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Knicks’ Aamir Simms has unique Trevor Lawrence friendship

Aamir Simms, previously of Clemson, made certain to look at the NFL debut of his school buddy, Trevor Lawrence.

Undrafted in late July, Simms, 22, signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Knicks for Summer League and to attend coaching camp.

The 6-8 smallball heart is attempting to make the Knicks’ 17-man roster as one of many two-way G League signings. If not, he’s acquired a $50,000 Exhibit 10 assure to play for the Westchester Knicks, ready for a gap.

After Sunday’s voluntary scrimmage in Tarrytown, the Knicks rookie acquired again to his condo in Westchester and watched the Week 1 conflict between the Jaguars and Texans.

Simms’ buddy Lawrence was picked No. 1 total by the Jaguars.

Across his 4 years at Clemson, Simms attended lots of Tigers soccer video games, proudly donning his orange and purple throughout the spectacular national-championship years. Lawrence’s debut was decidedly combined with the Jaguars blown out, 37-21, by the beleaguered Texans.

While he threw three landing passes and completed 28-for-51 for 332 yards, he additionally tossed three interceptions.

Trevor Lawrence threw three interceptions in his NFL debut for the Jaguars.
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“I don’t think it was bad,” Simms advised The Post. “He doesn’t really make many mistakes in a game. He’s a very smart player, analytical. He remembers when he messes up. He won’t make those same mistakes. It was his first game. I thought he looked good at times making some nice pays. He’ll grow from here.”

Simms and Lawrence developed a bond when the pandemic hit 16 months in the past, shutting down all gyms and Clemson’s athletic amenities. Lawrence invited Simms to the home at which he was dwelling off campus. It contained a basketball hoop by the driveway. Simms labored on his expertise and Lawrence joined him from time to time.

Aamir Simms throughout Knicks Summer League.
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“We developed a friendship during the COVID year at his house,” Simms mentioned. “It was cement ground, a paved area. But it allowed me to work on my game and stay in shape so when we came back I could be the top of my game. I have respect he invited me.”

Simms, who later examined optimistic for COVID-19, has traded within the orange and purple for the orange and blue. He’s going again this weekend to South Carolina to catch Clemson-Georgia Tech.

Despite his measurement, Simms performed heart his final two years. He is aware of the NBA is trending that method.

A defense-first huge who can guard three positions and shoot the three, Simms was named Second-Team All ACC final season as a senior. Simms averaged 13.4 factors on 40-percent taking pictures from 3-point vary, together with 6.4 rebounds and a pair of.7 assists.

“I’m definitely looking to make the roster at some point,” Simms mentioned. “I definitely think my game is loaded toward the NBA – the smallball 5 position. The Knicks would love someone like that. Someone who doesn’t need a dozen shots a game, someone who will play hard, do smart things. It’s definitely my dream to make the roster.”

Most of the Knicks are already on the town understanding and staging scrimmages in Tarrytown with coaching camp starting on Sept. 27. Simms hasn’t gone up towards heart Mitchell Robinson, who is simply doing particular person drills.

In the summer season league, the Knicks had been primarily taking a look at their 4 draft picks and returnees Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley, so Simms performed in simply 4 of the six video games. He averaged 11 minutes, 3.8 factors and a pair of.8 rebounds.

Rookie heart Jericho Sims, picked No. 58, occupies one of many pair of two-way contracts. The second one is up for grabs.

Aamir Simms at Clemson.
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Simms is thrilled the Knicks known as him after he didn’t go within the second spherical as anticipated. During his exercise, he fell laborious for Tom Thibodeau’s defensive tradition.

“The pre-draft process, the destination was a key for me, the environment, the atmosphere,” Simms mentioned. “After the draft, I wasn’t shocked the group needed me. Thibs is named a gritty coach who places protection first.  

“That’s what separates him when he shocks people in the league. His teams always play defense and [he] instills belief into the players. It was the same way at Clemson the way (Brad Brownell) ran the team. This fits my game where I can develop under a great coach.”