Adam Zagoria

"Adam Zagoria sees the story behind the daily happenings." -St. Anthony Coach Bob Hurley

Adam is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv, where he covers basketball at all levels.

He is the author of two books, including "She's Got Handle," called "The 'Hoop Dreams' of the 21st Century" by The New York Times. His second book, "ULTIMATE: The First Four Decades," documents the colorful history of Ultimate Frisbee and was profiled in Sports Illustrated.

An award-winning journalist, his articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, SLAM, Basketball Times and newspapers nationwide.

A veteran Ultimate player, Adam has competed in numerous World & National Championships. His teams won the Westchester Summer League titles in 2011 & 2013 and reached the final in 2015.

He has also attended more Allman Brothers Band, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Rolling Stones shows than he cares to remember.

Adam lives in Manhattan with his wife, Jennifer, and their children, Grace and James.
 

Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) reacts against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) reacts against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Oklahoma point guard Trae Young is expected to work out for the Knicks once NBA Draft workouts begin, his father told SNY.tv.

"Of course," Rayford Young said from Los Angeles, where Trae is working out, adding that it's "too early" to set any dates.

NBA Draft workouts typically don't begin until late May and early June.

Young announced Friday that he had signed with Octagon, where he will be represented by agents Omar Wilkes and Jeff Austin.

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Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks center Enes Kanter says he's leaning toward opting out of his $18.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season to seek a longer-term deal with the Knicks.

"You could say that, yes," Kanter said Thursday at the Knicks facility after coach Jeff Hornacek was fired. "I'm not saying I'm in or out 100 percent. I'm just saying I want to stay here long term."

Kanter, who arrived before training camp in the Carmelo Anthony trade with Oklahoma City, will huddle with his new agent Mark Bartelstein soon to discuss his options.

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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) controls the ball against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) and Sacramento Kings shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) controls the ball against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) and Sacramento Kings shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- When Kristaps Porzingis next plays for the Knicks, he will do so for his fourth coach.

The 7-foot-3 Latvian unicorn has already played for Derek Fisher, Kurt Rambis and Jeff Hornacek, who was fired Thursday morning.

Whoever is named the next head coach will have to develop a good relationship with Porzingis, the franchise's cornerstone player moving forward.

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Bondy on Hornacek's dismissal 00:01:39
NY Daily News Knicks beat writer Stefan Bondy discusses the Knicks' decision to fire Jeff Hornacek after just two seasons.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Along with hiring their next head coach, the Knicks also have several major decisions to make with regard to the upcoming NBA Draft.

The Knicks have two picks in the June 21 Draft at Barclays Center, currently slated at Nos. 9 and 37, per Tankathon.com. GM Scott Perry said Thursday the franchise has "no timetable" on hiring a new coach, and it remains unclear if a coach will be in place before the NBA Draft Lottery (May 15), the NBA Combine (May 16-20), or the Draft itself.

"We have a high draft pick coming up this year in the lottery, we also have a higher second-round pick as well to add to our talent mix," Knicks GM Scott Perry said Thursday at the Knicks facility. "And so we've really created a very holistic approach in terms of how we've gone about our scouting, very detailed and organized, so we're just confident in a lot of processes that have been put in place here that we believe will bear fruit as we move forward."

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7 names in Knicks coach search 00:00:47
SNY rolls out the seven hottest names in the Knicks search to replace Jeff Hornacek as head coach.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Soon after the news broke early Thursday morning that the organization had fired Jeff Hornacek, the Knicks' brass began getting phone calls from people interested in the head coaching job.

Knicks GM Scott Perry declined to reveal any names or give out a list but said people are already lining up to succeed Hornacek.

"This morning we started getting calls," Perry said at the Knicks training facility. "We have not talked to the official candidates yet but we've gotten calls from their representatives. I left my phone in my office. I will probably have about 20 [messages] when I get back in there. ...\ We feel this will be a very attractive job to a lot of candidates."

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Mar 28, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; McDonalds All-American East guard R.J. Barrett (6) dunks against the West in the first half of the McDonalds High School All American Game at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Mar 28, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; McDonalds All-American East guard R.J. Barrett (6) dunks against the West in the first half of the McDonalds High School All American Game at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

NEW YORK -- The Knicks are only about two months away from the 2018 NBA Draft where they figure to have a lottery pick who could impact the franchise's fortunes for years to come.

