New York Knicks News Mix, 9/16/17: Frank Ntilikina Models New Jerseys
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: New York Knicks first round draft pick, Frank Ntilikina of France, talks with manager Joe Girardi #28 of the New York Yankees before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on September 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Frank Ntilikina was the New York Knicks‘ representative at Friday’s NIKE NBA Launch Event modeling the team’s new jerseys.

Frank Ntilikina is yet to play a minute in the NBA, but the New York Knicks have already started to make him a face of the organization. The 19-year-old attended a Yankees game, after showing off the new rookie uniforms from Nike.

The rookie point guard was out in public again on Friday, and it involved Nike. They held an NBA Launch Event on Friday revealing their Statement Edition uniforms and Therma Flex Showtime Warm-up Jacket.

Frank posed with stars like Paul George, Kemba Walker, and former Knick J.R. Smith.

The Knicks are getting Frank’s face out there, but they won’t make it easy for him to get playing time.

New York added veteran Jarrett Jack to their already crowded point guard depth chart as a possible mentor to Frank this season. Jack’s on a non-guaranteed deal while Ramon Sessions, 31, is guaranteed to make the squad.

That’s not including Jeff Hornacek’s favorite, Ron Baker, and Chasson Randle (non-guaranteed deal) who could struggle to make the team after a rough Summer League performance.

According to, this weird looking warm-up jacket is the first hooded jacket to be worn on the court during gametime. We know what Carmelo Anthony will be wearing during warm-ups.

Carmelo Anthony’s college head coach at Syracuse University, Jim Boeheim, has had a lot of opinions about his former players time in New York over the years.

Boeheim called Phil Jackson’s triangle “the worst offense ever” and ripped Anthony’s supporting cast after New York was eliminated by the Indiana Pacers in the 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals. Melo was let down by his teammates in a dominant defensive performance from the Pacers.

In this edition, The Hall of Famer coach told Adam Zagoria of he believes that Phil Jackson should have been allowed to deal Anthony before leaving the Big Apple.

“I think in reality it would’ve been better if they let Phil make the trade and then got rid of him,” Boeheim, who coached Anthony to the 2003 NCAA championship at Syracuse, told me…“Now the new guys are going to be held responsible for the deal and nobody’s going to give much up [for Anthony in a trade]. So they’re going to end up not getting a lot for him and it’s really because of what Phil did in poisoning the air.”

Boeheim wants what’s best for his guy, and that’s getting out of New York. He’s not worried about the consequences for the franchise.

If Phil was still in charge Melo would likely already be in Houston. Jim Boeheim knows that.

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I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.