Kristaps Porzingis and Kevin Knox are the future of the New York Knicks and the two are already looking forward to sharing the court.
Smith’s most probing question came at the end of the interview when he asked if Knox had spoken with Porzingis. Knox said:
“Oh yeah, I’ve talked to him on FaceTime a few times…He asked the same thing you asked ‘Are you ready?’ He knows there’s a lot of pressure, but he’s really looking forward to playing with me. I’m looking forward to playing with him. So I’m ready to get in the gym with him and connect with each other.”
Knox knows that his play and Porzingis’ health are crucial. He knows that they need to show promise in order to entice big-time free agents to come to New York. Smith pressed the rookie on this and Knox responded:
“I know it’s something that’s gonna need to happen, but right now we’re taking it slow with Kristaps, seeing where he’s at. With me, I’m working hard this summer, my teammates and [I] have been grinding every single day this summer getting ready for this season.”
If nothing else, Knox’s head seems to be in the right place. He sounds focused and it’s good to hear that Porzingis is already pushing the young rookie. Whenever KP makes his return to the court, it will be interesting to see how the pair works together on the court. They are undoubtedly the biggest draw for potential free agents next summer.
One intriguing little tidbit from this interview is the fact that Knox was wearing a Puma shirt underneath his jacket. Puma has already made a very public pitch to Knox this offseason and it looks like the two sides could be a match made in heaven. Perhaps there is already a deal in place.