Knicks' Fields at No. 4 on Thorpe's list

NEW YORK -- New York Knicks rookie shooting guard Landry Fields, who is No. 4 in David Thorpe's latest rookie rankings (Insider), is profiled today in a story I wrote about him and his dad, Steve Fields, a seventh-round pick of the Portland Trail Blazers, in 1975.

I had more material that I was able to fit in that story, so I'm using this blog to serve up some leftovers.

When Fields was in the 6th grade, his AAU coach, A.C. Diaz, gave him a chart to put on the back of his bedroom door listing everything he would need to accomplish academically to get into college. Fields kept the chart there for seven years, and credits it with helping him get into Stanford, one of the nation's most presigious academic institutions.

"I knew I wanted to play college ball, and I knew school was the first way to go," Fields said, who graduated with a degree in communications.

Fields' dad played at Miami of Ohio, and is mother, Janice, played college ball at Skyline Community College in Washington.

The elder Fields went on and on in a telephone interview speaking about his son, who had another turnover-free game in Tuesday night's loss at Milwaukee, giving him a total of just three through 172 minutes over seven games. Here's another excerpt of what the senior Fields had to say about his son:

"The thing about Landry, his game has continually slowed down from high school to college, and he’s adjusted to the pace of NBA, but he always has that tick, tick, tick mentality when he sees things and anticipates things developing. He just takes advantage of whatever the situation is around him, be it on offense of defense – a rebound, steal, taking a charge, a tip in, keeping it alive, saving it, that’s how he mentally plays. You look at his stats, he tries to put something in all the categories with the exception of turnovers, but he just does what he does and that puts something in all those columns. So that’s how he approaches it on both sides of the ball, that’s one thing I noticed. I mean he's a great kid. He works hard, stays home, stays humble, stays grounded. He could have gone a lot of different directions, but he continues to stay centered and come out and hustle, and he stays coachable."