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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Columbia's Jeff Coby has agreed to a deal with the Knicks, league sources confirm. Coby, a Haitian National Team standout, has worked out with the Knicks in informal sessions recently and impressed the staff. The Coby agreement was first reported by Nicola Lupo. Coby, a stretch four, is the 21st player under contract for training camp. Teams can carry a maximum of 20 players in camp. So this signing is further evidence that Joakim Noah is likely to be waived/stretched/bought out by the Knicks before training camp begins.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale on second-year guard Frank Ntilikina: “For me, I've kind of taken a different approach with Frank than (what) everyone else wanted from Frank. I wanted to let Frank be who he's going to be. So I'm just trying to help develop the skill sets that he's going to need to become an every day player. Can he break guys down off the dribble? Is he making his open threes? We already know the kid is an elite defender. It's hard to say that about 19, 20-year-olds coming into this league. This kid can guard. So offensively I want him to get to a place where he finds himself and he's comfortable. But I'm not applying the same stuff that everybody else is putting on him, trying to make him into somebody, one of these super guards or whatever. Let's see what he turns out to be with great just consistent, detailed player development.  And we get him out on the floor and when the lights go on that will tell us everything we need to know.”

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Magic Johnson has repeatedly deferred questions to how the Lakers will play and utilize the personnel to Luke Walton. But he says he's very happy with the depth and the center position when asked specifically about the five. Magic added that the Lakers have not had a shot blocker like JaVale McGee in a while.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Magic Johnson says the Lakers will look to run a lot with so many ball handlers and LeBron James on the team. Rob Pelinka adds that he wanted "this tram to have engine thrust."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Magic Johnson says the pickup games have been tough, physical and filled with trash-talking and teaching moments from the vets to the younger guys. Magic says LeBron is in mid-season form already. Magic adds that Rajon Rondo has been playing on the squad opposite of James and the two have been going at each other.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Magic Johnson said it was amazing to watch all the Lakers play pickup today in the gym and said LeBron James' leadership skills were on full display. Magic also singled out Rajon Rondo as standing out in today's session.