NYT: Mike Bibby’s Strong Suit? Experience
Do you like Mike Bibby? You should!
For good or ill, the helm of the Knicks is now in the hands of 15-year veteran Mike Bibby. Playing in his 10th playoffs, the 33-year-old Bibby – signed to the veteran’s minimum on Dec. 11 – is more than familiar with the opponent at hand. Last year, Bibby put up the worst numbers of his career for these same Miami Heat, a disappointing season culminating in a 3.6 Player Efficiency Rating (PER) during last year’s run to the Finals.
For most of this season, Bibby’s production continued its hemorrhage, with the former Arizona standout averaging nearly as many rebounds (3.8) as points (4.3). But with injury after injury thinning the Knick bench, a Bibby gambit has become all but necessary. While by no means spectacular, Bibby’s playoff output thus far has been far from a burden.
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