BOSTON — Immanuel Quickley walked into the interview room in Houston and talked about he’s so cautious he’s showering with his mask on. It didn’t exactly work.
Quickley has become the fifth Knick to enter COVID-19 safety protocols, the club announced. And there could be more coming as all the players who tested positive did so after returning last weekend from Toronto. The Knicks also have two broadcasters from their traveling party in protocols – Walt Frazier and Rebecca Haarlow.
After scoring 24 points in Houston Thursday, Quickley was summoned into the small interview room late Thursday at Houston’s Toyota Center and spent several moments contemplating whether to take off his mask.
Quickley eventually removed his face covering.
“It’s definitely crazy right now,’’ Quickley said before learning of the diagnosis. “I’ve been showering with my mask on. Which is crazy itself. I just try to keep it on and hopefully it will keep me safe. I try to be as cautious as I can. I keep my mask on all the time. I haven’t taken my mask off like this.’’
Two Knicks beat reporters and two Knicks public-relations men were in the small room.
The Knicks already had four players out because of COVID-19 (RJ Barrett, Quentin Grimes, Obi Toppin and Kevin Knox).
If Derrick Rose isn’t available, Tom Thibodeau will have no choice but to play banished point guard Kemba Walker.