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Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) reacts against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) reacts against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Now that Trae Young has officially declared for the NBA Draft, Knicks fans can officially dream of landing the player who has been called a young Steph Curry.

The 6-foot-2 Oklahoma freshman declared for the Draft on Tuesday after an up-and-down season at Oklahoma where he led the nation in scoring (27.4 ppg) and assists (8.7). He scored 40 or more points three times, but also crashed out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round.

The Knicks (26-45) currently own the NBA's ninth-worst record, and may have a chance to land Young depending on where they end up in the lottery.

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NEW YORK -- Charles Barkley may be known as a notorious Knicks hater, but fresh off hosting "Saturday Night Live" last weekend, Barkley now says the Knicks are in their best position in years, and can continue to build a playoff team via the draft and their young players.

"It's the best it's been in a long time and it's getting better," Barkley, echoing comments he made last month, said Tuesday at a CBS/Turner media brunch in Manhattan. "It's unfortunate [Kristaps] Porzingis got hurt, but I'm telling you, I think they're getting better."

Barkley said he likes the young Knicks core of Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina and Emmanuel Mudiay, and is a big fan of center Enes Kanterwho has said he hopes to retire a Knick.

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Houston Rockets forward Troy Williams poses for a picture during media day at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Troy Williams poses for a picture during media day at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks officially announced Wednesday that they have agreed with SF Troy Williams on a 10-day contract.

The deal was agreed upon on Monday night, legendary AAU coach Boo Williams, Troy's uncle, told SNY.tv.

"Yeah, he agreed to a 10-day with them," Boo Williams said by phone. "He had four other offers [including Portland and Dallas] but he wanted to go to New York."

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Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

When Emmanuel Mudiay first met Frank Ntilikina, he immediately spoke to him in French, foreshadowing the bond the two Knicks guards have developed in their short time together as the "French Connection."

Mudiay's family escaped from the war-torn nation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2001, while Ntilikina was born in Belgium to Rwandan parents. Congo and Rwanda are neighboring nations in Africa, and both faced similar conflicts.

"They're neighboring countries and the reason why people fled from both countries is the same reason," Jean-Micheal Mudiay, Emmanel's older brother, told SNY.tv by phone from Dallas. "Them being neighboring countries, they're both involved in the same kind of war."

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Nov 17, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (right) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (left) look on from the bench during a break in the action against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Nov 17, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (right) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (left) look on from the bench during a break in the action against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Enes Kanter spoke with Kristaps Porzingis on Thursday and believes the Unicorn will come back "even stronger" from his ACL tear.

Porzingis will undergo ACL surgery on Tuesday, a league source confirmed to SNY.tv, but he could miss up to a year afterward depending on his rehab.

"I'm always trying to give him positive energy because he's my teammate but more than my teammate, he's my brother," Kanter said Saturday. "I'm always going to be with him, I'm always going to try to give him positive energy.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- In Enes Kanter's ideal world, he will retire as a Knick and he will help lead many playoff runs in the future.

Kanter, who has a player option for $18.6 million for next season, reiterated Saturday that he hopes to retire a Knick and doesn't want to be dealt as the team rebuilds around younger players. The trade deadline was Thursday.

"I said it before, I said it before the trade deadline, that's where I want to be," said Kanter, who's averaging 14.1 points and 10.6 rebounds since coming over from Oklahoma City in the Carmelo Anthony trade. "That's where I want to retire. I hope I'll stay here for a long time..."

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Nov 1, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (0) before the game against the Toronto Raptors at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Nov 1, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (0) before the game against the Toronto Raptors at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Two days after issuing a press release indicating they had officially acquired Emmanuel Mudiay in a three-team trade, the Knicks on Saturday said the trade was being held up by Devin Harris' physical in Denver.

If Mudiay is eligible to play Sunday in Indiana, he will, coach Jeff Hornacek said. Hornacek added that he expects a healthy competition at the point guard spot going forward between Mudiay, rookie Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke, while Jarrett Jack's minutes are expected to be affected.

"It's something to do with Devin Harris getting his physical in Denver," Hornacek said of the holdup on the 21-year-old Mudiay, who was at the Knicks facility Saturday but did not practice or address the media...

