It’s time for Frank Ntilikina to grow up
With second-year point guard Frank Ntilikina still not starting and having his minutes cut down this season, many fans want to blame New York Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale.
It’s easy to blame Fizdale given the fact that he decides who starts and how much each guy on the team plays. But Ntilikina should also share some of the blame.
I understand that Frank is only 19 years-old, but that’s not an excuse as to why he’s not developing and his confidence keeps fluctuating.
I also don’t want to hear the excuse that Ntilikina playing more than one position is stunting his growth. One thing is for sure and that is that he’s a basketball player. So what he needs to do is go and play ball.
Whether it’s the defensive end of the floor or the offensive end where Ntilikina needs to get better at orchestrating things and attacking the basket, he needs to put in the work and get better. He doesn’t need to be babied because his confidence is shaken. It’s time for him to grow up and act like an NBA player.
What it also comes down to is that Fizdale is treating Frank like an adult. Like an adult that’s a pro basketball player, that needs to prove that he belongs in the best basketball league in the world.
So what Ntilikina needs to do is not feel sorry for himself, but instead work on his weaknesses and prove to Fizdale and the rest of the Knicks organization that he belongs on the court and that he deserves to start. Until he does that, his minutes should be limited.
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