NEW YORK -- Trey Burke anticipates a healthy battle for the starting point guard spot under new coach David Fizdale.
The Knicks have three lead guards in Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Frank Ntilikina, and Fizdale will have to sort it all out once training camp begins this fall.
"I figured that it was going to be a fight," Burke said at Fizdale's introductory presser, which he attended along with Mudiay, Lance Thomas and Kyle O'Quinn. "That's how I look at it anyway, it's going to be competition, it's going to be a battle. And that's what all three of us like, so we can't do nothing but grow from it and get better from it."
Ntilikina, nicknamed "The French Prince," played off the ball some down the stretch last season so that he could defend the other team's top players. He never started at the point.
"I believe at times we can play together depending on the scenario, depending on the situation," Burke said of having multiple floor generals. "But for me, that's something I can't get caught up in. I can't really control that. What I can control is going at it this summer and coming back the player I want to be come September or October."
Fizdale emphasized that he doesn't want to go in with any preconceived notions about which players are point guards and who plays where.
"Throw them out there, put them out there together," he said. "I'm about speed, skill, aggression, attacking, playmaking and all of these guards have that ability, so I just see a lot of versatility there. I see a lot of combinations we can throw on the floor together.
"Obviously we're going to develop the heck out of them and I'm going to keep my foot up the butt about defending. I want them really taking the change and expanding their game defensively."
At one point during his press conference, Fizdale looked at Mudiay and said, "We're going to get to work. You're going to be a heck of a defender."
The players seem excited about the fresh start under the new coach.
"I didn't really know him," Burke said. "But when you hear word of mouth from multiple people there has to be some truth to it. So I was excited. I knew it was going to be a fresh start. We're building right now. He talked a lot about that culture of being able to buy in from day one and the direction we're going in as an organization and being able to hold each other accountable day in and day out so we can become a winning franchise."