Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson says his deleted tweet wasn’t about basketball

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Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News
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Mitchell Robinson broke his silence on his deleted cryptic tweet, claiming it referenced a private issue unrelated to basketball.

“It was like a personal thing,” he said. “So I really — At the same time, I don’t even want to talk about that. It’s just something that’s going on in my life. And I’ll leave that alone.”

Three days earlier, Robinson tweeted, “One day they’ll let me play,” which was widely interpreted as a gripe for a bigger role offensively. He deleted it immediately and didn’t speak to the media after Thursday’s practice, when coach Tom Thibodeau said he had no interest in addressing the tweet with his starting center.

Robinson, who has long teased expanding his one-dimensional offensive game, said Friday that he’s fine with his role. The 22-year-old almost exclusively scores on dunks or lay-ups. He hasn’t attempted a 3-pointer in his three-year career.

The Knicks (8-11) entered Friday’s game against the Cavaliers on a three-game losing streak.

“I kind of like my role. We’re winning games, why change it?” Robinson said. “Know what I mean? Anything that I could do to help win more be great, but I just want to keep it consistent. We’re doing pretty good right now so why change?”

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Nerlens Noel, a free agent after the season, revealed he hired a new agent, Chris Gaston.

Noel was previously the client of power agent Rich Paul, who represents LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Ben Simmons, among others.

Noel signed a one year, $5 million deal with the Knicks in the off-season. He was just averaging 3.1 points before Friday at the backup center, but making a mark on defense with 3.6 blocks per 36 minutes.

“I’m not really worried about (leaving Paul) I already picked my agent about a couple of weeks ago. I wrapped that up,” Noel said. “That’s a thing of the past. I’ve been focused on being a New York Knick, playing basketball at the highest level possible and being focused.”

Noel joined Robinson as the second Knick to drop Paul as an agent this season. Paul used to work at Creative Artists Agency under Leon Rose, but left to start his own company and took clients LeBron and JR Smith with him. Rose is now the president of the Knicks.