The Knicks may have caught only a couple hours of sleep on their flight to London Tuesday, but they weren't thinking about the hotel beds when they landed at 10:30 a.m. They were ready to hit the London streets.
The team has an agenda for their trip to Europe to face the Wizards on Thursday, and head coach David Fizdale made it a point to include some tourist time for his squad.
"We'll try to do it in a way that doesn't have them on their feet a lot," Fizdale told The Post's Marc Berman. "But they gotta see all of that. They gotta experience it. The whole beauty of this is learning about new culture, new food, new everything. You gotta open up your mind.
"One of our big things is growth mindset. We talk about having a growth mindset, and that's part of it being open to culture, being open to something that's unfamiliar, something that's different. So we're going to try to flood them with the British way. We're going to do the touring - Big Ben and all of that good stuff."
Players went off on their own tangents after landing, with guards Allonzo Trier and Damyean Dotson hitting London's high-end department store Harrod's to buy some new drip. Others like Luke Kornet hit every tourist attraction from Buckingham Palace to the London Bridge.
But this is a business trip for the Knicks, and one that will be televised in over 200 countries. It isn't the best of matchups with the 18-26 Wizards not much better than the 10-32 Knicks, but it still an experience that Fizdale has made sure his team puts into perspective.
"I think it's great," Fizdale said. "They're already getting kind of used to that. You play at MSG every night, you're on the biggest stage, so I don't know if that part's even going to bother them at all. But like I always tell them, these type of things that the NBA puts together, we're lucky to be a part of this stuff. Playing on Christmas, going to London, these are great experiences for these guys, and we don't take that lightly."
One player that is certainly appreciative for the opportunity to play in this contest is Frank Ntilikina, who will see his mother, brothers, and other relatives travel from his native France to Great Britain to watch him live.
"Personally, it's a blessing for me," Ntilikina said. "Being a young player, it was my dream to come to the NBA and make basketball my living. Now going to Europe, where I'm from, and another country like London is pretty amazing -- the monuments and all that."
But for most of these young Knicks, this trip to London is their first. In fact, Knicks second-round pick Mitchell Robinson hasn't been out of the country, and though he may not be able to play as he continues to battling his ankle injury, veterans like Tim Hardaway Jr. are making sure he cherishes in the moment.
"For the young guys, I know Mitchell, I don't think he's ever traveled out of the country ever," Hardaway, who played in London with the 2014-15 Knicks, said. "So it's going to be a first for him. These guys are going to have fun."