Knicks coach David Fizdale told reporters Monday he wants to see more effort out of talented rookie Kevin Knox.
“It’s up and down. Still learning how to consistently play at a high motor,” Fizdale said (via the New York Daily News). “But you know that’s something you can work on and build and harp on and really try to push into him. That’s what we’re doing. Showing a lot of film to him.
“Opportunities where he could’ve cut, ran harder, did something with his athleticism. Because that’s the biggest thing that I’m trying to do is let his body go and do what he can naturally do and have confidence in that. But those takes reps, too.”
Coming into the league, Kevin Knox’s biggest critique was that he can get lost in a game. For whatever reason, he loses focus and is no longer active on the court. He starts to go through the motions of jogging back and forth between possessions and doesn’t seem interested in what’s going on.
That’s cute in college or whatever but I feel like once you are in the NBA playing against Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo, you might want to like, keep your head on a swivel. Knox was a lottery pick and with the Knicks lack of talent, he could be the face of the team and easily win the Rookie of the Year award.
Kevin Knox was the MVP of the Summer League. Then the games started to matter and he got distracted by all the pretty lights and IG models sitting courtside.
Personally, I think this is a matter of fatigue. Or at least that’s what I’m going to tell myself. I don’t think any teenager is prepared for the daily grind of the NBA. By the third quarter, I’m sure Knox just wants to like, sit in a chair.
But this report is a PROBLEM. Call me crazy but I really like when the Knicks try. David Fizdale is supposed to be this motivator and great with the players. Can’t wait til he starts doing that.
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