PORTLAND, Ore. — Cam Reddish admits that his two-month banishment to the bench with the Knicks earlier this season was “tousled,” however he’s completely satisfied to be receiving an everyday alternative now with the Blazers.

Reddish had a quiet sport Tuesday with simply two factors in 19 minutes off the bench in his first look towards the Knicks since he was despatched to Rip Metropolis as a part of the deal that introduced Josh Hart to New York final month.

“Enjoyable, refreshing. Attempting to consider another phrases to explain it, however that’s just about it proper there,” Reddish mentioned earlier than the Knicks’ 123-107 win. “I hadn’t performed for thus lengthy, like, it’s nonetheless not all the way in which there. I’m simply completely satisfied to be enjoying and blessed to be enjoying.

“I might say conditioning, bodily, I’m near being full-go. However it’s extra mentally for me, simply attempting to free my thoughts up. I used to be in a messed-up form of place mentally for a very long time, and I’m nonetheless getting there.”

The 23-year-old wing is averaging 12.8 factors and taking pictures .361 from 3-point vary in 14 video games (11 begins) for the reason that deadline deal that despatched him to Portland together with Ryan Arcidiacono, Svi Mykhailiuk and a top-14 protected 2023 first-round draft choose on Feb 8.


Cam Reddish makes an attempt to cease Miles McBride (proper) through the Knicks’ 123-107 win over the Path Blazers.
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Reddish had been benched by Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau for greater than two months since Dec. 3 after making 20 appearances with eight begins earlier this season.

“It positively was arduous,” mentioned Reddish, who was acquired by the Knicks from the Hawks ultimately 12 months’s traded deadline. “However I simply form of handled it like an offseason. I used to be understanding each single day, attempting to be prepared for this second.

“Clearly, nothing’s like a sport. However it was arduous, extra mentally than something. So I’m nonetheless form of crawling my approach out of it just a little, I don’t need to say a gap, however I’m nonetheless getting again to my ordinary self.”

Reddish has been quoted for the reason that commerce as saying he believes politics and favoritism have been elements in his benching and exit from the Knicks, however he declined to expound on these quotes Tuesday night time.

He credited Knicks assistant coach Rick Brunson for pushing him to work out and keep prepared for his subsequent alternative,

“I did comprehend it was coming, I didn’t know the way it was going to look, the place it was going to be,” Reddish mentioned. “It might’ve been in New York, I didn’t know what to anticipate. However I knew I needed to be prepared. Rick did an exceptional job, he was staying on me, I used to be with Rick on a regular basis, speaking, I used to be simply attempting to get via that time frame. Now it’s up to now.

“And I adore it right here, man, they deal with me like household. I can’t ask for nothing greater than that. It’s a optimistic environment. Proceed to get higher as time goes on and I’ve been loving it right here up to now.”

Thibodeau usually gushes in regards to the all-around contributions that Hart has made to the Knicks.

When requested about Reddish earlier than Tuesday’s sport, Thibodeau replied: “He’s performed very effectively. Completely happy for him. I believe it was a type of trades that was good for each groups, and that’s what you want. So, we bought what we would have liked, and I believe they bought what they wanted.”