France came back from a 16-point deficit to beat New Zealand 95 – 81 in its first preparation game in China, ahead of the World Cup. Nando De Colo scored 19 points while Frank Ntilikina and Rudy Gobert added 12 points apiece for the French side. Corey Webster contributed 11 points, Tohi Smith-Milner 11 and Tom Abercrombie 10 to New Zealand.
Errick McCollum: Picking up full court, 94 feet, 48mins, for 82 games??!!! 😂😂😂 good luck lmao. Their training/doctor staff about to be working OVERTIME. Imagine on a back to back and your a guy with a heavy minute load 😱 or 5 games in 8 days lol.

Wayne Ellington: I think if they’re a little patient, everyone is going to love the end result. Like Elfrid and Bobby, I agree that we embody what New York basketball is about – the toughness, the grind. We’ll be working our butts off every single night and playing as hard as possible. We’ll be picking guys up all 94 feet and bringing that defensive mentality. And obviously the name of the game is putting the ball in the basket, and we have guys who can do that as well. Everyone was obviously focusing on the other team in New York because of the signings they had this summer, but I think we’re going to shock a whole lot of people.
“In New York, I saw a young core that has a lot of talent, obviously with the guys that were there last season and they drafted RJ [Barrett]. I found that situation to be pretty intriguing for me and then definitely of course there was a need for three-point shooting,” Ellington said. “I think it took me a little bit of a while really to find my niche. When I got to Miami I was able to show what I’m capable of and I was there for two and a half years, so I spent a good amount of time there. And then last year I spent a half-season in Detroit. Since I got to Miami there hasn’t been as much movement for me. I feel like my skillset has started to become valued since I was in a Heat uniform and thing have been different for me.”
Ellington said he isn’t concerned with starting or coming off the bench. He is intent on providing veteran leadership to a team desperately in need of it. “I’m here first and foremost to help lead a very young team,” Ellington said. “That’s one of the things [Knicks coach David Fizdale] and I spoke about, helping to lead. And of course, I’m here be a player, whether it’s starting or coming off the bench, whatever Fiz needed me to do, I’m going to be ready and prepared for it. That’s really not my main focus, whether I’m a starter or not, but I’m definitely coming in here to compete.”