It's nice that the Knicks seem to have noticed Frank Ntilikina's latest stretch of hounding defensive play mixed with a dose of offensive potential, but the 21-year-old has been displaying the same doggedness since day one and it's about time the franchise started nurturing his confidence instead of stifling it. The Knicks, in case you weren't aware, view themselves as a group of dogs this year. Sure, a few games could have easily gone the other way — three of the team's losses have been by five points or less while most of the others have been embarrassing blowouts — but the simple fact is that the Knicks are 4-10. Although the Knicks have failed to consistently put together complete games this year, the Ntilikina narrative recently started to shift in the direction of “Hey, maybe it's good when this guy is on the court.” Which is really all anyone in his corner has been trying to say.
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