Kevin Knox was brimming with confidence after getting advice from LeBron James himself following a clutch win over the Los Angeles Lakers over the weekend. The New York Knicks rookie forward shared some of the details of their conversation, including his advice to remain away from social media and work on polishing the rough edges of his game.
“He was all smiles after the game,’’ Knox said, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post. “I was telling him about social media, that I had deleted the apps and he was telling me, ‘Yeah man, what if I went on social media and looked at the comments of me getting my shot blocked by Mario [Hezonja].’ He started laughing and he was just like, all that stuff is just poison. He was like, ‘I’m not even going to go on social media. It’s just one game, I’ve got a lot more games left. You’re not going to make every single game-winning shot.’ He just had a positive attitude, even after a loss and a great block by Mario. He had a positive attitude and just gave me as much advice as he could.”
Much like others, LeBron James already noticed Knox's scoring talents and an improved timing on the glass, but he's also taken notice to his lack of playmaking ability, something that has become a requirement for today's versatile small forward.
“Something that I’m getting better at — he’s one of the best probably of all time in just getting everyone involved and being able to score,” Knox said. “He was saying you’ve got to be able to impact the game other than scoring. He said he’s watched me a lot, that’s something I’m getting better at, but it’s something I’ve got to improve. That’s something I’ll definitely work on this summer. He’s one of the greatest to ever do it. Just getting in the lab this summer, finish out the season strong and just try to get my teammates involved.”
Knox had his game patented after Kevin Durant during his time at Kentucky, a ruthless one-on-one scorer with an uncanny ability to shoot off the dribble from any place on the court. But much like Durant, he will be asked to improve his playmaking and his ability to use his own gravity to make possessions easier for others — something that could take a while to master.