The word for Knicks forward Kevin Knox as he worked his way through his second NBA Summer League was "different."
As the Knicks and Knox wrapped things up in Las Vegas on Saturday, Knox used that word to describe both his new-look team and himself. But in a good way.
"Yeah, I feel totally different," Knox told Newsday. "I probably didn't have the numbers I did last year, didn't have all the highlights and stuff. But just me out there feeling more comfortable and more confident, dribbling the basketball, shooting the ball, I feel a lot stronger out there."
"I think overall I had a really good summer this year and I think I feel better going into the season this year," Knox added.
During the Summer League, which wrapped with a 103-87 win over the Wizards in Saturday's consulation game, Knox put away 15 points. Overall, he led Knicks players who appeared in multiple games with 17.3 points per game, along with six rebounds while shooting 41 percent.
While the Knicks didn't add the marquee pieces to play with Knox this offseason, he's "looking forward to" the new additions the team made via free agency helping push him to improve his play.
"It's totally going to be different from last year. Rookie season, me, Mitch [Robinson] and Allonzo [Trier] got a lot of good minutes," Knox said. "This year, we've got a lot of vets, a lot of older guys that are really coming in looking forward to play. It's going to be competitive in practice, we're going to have to earn our minutes, fight for playing time on the court."