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Friday, March 22, 2013
Prigioni gives high praise to Kidd

By Jared Zwerling

Pablo Prigioni will make his third straight start Friday night in Toronto, and he's on pace to improve his assist numbers. He had three and then fives dishes in the past two games, both wins. In addition, he has just one turnover and has shot 3-for-4 from 3-point range.

All season long, the Knicks' latest starting point guard has played well when given more minutes due to injuries. Having future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd as a teammate has helped.

"I respect him a lot," Prigioni said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM radio on Friday. "He's one of the best point guards in the history of this league, and ... he's still playing at a very, very high level.

"I think he can read the game one second early before everybody else in this league. So especially for me to be with him, to be his teammate, I try to learn very small details from his game every second."

Here are a few more interesting nuggets from Prigioni's radio appearance:

The Raptors: "We need to come back to our game to be aggressive on defense and try to be smart on offense."

Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire: "We miss also Amar'e. He's also very important for us. [Anthony] showed against Orlando that he's pretty good, he's in good shape. What can I say about him? He's everything for us. He's the key player for this team, he's one of the best players in the league, and everybody is happy to have him back [from a leg injury]."

First NBA season, at age 35: "I really don't consider myself as a rookie. I just think this year I come to play in a different country, a different league, with different players."

Biggest difference: "How many games we play here in the NBA. In Europe, you play twice a week. Here maybe you play some weeks four games, so many trips. I think this is the biggest difference off the court."

Most intense games: "When we play against the Celtics, I feel something in the players, in the fans, something special, like when we play against the Nets and against the Heat. Some special feelings I can feel in the locker room and when I jump on the court. I think it's something similar when I was in Europe and I played against Barcelona, something special."

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