When Knicks center Jericho Sims gave his first interview as Knick during a summer league training session in Las Vegas in August, the Texas big man was speechless.
The five-word answer was thought to be Sims alone. But while The Sims gave short answers, he’s long and active on the court – since the summer league.
While Nerlens Noel has a knee injury and Mitchell Robinson still has a leg injury, Knicks head coach Tom Thibaut has taken a longer look at Sims, who has a bilateral contract, after being selected 58th in the draft. The bilateral deal means he will not be able to play in more than 50 NBA games, although the pact could be changed at the end of the season.
Derrick Rose, who has become a true leader, has noticed Sims ’shyness and is working on it. This is funny because Rose was never known as Katie’s interlocutor in her youth. But Rose emerged as the Knicks ’best offer. (He won the Knicks Media Good Guy Award in his first competition in 2016-17.)
“He’s a great guy,” Rose said after the Knicks defeated the Wizards in Washington. “His potential is huge. He’s an introvert. I can say, I can relate to him. We have that kind of relationship, I see it.”
Asked if Sims would be as calm with his teammates as he was in the media, he said, “He speaks, but I can see it from him. My veterinary profession is trying to get him out of the shell. As an adult, you can talk and you have to communicate. Thibs won’t let him stay quiet on the court. It’s my job to help. “
Sims are a large number of hop living organisms. He can come back and score in several ways with an inner touch. How he fell to 58th place remains a mystery. The Sims scored two points in the 25th minute, leading to eight points and six rebounds.
In Washington on Saturday, The Sims came off the starting Taj Gibson stock, made 13 rebounds and added seven points, including a break in the dream piece in Robinson and Noel’s sleep.
“I told him, no matter what, if I get the ball, if I jump in the air, always pay attention to me before I get rid of the ball,” Rose said. “Sometimes I can jump into the air as a fake to get him a ticket. I told him to keep an eye on me all the time.”
Tom Thibaut’s confidence in second-year Obi Topping is growing. He was impressed by how he worked tirelessly throughout the summer and spent countless days in Tarrytau.
Toppin started using force for Julie Randle on Saturday, didn’t score in the first half and had early problems. When he applied his fourth foul to the first defensive ball of the second half, Thibaut stuck to Topping.
This shows the confidence factor and Toppin has paid off as he has formed a 13-point second half. Thibdoeau, who was worried last season that he used Toppin because he was unprotected in the Atlanta playoffs, is buying him.
“It’s not just offensive play, I thought he had good play in defense,” Thibaut Toppin said of Saturday’s performance. “We talked about his improvement in attack, but the end of the defense has improved. It’s important for us. When he gets there, the team works well. He moves the ball side by side, probably better than everyone on the team.”