Kevin Knox played well in scrimmage
On Saturday afternoon the New York Knicks held their intrasquad blue-gray scrimmage at Madison Square Garden in front of around 10,000 fans.
Of course, everyone wanted to get a first-hand look at rookie forward Kevin Knox, who looked pretty good.
The New York Post says that Knox took an unofficial total of 14 shots and made seven of them. He was also able to draw a foul and get to the line for a pair of free throws.
Knox started off well after draining a three from the wing. He converted 2-3 shots from beyond the arc.
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Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale sounds happy with what he saw from the lottery pick.
“He did exactly what I want,’’ Fizdale said. “He’s a natural scorer. He’s unselfish to a fault at times, but today was indication what I’ve been prodding him to do every day. That ball hits your hands, you’re live.’’
Knox sounds like he’s focused on being aggressive and making things happen while on the floor.
“I want to be aggressive at all times,’’ Knox said. “Fiz keeps telling me to keep going to the basket, and if there’s a drive and kick, the other shooter will knock it down. I want to keep having that same mindset going into the regular season.”
With the Knicks scheduled to face off against the Washington Wizards on Monday in their first preseason game, we will get to see how Knox plays in his first real NBA game, even though it doesn’t count.
When it comes to rookie center Mitchell Robinson, who’s been turning heads in camp, he struggled against Enes Kanter, which is expected. It doesn’t help that Robinson needs to bulk up if he’s going to really make an impact as an NBA player.
“The thing about Mitch, you’re dealing with Enes Kanter every day — who is a top five post-up player in the league,’’ Fizdale said. “That’s only going to make him better because there’s not many of those running around.”
Standing at 7-foot-1, 225 pounds, Robinson really needs to get his weight over at least 250 pounds, if he’s going to make it. His nickname is “skinny Shaq.” But he needs to become “Shaq 2.0.”