LAS VEGAS - Kyle O'Quinn plans to bring his hard hat and lunch pail to work when he dons his Knicks uniform in the fall.
It's nothing new for the Queens product. But O'Quinn, whom the Knicks acquired in a sign-and-trade with Orlando, is expected to have a larger role than he did with the Magic.
"I got to stick to what got me here," O'Quinn said Friday. "The grittiness, doing the things that nobody tends to want to do every night, dive on the floor, do the dirty work, set dirty screens, set nice screens to get somebody open. Those are the things that got me here and I like doing.
"I've been working on my mid-range game, being more comfortable at the elbow. Passing is something I like to do. I think it's just an instinctive thing. People say I'm a good passer. I think I just appreciate somebody else scoring before me more."
Quinn, 25, averaged 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in three seasons for the Magic. His per 36-minute averages are 13.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.
The Magic got cash and the right to swap 2019 second-round picks for O'Quinn. The former Campus Magnet High School star signed a four-year, $16-million contract.
O'Quinn said he's excited to be playing for the Knicks, and in front of his parents and sister after spending his first three seasons in Orlando. He joked about moving in with his parents and redoing his old bedroom.
"I think the biggest thing is I get to see my parents a little more than 15 minutes after a road game," O'Quinn said. "I think my Dad likes it a little more than my mom. My mom is going to worry so much. She's going to be a mom. I think my dad likes it way more because if he could, he'll be at every practice and every game."