The Knicks’ 2017-18 Media Day was a roaring success, as nobody said anything crazy. Hell, many of the people involved were quite charming! We don’t miss you, Phil.
Scott Perry and Steve Mills briefly discussed the Carmelo Anthony trade, including the news that the Knicks would donated $100,000 to Melo’s Puerto Rico recovery campaign.
This was the biggest non-charity news to come out of their interview.
Scott Perry didn't rule out another move coming, especially with the logjam at center.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) September 25, 2017
And then it was time for Kristaps Porzingis.
Kristaps told reporters that he is ready for the challenge of leading this team, that he worked tirelessly at improving his game in the offseason (we saw the Instagram workout posts, bruh!) and that his relationship with head coach Jeff Hornacek is fine. By far the highlight of his press session was when a reporter asked him if he’ll be an All-Star this season. Kristaps leaned forward very deliberately and with a determined look in his eye, told the assembled reporters, “I believe so.”
Willy Hernangomez and Tim Hardaway Jr. were next at the podium.
Following Tim and Willy were new acquisitions Doug McDermott and Media Day MVP Enes Kanter. The Turkish big man absolutely charmed the hell out of everyone present. When asked what it felt like to go from a great team to the Knicks, Kanter cut off the questioner: “We ARE a great team!” He also learned competitiveness from his former teammate, Russell Westbrook: “You gotta take his heart out.”
Kanter said seeing what this country is going through is "breaking my heart."— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) September 25, 2017
Kanter said he would take the media out to one of the good Turkish restaurants in NYC.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) September 25, 2017
I love Enes Kanter now.
Frank Ntilikina called himself a high-IQ player before sheepishly apologizing for his arrogance. He also mentioned that he paid attention to the fact that his name hasn’t really come up in pre-season rookie of the year voting. Frank gonna make them haters eat their words.
Here’s a video link, if you missed the live stream. Personally, I would just skip ahead to Kanter’s interview. LET’S GO KNICKS!