Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina may miss the team's preseason opener due to soreness in his left groin, per Newsday's Al Iannazzone.
Ntilikina was pulled from practice on Monday for "precautionary" measures after feeling the groin problem. The Knicks will re-evavluate their first-round draft pick on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old wants to see his first NBA action against the Nets at the Garden on Tuesday, but he is more concerned about being healthy for the Knicks' season opener.
"For sure I'm excited for the game [Tuesday]," Ntilikina said. "First game at the Garden, preseason game. But the most importnat [thing is] to stay healthy for the season, for the most important games. I'm not worrying about it. It will be what's best for me and for them the team."
Ntilikina has yet to play in an NBA game, including the Summer League where he was held out due to a knee injury. Head coach Jeff Hornacek sided with his point guard in being careful.
"See how he feels [Tuesday]," Hornacek said. "We always tell our guys we'd rather play through some of that stuff, but if it's at a level that it's going to hurt you that's a different story. He'll come in [Tuesday] and we'll see."
"These guys know their own bodies. We want these guys to play as much as possible and maybe get the experience. Again, we don't want to make it where it makes it worse."
Ntilikina has professional experience playing overseas in the French LNB Pro A League where he team reached the finals last season. He averaged 5.2 points, 1.4 assists, and 2.1 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game.