Knicks' Ntilikina expected to miss rest of season
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 30, 2019 06:53 AM
ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Frank Ntilikina #11 of the New York Knicks handles the ball against the Orlando Magic on February 22, 2018 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK (AP) — Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina is expected to miss the rest of the season with a groin injury, ending a disappointing second year for the former lottery pick.
Ntilikina had just returned from a nearly two-month absence but left again during a loss to the Clippers on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) because of more soreness. The Knicks say Friday that after a subsequent evaluation, the team’s medical staff recommends he not play again this season.
Ntilikina has appeared in just 43 games, averaging 5.7 points. The No. 8 pick in the 2017 draft was the final selection made by Phil Jackson as team president.
The native of Belgium played professionally in France. However, he hasn’t developed an offensive game and struggled to crack first-year coach David Fizdale’s lineup even when healthy.