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The Knicks have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. We'll take a look at how some of those former Knicks are performing with their new teams as the 2019-20 NBA season is underway...


Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks

Porzingis saw his former team come to his new home grounds this past Thursday night in what turned out to be a thrilling matchup. Porzingis scored 28 points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked five shots, but fouled out late in the fourth quarter. Not having their big man out on the floor hurt the Mavs badly, as they fell to the Knicks 106-102 in what was a very close game throughout.

Porzingis missed Saturday's game against the Grizzlies, but the Mavericks were still able to pull out a win without him. Porzingis will make his long-awaited return to New York this Thursday to face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. He's averaging 20.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game in his first season with Dallas.

Tags: Courtney Lee, DeAndre Jordan, Emmanuel Mudiay, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Mario Hezonja, Noah Vonleh, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Knicks need to start winning 00:02:14
SNY Insider Ian Begley doesn't see anything imminent but if the Knicks underachieve more, owner James Dolan could make front office changes.

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The Knicks are in Dallas to play Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavs on Friday for the first time since the trade. So there will be plenty written and said about the deal over the next couple of days. 

Below, let's try to separate fact from opinion: 

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Kristaps Porzingis, Ian Begley
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The Knicks have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. We'll take a look at how some of those former Knicks are performing with their new teams as the 2019-20 NBA season is underway...


Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks

The No. 4 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft has seen his Mavericks career get off to a strong start. The Latvia native has averaged 22.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in four games. His best game of the the early season came on Sunday against Portland, when Porzingis scored 32 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and added five assists.

He did have an off night his last time out though, scoring just 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting against the Nuggets on Tuesday.

Tags: Courtney Lee, DeAndre Jordan, Emmanuel Mudiay, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Mario Hezonja, Noah Vonleh, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Speaking from his own experience, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said on Tuesday that he's never had any concern over star point guard Kyrie Irving's mood. 

"That is completely false. In strictly speaking in my observation and my experience with him so far, it's absolutely not true," Aktinson said when asked about an ESPN report that stated the organization has concerns about Irving's mood swings. "I'm the moody one, I really am. I'm cranky and I have my ups and downs. If there's just natural human behavior where guys are up and down, that's different. From my perspective, I give Kyrie an A-plus in his consistency and his spirit. It's been great." 

In a profile on Irving, Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan and the Nets, ESPN's Jackie MacMullan, reported that the Nets are 'queasy' over Irving's changing mood. It's a part of his personality that has reportedly been brought up multiple times over his career. 

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Ian Begley
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Oct 23, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (8) during the first quarter at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)
Oct 23, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (8) during the first quarter at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

The Knicks have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. We'll take a look at how some of those former Knicks are performing with their new teams as the 2019-20 NBA season is underway...


Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks

The No. 4 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft made his debut for the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night after being traded from the Knicks on January 31, 2019 and missing all of the 2018-19 NBA season while recovering from an ACL injury. On July 12, 2019, Porzingis agreed to a five-year, $158 million max contract with Dallas.

 

Tags: Courtney Lee, DeAndre Jordan, Emmanuel Mudiay, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Mario Hezonja, Noah Vonleh, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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The Brooklyn Nets fell 127-126 to the Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime of Wednesday's 2019-20 season opener at Barclays Center. >> Box Score

Six things to know from Wednesday's game...

1) Kyrie Irving's homecoming to the Nets, the team he grew up rooting for while the franchise was in New Jersey, was historic. With 50 points on 17-of-33 shooting, Irving set the Nets' -- and the NBA's -- single-game record for scoring in a player's debut. Irving added a 7-of-14 clip from three-point range, plus seven assists and eight rebounds, for the Nets' offense in what was an all-around effort. Perhaps most notable, Irving did not turn the ball over once. Despite a facial fracture that handicapped him throughout the preseason, Irving did not wear a mask as he made his season debut. 

