This isn't what the Knicks wanted to see just ahead of their regular season opener.
During practice on Tuesday, C Mitchell Robinson suffered a sprained right ankle and is now out for the Knicks' season-opener on Wednesday night, the team said.
Taj Gibson, who had been listed as questionable on Tuesday, will be available.
Robinson, the team's 2018 second-round pick, was expected to be the team's starting center after surprising many last season with his shot-blocking prowess and presence in the paint. His 2.4 blocks per game was the second-highest total in the NBA, just behind Pacers big man Myles Turner, who had 2.7 on the year.
The 21-year-old Robinson was also working on adding some more offensive diversity to his game this year, including a jumper from beyond the arc. Robinson was seen during training camp letting it fly from three-point range, and he said he was looking forward to showing everyone that his offensive game isn't boxed into just alley-oops and put-back dunks.
With Robinson out, Bobby Portis -- one of the Knicks young, free agent signees -- will likely take his spot at the five. Gibson could also be an option.
During his rookie year, Robinson averaged 7.3 points and 6.4 rebounds to go along with his blocks total over 20.6 minutes per game.