The New York Knicks looked at some top draft prospect this week. Kentucky sharpshooter Malik Monk dined with Phil Jackson’s crew and worked out with the team earlier this week, according to Ian Begley.
"A lot of movement," Monk said about the triangle. "It's movement off the ball. I move off the ball great. I think it's great for me."
If you’ve ever watched Monk, you would probably agree with that assessment—kid moves without the ball better than almost any other freshman I’ve ever seen. Monk naturally proclaimed himself to be a fit for any offense, which, again...I agree. He gets buckets.
Leaving no stone un-turned, several Knicks scouting-types were also on hand Thursday to watch Dennis Smith Jr.’s personal workout. It would appear that Smith’s non-workout in New York last week—he ate dinner with Phil and front office types—was more of an agent request. Smith always planned to invite several clubs to his own training session, and the Knicks obliged. That makes me happy—I’d hate for the front office to dismiss the kid before watching him work out. I’m not a big DSJ fan, but if he’s got the goods, then the Knicks should take him, even if he didn’t take part in one of Phil’s “Welcome to the Triangle” sessions.