ORLANDO — Louis Labeyrie, a other Knicks breeze collect from France, would like to see some-more French oral in a Knicks’ locker room this fall.
A European accumulate collect in 2014, comparison during No. 57, Labeyrie is creation his third coming on a Knicks’ summer-league team. After a initial dual summer-league stints, a Knicks didn’t offer him a pledge to come to training camp, so he went behind to a French league.
With 18-year-old French expert Frank Ntilikina aboard as a Knicks’ 2017 lottery pick, Labeyrie’s participation might not be a misfortune thing, even if a scrappy awaiting needs to get stronger and strike a weight room.
“Clearly to have a man who’s French to assistance we out, articulate to we about his feelings, maybe not bargain some things,’’ Labeyrie told The Post, “I consider it’s always a and to play with a compatriot in a NBA.’’
Labeyrie, who played for Paris-Levallois, went opposite Ntilikina twice this deteriorate in a French league, and Ntilikina’s hoops aptitude stood out.
“Nice kid, good IQ,’’ Labeyrie said. “Physically he’s going to be — not in trouble, though he’s not above these guys yet. But his IQ is approach improved than these guys in summer league.’’
Ntilikina substantially will skip a summer joining since of a painful right knee suffered in Game 5 of a French joining finals, staged a day after he got comparison No. 8 in a draft. He’s missed a initial 3 games of summer joining and is approaching to rest a final two, including Wednesday afternoon’s compare opposite a Magic.
“He’s some-more than a intelligent player,’’ Labeyrie said. “You’re usually intelligent when you’re 7. He’s intelligent for a indicate guard. He has a large prolonged wingspan, shoots a ball, dribbles easy with confidence. Right now, maybe he has to get used to it.’’
New York local Joakim Noah — son of French tennis star Yannick Noah — can pronounce French with Ntilikina in a Knicks locker room. Maurice Ndour, another French speaker, was expelled final week.
Meanwhile, Labeyrie, who has shot 9 for 15 by 3 summer joining games, is 25 years old, and it’s removing tighten to being now or never. Labeyrie sealed a few days ago with Strasbourg, Ntilikina’s former team, and will play there subsequent deteriorate if he doesn’t get a Knicks prejudiced pledge for training camp.
Another thing operative in Labeyrie’s preference is a span of two-way contracts a Knicks can offer underneath a terms of a new CBA, giving a Knicks radically a 17-man register and an easier possibility to rise a European accumulate pick.
An active player, Labeyrie is averaging 7 rebounds in 18 mins per diversion in Orlando. He hauled down 11 rebounds in a second diversion — 4 on a descent glass. He’s got an nauseous shot, though it mostly goes in.
“I’m personification with some-more confidence,’’ Labeyrie said. “I’m not astounded anymore about a power of a players. I’m perplexing to uncover what we can move to an NBA team. we consider I’m ready. we know my strengths — high intensity, good engine rebounding, never giving adult on anything.’’
Knicks behaving boss Steve Mills, who drafted Labeyrie along with suspended Phil Jackson, is austere about building their immature players.
“It’s a disorderly conditions they have right now, so I’m not a initial choice for them to consider about,’’ Labeyrie said. “I’ll only play tough and grind.’’