They are an odd couple: Knicks rookie capturing guard Quentin Grimes and his half brother, Tyler Myers, a 13-year NHL veteran defenseman who performs for the Canucks.
Myers was born in Houston, however was raised in Calgary together with his oil-man father and led the hockey life. He grew to become one among the slickest skaters patrolling the blueline, recognized for his finesse, even at 6-foot-8. He gained the NHL’s Rookie of the Year award in 2010.
Grimes, who’s shorter than Myers at 6-4 and 10 years youthful, grew up together with his mom, Tonja Stelly, in Houston, doesn’t know the best way to skate and was amongst the nation’s prime high-school recruits when he selected to play Kansas. His father is former school level guard Marshall Grimes.
The youthful Grimes earned notoriety for his toughness on protection after transferring to the University of Houston in 2019 and main the Cougars, this previous season, to their first Final Four look since 1984.
Grimes and Myers aren’t a lot alike of their backgrounds, however that allowed them to make historical past — the first NBA-NHL brother tandem.
“It’s really cool,’’ Myers told The Post in a phone interview. “It’s pretty special to not have been done before. It’s a dream for him and I to be the first ones. It’s a pretty cool feeling, a chance to go down in history. It’s pretty amazing.”
If Grimes can have the type of rookie 12 months that Myers as soon as skilled in the NHL, Knicks president Leon Rose might be doing cartwheels on ice.
“There might be similarities off the bat,’’ stated Myers, whose father performed school hockey. “Even although we didn’t stay collectively for all that lengthy, being 10 years aside in age, I nonetheless adopted him from afar and tried to assist him alongside any method I might. Quentin is a man who confirmed particularly in the final three years of school he can deal with adversity, bury his head and maintain working. The different evening what occurred to him was testomony how arduous he labored.’’
Grimes, who will make his Knicks debut Sunday in the Las Vegas summer season league in opposition to the Raptors, handled a attempting freshman 12 months at Kansas, which led to his switch.
Myers is assured that, after the method his 21-year-old brother responded to his Kansas debacle and it to the Final Four together with his hometown college, Grimes will deal with Manhattan.
“Quentin went by means of adversity in first 12 months in Kansas, which is a large school market,’’ Myers stated. “For him to do what he did and are available out of that first 12 months and get himself out of it and the place he’s at this time, it gave him the expertise to deal with the stress at the professional stage.
“Obviously New York is a large basketball market. It’s going to proceed to take numerous arduous work to maintain enjoying at the stage he’s enjoying at. He’s gone by means of comparable adversity at a university stage That will solely assist him enjoying in the NBA.’’
Myers’ spouse is anticipating a child woman any day, so he couldn’t make it to Houston to observe the July 29 draft with household. Even although they’ve lived aside, no one was prouder than Grimes’ large brother, who was watching from Vancouver.
“My mom’s ecstatic,’’ Myers stated. “You discuss how Quentin is understood for his toughness. The entire household thinks New York is such a terrific match for him. It was so wonderful New York picked him and he’ll match proper in to the metropolis and the way the recreation is performed there. My mother’s response the second on that video he was drafted says all of it.’’
Indeed, a video surfaced of the hotel-room scene as household and mates watched the proceedings amid joyful hugs and tears from Grimes’ and Myers’ mom.
Because the Knicks had traded again in the first spherical from 21 to 25 with the Clippers and the NBA didn’t announce it, Myers thought Quentin could be enjoying in Los Angeles.
“They introduced Clippers and I didn’t perceive the proposed commerce,’’ Myers stated. “So my preliminary thought was he was drafted by the Clippers as I used to be taking a video of it on my cellphone. I texted my mother. She really corrected me. I’m like, ‘Did I miss something?’ I used to be nonetheless very excited for him to go to New York.’’
Myers was drafted by the Sabres with the 14th decide in 2008 when Grimes was 9. Grimes traveled to see a few of his NHL video games. Myers hopes when the Canucks make their annual swing to the New York City-area to face the Rangers, Islanders and Devils, the Knicks might be dwelling.
“It’s been powerful to go see one another play,’’ Myers stated. “Now that he may very well be in New York, now we have the potential to get to one another’s video games.’’
In Calgary, Myers performed youth basketball till age 12 earlier than making hockey his lone sport.
“I used to be positively the tallest man on the crew — down low in the paint,’’ Myers stated.
Myers will turn out to be the NHL’s tallest participant if former Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chara lastly retires this summer season at age 44.
Asked who the extra athletic brother is, Myers laughed.
“It’s a tricky comparability, our sports activities being so totally different,’’ Myers stated. “Being round Quentin off the ice, you’ll be able to simply inform he’s a really athletic particular person. I’d wish to suppose I’m, too. I take numerous satisfaction in my skating. It’s one among my stronger components of my recreation.’’
The solely factor that will make the present circumstance extra historic is that if the Canucks have been to commerce Myers to the Rangers.