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks are 23-32 and have lost their best player for the remainder of the season, but GM Scott Perry gave head coach Jeff Hornacek a vote of confidence on Wednesday.

Asked if the franchise was looking to make any staff changes, Perry said: "No, we're not looking to make any changes. We're evaluating the entire season. Jeff and his group are working really hard with this basketball team and doing the very best they can and obviously this is an adversity for them to deal with [Kristaps Porzingis] being out but I'm confident that they'll be able to do a good job of keeping this team playing hard and playing together. That's what we'll be looking at moving forward."

Both former Knick point guard Mark Jackson and former Cavs coach David Blatt have been speculated as possible successors to Hornacek, who signed a three-year deal before the 2016-17 season. Blatt maintains a close relationship with Knicks President Steve Mills.

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Knicks trade Hernangomez 00:04:27
Jon Hein and Dan Graca debate whether or not the Knicks made a smart decision in trading big man Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks are not ruling out additional trades in the wake of the Willy Hernangomez deal as the NBA trade deadline approaches on Thursday at 3 p.m.

Center Kyle O'Quinn and wing Courtney Lee are the two most prominently mentioned names after Hernangomez. The 23-year-old center was traded Thursday to Charlotte for two second-round picks and forward Johnny O'Bryant one day after his best friend, Kristaps Porzingis, went down for the season with an ACL tear. O'Bryant will be waived.

"I don't want to project any deals, what may or may not come out but whatever we decide to do it will definitely be well thought out," Knicks GM Scott Perry said Thursday. "It will be part of the plan that we want to follow and be disciplined to and so if that involves acquiring a pick or another player and we feels that's going to help us, we would do that."

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Perry on Porzingis injury 00:01:25
Knicks general manager Scott Perry discusses the devastating knee injury to Kristaps Porzingis.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- As the Knicks began Day One of life without Kristaps Porzingis on Wednesday, they have no timeline on when the 7-foot-3 unicorn might return to the court and no announcement on how they'll handle his contract situation moving forward.

ACL recoveries typically take 6-to-9 months, but the Knicks could be without Porzingis for up to a year after he went down during Tuesday's loss to Milwaukee.

"I'd hate to put a timetable on that because every player, every person's a little different in how they come back and respond," Knicks GM Scott Perry said. "I know he will attack in it an aggressive manner but we want to make sure that he is fully healthy before we put him back on the court. So would not want to put a definite timetable on it."

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 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

With the NBA trade deadline looming at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, the Knicks should be sellers, not buyers.

Following Sunday's loss to the lowly Atlanta Hawks, the Knicks are 23-31, and sit four games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 8 seed in the East. It looks like the Knicks will miss the playoffs for a fifth straight season dating to their 2013 loss to the Indiana Pacers in the second round.

"I would definitely try to just acquire as many as assets for the future as I could," longtime NBA agent Keith Glass told SNY.tv in reference to the Knicks.

Tags: Courtney Lee, Joakim Noah, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, Adam Zagoria
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 (Ben Queen)
(Ben Queen)

NEW YORK -- The Knicks crushed the crosstown rival Nets, 111-95, on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden to complete a four-game season sweep.

But with every win the Knicks add at this point, they are getting further and further away from the ultimate goal: the top of the NBA Draft lottery.

The Knicks are now 23-28, three games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 8 seed in the East. At 24-23 entering Tuesday, the Sixers were also outside of the lottery at No. 15...

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Jan 12, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) looks to pass the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) plays defense in the second half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jan 12, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) looks to pass the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) plays defense in the second half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

NEW YORK -- With Kevin Love now sidelined 6-8 weeks with a fractured left hand, there's an open spot in the NBA All-Star Game.

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Credt: Hoophall Classic
Credt: Hoophall Classic

When Archbishop Molloy coach Mike McCleary first heard about the field for the 2018 SNY Invitational, he knew his team was going to face a tough road.

"It's an incredibly difficult tournament," McCleary told SNY.tv. "When we first met, they hadn't done the matchups and they said to me, 'Who would you prefer playing?' I said, 'That's like asking, 'Do you want to die by lethal injection or firing squad?'

