Former New York Knicks point guard Charlie Ward sees a “star trait’ within young Kevin Knox that could mean everything.
If there’s anybody who’d have insight into young Kevin Knox and how he could possibly unfold as a Knickerbocker, it’d be the man who threw passes to his father at Florida State.
“I’m grateful he’s a Knick,’’ Ward told The Post in a phone interview from Tallahassee, Fla. “I think he has the right mentality to be successful in New York. He seems to have a mature approach and great understanding of where he is in his development. The kid is well-balanced, with an inner confidence and swagger to him while having a quiet demeanor — which you need, especially being in New York.
“That’s the kind of superstar you want — a guy who will go about his business, not going to be talking much, but learning the ropes on how to get better each day. New York is a tough place to play, but you have to have thick skin. He’s willing to listen and be coached. His whole mentality and attitude is one that will help him become a superstar in the league at some point.”
Well-balanced with an inner-confidence and swagger while remaining relatively quiet—this is the Knox recipe according to the former point guard.
Ward, the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner, played with Kevin Knox Sr. in Tallahassee. They were together five incredible seasons, one that helped Ward capture the Heisman in ’94.
“Knox was a very good player, had a lot of skill — a big receiver,’’ Ward said. “If you talked to him, he was very high on himself, confident in his ability, which made him who he was. We’re all different. His son is much taller than he was, but Knox carried himself like his son, like he was 6-foot-9.
“He liked to talk. He’s very competitive — just one of those guys. It wasn’t bad. We needed that on our squad. He didn’t back down from challenges.”
Knox Sr. was drafted in the sixth round by Buffalo, but only lasted one season in the NFL, appearing in two games with the Arizona Cardinals.
According to Charlie Ward, younger Knox will absolutely enjoy a superstar NBA career.