It’s hard to overstate how important player development is to the New York Knicks right now.
The club is in the early stages of a rebuild, looking for talented players to fit around Kristaps Porzingis while the star forward works his way back from a torn ACL.
In the best-case scenario,cheap nfl nike jersey the Knicks build a young core around Porzingis that’s strong enough to attract free agents in the summer of 2019 or 2020, when they should have significant cap space.
New York has the wherewithal to add this young talent: The Knicks own all of their first-round picks going forward and likely will have top-10 picks in the next two drafts.
The trick, of course, is adding the right players and then developing them once you have them on the roster.
That’s where Craig Robinson comes in. Over the summer, Knicks president Steve Mills called Robinson, his old teammate at Princeton and, at that point, a Milwaukee Bucks executive, with a job offer.
“I think I have the perfect job for you” was Mills’ pitch. The timing wasn’t great for cheap nfl jerseys china nike Robinson because he was close to finalizing a home purchase in Milwaukee.
“Then he explains the job and I’m like, ‘Oh, that is the perfect job for me,’cheap nfl jerseys china nike” Robinson, the brother of former first lady Michelle Obama and brother-in-law of President Barack Obama, recalled on Wednesday.
After speaking with his family, Robinson accepted a position as vice president of player development and G League operations for the Knicks.
In a half-hour chat with a group of reporters Wednesday, Robinson, a former head coach at Oregon State and Brown University, discussed his vision for the Knicks’ player development program. He also revealed that the former president and first lady are now Knicks fans.