The tippy-top players of this draft class aren't at the NBA draft combine in Chicago, but the Knicks are! There is a chance they don't have a tippy-top pick after all. What follows is a collection of things said about/on behalf of the Knicks today:
First of all, here's something I didn't know about the process:
The Knicks get 18 interviews w the players at the combine. Doesn't mean that's who they're drafting. They'd be stupid not to use them all.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) May 14, 2015
Pretty much everyone but Dad was in the building today:
No sign of Phil Jackson at NBA Draft Combine. Mills, Houston, Fisher, Rambis, scouts representing Knicks.— Peter Botte (@PeterBotte) May 14, 2015
Who knows where Phil was...
That means the Knicks can meet with pretty much everyone they'd consider drafting, or even trading down for, at one point or another. Nothing to read into. That said, as far as I can tell, New York's meetings today were with Frank Kaminsky, Jerian Grant, and Kelly Oubre. Plenty more to come (Christian Wood, for instance), and maybe more we didn't hear about.
Here are some totally generic things people said:
Jerian Grant knows hes likely not a top-five pick, and said as much when we spoke. But said he might be in play if Knicks move down. No harm— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) May 14, 2015
ND guard Jerian Grant said he's scheduled to interview with the Knicks during the Draft combine. Really good playmaker at the college level.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) May 14, 2015
Apologies on the last tweet: Grant said he'd already interviewed with the Knicks. Said they asked him about his knowledge of the triangle.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) May 14, 2015
Frank Kaminsky said met with Phil Jackson today among his interviews. Said at 22 is treated like he's "65''.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) May 14, 2015
Derek Fisher at the NBA draft combine - asked Knicks' biggest need: Love for competition, that’s our biggest need."— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) May 14, 2015
Fisher at Combine sez fine not sitting on dais with Mills getting nod. "I'm the coach. It's not my call. It won't effect ping-pong balls."— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) May 14, 2015
Asked where he will be the night of the Lottery, Derek Fisher said, "That’s for me to know where I’ll be."— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) May 14, 2015
Basically, people ask the players what they think of the Knicks, and the players say "I like them," and people ask the Knicks what they think of players and they say "we like them." There is not much learned in this process. Nothing to read into. It's just nice to see some life in May.
Five days until the lottery. I'm so nervous.