Knicks fans witnessed some growing pains with their 1st look at Frank Ntilikina.
After missing Summer time League & spending everything of his profession overseas, the rookie point guard made his preseason debut Tues. as Ramon Periods’ backup in a 115-107 loss to the Nets. The- Frenchman buried his 1st & solely field goal late within the 1st quarter, before ending with the next stat line: 5 points on 1-for-7 shooting, with three assists & two turnovers.
Kristaps Porzingis, who was in an identical position two years of time of time ago as a European rookie, observed in that nerves have been an element.
“I talked to Frank before the game & I just keep in mind myself, my 1st game at the Garden,” Porzingis stated. “I just desired to do each one little thing myself. I used to be anxious, I used to be nervous. I used to be going 100 miles an hour. & he kind of felt the same approach.
“I talked to him before the game & I attempted to calm him down slightly bit nevertheless it’s hard. I feel within the open practice he showed glimpses of what he can do & going forward, as he gets more snug & the game slows down slightly bit for him, he is going to be great.”
Though the numbers weren’t great, Ntilikina showed some flashes on defense & while establishing the offense. If anything, he suffered due to a scarcity of aggression on offense. The- 19-year-old might begin within the preseason as Jeff Hornacek tinkers with rotations.
“He might’ve been more aggressive with the ball,” teammate Michael Beasley stated. “I feel in that (Nets point guard D’Angelo) Russell was more aggressive than him. That is really it. I felt like he’d fun.”
Ntilikina, 19, who was drafted eighth general by Phil Jackson, is taken in to account a possible defensive stopper with his long arms. & the Knicks might unquestionably use in that this season. Surrendering 115 points to the Nets solely strengthened their reputation.
“We’ve somewhat work to do,” Hornacek stated. “It is humorous the way you go over things in practice after which it get within the game, it is a bit of totally different speed.”
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