Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer
Walt ‘Clyde ‘ Frazier signed a lifetime contract with Puma on the same day the shoe company signed No. 1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton. Frazier, Puma's original endorser, was asked in an interview with ESPN.com about second-year guard Frank Ntilikina: "First thing you've got to remember is that he's 19 in a foreign country. I came here at 22 and I was like a deer in headlights. So I can just imagine: this kid is 19 and doing that…..They like him. Obviously a precocious 19 year old. They think he has a tenacious work ethic. He's got to work on his handle. They say because his arms are so long that it's kind of awkward but still he's got to keep the ball lower. The advantage for him is what I had – he knows defense. He's a good defensive player.... He just has to get a little more confident (on the offensive end) and I saw it at times when he started going to the basket (later in the season). I wouldn't give up on him yet. But obviously this is a crucial year for him coming into this season. This is going to be a defining moment for him. His critics have already written him off so if he doesn't perform this year they're going to say, ‘This guy is a bust.' Right now, I have faith in him."