The off-season after your rookie season is important because it’s vital to preventing the sophomore slump. This offseason is big for Alonzo Trier due to the fact that the Knicks just picked up his option for the 2019-2020 season on Friday.
A native of Seattle, Washington, Alonzo Trier surprised a lot of people with his great rookie season where he averaged Ten points three rebounds and two assists per game in 64 games. Many felt that his performance this season was deserving of an All-Rookie team selection. Despite falling short of votes to be eligible to make a team, it’s a sure thing that Alonzo Trier has made a niche for himself in the league and he is a big part of the Knicks future.
I recently caught up with Trier last Wednesday at Dyckman Park, Where he spoke to me about how he’s preparing for next season.
“I’m just looking to improve on everything that I learned from last season. Last year I learned everything on the fly so now that I know all of the ropes one time, and know what to expect I can build on it so I expect to be better and well prepared” Trier Says,
The summertime grind for Trier is real. As he explains his daily routine is top notch. “ Every morning I gotta make sure I wake up early, get a good lift in, my strength and conditioning, get some treatment, and then some bodywork focus on my strength, balance, and flexibility”.
Alonzo Trier At Dyckman Park on Wednesday, June 12th. Photo Credit: Nicole Sweet
“When I’m on the court I dedicate my time to sharpening all of the tools. I’m working on shooting the ball well, my ball handling, working on making reads, getting more used to the way we play offense, and just sharpen up my overall game” Trier added.
When Trier isn’t in the gym, and he’s around the NY area you can always catch him at one of the local summer leagues on Wednesday he made his 2nd appearance at Dyckman. “I love the game of the basketball so it’s always great to stop by and check out some games”. Trier and Kevin Knox are the only rookies to ever make an appearance at Dyckman but one player who hasn’t come to the tournament yet is Mitchell Robinson. Trier said, “for sure, no doubt we love to get Mitch out here, we’ll all probably stop by here very soon”.
Photo Credit: Nia Adams
The possibility of Trier or any Knicks player suiting up at Dyckman is something I have never thought about, but with the summer tournament being sanctioned by the NBA anything is possible. Just seeing the players from the local teams show support to the tournament is big enough. Aside from that, learning about how Trier is preparing for the season is something many Knick fans should be happy about. The future is bright.