New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina spoke about his offensive mindset and embracing fan expectations.Rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina is a face of the New York Knicks before playing a minute of NBA basketball. He’s a part of the team’s new season ticket promotion and represented the team on Friday during a live Nike event.
The press tour isn’t done for the 19-year-old. He spoke to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype about Madison Square Garden, his playing style, and the lofty fan expectations that come with playing in New York.
Frank Ntilikina discussed getting goosebumps when he toured MSG, what he'll bring to the Knicks, and New Yorker's high expectations: pic.twitter.com/tDlZutzo18
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) September 16, 2017
On the Garden: He got “goosebumps” when he went on a tour of the World’s Most Famous Arena and “can’t wait” to play his first game in his new home.
On his playing style: His mindset is that of a “team player” before describing himself as an “active guy who wants to give a lot of energy.” That’s what you want to hear from a rookie point guard. He also mentions that he likes to play pick and roll. Who doesn’t in 2017?
On fan expectations: It’s “exciting” and he considers the passionate fans as “motivation” to perform better. That’ll endear to the New York faithful.
It’s easy to forget that Frank Ntilikina is just a teenager. He’s just as well spoken as any four-year college senior who comes into the league. How he’ll be on the court at such a young age is a different story.