Knicks’ Jalen Brunson attends Dallas reunion with sore hip

DALLAS (AP) — Jalen Brunson missed his first reunion in Dallas after the New York Knicks point guard was ruled out against the Mavericks with a sore right hip. .

The club announced the decision shortly before Tuesday night’s game kicked off. Brunson played in the Knicks’ 121-100 loss to the Mavericks in New York in early December. The rematch is the first game he has missed this season.

Brunson was drafted by Dallas in the second round in 2018, the same year Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic got the third pick.

A two-time NCAA champion at Villanova, Brunson became Doncic’s right-hand man before signing with the Knicks as a free agent last summer.

On the Knicks bench, Brunson, wearing a light blue hoodie, watched a tribute video after the first quarter and waved to the cheering crowd after the game. He hugged several Dallas staffers on his way to the locker room at halftime.

Brunson played a key role in the Mavericks’ first-round series win against Utah last season, when Doncic missed the first three games of the six-game series with a calf strain.

The Mavericks reached the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the championship-winning Golden State Warriors.

Brunson started alongside Doncic in head coach Jason Kidd’s Dallas debut last season, but is interested in serving as the lead point guard elsewhere.

Brunson has been heavily linked with the Knicks. His father, Rick Brunson, was an assistant coach and former player for New York. His father’s agent, Leon Rose, was the president of the Knicks.

Six days after New York played in Dallas, the NBA held talks with Brunson before free agency opened on June 30, with the NBA docking the club on a second-round pick in the 2025 draft.

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