Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina notched another damage on his increasingly prolonged list by spraining his ankle at the finish of Friday’s practice.
According to reporters at the facility, Ntilkina crumpled to the justice in pain and compulsory assistance to get to the trainer’s room.
Despite the frightful scene, a source close to the indicate ensure pronounced he just incited his ankle and was feeling much better while undergoing diagnosis Friday. The Knicks listed Ntilikina as controversial for Saturday’s home opener against the Pistons.
If he misses the game, the Frenchman will have seemed in just two of the 11 contests in the unchanging season, preseason and Summer League. He has twice suffered knee bruises given being drafted eighth altogether as Phil Jackson’s final pierce as a Knicks executive. Given his slight and wiry build, the repeated injuries have called into doubt Ntilikina’s longterm durability.
Not that Jeff Hornacek has nonetheless shown an desire to test Ntilikina in games. During Thursday’s opener, the rookie was third on the indicate ensure abyss breeze behind Ramon Sessions and Ron Baker.
They all played poorly, nonetheless Ntilikina logged only eight minutes. He took two shots — both airballs — and committed a turnover.
“He’s going to be fine,” Jeff Hornacek said. “He’ll start to learn — the passes he’s means to make back in Europe, guys get there quicker now. Guys have longer arms, some-more athletic. That’s an composition duration he’ll go through.”
But first Ntilikina will have to get back on the court. Another percolating issue — generally among Knicks fans — is that the indicate ensure the Knicks upheld over in the draft, Dennis Smith Jr., has seemed some-more prepared for the NBA.
After being picked among his peers as the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, Smith Jr. — who was picked one mark after Ntilikina by the Mavericks — forsaken 16 points with 10 assists in his opener.
Knicks brazen Michael Beasley, who sprained his ankle just 36 seconds into his Knicks entrance Thursday, is also listed as controversial for Saturday’s game.
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