Kevin Knox is comfortable with a team learning to trust its rebuild, which he’ll need if drafted by the New York Knicks with the ninth pick.
In an interview with Adam Zagoria of SNY, Knox spoke about the idea of being on a team going through a patient rebuild.
“Oh yeah, I would be real patient,” he said. “But I’m going to go in there with a competitive mindset, go in there and try to give it my hardest and try and get a starting job. I know it’s not going to be easy, but I’ll be patient with the coaches.”
The Kentucky freshmen also had high praise for Knicks coach David Fizdale. Knox appeared impressed with Fizdale’s knowledge of “X’s and O’s” as well his ability to connect with his players and discuss topics outside of basketball.
“He’s probably one of the greatest coaches I’ve ever met, as far as information and knowledge of the game and of your personal life,” he said. “We talked a lot about our personal lives. He gave me some tips about life. He’s a player’s coach. He’s really good coaching X’s and O’s and I really enjoyed my time with him.”
Knox won’t turn 19 until August, but scouts are raving about his physical frame and potential. NBA twitter has sent Knicks fans into pandemonium with reports that the Knicks have been enamored with Knox after a group workout.
Per Marc Berman of the New York Post, Knox “kicked around Miles Bridges”, and impressed executives.
It’s impossible to overlook Knox’s ability to stand out amongst his teammates despite high usage rates from players like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, and PJ Washington.
Knox’s ability to attack the hoop is desperately needed considering the skill set of current players like Tim Hardaway Jr. and second-year guard Frank Ntilikina. Hardaway Jr. can drive but does not do so efficiently and Ntilikina is still developing his confidence and skills with driving to the hoop.
In the end, the Knicks have no shortage of options, however, if a proper rebuild is the goal, Knox might make the most sense.