New York Knicks rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina is expected to suit up and play on Friday when the club takes on the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden.
Ntilikina has missed the last two games after suffering an ankle injury during practice. He played eight minutes in the season-opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder and was 0-for-2 from the field.
“I’m excited,” Ntilikina told reporters. “First game at the Garden in the regular season. So yeah, I can’t wait to go out there and compete with my teammates.”
The Knicks drafted Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick in this year’s draft. The city of New York recently put up a massive NIKE billboard of him in downtown.
Finished Ntilikina billboard. Slogan makes us seem like high maintenance pic.twitter.com/YNEdplJrrq
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) October 21, 2017
Given his injury problems to start his NBA career, the Knicks will likely ease Ntilikina back into the rotation against the Nets, with veteran guard Ramon Sessions remaining the starter.
It’s worth mentioning that the Phoenix Suns, who are actively looking to trade disgruntled point guard Eric Bledsoe, have held discussions with New York and are asking for Ntilikina and second-year big man Willy Hernangomez in return, according to a report by Basketball Insiders.
As of now, though, the Knicks are opposed to trading Ntilikina and Hernangomez for Bledsoe, per ESPN New York.