The New York Knicks have high hopes for rookie Frank Ntilikina, a 19-year old point guard and the No. 8 overall pick in the draft.
In fact, other than big man Kristaps Porzingis, Ntilikina is viewed as the greatest hope of the post-Carmelo Anthony era.
So how are things going for Ntilikina?
“Adjusting to the difference from this style of game to the style of game in Europe, the players are a lot more talented, more strong and the play is more fast,’’ Ntilikina said, via the New York Post. “The adjustment has been great, and I’ll keep working on it. I’m doing pretty good at it. I’m not worried about it.”
That was the fairly diplomatic response.
Veteran Knicks point guard Ramon Sessions actually took it a step further by comparing Ntilikina to a young Kyrie Irving.
Ntilikina and the Knicks open the preseason Tuesday vs. the Brooklyn Nets. He may not be ready, though, as he experienced a sore left groin during practice.
“It was just precautionary to leave practice and reevaluate it tomorrow,” Ntilikina said. “I feel fine. I’m not worried about it.”
As for his role, he seems to have a good grasp of it.
“I know this position is important for the team to be on the same page,” he said. “Everybody needs to be on the same page to be at the highest level they can be mentally on the court. That’s what I do.”