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Frank Ntilikina had a blast in his first taste of All-Star Weekend

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Rising Star!

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New York Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina made his debut on the All-Star Weekend stage Friday, playing for Team World in the Rising Stars Challenge. Unlike his time with the ‘Bockers, Frank was actually allowed to play decent minutes. I guess we’re lucky that Team World didn’t have a stud like Jarrett Jack in the lineup to take Frank’s minutes.

Playing mostly alongside fellow Worlders Domantas Sabonis, Dillon Brooks, Lauri Markkanen and eventual Rising Stars MVP Bogdan Bogdanovic, Frank chipped in 6 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in a 155-124 World win. To the highlights!

Here is Frank after the game, talking about the experience of a lifetime.

In one last bit of Ntilikina news, you need to read this piece from Newsday’s Barbara Barker about Frank’s mother, who escaped the infamous Rwandan genocide, rescued Frank’s two older brothers from a refugee, and helped all three of her sons find success as adults.

Incredible story. The Ntilikina family is incredible. Frank is incredible.