The first month of the season has been a lot of hard work — and very exciting. Being one of the newest members of the Knicks couldn’t feel more natural. My rookie season has been filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
It’s hard to put my level of excitement and anticipation for this Knicks season into words. New York City is such a cool place. Before training camp even started I was sitting at a Hugo Boss runway show during Fashion Week. Then I traveled to Milan and Paris with my teammates for some preseason games. While I was in Paris I met Mona Lisa, who wouldn’t stop smiling at me, which made my trip!
Through the Garden of Dreams Foundation, this past Monday my teammates and I surprised students in the Bronx and spent the day with them at the New Roc City Fun House in New Rochelle. I was able to help put smiles on the faces of kids who’d been working hard in school. What a great feeling!
That’s just the non-basketball excitement of being a Knick. On the court, I got my first training camp under my belt. It was grueling, to say the least. The pace and physicality of the professional game is definitely an adjustment.
I’ve worked my way into the starting lineup, which is both an honor and a challenge. Lucky for me, I’ve gone through these first few months with fellow rookie Andy Rautins. He’s become one of my closest friends; we’re definitely leaning on each other during this transition. It’s also kind of cool that we were back-to-back picks in the draft (Rautins No. 38, me No. 39). We’re working on “The Andy & Landry Show” — coming to the big screen soon (lol) — but until then, follow us on Twitter: @landryfields and @andyrautins1.
I’m learning so much from our vets Ray (Felton), Mase (Roger Mason) and Ronny (Turiaf) about how to appreciate this whole process. But the best advice I’ve received so far came from S.T.A.T. (Amar’e Stoudemire), who reminds me to have a short memory in this league and not put any more weight on one game or experience than the next. I’m staying true to that advice and working hard every day to help my team be successful and make my new city proud!
Landry Fields, 22, is a guard/forward for the Knicks.