Knicks’ Quentin Grimes a’match made in heaven’ with Thibodeau

Hard-nosed participant. Hard-nosed coach.

The Knicks’ new capturing guard, Quentin Grimes, isn’t squabbling about being picked 25th in the NBA draft on Thursday evening.

The University of Houston junior stated on Zoom Friday he has the talent set to contribute instantly to the Knicks, saying he was “picked in the perfect spot in the right situation.”

“Tough, hard-nosed coach,” the 6-foot-4 Grimes stated of Tom Thibodeau, at some point after the Knicks traded their Twenty first-overall choose to the Clippers for No. 25, which they used to scoop him up. “I feel it’s a match made in heaven. [The fans] can be on you, but it’s for the best. I definitely want to be part of it in New York. I know they got something special going. They made the playoffs and in years to come they‘re going to be closer to The Finals.”

Grimes, 21, is coming off a Final Four look with Houston. Neither that run nor his wonderful displaying on the NBA Draft Combine might get him a green-room ticket at Barclays Center as a top-20 prospect.

No inexperienced room, however numerous grit from Grimes, who transferred to Houston from Kansas following a disappointing freshman 12 months after being one among nation’s hottest recruits.

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Knicks NBA Draft choose Quentin Grimes

“I feel everybody knows I’m a high-level shooter, high-level defender,” stated Grimes, who will compete in the Knicks’ summer time league opener towards the Raptors on Aug. 8 in Las Vegas.

“People label me a ‘3-and-D’ guy, but I feel I’m a lot more than that. I can play pick-and-roll and make plays for me and others and can make an immediate impact shooting the ball from 3 and locking down defensively, which I pride myself on. I’ll have an immediate impact with the Knicks with my shooting ability.”

The Post reported on July 7 that Grimes wowed the Knicks at a workout. Though the Knicks traded each their first-round picks (19 and 21), staff president Leon Rose, in response to a supply, feels he acquired gamers worthy of these slots in Grimes and gritty point guard Miles McBride, who was taken with the Thirty sixth-overall choose.

Grimes was in the 2018 high-school class, the identical as RJ Barrett, who went one-and-done at Duke and was taken No. 3-overall by the Knicks in 2019. Grimes struggled at Kansas earlier than transferring to Houston.

Barrett despatched him a direct message late Thursday evening: “Let’s get ready to work.”

Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley, one other member of that 2018 high-school class, additionally reached out to Grimes. After Quickley was chosen twenty fifth in 2020, critics asserted the Knicks had reached, however h ended up being named to the All-Rookie Second Team. Grimes additionally is aware of the Knicks’ Reggie Bullock as a result of they share the identical agent, David Bauman.

Grimes was a teammate of Barrett’s on the Jordan Brand All-Star recreation and so they performed collectively in the McDonald’s recreation, too.

“We had a cordial relationship and it’s going to be better now,” Grimes stated. “A chance to be teammates for a whole year, it will be really fun for Knicks fans. I have a relationship with a few guys.”

In retrospect, Grimes is glad his NBA journey took a circuitous path. He gained loads from figuring out with University of Memphis coach Penny Hardaway in the lead-up to the draft.

“Going through what I went through my freshman year, playing through adversity and coming out on the other side, having the season I had and then training with Penny, I feel like this was the best outcome for me,” Grimes stated.

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Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau
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Bradley Beal, Jamal Murray and Devin Booker are the three gamers Grimes patterns his recreation after, watching movie.

“The fans expect nothing but greatness every time you step on the court,” Grimes stated. “They can hard be on you, tough-nosed but I embody that culture.”

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