It got so bad with the Nuggets that Emmanuel Mudiay didn’t want to talk about it.
The 7th overall pick in 2015 boycotted the media toward the end of his tenure in Denver, up until he was traded and given new life with the Knicks. Ahead of his first scheduled appearance Monday at the Pepsi Center in Denver as an opponent – which is in serious jeopardy because of an ankle sprain — Mudiay explained to the Daily News that the questions about his struggles and benching became repetitive.
So as a youngster trying to find his way, Mudiay avoided the issues.
“I kind of shut down for a little bit. That’s just the honest truth,” Mudiay, 22, said. “I was young. I’m still young. But you have to kind of go through certain things.
“I didn’t want to talk because it was the same thing all the time. So I was just like let me focus on what I need to focus on.”
Mudiay has experienced somewhat of a revitalized season with the Knicks. It’s difficult to gauge since the team is so bad and Mudiay remains inconsistent — especially when he resembles a practice cone on defense — but he’s unquestionably having his best offensive season while locking down the starting spot at point guard.