Knicks’ Trevor Kielce had a cold in the midst of a productive Summer League start

Las Vegas – Trevor Keels had a smile on his face.

The Knicks had just won their first in the Las Vegas Summer League, and the rookie was thrilled to be a part of it.

“Before the game I had a chill in the walkway, looking at the crowd, seeing the NBA logo, that’s a lot of emotion,” said the Duke guard alone, after amassing three points, six rebounds and four steals in his professional. Debut Friday Night. “I’m proud of myself. I’m proud of the people who helped me get here. I did it. I remember watching it on TV all the time, begging my dad to come to Vegas Used to ask, and now I am playing. ”

The 6-foot-4 Kielce, who had recently agreed to a two-way contract with the Knicks, had an up-and-down lonely season for head coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. He started off with a blistering 25 points in the Champions Classic at the Garden against Kentucky and had some big moments to help the Blue Devils reach the last four. But he also struggled with his perimeter jumper, shooting only 31.2 percent from the 3-point range, and considered returning to school for his sophomore year.

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Trevor Kielce had a “cold” during his Summer League debut.
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In the end, he opted to remain in the draft, and when some estimated him to be a late pick in the first round, he fell to the Knicks at number 42 in the second round. Kielce is very pleased with the selection.

“I didn’t think I was going [get drafted] he less. But it is what it is,” he said. “Of course, I’m going to make sure all the teams pay that passed on to me. But I’m excited that I’m a Nike. I wouldn’t change that for anything.”

He will probably spend a lot of his first season in the G-League. Kielce has to refine his jumper and get into better position, but the book on that, that he is a determined defender and offensive player who will appeal to coach Tom Thibodeau, seemed spot on in his first summer league game.

Trevor Kielce drives during a Knicks summer league game on Saturday.
Trevor Kielce drives during a Knicks summer league game on Saturday.
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He was active on defense and often went into the paint, in one instance setting up Jericho Sims for an alley-up. Kielce described himself as a “dog” at court and welcomed the intensity Thibodeau is known for.

“I love a coach who’s going to overpower you, make sure you work hard,” he said. “Defense is really important. Playing for Coach K, he was big on that. My high school coach [and] my au coach [were the same], so I always play for a coach who’s going to come in. I like such coaches. I like to tackle challenges.”

Part of Kielce’s comfort level with the Knicks is his familiarity with two of his players, fellow dukees RJ Barrett and Cam Radish. He has a prior relationship with both players and has spoken to them ever since the Knicks drafted him. And he also loves the idea of ​​being able to play in the Garden, the site of his best college performance.

“I can’t wait to play there again. The Garden is wonderful,” said Kielce. “I laugh with my father, how lucky I am to play in Cameroon” [Indoor Stadium] and play in the garden. It’s just crazy. ,

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