Fizdale, whose stated goal is to establish “great relationships” with his players, will bring along two of his young point guards in Ntilikina [as first reported by SNY.tv], Emmanuel Mudiay and their 2017 second-round pick, shooting guard Damyean Dotson, on a trip to Beantown.
The idea behind attending the game is to show [the young players] what it is to play “in the Eastern Conference Finals,” the source said.
Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Burke, Troy Williams, Damyean Dotson and Isaiah Hicks all participated in a group workout in front of new Knicks coach David Fizdale earlier this week, per a league source. Also in the gym that day? Michael Beasley, who will be a free agent this summer. Beasley, per a source, was just working out at the facility and didn’t participate in the group workout. It’s not unusual for players in New York to work out at the team facility but it’s noteworthy in this case because the Knicks have a new coach.
via Ian Begley, ESPN
Ntilikina, 19, flew in from France on Sunday after spending the past 5 ½ weeks in his homeland. According to an NBA source, Fizdale will conduct his first informal workout with players Monday as the Knicks three young point guards — Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke — will be on hand.
Also on hand will be Damyean Dotson, their 2017 second-round pick, and Troy Williams, who played for Fizdale in Memphis.
Published on May 14, 2018 by BallisLifeSouth
“I’ve heard nothing but positive things,’’ Mudiay told The Post in his first remarks since suffering a season-ending concussion. “Just excited. Nobody has played with him yet over here except Troy Williams [with the Grizzlies in 2016-17]. But I’m not the only one excited. Everyone else is, too.’’
“I think he can help me out a lot,’’ Mudiay said. “Not only him, but the coaching staff he brings in. I’m looking forward to it.”
“Coming from Denver, we played a whole different type of style,’’ Mudiay said. “Coach Hornacek had his own way of playing. It was a little different. It took me couple of weeks to figure it out. The first time being traded, I was wrong for just thinking it’s going to be picked up easy. Obviously, it took longer. Two different coaches, two different ways they wanted to play.”
The first in a series of breakdowns on how David Fizdale could impact the Knicks:
“We literally built a program around how to make lay-ups in different ways and different angles.”
The Knicks have two guards who could benefit from that…
“I talk to Emmanuel all the time,’’ [Larry] Brown told The Post in a phone interview. “I loved the kid. He’s been injured a lot during the course of his career and only played eight games in China. But I don’t think Emmanuel has ever been in the greatest shape of his life. That position you have to be an elite athlete and in unbelievable shape. I don’t know until he got to the NBA if he has ever been coached the way he needed to be coached.”
Jean-Micheal told The Post after the February trade that brought his brother from the Nuggets that he believes Emmanuel would be a lot further along in his development if he had spent his freshman year in 2014-15 at SMU with Brown, who stepped down as coach in 2016.
“I just think if you can get him for a second-round pick and bring him to New York, surround him with people like Scott, who isn’t afraid to tell him what he needs to do, I think he’s got a great opportunity with Frank and the way Trey has improved,’’ Brown said. “Those are three darn good guards. They have an unbelievable upside. It’s all about Emmanuel being in great shape because he has a great feel for the game. When I watched him in high school, I thought if he came to SMU we had a chance to win a national championship.’’
Perry has consulted with Brown since acquiring point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who nearly played for Brown at SMU before opting to play professionally for a year in China. Brown stepped down at SMU in July 2016 at age 75.