Phil Jackson was personification a purpose of a still spectator in his assembly with former Kentucky ensure De’Aaron Fox during a NBA’s pre-draft mix final week.
Fox was in midtown Manhattan Thursday afternoon for an coming during a Vanderbilt YMCA on 47th Street, and recounted his sitdown with Knicks officials as Clarence Gaines Jr., a team’s clamp boss of personnel, probed Fox for answers.
“I was like, ‘Man, is somebody else gonna ask me something?’” Fox said. “Phil kinda looked during you. When he did ask questions, he asked a questions he indispensable to know.”
Fox, a 6-foot-4 indicate ensure who averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists, and 4 rebounds per game, is projected to be a top-five pick. The Knicks possess a No. 8 spot, though Fox remained stretchable per a quip to New York as a player. He is now operative out during a gym in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The breeze is during Barclays Center on Jun 22, and 4 indicate guards are competing for teams’ attention.
“(The Knicks) were perplexing to get a feel for my personality, how we feel about them, how we would fit with some of a players they have” Fox said. “It was unequivocally cold assembly Phil Jackson. He was one chairman we treasured as we was flourishing up.”
Fox was accompanied by Kentucky classmate Malik Monk, a sharpened ensure out of Arkansas, during a 47th Street YMCA event. Both are 19 years aged and played one deteriorate underneath manager John Calipari in Lexington before dogmatic for a draft. Fox scored 39 points opposite UCLA and indicate ensure Lonzo Ball in a Sweet 16. Monk put adult 47 points contra North Carolina in December, and Kentucky reached a Elite 8 in a NCAA tournament. Both talked about care during a YMCA event as Kenny Smith hosted them.
Fox remarkable that there were no specific questions about a triangle offense in his Knicks meeting.
“I’ve never played in anything like that,” he said. “It would be a exam of how fast we could learn.”
Monk is operative out in New York. He did not attend a combine, and pronounced that he is open to workouts with teams that might name him in a draft. Monk, who is looking to supplement flesh to his 6-foot-4, 197-pound frame, is also projected to be a top-five pick.
“It’s cold to be going by this with a brother,” Fox said. “I can’t envision what will happen.”