As the Knicks play the Spurs, a pair of French point guards on opposite ends of their careers will face off for the first time: Tony Parker and Frank Ntilikina.
Before their first matchup, Parker was asked about Ntilikina.
"He's got the right skills to be good in this league,'' Parker said, via Marc Berman of NY Post. "He's a great defender, got length. That's always good to be good defensively early. Offensively it will come. It's his first year. He needs to go around the league one time and get used to all the point guards. I think he's got all the right stuff. I don't know if New York will be patient.''
Ntilikina grew up watching Parker, who he calls the best player in French history.
"I'm playing against the best French player in history,'' Ntilikina said. "It will be a challenge playing against him. I never met him, but talked to him a bit [after the draft] about the transition and defense in the NBA, a little bit about everything.''
Parker says he's glad to mentor the young Knick.
"I'm always there to try to play the big-brother role, trying to help them,'' Parker said. "He had a lot of questions.''