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Frank Ntilikina will play in the 2018 Rising Stars Game


NBA: New York Knicks at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Call Frank Ntilikina what you want—Rook, the French Prince, the Frenchise, Ntillmatic, Frankie Nicotine—just don’t call him late for the 2018 Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars game.

That’s right, your boy Frank Nitti, the Rwandan Rallyer, the French Fanatic, the Belgian Babe, has been chosen to proudly represent Team World in what used to be known as the Rookie-Sophomore game. It has since been rebranded to embody the extremeness of Moutain Kickstart.

Here is young Frank responding to the news (<3 <3 <3):

@frank_ntilikina reacts to being named a Rising ⭐️ #NBAAllStar

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Kudos to the Knicks media staff for capturing this moment.

It has been pointed out by many that Frank’s skill set (defense, steals, floor generalmanship) may not be well-matched to the back-and-forth scoring mentality of the All-Star festivities, but that’s cool. Even if he doesn’t score a million points, we who love him know that his octopus arms are long enough to hold the world.

Go get ‘em Frankie! We’re so proud of you!