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23:45  21 november  2019
23:45  21 november  2019 Source:   nydailynews.com

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The Knicks scouts loved Mitchell , but instead of plucking someone from their backyard and the son When Bryant spoke to Rick Pitino after the draft , the former Louisville coach raved about Mitchell ’s “We see it daily,” Bryant said . “ He accepts all criticism.’’ Mitchell has erased the knock that he would

Rick Pitino told us on @SiriusXMNBA he tried to convince the Knicks to select Donovan Mitchell with the 7th pick in 2017 They told him they In their third season in the league, Mitchell has turned into a cornerstone player for the Jazz, and is now considered a steal looking back at the 2017 Draft .

PHILADELPHIA – It’s hard to complain with the way Frank Ntilikina has progressed since moving into the starting lineup this season.

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But if the Knicks listened to Rick Pitino, they would’ve had All-Star Donovan Mitchell instead.

“I tried to get the Knicks to take him, and (they said) nah they can’t take him at that number,” Pitino said Wednesday on Sirius NBA Radio.

Ntilikina was drafted eighth by the Knicks in 2017, five spots before the Jazz selected Mitchell – arguably the best player of the class. The Knicks, led by Phil Jackson at the time, were interested in a point guard and worked out Mitchell. He was certainly under consideration and it would’ve been a homecoming since Mitchell is from Greenwich, CT.

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Although he raised his son in Elmsford, Westchester County, the elder Mitchell said he doesn’t care if his son winds up with the Knicks . “When he spends time in the gym and puts his mind to what he wants accomplished, he gets it done.’’ Louisville coach Rick Pitino told The Post recently he never

Louisville coach Rick Pitino doesn’t like to hear draft analysts downplay 6-foot-3 Donovan Mitchell “Point guard is his natural position,’’ Pitino told The Post. “But because of Quentin Snider, who’s Pitino still has an apartment in Manhattan and owns Knicks season tickets. He said jokingly that it

But the Knicks passed. So did 12 other teams.

“Because they didn’t think he could play point guard. They questioned certain things,” said Pitino, who coached Donovan at Louisville. “Donovan is a worker. He’ll get in the gym and he’ll perfect it. He doesn’t have an ego but he wants to be the best. He doesn’t have a chip on his shoulder, he has a boulder on his shoulder because he wasn’t heavily recruited out of high school. He was ranked 55th in high school instead of Top 10, Top 15, and he’s always out to prove that he’s one of the better players.”

Ntilikina, meanwhile, has undergone a crazy career arc in New York. He was picked, in part, because of his fit in Jackson’s triangle. But almost immediately after Ntilikina was drafted, James Dolan fired Jackson.

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Rick Pitino says Louisville's Donovan Mitchell should work out for NBA teams but only stay in NBA draft if he moves up. Instead, Pitino said he recommended going through the interviews and private workouts with NBA teams. If Mitchell gets the sense that he might be drafted in somewhere from

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The new front office of Scott Perry and Steve Mills acquired multiple young point guards to play above Ntilikina, including Emmanuel Mudiay and Elfrid Payton.

During Ntilikina’s rookie season, LeBron James declared the Knicks should’ve drafted Dennis Smith Jr. instead. A year later, the Knicks traded for Smith Jr.

Due to injuries to Payton and Smith Jr., Ntilikina moved into the starting lineup on Nov. 1 and is logging consistent point-guard minutes for the first time in his career.

He’s taken a huge step forward over the last seven games and, statistically, the Knicks are much better when he’s on the court. Wednesday night’s loss to the Sixers was another example: the Knicks had a 13-point advantage when Ntilikina was subbed out with 1:29 left in the third, and then trailed by 1 when he was re-inserted with 8:42 left in the fourth.

The Frenchman has appeared way more confident offensively. Or, as one scout told the Daily News, “it’s like he stopped worrying and said to himself, I don’t give a f---’”

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Coach David Fizdale agreed, noting that Ntilikina has stopped concerning himself with outside noise.

“I told you guys about the meeting we had about basically ‘F it. I’m not going to be worried about that stuff anymore,” Fizdale said. “And I think he’s cut back on what he’s reading and looking at, to help him keep a clear head. I just really like the way he’s managing the game and the way he’s going about attacking.

“He’s just getting better and better and better and more confident. We’ve gone through so much noise, he and I together, and I’m just so proud of him with the way he’s handled everything and now how he’s just - he’s not even thinking about it. You can see he’s just out there playing and having fun. All the team, we all have a lot of confidence in him.”

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