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Jarrett Allen, Joe Harris, Spencer Dinwiddie, Taurean Prince
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Sep 27, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) poses for a portrait during media day at HSS Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Sep 27, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) poses for a portrait during media day at HSS Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

Kevin Durant was on Monday's episode of "How Hungry Are You?" by Bleacher Report, hosted by former teammate Serge Ibaka, and spoke on his decision to sign with the Nets this offseason instead of the Knicks.

"I just like the organization as far as just the direction they were going in," Durant told Ibaka. "A bunch of young guys that played in the playoffs before. I think the Knicks players, they're good young players but they still need a little bit more experience to match where I was in my career. So it was nothing major against the Knicks. I just think Brooklyn is farther along in the process of being a contender."

Durant was surely pointing to Kyrie Irving and former Knick DeAndre Jordan when describing players who have a lot of playoff experience, but really it's the entire team as a whole, with the Nets making the playoffs last season and a number of the players from that team still in Brooklyn.

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Sep 27, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) poses for a portrait during media day at HSS Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Sep 27, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) poses for a portrait during media day at HSS Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

Kevin Durant was on Monday's episode of "How Hungry Are You?" by Bleacher Report, hosted by former teammate Serge Ibaka, and spoke on his decision to sign with the Nets this offseason instead of the Knicks.

"I just like the organization as far as just the direction they were going in," Durant told Ibaka. "A bunch of young guys that played in the playoffs before. I think the Knicks players, they're good young players but they still need a little bit more experience to match where I was in my career. So it was nothing major against the Knicks. I just think Brooklyn is farther along in the process of being a contender."

Durant was surely pointing to Kyrie Irving and former Knick DeAndre Jordan when describing players who have a lot of playoff experience, but really it's the entire team as a whole, with the Nets making the playoffs last season and a number of the players from that team still in Brooklyn.

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Mar 9, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) reacts after their win against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Mar 9, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) reacts after their win against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

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Jarrett Allen will start for the Nets at center in their preseason opener on Friday, Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said.

That means DeAndre Jordan will be coming off the bench for Brooklyn, though Atkinson says you shouldn't read too much into the decision.

"There wasn't, believe it or not, a ton of thought put into," he said. "They've both played really well."

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Feb 16, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Team Lebron forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warrior (35) handles the ball against Team Lebron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics (11) during NBA All-Star Game practice at the Bojangles Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)
Feb 16, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Team Lebron forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warrior (35) handles the ball against Team Lebron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics (11) during NBA All-Star Game practice at the Bojangles Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)

Relatively quiet since he signed his four-year deal with the Nets in July and rehabs from an Achilles injury, Kevin Durant broke his silence Friday when he went on Chris Henderson's YouTube for a live interview.

In the 45-minute discussion with the self-proclaimed sneakerhead and game, who interviews athletes and celebrities about sneakers and videogames, Durant shed light on what he thinks of the Nets as his next chapter approaches.

Asked about Brooklyn, which will have to begin the 2019-20 season without the 10-time All-Star and four-time scoring champ, Durant was optimistic when he spoke of his new supporting cast.

Tags: Caris LeVert, DeAndre Jordan, Joe Harris
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Feb 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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New Net DeAndre Jordan shed a little light on his decision to sign with the Nets over the Knicks in free agency.

 

"Not to knock the culture the Knicks are creating," he said during an a promotional appearance for Dunkin', according to Gothamist, "but we like what [Nets coach] Kenny [Atkinson]'s doing and [general manager] Sean [Marks] has been awesome and the organization, from top to bottom, has been great. So you want to be a part of something like that, especially when you have a chance to play with other great players and build something."

 

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Feb 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter |

New Net DeAndre Jordan shed a little light on his decision to sign with the Nets over the Knicks in free agency.

"Not to knock the culture the Knicks are creating," he said during an a promotional appearance for Dunkin', according to Gothamist, "but we like what [Nets coach] Kenny [Atkinson]'s doing and [general manager] Sean [Marks] has been awesome and the organization, from top to bottom, has been great. So you want to be a part of something like that, especially when you have a chance to play with other great players and build something."

