There have been a scarcity of Knicks-related stories in the New York press these days—particularly ones that contain nuggets of actual news. But we got one Wednesday morning, baby—courtesy of your boy, Marc Berman, who disclosed that Steve Mills was recently in France for scouting purposes.
“According to an NBA source, Knicks general manager Steve Mills jetted to France to catch 18-year-old point guard Frank Ntilikina play Tuesday night for Strasbourg in a French League match against Nanterre.”
Frank! The young Frenchman has been connected to the Knicks a few times, though it was hard if writers were basing that on the fact that, y’know, Knicks like Euros. But this is real, yo! Berman points out that Mills also traveled to Europe two years ago to scout a certain skinny young Latvian when he was playing with Sevilla.
Ntilikina played 25 minutes, scoring 6 points (2-6 shooting) to go along with 3 rebounds, 3 assists (zero turnovers) and 2 steals in a 74-65 Nanterre victory.
If you’re not yet familiar with the combo guard, who figures to be available wherever the Knicks wind up picking, Matt Miranda put together a handy Know the Prospect piece.
I like watching him play defense.