of the business, but it will be an issue for Léon [Rose], We s [Wesley] and Scott [Perry] ”Said Thibodeau.

Rose has not spoken to the media for over eight months.

One player the Knicks had internal signing talks last week was Anthony Tolliver, who signed a 10-day contract with the Sixers on Monday. He’s more of a 3-4 and the Knicks were looking for a strong center forward.

Still, he’s a solid 3-point shooter, and Thibodeau trained him in Minnesota.

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