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New York Knicks coach David Fizdale will head to Latvia on July 22 to meet with star forward Kristaps Porzingis.
Fizdale plans to sit with Porzingis and show him film of his game. The new Knicks coach also wants to show Porzingis summer league footage of rookie Kevin Knox and explain how the two can become a dynamic duo for the next several years.
“It’s going to be a big part of the next step to show him the big picture,” Fizdale said. “How I want to utilize him, coach him, start building a relationship with him, a bond with him, a connection with him. I think they [Porzingis and Knox] will complement each other very well. That’s not a bad pick-and-roll to run.”
Porzingis suffered a torn left ACL in February and underwent season-ending surgery shortly after. The 7-footer and the Knicks have been vague about when the power forward is expected to be ready to play again.
Before getting hurt, Porzingis was averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 48 games while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from three.
Knox, who was booed by Knicks fans at the draft, was very impressive in summer league and turned some heads. The 18-year-old averaged 21.3 points and 6.5 rebounds and is excited to play with Porzingis.
“I’m looking forward to playing with Porzingis,” Knox said. “I can learn from him and play with him offensively and defensively. He’s one of the best players in the league, so it will be fun to play with him.”