Kevin Knox takes 5-20 shooting night as a learning experience

Celtics forward Semi Ojeleye, coming off a solid rookie season after being a second-round pick, used his physicality on the 215-pound Kevin Knox, who shot 5-of-20 and didn’t get to the basket nearly as often. Knox still managed 15 points.

Knox is already a quick study on Ojeleye.

I learned a lot — I watched a lot of film on that game already,’’ Knox said. “Semi is a great defender one of the best defenders in the league. He guards LeBron [James], Giannis [Antetokounmpo]. It was good to go against him — one of the premier defenders. … I watched a lot of film from that game and will get better from it.”


via Marc Berman, New York Post

Kevin Knox looks like the “no-duh” NBA talent of this year’s Summer League

It’s only summer league. I know. The two-week event is an alternate reality for many players, who are given the opportunity to do things they may never experience in an actual NBA season. At this stage of his development, Knox’s best skills are his cutting and running transition, not necessarily the on-ball playmaking he’s demonstrated thus far in Vegas.

Against NBA defenses, and not diluted summer league rosters, it’ll be harder for Knox to score as potently as he is doing now. But his game has clearly grown since the end of the college season. Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum looked like no-duh NBA talents last summer; Knox is having moments for the Knicks that capture a similar spirit.


via Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer

Lakers offer glimpse of first adjustment for Knox

Lakers summer-league coach Miles Simon pulled out the stops on Kevin Knox, but could only hold him down so long. After Knox drove the ball for dunks or drew fouls in the first two games, this time he caught fire from the 3-point arc, draining 5-of-7 in leading the Knicks from 25 points down into a tie after three quarters.

“Coach Miles did a great job tonight defending me,” Knox said. “They made passes hard for me, pick-and-rolls they were really switching on me and I couldn’t get past people. They were real physical. They had a good scouting report. It’s going to get harder moving forward for me. A lot of people will see how our offense is and take me away from the top of the key. I’m looking forward to it, getting to practice and see how we adjust.”


via Marc Berman, New York Post

Kevin Knox can’t get enough basketball

Kevin Knox was disappointed Tuesday night after a 29-point outing against the Lakers because it was the last game of the card, and he had to head back to the team hotel.

Every time we play early, I come back and watch all the games,” Knox said. “I love watching basketball. You can learn from watching others play and I have friends on other teams. It’s who I am. I like to watch college basketball, high school — don’t matter who it is.”


via Marc Berman, New York Post

Frank Ntilikina talks about being more aggressive and where he first developed his turn-around jumper

Frank Ntilikina talks about wanting to be more aggressive after taking some time to get into rhythim in the first game. He mentions how he thinks a lot on the court, about getting his teammates involved, but he needs to learn how to be aggressive, himself, as a means to create more opportunities for his teammates.

When asked about the turn-around jumpers he took from the post area, a shot that we haven’t seen from him while he has played for the Knicks, Ntilikina said it’s a shot he used before in Europe, but he needs to use it more often, especially with his size.