Knicks' Immanuel Quickley talks proving doubters wrong, working with Kenny Payne, and more

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Danny Abriano
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Immanuel Quickley drives to the hole
Immanuel Quickley drives to the hole

New Knicks point guard Immanuel Quickley doesn't have much time to bask in the glow of being selected by New York in the NBA Draft.

With the preseason set to begin in the second week of December and the regular season not far behind, Quickley -- who should have a chance to stand out as part of the Knicks' point guard battle -- will soon be on the court trying to impress.

During an appearance on MSG on Monday morning, Quickley talked about joining the Knicks, working with former coach Kenny Payne, and more...

Here are the takeaways...

On what Knicks fans can expect from him on the court

“I’m somebody who works hard and is driven. And someone that I feel is confident and is going to work hard every single day to achieve his goals and the team goals."

On proving his doubters("they") wrong

“I feel like the “they” can be anybody. You’re trying to not only prove people wrong, but prove yourself right. I feel like a lot of people after my freshman year at Kentucky gave up on me and said – I should transfer, I should leave, I’m not going to be good enough. I just screenshotted everything I saw that said I wasn’t going to be good enough. And I took it to my workouts and made a list of goals and things like that. That’s stuff that I’ll take with me even to the next level as far as just trying to prove other people wrong, trying to prove myself right and to just continue to keep working hard.”

On taking advantage of his opportunity

“For me, it’s more I knew I could do it all along. It’s really just about everything coming together. And once you get that opportunity on the floor, just seizing the moment. And really just not looking back. That’s what I feel like happened. I was given that opportunity and as soon as I got it, I ran with it. And that’s what I’m going to look forward to at the next level.”

On his relationship with Kenny Payne

“At Kentucky, he was someone who would scream at you on the court or in practice. But he would be that first one with you in the gym that same night or early morning. He was someone that really sacrificed not only on the floor, but off the floor too. As far as me getting to the Knicks, he is someone that is going to push me. I know he’s going to push me to be the best I can be and take what I want. And I’m just glad to have him.”