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!
The and Team take the W in the #RisingStarsChallenge pic.twitter.com/l8NpSY9bae— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) February 17, 2018
Here is Frank after the game, talking about the experience of a lifetime.
"It's a great experience. It's an experience that I've been dreaming about since I was a kid."— NBA (@NBA) February 17, 2018
- Frank Ntilikina on tonight's #KickstartRisingStars #NBAPostgame pic.twitter.com/3V7DOt8Ae8
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.
Frank Ntilikina's mom escaped Rwanda after a machete was held to her neck, rescued 2 sons from a refugee camp and then raised 3 successful boys. This very minute, she is watching one one of them play in NBA Rising Stars game. strongwomen https://t.co/1e2VZhg3ns via @Newsday— Barbara Barker (@meanbarb) February 17, 2018
Incredible story. The Ntilikina family is incredible. Frank is incredible.