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Knicks day 1 practice notes

NBA: New York Knicks-Media Day Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

One day of practice down and the Knicks are en route to a championship. Should have the East all sewn up in no time. Hyperbole aside, new head coach, David Fizdale, already seems to have this group magnetized. He’s said that every spot on the roster and in the rotation is completely up for grabs. Positive reinforcement and the spirit of competition will probably be the themes they’ll be using to carry this squad through to June.

Coach Fizdale and the crew were clearly feeling the heat of being scrutinized. It may have brought some jitters to a boil but Joakim Noah wasn’t around so no one seemed to get salty about it.

Everyone of import was in attendance and luckily for Fizzy Wo and co, they had some help from sidelined teacher’s pet, Kristaps Porzingis.

I’m sure Enes Kanter clapped two erasers in Kristaps’ face when the coaches left the room. I bet if he tried that shit with Frank Ntilikina, the Couverture Pondérée, would have snatched him by the wrists and forced him to throw the erasers down, “I would prefer you don’t do that here.” Not the type to suffer fools, politely.

So let me see if I got this straight. No one has been awarded a starting spot. And Porzingis is the cornerstone of the franchise. Therefore, Ntilikina must be the mason that builds cornerstones for a living.

Anyhow, we’re about as close to watching the New York Knicks as this clip might metaphorically suggest.

From what I can tell Ron Baker inbounds to a guy (possibly Mario Hezonja) who lays a brick. Then someone swoops for the transition hoop going the other direction (possibly Mario Hezonja). Ending in the cherry-picking Baker mishandling a pass over the top for what could have been an easy two (possibly blocked by Mario Hezonja).

Not to worry. Today was just about getting their feet wet. Pool’s wide open tomorrow.

That should do it for now. More to come as the pre-season rapidly approaches. Bring it in, everybody!