Reggie Bullock wants to be back in the Knicks lineup against the 76s on Saturday, but basketball wasn't the only reason the seasoned swinger was sad that the team lost to the Suns on Thursday night.
The Knicks held the Pride Night in the garden, and Bullock – who grappled with a neck problem – has been a leading NBA activist for the LGBTQ community since Mia Henderson, his transgender sister, in 2014. Another sister, Keiosha Moore, was shot dead in October in Baltimore.
"It was definitely difficult to sit outside, but obviously it is a night that means something. It means so much to my family and me," said Bullock on Friday. "It was a great night. I saw all the groups that were there, they brought out a few children, we made a few T-shirts. Overall it was a great night.
"All I want is that my sister has been there and is able to see the nights that have taken place in the league. I know she is proud of me and looks down on me. That is all what I can really do is continue to express my opinion and stand up and create awareness and just continue to live on her behalf. "
Bullock spoke to LGBTQ youth at the Hetrick Martin Institute in the East Village last week and helped design T-shirts that members of various participating organizations wore on Thursday's game.
"When I talk to Hetrick-Martin and speak to various organizations in the LGBTQ community, I definitely feel like I get a shiver every time I talk about their name and story," Bullock said of his sister Mia "I feel her presence and I know that she lives in me. I just have to continue doing my part, continue to use my platform and just keep pushing."
Bullock added that Thursday's suspension was "precautionary" after missing the first 10 weeks of the season after a spinal fusion operation in July.
"With a neck injury like the one I had, I definitely have to maintain, massages, warmth, everything I need to do, strength, shoulders, massages, everything I need to do," Bullock said. “The medical staff here has done a great job of seeing how much I do in practice, how much of my neck is doing and being able to prepare for the game, but I feel me great and should be there [Saturday], "