The New York Knicks’ front office, not content to scour the East Coast for prospect workouts, headed out to L.A. to catch a glimpse of a few intriguing players. Phil Jackson and his consigliere triangolo, Kurt Rambis, were in the building to watch workouts for prospects repped by CAA. The Jackson regime and CAA, together at last? Thank God Andrea Bargnani is safely back in Europe.
Later, Jackson and Rambis viewed some Catalyst Sports clients with a host of other NBA front office bigwigs.
Magic Johnson here with @Happywalters at the @CatalystSM Pro Day. Phil Jackson also looking on. De'Aaron Fox working out soon. pic.twitter.com/tNEDMabLBf— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 3, 2017
Here we have De’Aaron Fox (screw you, lottery gods!) hitting some jumpers.
Snippet from De'Aaron Fox's workout at @CatalystSM Pro Day in LA. Thought he shot the ball well, showed his explosiveness on a few big dunks pic.twitter.com/3NDorPNWAY— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 3, 2017
Louisville combo guard Donovan Mitchell, who seems to be flying up draft boards, also got in some work.
Donovan Mitchell showing off his touch from the perimeter. Made a big jump as a shooter from his freshman to sophomore season. pic.twitter.com/z2CXswiQ2h— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 3, 2017
Duke sharpshooter Luke Kennard—a personal favorite of P&T’s own Jonathan Schulman—put on a clinic from beyond the arc.
Duke's Luke Kennard putting on a shooting clinic in a gym full of NBA GMs and decision makers pic.twitter.com/DuqmdrIBm6— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 3, 2017
Kennard’s former Duke teammate Amile Jefferson was there as well. Jefferson worked out with the Knicks last week.
Strong Duke connection between Amile Jefferson and Luke Kennard. Jefferson is very vocal, bringing a lot of life to the gym. pic.twitter.com/fSyyFMwgz5— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 3, 2017
One can assume Jackson and Rambis represented the Knicks in L.A. due to their strong connections to the city. I would prefer it, though, if Rambis did not have a huge say in whom the organization picks on draft night.