Knicks Rumors: Frank Ntilikina to meet with David Fizdale

New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina is regarded as a franchise cornerstone. He’ll meet with head coach David Fizdale to discuss his future.

Frank Ntilikina is a shining example of the impatience of a title-starved New York Knicks fanbase. Ntilikina failed to produce big numbers as a rookie, which subsequently resulted in the belief that he’ll never be more than an elite on-ball defender.

When David Fizdale was interviewed for the position of head coach, however, the Knicks made it a point to ask him how he’d utilize Ntilikina.

Knowing this to be true, it’s safe to assume that Ntilikina is viewed by the front office as a franchise cornerstone. That belief is supported by the fact that general manager Scott Perry published an article before the 2017-18 season that listed Ntilikina as such.

According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, Ntilikina is back in New York and will meet with Fizdale in Tarrytown to discuss his future.

Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina’s unofficial start to his second NBA season begins Monday, when he huddles for the first time with new coach David Fizdale at the team’s Tarrytown facility, according to an NBA source.

This will be Ntilikina’s first opportunity to pick Fizdale’s brain and gain an understanding of what the new coach has planned for him.

This is a critical meeting based on the timing and context of it. First and foremost, Fizdale will be Ntilikina’s second head coach in two NBA seasons—meaning quite a bit of what he learned in 2017-18 will be disregarded.

Knowing this to be true, Fizdale can offer Ntilikina a clear idea and indication of what will be expected of him in 2018-19.

That would provide Ntilikina with a chance to tailor his offseason workouts and training regimen to fit the role that’s been outlined for him.

It’s worth noting that this offseason will be the first full summer during which Ntilikina undergoes strength and conditioning training. Already standing at 6’5″ with a 7’0″ wingspan, it stands to reason that a stronger frame will make him an even more effective defenders.

On offense, Fizdale’s direction should help Ntilikina become a better finisher around the rim with a more defined role as a scorer and distributor.

Frank Ntilikina will have a full offseason of direction from David Fizdale and the New York Knicks. Great things could come from that.