Knicks forward Kevin Knox hasn't had an ideal second season with the team, as he's averaging just 6.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
The No. 9 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft has focused on getting better on both sides of the ball, and taking advantage of his opportunities.
"Just going out there, just trying to play aggressive on both sides of the basketball floor," Knox said. "Really just going out there and trying to compete, and opportunities that I have to score out there. Just trying to leave it all on the floor. I'm not going to do everything right, not every player does everything right, but just trying to give it all I got with the most of the opportunities I get."
Knox is excited for the second half of the season, as the Knicks are currently seven games out of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.
"I had a great All-Star break down in Florida, got some real good work in, spent some time with family," Knox said. "Just really get my mind off basketball over the last first half of the season, really just getting ready for this second half. I'm really excited, I think we're going to have a really good second half of the season, team wise and personal wise. So I was just very excited to get back to New York, get back to playing some ball."
He's been playing only 18.3 minutes per game this season, down ten minutes from what he played during his rookie season. Since Christmas, Knox has played over 20 minutes in a game just three times.
"That's something I hope for, I don't know how with the coaches and how the minutes are going to go, but that's something I'd like," Knox said. "Just going out there, if I play ten minutes, if I play 25, 30, just going out there and leaving it all on the floor, defensively and offensively. I'm really just trying to play hard on both sides of the court."
Knox would go on to mention that he adjusted his shooting mechanics over the All-Star break, hoping to improve on his 36.8 percent shooting from the field.
"One hundred percent," Knox said. "That's something I worked on, just changing up a little mechanics on my shot a little bit. I think I'm a good shooter, percentages don't show, but I know that I'm a good shooter. People around me know that I really shoot the ball. Just little tweaks here and there to my shot that I did over All-Star break and these last two practices, and I think it feels really well. Get back into the game, get some game shots tomorrow, and the rest of the season we'll see how it goes."
Interim head coach Mike Miller has seen improvements from Knox this season, as he has been coaching him since NBA Summer League in 2018.
"I can really speak for this year, just from the beginning to where's he's at, where his focus was," Miller said. "Coached him in summer league two years ago, his rookie year. Have obviously been around him and know him well. Seeing just more plays where he's impacting the game. Where as young guys see the offense as the way that they impact, and he's doing it in a lot of different ways. We're challenging him, rebound more, be more active defensively, get more deflections. Just consistently be in the right spot.
"And we're seeing things growing there, now it's let's get those game to game. Where it's like those are two really good ones, let's make it three, four, five."