CHICAGO — Leon Rose’s Knicks have been linked to Kentucky, but perhaps soon they can be linked to Canada by adding a second player from the Great White North.
Bennedict Mathurin, the athletic Arizona wingman who is from Montreal, worked out with countryman RJ Barrett last summer in Florida, talked Knicks in French and can see being teammates with him in New York.
Mathurin interviewed with the Knicks on Thursday during the NBA Draft Combine.
“It would be fun, to be honest,’’ Mathurin said when asked about playing for the Knicks. “A lot of people coming to the games. I played in front of Tucson and it’s kind of crazy, but playing in front of the Garden would be so crazy. They have good players, RJ, Julius [Randle], Immanuel [Quickley], they have pieces, a pretty good team with talent.’’
The 19-year-old has done 10 combine interviews so far.
Bennedict Mathurin could form a Canadian pipeline with RJ Barrett if the Knicks select him in the NBA Draft.Getty Images
“It went pretty good,’’ Mathurin said. “All the interviews are pretty different. Coach Tom [Thibodeau], he’s a little bit different. We had a pretty interesting meeting. They told me about the players they had and [asked] if I had watched any of their games. It was mostly about getting to know each other.’’
Mathurin watched a handful of Knicks games, particularly to watch Barrett’s breakout year.
Mathurin, who used to play hockey…