NEW ORLEANS – Rockets guard Brandon Knight took a rehab assignment with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, a move that as a veteran of seven NBA seasons he had to approve. With little playing time available with the Rockets since the addition of Austin Rivers, however, the step was considered a way to sharpen his game after sitting out a season-and-a-half following knee surgery.
“That has never been a question; how hard he’s worked to get where he is,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He is 26-years-old. He’s got to get his career back on track. He will. He works so hard at it.
“It’s just an impossible situation with us. He played very limited minutes. He would have wasted three or four months just sitting there watching. That’s what the G League’s made (for.) More guys should probably take advantage of it. Our team uses it a lot. It’s good.”
Knight averaged 5.4 minutes per game in his first four games after he was cleared to play. He averaged 15 minutes for two games with Chris Paul going out with a hamstring injury, but did not play since the Rockets signed Rivers. Knight has made 3 of 20 shots this season.
“He’s got to play,” D’Antoni said. “He’s got to play a lot. He’s got to be able to make mistakes. He’s got to test the boundaries of what he can do. We’re in a situation where it was not going to happen.”