Knicks G Emmanuel Mudiay is practicing with the summer league team but won't take part in any games. He just wants to improve under new coach David Fizdale.
Mudiay scored 8.8 points on 36 percent shooting with 3.9 assists in 22.4 minutes per game in 22 games with the Knicks after being acquired from the Nuggets. The 22-year-old is focused on getting better.
"Just trying to pick up on some of the stuff that he's teaching," Mudiay said, via Marc Berman of NY Post. "I'm considered one of the young guys as well, so just coming out here trying to learn as much as I can and just show that I'm really invested. I want to learn as much as I can. He just teaches me how to be a better leader when I'm out there on the court. Just seeing what type of offense he's going to run, what type of defense he's going to run and kind of get that into my head."
Mudiay believes that Fizdale's influence will be hugely beneficial for himself and the team.
"I think he'll help a lot," Mudiay said. "He's been around some of the best of the best, if not the best in the world. I think his knowledge of the game and everything that he does - he's really detailed - so that helps a lot, being more detailed."
Fizdale was honest in his assessment of Mudiay's time with the Knicks thus far: It has not been great.
"I think a lot of it was uncertainty," Fizdale said. "You come to a new team. You don't want to ruffle any feathers. You already were a little insecure because it already didn't work out where you were at. I think the combination of that stuff had him playing a little tight where he didn't want to make mistakes."