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Chris Childs, Former New York Knicks Point Guard

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May 15, 2024 7:26 pm

Chris Childs, Former New York Knicks Point Guard

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May 15, 2024 7:26 pm

Chris Childs joined JR to discuss the greatness of Jalen Brunson and the joy he has in watching how hard the Knicks play. 

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The all-new season of the Kardashians premieres May 23rd streaming on Hulu. Chris Childs, Chris, thank you for taking the time to join us. The JR Sportbree Show Coast to Coast. Oh, not a problem, guys. Thanks for having me. It's an important time. Knicks are on their way. Let's talk basketball.

Well, let me ask you this. When you sit down and watch this current group of New York Knicks, what's the thing that stands out to you about how the team operates? Effort. Just flat-out effort. No matter what the score is, no matter what the situation is, it's effort.

To see the garden back to what the garden used to be with the energy and seeing how the players play, I'd say I retired in 2004. In 20 years, I have not been able to watch a whole basketball game until this year and watching these Knicks perform. So, it's exciting, man, just to see the effort. And the guys are on one accord. Everybody knows their roles.

Nobody has to stand now. The kids have done a great job. The players have bought in.

The city has been involved. It's just a great time to be a Knick. Former New York Knick, Chris Childs, is here with us.

The JR Sportbree Show. You talk about Coach Tibbs. He's been around a long time.

Won that staff with Jeff Van Gundy. You're familiar with the coaching. What do you have to say about Coach Tibbs? He gets a lot of crap from people about his style and his perceived style.

What can you say about him that you know? Well, from experience and being in the locker room, being someone that I'm a film buff. I watch film a lot when I was playing.

And I know Tibbs does as well because I've watched him with it. He used to bring the VCR. I'm telling my age, but he used to come to my room and drop off the VCR.

We would watch film together. He was attention to detail. I think the transition from when he was in Chicago was a little different because this team now, he wants you to push because they play smaller. He wants you to push the tempo. As long as you play defense, he's not going to get on you about the shot selection. But if you're not playing defense, you're going to sit down because that's his mainstay. But he's evolved just like the game has evolved. And he's allowed this Nick team, the Bulls team that he coached when he was assisting in Boston, that it was a half court game. But the game has evolved and he let these players talent shine. And when I watch the game, I want to be out there because I see how they compete. I see how this plays defense, how Josh Hart plays defense. And I know Robinson is not healthy right now.

And I always mess up the big guy, number 55. I love his effort. I ain't going to call him Hart or Stein. I just love his effort. Because if you watch him play, he's a big body, but he understands the rules of how the referees are calling the game. And he puts his hands straight up. He jumps, verticality. He doesn't lean over to get unnecessary foul.

Sometimes he does. But for him to step up the way he has lately, and then Josh Hart getting rebounds and giving us extra possession, this is a fun team to watch. And the city should be proud of what they've been able to do. And we're on our way. I'm not going to jinx because it's 3-2.

But I'm a fan. Chris Childs is here with us, the JR Sport Reshow on the Infinity Sports Network. You talk about the connection to Tibbs. You were also teammates with Rick Brunson, both point guards on the New York Knicks. What was it like looking at Rick and then also seeing Jalen out there? What happened as a kid 20-plus years ago that you can see him doing this now?

Well, I think I look at the same growth as Steph Curry and his other brother, Seth, and how Dale spent time with his kids. And it's not just on the court. It's off the court. And when you have that connection off the court, it becomes easier on the court because you're not going to put that pressure on them. Because when I'm off the court, I need you to do that.

When I'm on the court, now you're coach. So I think Rick has been able to balance that. And Jalen finally still wanted that his talent and his ability to play the game is warranted.

We saw that in Dallas. He was growing. He didn't get the ball in his hand as much because he was playing with other dominant players. But I give Tibbs and the organization a lot of credit that they gave Jalen the ball and say, hey, take us to the next level.

But then he gets a lot of credit because he's worked on his craft. He does things that other point guards don't do. And when Randall got hurt, Jalen became the post-president that you need in the NBA. That is very rare when you're a point guard. But you have to get points in the paint. And he was able to take his game to that next level. There's not a lot of point guards that's ever played the game that's able to get 20 points in the paint and 20 points outside the paint.

And I think the only one I can think of is Tyrese at this stage right now. And it may be Donovan Mitchell who is not a point guard, but a lot of credit goes to Rick and his family. A lot of credit goes to Jalen himself for putting in the work and bringing something different each year he's been in the NBA to be the player that he is right now. I think it was a disrespect. I mean, I'm not gonna say disrespectful, but I think that the votes that he didn't get for MVP was very disrespectful.

Well, Chris, I'm sorry, go ahead. No, it's very disrespectful because without him, the Knicks probably wouldn't make the playoffs. So that should make him the most valuable player to his team. If you take Jokic out, they still have talent, they got first rounders, they won championships.

You take Ant out, you take, who's the other? Jokic, Shay Gilgus, Alexander? Jokic, Jokic, Shay, I thought Shay should have won it.

That's just my pick. And they got on Shaq about that. And they said, well, why would you say that to him in person over the, when they did the interview?

But would you rather him tell them to his face instead of going to blogs and internet and saying that? So my, if I was voting, it would have been Shay, it would have been Jalen, and then the Jokic. That's just me. Chris Childs is here with us, the chair of our sport re-show. Chris, as we're up against the break, we see the city embracing the Knicks. It reminds us of a time when you were out there with Patrick and Charles Oakley, and we see a lot of these faces back in the garden.

They say once a Knick, always a Knick. When are we going to see you front? When are we going to see Oak back?

When are they going to get some love? When y'all going to be there? I called Oak last week. He called me back.

I haven't returned this call. I've talked to a couple of people in the organization. I haven't been back since I played there. And then I took a hiatus after the incident with Oakley. But I want to talk to him first before I make a decision on coming back, because I was one of the only players that supported him during that time, other than Mark Jackson. Verbally and through social media, but watching all the guys out there and my ex-teammates, seeing the fans and the city that adopted me, that I loved and enjoyed and dreamt playing for.

If they make it to, which I think they will, the instant conference finals, I would love to come if they'll have me. Well, we would certainly love to see you back out there. Either way, Chris, how can everybody in the tri-state area, how can people listening across the country support you in the interim?

I'm sorry, say that again, please. I said for everybody listening, whether they are New York Knicks fans or they're listening all across the country, how can they keep up and follow and support you? Well, all you got to do is follow me on social media, Instagram, Facebook. It's Chris underscore Childs1.

The blue check is there. You can always follow me at that time. I've learned, and I have to give credit to my son about six years ago, because I was like Barkley, I'm not going to get on social media. But knowing that I influenced a lot of people, the time that I was in New York or my time in the NBA, and I have a lot of stories.

I have a lot of experience, a lot of things that I've gone through during my time playing, my father passing and just a lot of different things that go on in your life that might help someone in a troubled time in their life. Thank you. Thank you, Chris. We appreciate that.

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