The Knicks president selected Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick Thursday night in the National Basketball Association draft, hoping to pair the athletic French guard with frustrated Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis as New York's team looks to end years of futility.
Jackson wanted the 6-foot-5-inch Ntilikina because of his 7-foot plus wingspan and defensive presence after the Knicks finished with a 31-51 record and missed the playoffs the fourth straight season.
Enjoy some of the early reaction on social media to the Knicks' pick.
"The system there is a good system for me", Ntilikina said during Wednesday's availability with draft prospects.
The Knicks scouted Ntilikina heavily during his season in France.
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He obviously loves him, and that's what you want out of a father, so I'm not overly concerned with that". Lakers to the playoffs as a rookie, and that Lonzo's two brothers will also become members of the team.
Porzingis averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks past year with the Knicks.
Oh, he could be all right.
"We're getting calls", Jackson said during a weird interview with Dolan's MSG Network Wednesday night. "So we've been getting calls and we're listening, but we're not intrigued yet at this level". Jackson declined to discuss the Porzingis trade talks on Thursday, instead choosing to focus on Ntilikina.
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis looks to be on the move - but not for cheap. "But as much as we love this guy, we have to do what's good for our club". He has apparently been trying to get Anthony, who has immunity, to waive his no-trade clause.
But that's not the only reason people are talking about Phil Jackson today. So now he's lashing out, and may wind up trading away the one thing Knicks fans have to be excited about in the process.
Here's what you need to know.