New York Knicks fans looking to get a glimpse of new point guard Pablo Prigioni during Argentina’s game against Tunisia on Thursday came away disappointed.
The 35-year old veteran was forced out of the Argentina lineup thanks to kidney stones, in what could be a big game for Argentina. After an opening win vs. Lithuania, Argentina followed things up with a loss to the Tony Parker-led French team.
Early on in the Olympics, Prigioni showed the ability to be a pass first and very unselfish point guard, something Knicks fans haven’t seen in a long time. Now suddenly with both Jason Kidd and Prigioni to likely back up Raymond Felton, the Knicks haven’t just added a wealth of experience, but two guys that play a traditional pass first-type of point guard.
In comparing his game to what Knicks fans saw in Jeremy Lin, Prigioni’s game is night-and-day from Lin as he recently told Marc Berman of the New York Post.
“Jeremy is more a scorer. He likes to shoot more. I saw him play 10 games. I’m not this kind of player. I like the team to play good, pass the ball, find open shots. I like to play smart — if someone’s hot, pass the ball to him.’’
So far in the Olympics, Prigioni has shown the ability to quarterback an offense. In two games so far he has scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out 14 assists and recorded five steals on the defensive end.
He was much better against Lithuania as he showed the ability to knock down the open three and only turned the ball over once. against the much more talented French team, Prigioni didn’t make either of his two attempts from behind the arc and turned the ball over four times. However overall, you have to be impressed with the command he has of the Argentina offense and what he will bring to the Knicks lineup in 2013.
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