Knicks Media Days usually bring humor and false optimism before a lost season, like Enes Kanter talking about his nipples getting hard when thinking about the playoffs. This year, there’s reason for genuine optimism for once.
Let’s see how that affected Media Day.
Derrick Rose said that there was no point guard controversy, and that Kemba Walker will be starting, while displaying the hideous new Squarespace patch.
Derrick Rose on Kemba Walker and the point guard rotation:— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) September 27, 2021
"He's starting. I'm doing whatever it takes to change the game, I'm not worried about minutes" pic.twitter.com/YiAMQetRv1
Rose also let us know the Knicks are going to get up more threes this year as they did at the end of last season, a far cry from when he said he was waiting for the playoffs to shoot them in a year the Knicks didn’t make the playoffs.
Derrick Rose says the Knicks aren’t going to force 3-point attempts but they want to increase their attempts per game this season to 37-40. Last season, Knicks attempted 30 threes per game, 4th lowest total in the league. They had NBA’s 3rd best 3-PT FG%.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 27, 2021
RJ Barrett excitedly introduced new Knick Kemba Walker as Mr. New York.
RJ with the perfect introduction for Kemba Walker pic.twitter.com/DydfKDWO9m— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) September 27, 2021
Kemba then discussed how Derrick Rose was one of the biggest influences in him choosing to sign with the Knicks:
"D-Rose is one of the biggest reasons I came here"— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 27, 2021
Kemba Walker is looking forward to playing with Derrick Rose
Evan Fournier talked about how he practiced Judo growing up, then fulfilled every Knicks fan’s dream of threatening to fight Stefan Bondy.
Both of Evan Fournier's parents were Judo experts, so he practiced it growing up. He has some fun with @SBondyNYDN:— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) September 27, 2021
"I can kick your ass though, don't worry" pic.twitter.com/MfUauv82VI
He also spun a ball on his finger.
1️⃣3️⃣ | @EvanFourmizz pic.twitter.com/I1MTu7x4wG— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) September 27, 2021
Quentin Grimes posted a TikTok...then deleted it before online trolls could call him a bust.
The first thing Quentin Grimes @qdotgrimes does in his new Knicks uniform? Of course TikTok pic.twitter.com/ebnrBCB0LN— New York Basketball (@NBA_NewYork) September 27, 2021
The rookies showed off their duds in non-deleted pictures.
First Media Day ✅ pic.twitter.com/ea3fO7SgDt— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) September 27, 2021
Immanuel Quickley cheesed for the camera.
Immanuel Quickley Knicks media day outtake @IQ_GodSon pic.twitter.com/i0pYPtNe2A— New York Basketball (@NBA_NewYork) September 27, 2021
Julius Randle said he was doing too much against the Hawks in that series I don’t remember happening.
Julius Randle reflects on the series against the Hawks:— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) September 27, 2021
"It was a fairly simple series. I overcomplicated it." pic.twitter.com/MImrzpq0Wj
Kevin Durant wasn’t a fan of James Dolan’s proposal to play for the Knicks on weekends
David letterman asks KD if he would play for Knicks on off days. Durant’s response? “They let anyone in here.” pic.twitter.com/ERPssU3ggz— Barbara Barker (@meanbarb) September 27, 2021
It’ll be nice to have a season that doesn’t go downhill immediately after media day.