"There are very, very talented teams in this tournament. You'd be lucky to come out with a win, and certainly lucky to win the championship."

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Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks forward Doug McDermott (20) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks forward Doug McDermott (20) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Chris Mullin and Patrick Ewing were back coaching their respective Big East squads -- St. John's and Georgetown -- at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. But it is another Big East coach who might well be the Knicks' biggest fan at this stage.

Creighton coach Greg McDermott has a vested interest in the Knicks because his son Doug is a valuable bench player for the team.

Greg, whose Bluejays are currently No. 25 in the nation and sit atop the Big East standings, watches as many Knicks games as he can on the NBA app and on TV.

"[Doug] is really enjoying New York City and likes being part of the Knicks," Greg said...

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 (John E. Sokolowski)
(John E. Sokolowski)

NEW YORK -- Enes Kanter said he'll be "fine" despite his latest ailment, a neck injury that caused him to see double after Andre Roberson came down on the back of his head and neck while they battled for a rebound Saturday night.

"I think I'm good," Kanter said after the Knicks 111-96 win over Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder. "There was a point I saw two refs but I think I'm fine. I'm not going to talk about it. I'm going to use the neck bracelet. Just get some treatment and get ready for the next game." The Knicks play at Charlotte on Monday.

During the third quarter, Roberson hit Kanter in the back of the head and neck while battling for a rebound, and Kanter briefly looked dazed in the huddle afterward.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

NEW YORK -- With all the hype surrounding Lonzo Ball and his family on Tuesday night in a nationally televised game at Madison Square Garden, it was easy to forget about the Knicks own soft-spoken rookie point guard, Frank Ntilikina.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Tim Hardaway Jr. said he first noticed the soreness in his left foot after the Knicks beat the Utah Jazz on Nov. 15, but he didn't take it seriously at first.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:01:11
With Kristaps Porzingis trying to break out of his slump in Monday's game against the Clippers, the Knicks look to end their losing streak.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Kristaps Porzingis and Aaron Judge are both outsized New York superstars.

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Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) are separated by New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) are separated by New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- Enes Kanter and LeBron James went chest-to-chest in a shouting match during a high-intensity game, and they continued their two-day war of wars afterward.

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Knicks respond to LeBron 00:01:22
Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina and Enes Kanter respond to LeBron James' comment that the Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina is involved in his first NBA controversy and while his teammates vehemently defended him, Ntilikina is taking the high road.

The Knicks rookie point guard never mentioned LeBron James by name on Sunday after hearing James had ripped him indirectly the night before.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- As Kristaps Porzingis becomes the face of the Knicks in the post-Carmelo Anthony Era, he says he is taking some leadership cues from LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (Brad Penner)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (Brad Penner)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Enes Kanter believes he's on a Knicks team that should challenge for a spot in the NBA playoffs, but says folks in his native Turkey -- a nation of almost 80 million -- are unable to watch his games because he's been an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"Yeah, I got a lot of friends and family [who] cannot watch my games," Kanter told SNY.tv on Thursday after practice.

"They don't even show no New York Knicks games in Turkey because of me. Last year they didn't show no OKC games. This year no New York games just because of me. And they ban my Twitter in Turkey, too." One league source said it's "obvious" the Turkish government is "avoiding showing Kanter's games," but that basketball fans in Turkey with NBA League Pass can "watch whatever games they want." A spokesman at the Turkish consulate told SNY.tv by phone, "I cannot know if these channels are also blocking Enes Kanter's games or not, so I cannot know it."

From where Kanter sits, folks in Turkey are missing some good basketball.

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Michael Baker has been named the new head boys basketball coach at Paterson Eastside, the school that was at the center of a recruiting violations and human trafficking scandal last winter.

Baker, 48, will be charged with cleaning up the historic program and getting it back on track following the scandal. His top assistant will be former Eastside star Tony Murphy Jr.

"It's my goal to rebuild a program the city of Paterson can be proud of," Baker said. "Through consistent hard work, my staff and I hope to repair the community's trust in our basketball program. We want our players and their parents to know we will do right by them. I know high school sports is important in Paterson. But before we get into X's and O's, we have to build character and teach our student athletes about winning the every day challeges of life. We want to get back to the principles this program was built on and that's winning the right way."

