ATLANTA — The point-guard carousel kept spinning Wednesday and Trey Burke wound up getting his first DNP since his early days as a Knick last season.
The starting point guard to begin the season, Burke didn’t seem too understanding of the snub, despite Frank Ntilikina and Emmanuel Mudiay both performing well. The surprising part is Burke sat even after Ntilikina fouled out with 5:30 left in the 112-107 victory over the Hawks.
“I’m just as surprised as everyone else,’’ Burke told The Post. “I’m going to continue to stay ready and control what I can control.”
Burke understands Mudiay has started to emerge, but it isn’t as easy to swallow not getting in at all after being the Knicks’ top point guard last season.
“I’m a competitor,’’ Burke said. “I’m ready to go every single game to help this team win. Of course it was frustrating but you can’t show that. I’ve been through the fire in this league. At this point, nothing can break me. Nothing can make me fold. I got to stick to what I’ve been doing. My faith will get me through all this. It has before and will again. If the opportunity presents itself again, I’ll be ready.’’
Knicks coach David Fizdale said it’s not easy juggling three point guards or choosing between them.
“Not playing any of them is a tough call for me,’’ Fizdale said. “Trey knows he’s in my holster. I won’t hesitate to use Trey. He’s always ready to go and I believe in Trey.’’
Mudiay has been in the rotation just for the past four games, beginning Friday in hometown of Dallas after missing more than two weeks with an ankle sprain. He has excelled in each one, including a 16-point romp versus the Bulls in which he made a spectacular coast-to-coast layup. Wednesday he hit a big late bucket as well as two big 3-pointers in the third, and finished with 11 points.
During his pregame press conference, Fizdale was asked about Election Day and the up-in-the-air governor’s race in Georgia between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp. Fizdale, who rarely has been political as Knicks coach, made an apparent reference to Donald Trump’s performance as president being “an embarrassment.”
“I don’t know the whole details of what happened yet,’’ Fizdale said. “I don’t know if she’s conceded yet.”
Fizdale added, “Obviously there’s a lot of turmoil in our country over this stuff. At some point I just hope we can get to a place where we can do this with the right temperament and set the right tone for our children. Because right now what’s been happening over the last two years is an embarrassment.”
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