Frank Ntilikina vouches for new Knicks president Leon Rose

Leon Rose is officially expected to be announced as the Knicks’ new president in the coming days, as The Post reported last week.

No current Knicks were represented this season by the influential longtime NBA agent, though third-year guard Frank Ntilikina retained Rose and CAA as his reps during his first two seasons before switching to French rep Bouna Ndiaye in May 2019.

“I know Leon — very professional in what he does. He’s a good guy. We can trust him, I think,” Ntilikina said of Rose after Sunday’s practice. “We all want what’s the best for the team. So we all are moving in the same direction.

“Leon is an expert in his job. He knows what he’s doing. He was a great agent and I’m sure he’s going to do great things here.”

Ntilikina, the Knicks’ 2017 first-round draft pick, also was asked about multiple changes made by the organization both in the front office and at head coach during his first three NBA seasons.

“Coming in the league, I didn’t know what to expect. I was just ready for whatever. And it’s been a dream,” he said. “Now I’ve just got to see what’s ahead and keep building. So it is what it is. I’m just focusing on being the best player I can be in the future and helping my team be the best team it can be.

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“It’s tough, whatever, it’s tough. Whatever happens it’s going to be tough. If you want to succeed in this league you’ve got to fight adversity. A lot of things are going to happen in an NBA season all over the league, with every team. So I think you’ve got to be ready for everything.”

Still, the 21-year-old Ntilikina reiterated he’s “happy to be here” rather than looking at how there has been more stability with other teams around the league.

“I’m a Knick. … What I am focusing on is how can we get better, how can I get better? That’s the main thing,” Ntilikina said. “What’s happening anywhere else, it doesn’t matter to me. I’m just really focused on us now.”

Interim coach Mike Miller said he’s had no contact with Rose, who will be replacing fired Steve Mills as team president.

RJ Barrett hosted 16-year-old Antonio Sellers at practice Sunday in conjunction with The Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Garden of Dreams.

Sellers attends Hudson Catholic High School in Jersey City and was a basketball player before he recently was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Barrett also had a surprise announcement at practice, informing Sellers he also will be attending Saturday’s ACC regular-season finale between North Carolina and Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, where he will get to meet Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“It’s crazy. It really just makes you appreciate life. And just to be able to see him out there and he’s happy to be here,” Barrett said. “Whatever we can do to make somebody feel better, that’s what we can do.”

Ntilikina scored four points in 17 minutes Saturday against Chicago after missing the previous three games with a recurring groin injury.

“Just a good feeling to get back on the court,” he said. “That’s where I want to be. To get that win was also a good thing.”

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