New York Teams

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale said the instinct Mitchell Robinson showed in the Jordan Brand Classic in 2017 reminded him of Houston big man Clint Capela. "I watched the film. Impressive. If you watch, you'll see what (Knicks GM) Scott (Perry) and those guys saw. His timing is incredible. He has a great motor, super long. He has that instinct that Capella has," Fizdale said. "If everybody had it they'd all do it. This kid was doing it very easily at a young age. Hopefully we can build on that, really give him a defined role, like a Capella type of guy." The Knicks selected Robinson with the No. 36 pick in the second round. The 7-1 center didn't play organized basketball last season, choosing to train for the NBA rather than play in college.

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

Ilya Kovalchuk's selection of the Los Angeles Kings for his next NHL destination was eight years in the making. In 2010, he only had two teams he was considering: The New Jersey Devils, with whom he would sign a ridiculous (and illegal, it turns out) 17-year contract; and the Kings, who courted him heavily. "New Jersey offered more money. Simple as that. We threw everything we had at him while leaving cap space necessary to sign our kids," said CEO Tim Leiweke at the time. Leiweke is now in Seattle, closing in on bringing an NHL team there. Kovalchuk, 35, is now a member of the Kings for $6.25 million annually for the next three seasons. Funny how things work out.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale on his approach to giving playing time to the younger players on Knicks: "I'm not handing out nothing. Everything will be earned. Obviously we're going to have a super young team. I felt like why even disrupt the culture by handing something to a kid? Make them earn everything along the way is going to make them tougher. They'll become better teammates, they'll believe in what we're doing more, if they feel it's a fair shake."

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Emily Kaplan ESPN 

The New York Rangers traded up to select K'Andre Miller at No. 22. "Being African American, the opportunity doesn't come very often. I worked very hard to be in this position."

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale is impressed with Kevin Knox's mental makeup: "Right from the beginning, this kid wanted to be a Knick. I'm crazy enough because I can relate: I asked to be a Knick. To ask for that you have to be a certain type of competitor."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale says there is ‘absolutely' a chance that Kevin Knox can start at small forward as a 19-year-old rookie.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Both Steve Mills and Scott Perry mentioned their confidence in the Knicks' player development program - David Fizdale & staff in particular - as reasons why they believe Kevin Knox & Mitchell Robinson will be successful with NYK.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Mitchell Robinson didn't play basketball last season but Knicks GM Scott Perry said he saw Robinson enough high school tournaments to recognize his athleticism. Robinson said he didn't play college basketball this season in order to ‘focus on basketball' prepare for the NBA to know he was most athletic in 2017 class.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks GM Scott Perry said he doesn't expect to be ‘highly active' in free agency but doesn't want to talk in detail about what may happen in July at this point.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Knox says he and Kristaps Porzingis talked about being booed at the draft during their conversation last night. "It's all motivation. It adds fuel to the fire," Knox said Porzingis told him. ".... They'll be cheering for you soon."

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