The Knicks will finally have a family get together for the first time since the coronavirus caused a pause in the 2019-20 NBA season, with Newsday reporting that most of the team will participate in a practice on Wednesday.
The planned practice will provide Tom Thibodeau and his coaching staff with their first chance to see what they’ve currently got with this roster. The Knicks already started doing one-on-one workouts last week, and now that the players and coaches have completed a two-day hotel quarantine, they’ll hold a group practice at the team’s facility in Westchester, according to Newsday’s Steve Popper.
Here’s the list of players who are expected to participate in the practice, per Popper: Julius Randle, RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr. It’s possible there will be others, as most of the team, including players with team options for next season, participated in the individual workouts last week.
Damyean Dotson wasn’t named in the list of participants for some reason, but we already have video of him sinking jumpers.
Needless to say, we’re all starved for Knicks basketball. At this point, most of us would be willing to watch DSJ, Elfrid Payton and Bobby Portis run a three-hour-long three man weave. Hopefully there will be video to come from the practice, which doesn’t seem like too much to ask for considering the Knicks have been putting out film on the individual workouts.
The Dotson video isn’t the only content the Knicks have put out as players get back to work. Here’s a breakdown of what we’ve gotten thus far:
The team recently unveiled glorious videos of both Frank Ntillikina and Mitchell Robinson nailing jump shots. If those two can each hit almost 100% of their shots next season like they did in the clips, it’ll be a massive improvement.
Kenny Wooten, who never got called up last year, still knows how to slam. Hopefully he’ll get the opportunity to dunk in real NBA games whenever the 2020-21 campaign tips off.
Oh, and by the way, Wooten can shoot practice jumpers too!
Ignas Brazdeikis, like Ntilikina before him, looks jacked.
Barrett has also been bulking up. Maybe he’s upset he wasn’t named to one of the All-Rookie Teams.
Let’s hope the Knicks give us some additional video, maybe even of a scrimmage or something. The more content the merrier, because it’s going to be awhile before New York gets back on the court for a game that counts in the standings.