Originally written June 14, 2013 on Turn On The Knicks:
Unless you’re a serious observer of international basketball, you didn’t know who Pablo Prigioni was when the Knicks signed him on July 23, 2012. I was one of those, and our first look at him was during the Olympics. While Olympic hoops is a different game than the NBA, you could see right away that Prigioni was a pro, and to be overly simple, knew what he was doing out there. Whether he could make a real impact for an NBA team that had deep-playoff-run aspirations no one could say for sure, but you knew there wasn’t going to be anything at this level that he hadn’t seen. 35-year-old rookies are prepared like that. Early in the season, we saw from Prigioni much of what we saw during the Olympics, and it reinforced the types of things you heard about his game – he’s smart, solid, won’t thrill you but won’t kill you eiither. Later in the season when the Knicks were struggling a bit and were banged up, Mike Woodson decided to give Prigioni a shot in the starting lineup, something Knic...
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