Knicks G Frank Ntilikina speaks out on ‘crazy’ coronavirus crisis
New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina is the latest NBA player to open up about the ongoing coronavirus (COVOD-19) pandemic terrorizing the entire world.
While most NBA players are sharing video game streams and TikTok videos, the 21-year-old Rwandan-Frenchman shared his eloquent realizations about the global disaster.
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It's crazy how things can change from one minute to the next. Over the last few days, we have learned that we are all equal when it comes to global health. I just want to use this platform to first and foremost, wish to all the people infected by the virus a speedy recovery. Second of all, I want to invite you all to take this opportunity to spend time with your loved ones and really count your blessings. It's also a great time to work on your spirit, your mental and get our minds right. Finally, I firmly believe that if we all do what needs to be done, we will come out of this situation stronger so please stay united, stay positive, we got this. Much love ❤
Following the positive diagnosis of Ntilikina’s countryman Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, the NBA has suspended the 2019-20 regular season campaign and advised its players to self-quarantine indoors. Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell and Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons were infected as well.
While most players are permitted to leave their market city to isolate with their immediate families at the comfort of their homes, the case of the third-yea Knicks playmaker is far more complicated.
The 6-foot-4 guard resides in Strasbourg, France, which is currently on a complete lockdown like the rest of the country. France has recorded an alarming number of COVID-19 positive cases. The World Health Organization even classified the country at stage 3 of the pandemic.
The USA, meanwhile, is no longer accepting flights back from France. Several international NBA players are unable to leave the country due to international travel restrictions.
Nonetheless, things are still looking good for Ntilikina as the Knicks extended his contract before the 2020-21 season. He became the first New York draft pick to get a rookie extension since Charlie Ward.
Currently on his third year in New York, Frank Ntilikina has yet to blossom to the player the Knicks thought he would be. He is averaging 6.3 points. 2.1 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in 57 games prior to the suspension.