Knicks call on Chris Bosh for help with talented rookie


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More important than the 30 minutes Kevin Knox played against the Wizards on Monday night might have been the 35-40 minutes he spent with Chris Bosh.

The 11-time All-Star, who played under Knicks coach David Fizdale when he was an assistant with the Heat, sat down with Knox for a conversation about how to handle the ups and downs that come with being a rookie in the NBA.

“He talked about his rookie year when [Kevin Garnett] and them were just kicking his butt and how he would never beat himself up, but he would take it, he would learn from it and then he would put it into his workouts,” Fizdale said Thursday. “I thought it was really great sound advice for a guy who was a high draft pick, who was expected to do a lot of things, coming from another guy like that. … Kevin was really locked in on what he was saying, and he’s been really applying it to the workouts.”

The 19-year-old Knox posted a pair of double-doubles through four preseason games but has also been inconsistent, which comes with inexperience. He is averaging 10.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and shooting 34.9 percent.

“I’m going to keep pumping him full of confidence,” Fizdale said of June’s No. 9-overall pick.


Bosh, who was the No. 4-overall pick in 2003, could be a frequent visitor to the Knicks for what Fizdale called his “wealth of knowledge.”


The starting five for Friday’s preseason finale against the Nets will be Knox, Ron Baker, Tim Hardaway Jr., Lance Thomas and Mitchell Robinson.

It marks the first start for both Baker and Robinson, though the other three have been mainstays.

Baker is the fourth different point guard to get the nod — following Trey Burke (twice), Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina — but has impressed Fizdale in limited minutes.

“His minutes have been fantastic finishing the games for us,” Fizdale said. “He’s done a great job organizing us. His defense is second to none. He does a good job getting the young guys in a position where they’re supposed to be. Like I said, I’m going to be fair to all of these guys that are really putting forth the time and the effort. I feel like he deserves an opportunity to be seen in that spot.”

Robinson missed two games with a sprained ankle but Fizdale said he wants to see the rookie against starters.

“Throw him in the fire,” Fizdale said. “It’s the best time to do it now, they don’t count.”


Enes Kanter will rest again but will be ready for the regular-season opener Wednesday.

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