Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK — Knicks shooting guard Kelenna Azubuike still hasn’t circled a date for his debut, but hopes he can play in a game “soon.”
“I feel really good,” the 6-foot-6 former Kentucky star said Tuesday before the Knicks hosted the Charlotte Bobcats.
He participated Monday in his first five-on-five scrimmage since undergoing left knee surgery a year ago.
“I know it’s going to hold up,” he said at his locker as he iced the knee. “I’m just getting more used to it and getting more confident on it.”
He added: “I’m not as explosive as I want to be yet, but it’s something that I’m jumping higher than I was when I started. It’s all about the confidence and shaking the rust off. It’s been a long time. I’m really looking forward to being out there.””
Even though the Knicks took a three-game winning streak into the Charlotte game, he said it’s been tough watching his teammates.
“There’s nothing easy about sitting out,” he said.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.