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.
Knicks coach David Fizdale speaking with members of the team’s front office after his first official practice as coach: pic.twitter.com/ow1qkxWBAs— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 25, 2018
Everyone of import was in attendance and luckily for Fizzy Wo and co, they had some help from sidelined teacher’s pet, Kristaps Porzingis.
Porzingis was passing, rebounding & coaching in practice today.— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) September 25, 2018
Fizdale: “He’s such a big part of what we do. A guy that’s that talented, what they see helps others. Maybe his body can’t do it right now but his mind and other aspects of service, he can really help this group." pic.twitter.com/rVgVndkL6I
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.
David Fizdale on Frank Ntilikina: "Frank, he’s just got a winning way. Being around a lot of winners, Frank has that winning gene."— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) September 25, 2018
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.
Frank Ntilikina said he overthought things at times as a rookie. Heading into Year 2, Ntilikina says David Fizdale has encouraged him to play more freely this season: pic.twitter.com/pJogWL1Pwo— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 25, 2018
Anyhow, we’re about as close to watching the New York Knicks as this clip might metaphorically suggest.
Knicks' first practice of the 2018-19 season is over. Here's a snippet of what the media was allowed to see (our snippet was not much longer than this btw). pic.twitter.com/qJid6ahWGI— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) September 25, 2018
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.
Knicks going just one session on opening day of training-camp practice. Two tomorrow.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) September 25, 2018
That should do it for now. More to come as the pre-season rapidly approaches. Bring it in, everybody!