Looking to improve on his rookie season, Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina is back in New York, and ready to get to work with new head coach David Fizdale.
Ntilikina has been in his home France, but he has returned for Fizdale's first informal workout with the team on Monday, per The Post's Marc Berman. Players like Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Burke, Damyean Dotson, and Troy Williams are expected to be at the workout as well.
The 19-year-old has been texting his new head coach, but the two haven't officially met in person. But Fizdale made it a point to say that he wants to build a "great relationship" with all of his players before training camp officially kicks off.
Offseason workouts with the Knicks is uncharted territory for Ntilikina, as he played in the French League playoffs with Strasbourg last season. It was also because of his playoffs that he joined the Knicks for the first time banged up with a sore left knee that bothering him during training camp.
Ntilikina has already been prepping for next season, though. The Knicks sent trainer Anthony Goenaga over to France to work with Ntilikina at INSEP, which is Paris' premier basketball academy. Putting on size was a offseason priority for the young point guard, and he supposedly has put on lean muscle weight.
Ntilikina is hoping his hard work reflects on the stat sheet next season, as he only averaged 5.9 points last season with offense being a main struggle. There was certainly a learning curve last season for the Knicks' first-rounder, who showcased his prowess on defense as well.
Fizdale has noted that he wants to "get my hands on [Ntilikina] and start working with him," and it looks like he is starting sooner rather than later.