Las Vegas — Armed with his new contract and even more carved physique, Jericho Sims was the most iconic Nick in the opening Friday night Summer League.
Reminiscent of his athletic ability was studded when New York defeated the Warriors 101-88, especially when he soared over the rim in the back alleys.
The Alley-oop from his sixth dunk, Quentin Grimes, in the evening was the last highlight of The Sims and, unbelievably, some kind of throwback.
The Sims was his host during an official visit to the University of Texas five years ago, as Grimes revealed in one of those fun anecdotes often booked for the Summer League. I can’t imagine Sims being particularly verbose to Austin’s campus life and culture (“he’s an introvert,” as Derrick Rose once explained), but the center spoke loudly with Grimes at the gym.
“It’s not new,” Grimes said after he and The Sims scored 40 points against the Warriors. “When I visited Texas, I threw some lobs at him at the open gym, which is like playing with Knicks.”
Still, the Sims were largely ignored as an NBA outlook because they were too small for the center (about 6 feet-9) and showed no aggressive diversity outside the dunk array. He fell 58th overall, the third to last love, and was impressed enough not only to crack the rotation, but also to convert his two-way contract into a three-year $ 6 million deal.
An agreement was reached while the team was practicing in Las Vegas, and Sims was able to celebrate just outside the door.
“He went to the hotel and did some shopping,” Grimes said. “He definitely got the value of his money because he spent a few bags during his post-practice vacation.”
(Knicks canceled the availability of all media for the Summer League practice and did not make the Sims available after the match on Saturday).
So what’s ahead of The Sims this season? Injuries and changes in rotation are difficult to predict, but he has a place on the roster and is likely to play behind Mitchell Robinson and Isaiah Hartenstein. Of the three, The Sims are 44.5 inches vertical and most athletic.
Despite his quiet persona, The Sims also has a series of competitions. We saw it Friday night when he was skated by security guard Mac McClung for a layup in the third quarter. The Sims soon continued to rise in energy and continue to dunk the Alley-oop. That drive is especially important for big men. Because they are thrown into the sport because of their size and lack the passion to get better.
“Yes, he’s special. That Rob I threw at him-I thought I threw it early, but I threw it on time,” Grimes said. “He’s a freak athlete. Congratulations to him about his new contract and everything. I’m very excited about him. Sure, it’s best to come for him.”
Penny for your thoughts
Grimes conducted his second off-season training with Memphis coach Penny Hardaway with an emphasis on playmaking.
This is the specialty of Hardaway, a former All-Star Point Guard who is not worth explaining his relationship with Knicks.
In the case of Grimes, the connection with Hardaway was with his agent, David Baumann of Independent Sports & Entertainment.
“He’s like a big uncle to me,” Grimes said. “He took me under his wings and helped me play the point guard position better, because I was a high school student.”
Grimes is unlikely to extend his time as a playmaker as Jalen Brunson, Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley fold and Julius Randle and RJ Barrett need time to hold the ball. ..
But it certainly has to do with the Summer League. There, Grimes was Knicks’ top dog, scoring the team’s highest 24 points with eight assists on Friday.
“Just launch the attack. Playmaking and pick and roll. That’s what (Tom Thibodeau) wanted, and it’s like my goal since last year,” Grimes said. “Come in and work on it, and hopefully this year it will play a big offensive role, sticking to my roots as a defensive player and shooter.”
Remember and forget
Trevor Keels’ debut was impressive for its symbolism, but the stats line wasn’t for scrapbooks.
The 42nd pick missed 7 of the 8 shots in 25 minutes and scored 3 points. The highlight was four steals, and of course it felt like I had achieved my goal.
“Especially in the pre-match aisle, I saw the crowd, saw the NBA logo, and had a chill,” Kiehl’s said. “It’s a lot of emotions. I’m proud of myself and the people who helped me come here. I did. I’ve always been watching the Summer League on TV I remember asking my dad to come to Las Vegas and come to the game. I’m playing now. “
The 18-year-old Kiehl’s is expected to sign a two-way contract and needs to make time in the G League. He is only this year’s Knicks Draft topic. For Kiehl’s, who may benefit from conditioning and weight room training camps, stepping up strength and physicality can be difficult at first.
“I didn’t expect it to be that low (conscripted), but that’s what it is …. Of course, I’m going to make sure all the teams are paid to me.” Said Kiehl’s. “But I’m Nick. I won’t change it for anything. I’m not going to change it back.”
Julius Randle and James Dolan were one of Knicks’s delegations to appear in Las Vegas for the team’s opening round.
Besties Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley were also at hand along with the front office.
Doran, a 67-year-old bachelor with a few young women, is building a spherical entertainment arena about two miles from the Summer League court.
Leon Rose, William Wesley and Tom Thibodeau were sitting in the same row. Rose and Wesley always greeted LeBron James when they appeared on the courtside for the Lakers match. Former agent Rose represented James before the “decision.”
Neither Tivodo nor Knicks front office members have spoken publicly since the season ended three months ago.
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