“Like I always said, when I got drafted [by the Minnesota Timberwolves] they picked me, I didn’t pick them,” Williams said after putting up his second straight 20-plus point game with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting as the Knicks beat the 76ers, 94-88, to improve to 3-0 in the preseason. “I chose to be here and Phil [Jackson] wanted me here and Derek [Fisher] wanted me here and as soon as I was done with the meeting I called my agent,” the 6-foot-8 Williams added. “Ten minutes after the meeting, I said I’m signing up.”
“When Flip called me and offered me a job, I didn’t even have an agent,” said Mitchell, who was an assistant coach in New Jersey for a couple of seasons after he left Toronto. ” I was doing my media stuff and wanted to be dancing for the man on a whole other level. “[But] when Flip called me, he made some compelling arguments. He thought I did a good job in the media — I thought I did an excellent job — but he said to me ‘you’re always going to be a basketball coach.’”