Emmanuel Quickly becomes big again for the Knicks: ‘Fearless’


Emmanuel Quickley is now looking like a player earning Second Team All-Rookie honors.

Quickley has had a very slow start to his second season, and he started off very slowly for Tuesday’s game against the Lakers.

But in the absence of point guard Derrick Rose due to an ankle sprain, he became the go-to sniper in the fourth quarter, shooting four 3-pointers to block the Lakers’ furious comeback attempt in the 106-100 victory.

“They are intrepid,” said Julius Randall.

Later, Tom Thibodeau said the Knicks’ 2020 first-round pick will not be confused after the series misses. All four Tuesdays were paused by his trademark skip-down-the-court, even after the couple buckets got a lucky bounce off the rim.

“My teammates find me in good places, my coaches try to make me successful and keep my confidence,” Quikley said. “Whether the shot is falling or not, you want to keep shooting, play right, and keep defending. They scored like 19 points in the fourth quarter, so we do – let our defense lead our offense and we did.

Emmanuel Quickly shot Wayne Ellington during the Knicks 106-100 victory over the Lakers.
NY Post: Charles Wenzelberg

Quickley’s 3-point percentage has now jumped to 37.5 percent on the season.


Lakers icon LeBron James will have to wait until Feb. 5 to face the Knicks and play Gordon next season. That is, unless the Lakers and Knicks advance to the NBA Finals.

James suspended his one-game suspension for scrap with Isiah Stewart in Detroit on Tuesday, and missed his third straight Knicks-Lakers game.

Last season, James did not play in the Knicks game due to injuries. This season, James, 36, returned Friday from an elbow injury that cost him two weeks to make his solo appearance in his favorite road arena.

James and Stewart got into a bloody battle with James launching it after Stewart was fouled.

“Yeah, it’s unfortunate,” Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said. “LeBron is one of the greatest guys in the league, playing the game all the time. It’s 100 percent a decision that’s out of our control. It doesn’t matter what we think.

Vogel has spoken with James at the Manhattan Hotel, and the Lakers’ superstar was not happy with his lonely performance on Broadway.

“Yeah, he wanted to play,” Vogel said. “I don’t want to get into that much.”


Derrick Rose lost his first game of the season due to an ankle injury in Sunday’s loss to the Bulls. Rose had an ankle injury in and out this season but never missed a trip.

Rose did not speak to the media after Sunday’s match as he was being treated. In Rose’s absence, Thibodeau fired rookie SG Quentin Grimes at 4:47. He didn’t take a shot but was a plus-6.


Starting center Mitchell Robinson (concussion protocol) missed his second straight game but should return Friday against Phoenix if there are no setbacks. … Taj Gibson missed his third straight game with stress.

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