Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Ramon Sessions isn’t sure if he’ll be the starting Knicks point guard on opening night, but he’s thrilled just to be in New York and to have the opportunity.
“It’s a dream come true,” the 31-year-old South Carolina native said Wednesday during training camp. “Growing up in the ’90s, just seeing the Garden and how it was, watching moves as a kid like ‘Eddie’ with Whoopi Goldberg, to actually be in this arena, to be on the homestand is a great feeling. It’s a dream come true.”
Sessions, who averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 assists in 50 games last season in Charlotte, signed a one-year, $2.33 million contract with the Knicks in July after missing time last year because of surgery to repair a torn left lateral meniscus.
Now he appears to be the odds-on favorite to start at point guard ahead of fellow veteran Jarrett Jack, second-year guard Ron Baker and rookie Frank Ntilikina.
“Man, you guys are just catching on,” Beasley said with a smile at Knicks practice.
After finishing up at Notre Dame Prep (Mass.), the 6-foot-9 Beasley spent one season under Frank Martin at Kansas State — alongside Billy Walker, who briefly played for the Knicks — before becoming the No. 2 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.
Asked if college players should be compensated, Beasley highlighted his own college experience.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and associate head coach Jeff Capel met Wednesday at Montverde (FL) Academy with R.J. Barrett, the 6-foot-7 wing who is expected to be in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and his father Rowan Barrett, the head of Canada Basketball, sources told ZAGSBLOG.