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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson is reportedly experiencing some knee trouble at Team USA training camp.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson is dealing with a knee injury while he trains with the USA Select Team and head coach Jeff Van Gundy.

“According to a Team USA source, Robinson suffered a knee injury and missed the first two days of practice that began with an informal workout Sunday,” Berman wrote. “He returned for two days but re-injured the knee Wednesday.

“Robinson is expected to miss Thursday’s set of scrimmages and practice. A member of the Knicks training staff is in Vegas with Robinson. A Team USA official did not know the specifics of the knee injury.”

That’s not exactly what Knicks fans want to hear. No one wants to hear about knee issues for a 7-foot franchise cornerstone. However, without any specifics, it’s impossible to speculate about the severity of the injury.

The fact that Robinson is training with Team USA at all is a huge positive for the Knicks. In August of 2018, Robinson was still a complete unknown. The second-round selection was surrounded by question marks.

Fast forward to 2019 and he’s one of the brightest young players in the game. Better yet, he looks like he fits the bill for the prototypical modern-NBA center. Robinson is already an elite rim protector with a penchant for finishing around the rim.

Although he’s talked about adding the three-pointer to his game in the future, he doesn’t even need to in order to be effective. As long as he’s on the floor, he’ll be a tremendous weapon for the Knicks. Hopefully, this knee injury is a minor issue that is taken care of well before the regular season rolls around.

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