Kevin Knox Sr. would have called all of his sons Kobe if he could.
Knox Sr., who won an NCAA football championship in Florida, named his first son Kevin. Kevin Knox is Knicks' lottery choice for 2018.
Kevin Sr.'s second son is Kobe Knox. He has a third son – Karter.
Kobe Knox, whose older brother gets in touch frequently, is a 6-5-year-old rifle guard for Tampa Catholic and will choose Division I during the late signing in the spring.
"We named Kobe after Kobe Bryant and he accepted it," Kevin Knox Sr. told The Post about his middle son. “Our family has always worked hard – our motto as a family was that nobody worked harder than the Knoxes. And so I simply embedded this work ethic in the name. No matter what is happening to continue working.
"I saw that from (my son) Kobe and I had it in my own professional career. It was about work ethic, so it went hand in hand. My kids are always in the gym and exercising. "
Kevin Knox senior coached his daughter Ashley's youth basketball team in Tampa when he heard the tragic news of Bryant's death from Kobe, who called him during the game on Sunday.
"He said Daddy, Kobe just died in a helicopter crash," said Knox Sr., a broad receiver designed by the Buffalo Bills in 1994. I basically announced it in the gym and many cried. It was crazy and we were still playing. "
Kevin Knox II has not yet spoken to the media about Bryant's death.
"Our two boys (Kevin / Kobe) are in a calm, dark mood," said Knox Sr. "My wife is a psychology student, she was in the field and she mentioned that all of our children are a little mentally disturbed. They are grew up with the Kobe Bryant / LeBron James era. They looked up at them. Together with Kevin, Kobe, Karter, Ashley (Bryant) we watched films and talked about his work ethic. They are a little depressed and we have to keep going with them talk. "
It is Knox tradition that the family is all together on New Year's Eve – four children and parents. Last season, the Knox gang flew to Denver, where the Knicks played.
This season the Knicks had a home game on January 1st and the family spent time on New Year's Eve at the Knicks training facility in Tarrytown. Very Kobe-like.
"We'll bring it together in the gym," said Knox Sr. "The whole family was in the gym to practice and shoot New Years. But we could get home at 11:50 p.m. to count it down together. "
Kobe Knox is not a top 10 recruit like his older brother in Kentucky, but advises, among others, Department I of the University of San Diego, the State of Oklahoma, the Holy Cross, the UNC-Greensboro and the University of Detroit.
Kobe Knox has an average of 16.5 points and 4.2 templates.
"He's trying to find this one school that absolutely loves Kobe and the things he brings to the table," said Knox Sr. "He's still young, 17."
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