New York Knicks Frank Ntilikina
(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

David Fizdale and Frank Ntilikina will experience first-hand what an Eastern Conference Finals is like. The New York Knicks pair are reportedly heading to Boston together to catch the game.

Frank Ntilikina and David Fizdale are already getting to know each other. The two are heading to Boston to catch the Eastern Conference Finals in person per reports from’s Adam Zagoria. The New York Knicks hope to play on that stage in the near future and the young coach and player are looking to experience the action first-hand.

The relationship between Ntilikina and Fizdale is paramount to the Knicks success. Fizdale can help the French product develop into a rugged, aggressive point guard.

The narrative that many want to follow is that Frank Ntilikina is a bust and the Knicks are already regretting the pick that Phil Jackson made. The talk is that they want to move him off the ball—therefore, they hate him. He only received one vote in the NBA All-Rookie voting—therefore, he will never become a great player.

Don’t believe any of that. The fact of the matter is that Ntilikina is a 19-year-old who has all the physical tools to turn into an excellent player. No doubt, he has a lot of room to grow and mature, but thankfully for the Knicks, they have time to let him develop.

If you have watched any of the Eastern or Western Conference Finals games you may have noticed something about the way the teams are attacking on offense. It’s been all about seeking out mismatches and exploiting them. Have versatile defenders ever been more important than they are now? Probably not.

Ntilikina has the potential to be a lockdown perimeter defender who won’t get destroyed by any glaring mismatches. Give him time because if he can develop a consistent three-point shot, he could be exactly what a team needs to make a deep playoff run.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.