NEW YORK -- With Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert out with injuries, Mike D'Antoni said after practice on Monday that the team would likely look to acquire a backup to Toney Douglas.
A return of Nate Robinson? Marcus Banks? Antonio Daniels? Earl Boykins? Zabian Dowdell? Carlos Arroyo?
D'Antoni wouldn't specify, but at least we know Arroyo's out of the running. He signed to play in Turkey a few days ago.
But, hey, let's not forget about Mike Bibby. Washed up, no. But 33 years old, yes. And a solid contributor when healthy.
D'Antoni has mentioned that a standard facilitator isn't everything because he's using Carmelo Anthony as his point-forward, but they both know they'll need a seasoned veteran to relieve Melo of his duties from time to time. Therefore, one of the main reasons the Knicks are considering adding another point guard is that they technically only have one right now: Bibby.
Douglas, who will continue to start, is obviously more of a combo guard.
Someone new could be introduced before Wednesday, when the Knicks face the Warriors, but for now D'Antoni said Bibby is the backup and he'll play more minutes than usual. D'Antoni said he could've played Bibby, who was experiencing back spasms over the weekend, on Christmas Day, but he wanted to give the 13-year vet enough time to heal. Bibby said his lower back, which he mentioned never had an issue before, will be 100 percent by midweek.
To prepare for the three-games-in-four-nights West Coast road trip, Bibby participated in a two-on-two drill after Monday's practice to find his rhythm and get accustomed to D'Antoni's fast-tempo, pick-and-roll game.
"I was just trying to get my wind up," Bibby said. "I was just trying to keep running, keep moving to where we didn't stop and had no dead balls or anything. It was mostly conditioning."
Bibby is excited to take the court for D'Antoni and partake in his free-flowing offense, which he calls "the only way to play basketball." Getting taste of the Garden and the fans, which he calls "some of the best I've seen," added extra motivation to return to the court faster. Of course, when Bibby makes his Knicks debut on Wednesday, it won't be at MSG, but at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
When he does, even with the team's hole at point guard, he's willing -- and always willing -- to take on any assignment.
"It doesn't matter to me, we're all in this together," Bibby said. "It doesn't matter if I'm starting, backup, the 18th man on the bench. As long as we're all working together with one goal, and that's to win."
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