Frank Ntilikina has to shoot better if he doesn’t want to be benched
With Frank Ntilikina shooting an abysmal 34 percent from the field this season, Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale decided to have him sit out their loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Christmas day.
Unfortunately for Ntilikina, it was a game that his mother attended after flying in from France.
With the recent December 11th terrorist attack in France, Ntilikina was shaken up, which is why his mother flew in for a visit. It was a shame that she was unable to watch him play.
It sounds like Ntilikina wasn’t happy after the game.
“I don’t know how long it will be [this time],” Ntilikina told the NY Post. “I can’t predict each and every game in the future. One thing I can do is get ready for each and every one — which I will do. Practice hard, get ready physically and mentally for the next game.”
“Did I know that I would not play today?” Ntilikina said. “Coach makes his decision during the game. So you don’t know. You know that, right?”
It’s a good thing that Ntilikina isn’t happy. What he needs to do is use this as motivation and prove to Fizdale that he deserves to start by playing well.
It’s a tough lesson for a young player to learn, but when it comes to playing in the NBA, you have to have thick skin. You have to be willing to persevere no matter what.
With Ntilikina only being 20 years-old, he needs to learn to overcome instances like this and prove that the Knicks didn’t make a mistake when they drafted him 8th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Now there is a chance that FIzdale’s approach may not work with Ntilikina and that would be a big problem with everything that New York has invested in Frank.
At the end of the day, it’s time for Ntilikina to man up and prove himself.
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