The Knicks made Patrick Ewing Jr. their final roster cut for the second time in three seasons, reports Steve Adamek of the Bergen Record. The 26-year-old lost out to fellow small forward Shawne Williams because, Adamek says, Williams is a better shooter:
“It was very close,” [Donnie] Walsh said. “Patrick, I thought, was a very good defender, played hard ... but Shawne is a shooter and with Mike [D'Antoni]’s system, shooting’s going to be a big factor.”
In four preseason games, Ewing Jr. averaged 1.8 points and 0.5 rebounds in 6 minutes. Williams, two years younger than Ewing Jr., posted averages of 3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 4.8 minutes.
Adamek says Ewing Jr., who has never played a regular-season game at the NBA level, will not give up on his career.