Though the New York Knicks look to be much improved on paper following a solid offseason, it's worth recognizing that chemistry takes time to develop. With so many new and/or moving pieces coming together, the team will need to put the work in to get to know one another, both on and off the court, to be successful.
Carmelo Anthony, Willy Hernangomez and Mindaugas Kuzminskas are all fresh off the Olympics. They all deserve time to recuperate before even thinking about early team meetings and workouts. But a good chunk of the rest of the squad has gotten a head start on building some of that necessary familiarity and camaraderie with one another.
Obviously Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are close from their time together with the Bulls. That said, in recent weeks the pair has also embraced some of New York's other fellow new additions. Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings, have previously frequented workouts, and just last week, Sasha Vujacic joined in as well. Such proof can be found on Los Angeles based trainer Robbie Davis' Instagram account, where it looks like the group participated in pool exercises.
As mentioned, it's good to see Rose and co. not only simply working out and staying in shape, but doing so together. What's more, Vujacic's underperformance last season led to his re-signing being quite a questionable move. Aside from his triangle knowledge however, the guard is highly regarded as a positive locker room presence. He's a good friend to Kristaps Porzingis, and constantly seems to be involved in plenty of these unofficial team workouts. That's worth something. To his credit, it appears as though he and Davis have a long standing relationship back to their days together with the Clippers.
All in all, this early development is a good one for the Knicks as training camp approaches.