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Notes from day 3 of Knicks team workouts: Kevin Knox wants to silence doubters, Myles Powell has a mentor in J.R. Smith

That’s two-time champion J.R. Smith to you!

Villanova v Seton Hall Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The New York Knicks continued group workouts Tuesday. More photos!

Surprisingly, the talk of training camp has been third-year forward Kevin Knox. Last season was a major disappointment for Knox, and he pretty much fell off most fans’ radar, but he has drawn major praise from new head coach Tom Thibodeau so far in camp. Knox spoke to the press Tuesday, and he sounded plenty confident.

Knox doesn’t have a prayer of starting — unless they force RJ Barrett to play the 2 again, which they shouldn’t — but he was a part of the New York’s quality bench mob last season despite his shooting woes. If the shots finally fall, Knox could still be a major weapon off the bench. (Of course, we can say that about pretty much any Knicks prospect.)

Two-way contract guard Myles Powell also spoke to the media. Tri-State Area basketball fans will remember Powell from his successful career at Seton Hall, and Powell wants to bring some of that intensity to the Knicks.

As an undersized guard, Powell pointed to San Antonio’s Patty Mills as an example to copy. Since he played his college ball in New Jersey, he already has a mentor with Knicks credentials in J.R. Smith.

If you’re keeping score at home, that’s three former Knicks providing a kind of mentorship for this club: Immanuel Quickley spoke to Carmelo Anthony, Powell talked to J.R., and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist grew up admiring Al Harrington. Big #OAKAAK energy!