But New York – then still run by Phil Jackson – passed on Monk to draft Frank Ntilikina.
Monk, who wound up being drafted No. 11 by the Hornets, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:
“Me, my agent, everybody in my agency, my family — we thought we were going to New York,” Monk told the Daily News last week after a posing for his Panini trading card. “It was here, my agent is here (based in New York), a great agent, everybody thought it was going to be here. Went to dinner with (Jackson), had a great workout, everything was positive.”
Naiveté and/or wishful thinking by someone who had never been through the draft process before? Perhaps.
But Monk’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, is quite experienced.
What did the Knicks do to make the Monk camp believe they’d draft him? Misleading in those situations can grate agents, though if Jackson did that, at least New York eradicated the problem.