Nathan Knight sends special message to fans after joining Boston Celtics

Upon joining the Boston Celtics, Nathan Knight shared his thoughts on his new team:

“When I signed a two-way deal with the Knicks, my goal was to make an impact and establish myself in the NBA. However, things didn’t go as planned, and the Knicks waived me, leaving me in search of a new home. This is a common occurrence in the league as teams trim their rosters during training camp and the preseason.”

“The Celtics decided to sign me to a two-way deal after Jay Scrubb suffered an ACL injury during practice, creating an opening. I’ve had the opportunity to play in 108 NBA games throughout my career with the Timberwolves and Hawks.”

“I’d like to express my gratitude to the Celtics for giving me this opportunity. I had discussions with several teams this offseason, initially signing with the Knicks. When that didn’t work out as expected, I had conversations with Brad Stevens and (Joe) Mazzulla, and they were willing to offer me a chance to come here, work hard for the team, and contribute to the organization. I’m genuinely excited to be here.”

“As for the transition from New York to Boston and being at TD Garden for the preseason game, it’s all part of the business of basketball. I’m well aware of how things work in this industry, so I’m adapting to the ups and downs. Once again, I feel blessed and happy to be here.”

Nathan Knight joins Celtics on two-way contract, filling out roster ahead  of season opener - The Boston Globe

“Regarding my experience in training camp with the Knicks, I’m appreciative of the time I spent with those guys. It was a fun experience getting to know my teammates, honing my skills, and learning more about the game and myself. I’m entering my fourth year in the league, and I’m grateful for the journey.”

“When it comes to my 20-point game against the Celtics on December 27, 2022, while playing for the Timberwolves, my focus was on helping my team succeed. I seized my opportunities, took the available shots, and when they weren’t there, I facilitated for my teammates. I can’t break down the game play by play, but I did what I could to secure a win.”

“As for bringing the playbook from the Knicks to the Celtics, I’m not entirely certain if it’s necessary. The Celtics are a remarkable organization that meticulously prepares through video analysis and player scouting. My role is to step onto the court and contribute to my team’s victories.”

“In response to how challenging this journey has been, it’s a great question. I believe it’s about remaining dedicated to my work, expressing gratitude to those who support me, such as my family, friends, and significant other. They’ve kept me grounded throughout this process. The business side of the NBA can be unpredictable, and opportunities are scarce, so I aim to seize them when they come and do whatever is required to help my organization succeed. Whether that means being the best cheerleader, I’ll do it, as long as it benefits the team.”

“When it comes to connections with the Celtics, I know a few guys from a game in 2020. Al Horford has been a mentor to me, and we crossed paths during my rookie year in Atlanta. I’m also friends with Lamar Stevens, and I have a connection with Oshae Brissett, who went to Syracuse, my hometown. I’m looking forward to getting to know the other players on the team as well.”

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