Kevin Knox reacts to falling out of Knicks' rotation: 'I got to respect it'

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New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox II handles ball vs  Houston Rockets
New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox II handles ball vs Houston Rockets

His playing time had been dwindling of late, but Kevin Knox continued to make appearances in games, even if it was for brief moments.

Now, Tom Thibodeau has elected not to play Knox in the last two games, which shows he's fallen out of the rotation.

Knox's struggles to produce on the court have continued, and it's only made his minutes go down. Before the last two games, he played under 10 minutes in contests against the Utah Jazz and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Asked about the demotion, Knox said he can only respect what Thibodeau's calls are.

"I know we got a lot of great players on this team. The rotations can get tight," he told reporters on Wednesday. "Coach makes a lot of decisions. But he's the head coach ultimately, so whatever decision he makes I got to respect it."

As Knox pointed out, it is crowded for him with the likes of Alec Burks, RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin and Reggie Bullock needing minutes as well.

He may have gotten his fourth-year option picked up, but this is a pivotal season for Knox to prove to new team president Leon Rose that he is worthy of remaining in a Knicks uniform.

Over 20 games this season, Knox is averaging just 6.1 points while shooting 39.1 percent from the field, which mostly comes from three-point range. We'll see where Thibs goes from here with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.