Fizdale told reporters that Knox had “a 35-40 minute talk” this week with former Miami Heat star Chris Bosh, whom Fizdale helped coach in Miami. “He talked about his rookie year when KG [Kevin Garnett] and them were just kicking his butt and how he would never beat himself up,” Fizdale said. “He would take it, learn from it and put it into his workouts. I thought it was really great, sound advice for a guy who was a high draft pick and is expected to do a lot of things coming from another guy like that.”
Kevin Knox on his shooting struggles during the final three games of preseason: “I needed this. I’m glad…. This is all learning for me.” pic.twitter.com/asfUxjM16s— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 13, 2018
Fizdale previously has compared Knox to Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum, who had a breakout postsseaon for the Celtics last year. ‘We all like the way that kid [Tatum]’s looking up in Boston right now and I’m not putting that kind of pressure on this kid [Knox] to be him, but when you have that kind of skill set, that height at that athleticism, you can see him being a very productive player,” Fizdale said during training camp. The Knicks chose Knox at No. 9, spurning the more experienced Mikal Bridges of Villanova and Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., who potentially has a bigger upside. “Right from the beginning, this kid wanted to be a Knick,” Fizdale said after the draft. “And I can relate to that because I’m crazy enough, I asked to be a Knick. To ask for that, you have to be a certain type of competitor but you also have to understand that there’s a history involved and there’s something great on the other side if you work.” Fizdale said Knox fits in well with the position-less trend of Kentucky’s John Calipari and the NBA. “His body of work and his skill set says it,” Fizdale said. “It translates. He can shoot the ball, he finishes well around the rim, he runs the floor well, he knows how to get to spots on the floor. Guys that are natural scorers that stuff translates.” He added: “He’s just going to be a heck of a basketball player that I’m going to put in every position on the court.” Knox averaged 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting just 34 percent from beyond the arc. Fizdale believes Knox will improve his three-point stroke in the NBA. “It’s going to come with repetition of just being out there in the deep water swimming long enough,” he said. “His fundamentals are fantastic. Some of his percentage was taking tough shots. Some of it is taking shots maybe where ehe wasn’t ready to shoot, but I’m going to try to make him very comfortable of where his shots are coming from early, really getting him good in those areas first and then building out from there.
Here’s David Fizdale on Chris Bosh’s roughly 40-minute talk w/Kevin Knox about the ups & downs of life as a rookie. Bosh spoke to Knox during his visit with Fizdale earlier this week. Fizdale says Knox has the right mentality to deal w/the inevitable rough patches that will come: pic.twitter.com/C8jiPF962Z— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 11, 2018