In addition to helping lead a Jr. NBA clinic alongside New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack, McGruder worked at the event with Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Jamahl Mosley, Sacramento Kings assistant coach Bryan Gates, Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who is an adviser to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. The event was organized by TAPS.org — or Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. “I didn’t feel like I was a hero,” McGruder said of being cast as a featured participant. “The kids were heroes and the war veterans that I was honored to meet. Just to be at an event like that, it was breathtaking and I was so impressed to be invited.”
Privately, some members of the front office have been mentioning the same thing regarding the idea of taking a point guard, essentially saying that it wouldn’t make sense to select a PG given the current roster. This would seem to be another sign that the organization is confident in 2017 first-round pick Frank Ntilikina. Again, it’s worth noting that this opinion may not be uniform throughout the Knicks’ front office.