Knicks news: Rising rookie Immanuel Quickley addresses facing ‘favorite player’ Stephen Curry
New York Knicks‘ promising rookie Immanuel Quickley is preparing for his much-awaited moment when he takes on his childhood hero Stephen Curry and the rest of the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. Quickley admitted that he might get starstruck when he finally shares the court with the two-time NBA MVP. His affinity for Curry, however, won’t stop him from going all out, per Marc Berman of The New York Post.
“It’s going to be cool. I feel our team is really locked in. Steph Curry is a great player—one of my favorite players that I grew up watching. It’s just how well he plays, how much fun he has on the court. The whole West Coast trip is going to be good for us.”
The 21-year-old Quickley acknowledged how Stephen Curry revolutionized the game, while also playing with joy.
“I feel like a little bit the way he’s changed the game shooting the ball, he’s big on space. And the way he carries himself off the floor as well having fun.”
Quickley flew under the radar in the 2020 NBA Draft, dropping all the way to the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 25th pick before being traded to the Knicks. He instantly made his presence felt in The Big Apple and even earned the respect of coach Tom Thibodeau, who does have a reputation for sitting out rookies.
The Kentucky product has impressed so far in his first 11 games, pitching in 10.0 points, 2.6 assists in just 18 minutes per contest. With Quickley giving them a huge boost off the bench, the defensive-minded Knicks are off to a 7-8 start, good for sixth place in the vastly improved Eastern Conference.
Immanuel Quickley and the Knicks do face a tough task ahead as they begin their Western Conference trip against Stephen Curry and the streaking Warriors. But for now, the 6-foot-3 guard is relishing the opportunity to measure himself against one of the best players of all-time.