The Knicks know their new point-guard signee Luca Vildoza can hit it from deep.
In highlighting Argentina’s Olympic exhibition opener in Las Vegas Saturday evening, Vildoza banked in a half-court shot on the first-half buzzer to provide Argentina a 47-42 lead at intermission in opposition to Australia.
Vildoza completed with 11 factors, making 3 of 8 3-pointers. Nevertheless, Argentina was overwhelmed on the buzzer by Patty Mills’ game-winning 3-pointer, 87-84, at Mandalay Bay Enviornment.
The Argentina-Australia exhibition was the second leg of a doubleheader in Vegas, following Nigeria’s stunning upset of the U.S. Olympic team.
Vildoza, 25, and Argentina will face Staff USA Tuesay in Vegas. Argentina held coaching camp in Las Vegas due to the COVID-19 outbreak in its nation.
The Knicks signed Vildoza to a 4-year, $13.6 million non-guaranteed deal in Might, but he didn’t play in the playoffs as coach Tom Thibodeau felt it was too troublesome to combine him. He labored out in Tarrytown final month with Knicks coaches.
Vildoza is sporting No. 17 for Argentina and his administration’s twitter feed introduced in Might he would put on that quantity for the Knicks subsequent season. That was the variety of Knicks cult hero Jeremy Lin. The Knicks declined to verify Vildoza will put on No. 17 and the staff web site doesn’t record his quantity.
On Saturday, ex-Web Luis Scola led Argentina with 25 factors. Scola is 41 years outdated and mentioned he hasn’t determined if he’ll retire after the Olympics.
“I’m nonetheless right here, nonetheless enjoying,” mentioned Scola, whose final NBA season was 2016-17 with the Nets. “It’s not simply what I do for a residing, it’s my ardour.”
Concerning Staff USA’s stunning loss, Scola mentioned NBA expertise is unfold over so many nationwide golf equipment it’s not that shocking.
“The expertise is diluted among the many groups,” Scola mentioned. “We have now 4 stable NBA gamers. Nigeria has six, seven. We are going to see this occur an increasing number of. It would open the gate. It’s good for basketball. It’s extra enjoyable.”
Vildoza shares the backcourt with Nuggets level guard Facundo Campazzo. Additionally on the membership is among the Timberwolves’ 2020 first-round picks, small ahead Leandro Bolmaro, whom the Knicks initially took at No. 23 however gave up in a transaction to maneuver again to No. 25 for Immanuel Quickley.