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October 16, 2018 | 3:39 pm EDT Update
Stefan Bondy: Scott Perry on if it’s a risk letting Porzingis become free agent: “Iâm not going to get into predicting anything about the future. I would just reiterate that I think as a group and we have a shared goal of making the Knicks a very good basketball team going into the long term.â
Steve Popper: Fizdale on the decision to start Ntilkina, not Knox: I went back into the lab and I watched the film and I looked at the numbers, really got into our culture and I said, I really felt like Frank earned it. I felt like would help prod Kevin a little more.
Mike Vorkunov: Kevin Knox was set as a starter after preseason but Frank Ntilikina won the job after Fizdale reviewed it. “Most important thing I was trying to get out of it was culturally youâve got to earn it. I donât think Kevin got to the point where he earned it more than Frank.” â Fizdale
In China, he was unable to communicate, and therefore out of his element. A player from another team taught Whiteside how to greet: âWÇ shĂŹ nÇ bĂ baââhi, nice to meet you. He said it to everyone at home, on the road, in the gym. There were never any âyou, tooâsâ in return, only blank stares. Well into the season, Whiteside found out from his teamâs general manager that he was actually saying âIâm your daddy.â Whiteside immediately recognized the player in the layup line a year later, after he had left for Lebanon again, then returned back to China. He wishes he had dunked on him. WÇ shĂŹ nÇ bĂ ba.
That progress stalled in the 2017-18 season. And it felt impossible to get in gear from the sidelines. âEspecially,â Whiteside says, âwhen you can see a game and you know you can help.â Weâre settled inside now, sitting in leather chairs made for 7-footers. Last seasonâs body language experts would be picking him apart: slumped shoulders, looking in the distance as heâs talking. âMaybe our record would have been different. We would have been a whole different seed in the playoffs.â He knows he was sluggish after missing so much timeâ28 games total, nine in March. Less agile, slower, and trying to catch up on Miami head coach Erik Spoelstraâs schemes. I ask if he feared being forgotten again. âI can avoid that,â he says. Avoid what? âFalling back to people not knowing.â