Kevin Knox declares Knicks ‘a totally different team than last year’
Kevin Knox experienced the pressure-cooker that is playing for the New York Knicks during his rookie campaign last season.
Now entering his second year in the league, Knox has seen the contrast of what he could experience down the road after just a few offseason practices:
“Very competitive practices so far,’’ said Knox, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. “You can tell all the guys are hungry and looking forward to training camp. A lot of guys have been impressive. You can tell a lot of guys have been working on their games all summer. I watched a lot those guys playing on TV last year. Everyone’s game has gotten a lot better. I can’t wait to get to training camp and jell together.”
The Knicks tied for the franchise’s worst win-loss record at 17-65 last season, but Knox is already seeing “a totally different team than last year.’’
Knicks players reportedly headed to the Jets-Browns game on Monday as a team-bonding activity:
“We just got guys now who are going out, playing hard, talking trash,’’ Knox said of the workouts that began in late August. “We’re a family, smile with each other after, but between the lines, it’s a totally different team than last year. You can definitely tell — the whole tenacity we’re playing with. It’s definitely going to carry over to the season. We have a lot of guys going after each other. That’s what we want.”
New York will for once have an influx of talent, having signed several players to short-term contracts. While the better talent should bode well for the franchise, the issue of assigning playing time and developing on-court chemistry could be something that takes months to figure out, but the friendly yet competitive atmosphere should help the Knicks figure it out in time.