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New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan dribbles the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Luol Deng during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan dribbles the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Luol Deng during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale said he is hopeful center DeAndre Jordan will return from a sprained left ankle for Wednesday's game against the Phoenix Suns, according to Newsday's Steve Popper.

Jordan, who suffered the injury in practice on Feb. 23, has missed the Knicks' last four games and will miss his fifth straight on Monday against the Sacramento Kings.

Fizdale said Jordan, the Knicks' starting center since they acquired him in the Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster trade, has been progressing over the past week.

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New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan reacts during the third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan reacts during the third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks center DeAndre Jordan will miss an undetermined amount of time with a sprained left ankle, head coach David Fizdale said on Sunday.

Jordan, who suffered the injury at Saturday's practice, will not play in Sunday's matchup against the San Antonio Spurs.

The Knicks hope Jordan, who has been the starting center since New York acquired him in the blockbuster Kristaps Porzingis trade, won't miss too much time. Fizdale said the injury initially looked worse than it was after he was evaluated.

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Frank Ntilikina, Mitchell Robinson
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Feb 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Knicks C DeAndre Jordan had a mishap at practice on Saturday as he sprained his left ankle. 

The team announced that Jordan is listed as doubtful to play against the Spurs at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. 

Jordan has been starting at the five spot since coming over in the Kristaps Porzingis trade with the Mavericks. In 26.8 minutes per game, Jordan is averaging 11.8 points, 12 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in eight games. 

With Jordan likely out tomorrow, rookie Mitchell Robinson should see more time on the floor. Robinson has had a strong February thus far, averaging 9.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and an amazing 2.8 blocks per game. 

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Feb 11, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) drives to the basket between New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Feb 11, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) drives to the basket between New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Knicks set a new franchise record with their longest losing streak (17 games) in franchise history after losing to the Cavaliers, 107-104, in Cleveland Monday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) The Knicks came close to forcing overtime in this one, as Luke Kornet drained back-to-back threes to bring New York within one. He had a great look after a pump fake to take the lead, but was well short on another three. In the end, the Knicks had two chances to bury a three to send the game to overtime, but Dennis Smith Jr. and Kornet were off. 

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Cleveland Cavaliers, Scott Thompson
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Feb 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It was hard fought, but the Knicks fell for the 16th straight game as the Raptors took them down, 104-99, at Madison Square Garden Saturday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Saturday's game

1) The Knicks got off to a hot start with a 14-3 run. However, the Raptors closed the first quarter with a 25-23 lead. New York made it close the rest of the way, regaining their lead at one point in the second. But Toronto, the second-best team in the Eastern Conference right now, would've let this one slip away. 

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Toronto Raptors, Scott Thompson
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Feb 8, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) attempts a dunk against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Feb 8, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) attempts a dunk against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

It was the same result between the Pistons and Knicks in this second leg of a home-and-home, as Detroit took down New York, 120-103, on Friday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) Following up a 25-point game, Dennis Smith Jr. dropped a career-high 31 points on 9-for-15 from the field with eight assists and two rebounds as well. Smith also went 11-for-19 from the charity stripe, which he didn't seem happy about having given away eight free points. Either way, he has solidified himself as the Knicks' main source of offense since the Kristaps Porzingis trade. 

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Scott Thompson
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Knicks lose 14th straight game 00:01:31
Knicks coach David Fizdale, Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan comment on Smith's stellar performance in the Knicks loss to the Pistons.

Led by PF Blake Griffin, the Pistons took down the Knicks in Madison Square Garden, 105-92, for the team's 14th straight loss. >> Box score

Things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Dennis Smith Jr. had his best game as a Knick so far, dropping 25 points on 11-for-25 shooting with six assists and five rebounds as well. Being the Knicks' primary source of offense tonight, this could be the role Smith plays for the rest of the season, especially since he was in a lot of 1-on-1 situations. Fizdale clearly wants to see Smith's offensive gifts for himself, and he got that tonight.

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Scott Thompson
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