New York Knicks second-year players Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier tagged along to the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program this summer.
Transitioning into the NBA is a tough feat for anyone, let alone kids in their late teens and early 20s. The NBA’s Rookie Transition Program recently took place in New Jersey and the New York Knicks were well represented.
The program, which is to help rookies and young players transition into the NBA, was inspiring for the Knicks attendees. Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier were not able to attend the program in 2018 so that’s why they were in attendance this summer.
“For him to tell us what he went through and the mental health (issues) that he had, it made me feel like I can use some of those skills to become a better person, better player,” Robinson said about one ex-player’s words of wisdom, per Ian Begley of SNY.
Both Robinson and Trier will be entering their second years in the NBA this season. The latter noted how moved he was by some of the speakers’ stories.
“It was great to hear people’s stories who came and spoke,” Trier said. “A lot of them did a lot of revealing of themselves, their lives, whether they were going through great times or struggles.”
The second-year guard also believes the shared stories will provide assistance in achieving their goals on the court.
“A lot of us grew up with different backgrounds and different traits so this will allow us to get a head start on the game and open our eyes to what we’re getting ready to see,” he said.
The Knicks play their first game of the new season on Oct. 23 against the Spurs in San Antonio.