Knicks’ Willy Hernangomez replaces Emmanuel Mudiay in Friday’s Rising Stars Challenge
Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay will sit out his sixth consecutive game Wednesday night with back issues, he tweaked it against the Spurs back on Feb. 5.
Mudiay, who was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was slated to play Friday night in New Orleans in the Rising Stars Challenge, where first- and second-year players from the USA take on their counterparts from around the world. The Nuggets and Mudiay have decided he can’t suit up.
So the Knicks Willy Hernangomez will take his place on the World team, the NBA announced Friday.
Sure, that’s replacing a point guard with a center, but it’s as meaningless an exhibition as you can find so why worry about positions? This is the second roster replacement for the world as Thunder guard Alex Abrines will suit up for the injured Sixers center Joel Embiid.
Hernangomez, from Spain, is averaging 6.5 points and 5.4 rebounds a game for the season, however, his run has increased of late and in his last seven games he’s averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds in 24.9 minutes.
The Rising Stars Challenge will be broadcast on TNT starting at 9 p.m. Eastern on TNT.