New starter Alec Burks believes Knicks are close to turning it around

Alec Burks quietly stated Friday that he doesn’t believe his role has “really changed” since he was anointed earlier this week as the Knicks’ starting point guard, ahead of Kemba Walker. 

But Burks, an 11-year NBA veteran, logged a career-high 43 minutes in Thursday’s loss to the Bulls, and he has led the team in playing time with at least 39 minutes in each of his three starts since Walker first was “rested” on the second night of back-to-back games last weekend. 

Burks previously had averaged 21.4 minutes over his first 19 appearances this season, all off the bench. 

“I don’t think everything [has] changed. I played with everybody throughout practice and training camp, so I don’t think it really changed too much,” Burks said after practice Friday in Tarrytown. “We’re all just trying to find ways to help us win, so I don’t think it really changed at all. 

Alec Burks logged a career-high 43 minutes against the Bulls.Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

“It’s basketball at the end of the day. Never get too high. Never get too low. I think that’s how I live life, not just on the basketball court, but off of it.” 

Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau installed the 6-foot-6 Burks as the starter largely because of his size and length at the defensive end, sending the 6-foot Walker out of the rotation entirely. 

Burks has netted 21.3 points per game over his three starts, but ahead…

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