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK -- The Knicks took a gamble when they drafted Frenchman Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick in this year's NBA Draft.

Some fans and observers felt they could've done better with an American college player such as N.C. State's Dennis Smith Jr. or Kentucky's Malik Monk -- both of whom were available when the Knicks chose.

But Ntilikina may have eased some of those concerns when he helped key the Knicks to their first victory of the season on Friday, a 107-86 victory over the rival Nets at Madison Square Garden. He notched nine points on 4-for-11 shooting with five assists, one steal and three turnovers. With his long arms and reach, Ntilikina also played strong defense and disrupted the Nets' passing lanes...

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Trey Burke (33) (Tommy Gilligan)
Trey Burke (33) (Tommy Gilligan)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- When Trey Burke was originally drafted with the No. 9 pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves out of Michigan in the 2013 NBA Draft, he never figured he'd end up in the NBA G League. He figured his career would be a straight arc upward toward NBA stability and stardom.

"Nobody wants to start in the NBA and then come to the G league, but I'm comfortable with who I am," the 6-foot-1 Burke said Tuesday at Westchester Knicks Media Day. "I'm comfortable with where I am and I know that everybody's journey is different so I'm at a point where I get to sit back and really explore everything that's in front of me and just go at it, man."

The Knicks signed Burke on Oct. 11 and he said part of his motivation for signing with them was that his former Michigan teammate, Tim Hardaway Jr., is back with the Knicks...

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Craig Robinson was in his office with the Milwaukee Bucks one day this July when Knicks President Steve Mills phoned him.

Mills and Robinson, Michelle Obama's brother and Barack Obama's brother-in-law, had been teammates at Princeton for two years and both graduated with degrees in sociology.

On this day, Mills, who had recently taken over the reins of the Knicks after Phil Jackson was fired by owner Jim Dolan, was calling to offer Robinson a new job as as vice president of player development and G League operations...

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Luke Kornet worked out for more than a dozen NBA teams last spring, but when he watched the NBA Draft from his home in Lexington, Ky., 60 picks came and went without Kornet's name being called.

But soon after the draft, he received a call from the Knicks who wanted to offer him the unique opportunity of a two-way contract.

"The Knicks were the only one who offered me the two-way on the night of the draft, so that was a pretty good obvious choice from the beginning," the 7-foot-1 Kornet said Tuesday at Westchester Knicks Media Day.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK -- Just a few hours before the Knicks tipped of the 2017-18 NBA season with a 19-point loss to Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Michigan State sophomore forward Miles Bridges spent time at Madison Square Garden for Big Ten Media Day.

Bridges is an explosive 6-foot-6 forward who opted to return to Michigan State for his sophomore season instead of being a likely lottery pick in this year's NBA Draft. He's now projected as the No. 6 pick in 2018 via ESPN.com.

So with Bridges in the Garden for Media Day and the Big Ten Tournament beginning Feb. 28, how would he feel about potentially being drafted by the Knicks?

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Feb 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Feb 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Kristaps Porzingis admits it will be "weird" playing against Carmelo Anthony on opening night, and not with him.

But the 7-foot-3 unicorn is also anxious to try his hand at defending his former teammate when the Knicks open the 2017-18 season against Anthony and Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

"For sure, it's going to be weird," Porzingis said Tuesday after practice. "But I'm looking forward to that game. It's in OKC, great atmosphere as always. It's going to be a good challenge for us."

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Sep 25, 2017; Greenburgh, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 25, 2017; Greenburgh, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- After Enes Kanter found out he had been traded to the Knicks as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal, he woke up in the middle of the night and reminded himself what had just happened.

"When I heard about the news first I was doing a basketball camp for orphans in Oklahoma City," Kanter explained at Knicks' Media Day, where he and Doug McDermott were introduced on the same day Anthony spoke at Oklahoma City's Media Day. "And my friend brought me my phone and he said, 'Hey, this is urgent. And I said, 'I'm doing a camp.' And he said, 'It's urgent."

It was Kanter's manager on the other end of the line informing him of the trade...

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SNY's Taylor Rooks and Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News recap the highlights of New York Knicks Media Day.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- The Knicks are adjusting to a new reality and getting used to life in the post-Carmelo Anthony Era.

"It's definitely different," Knicks center Joakim Noah said Monday at Media Day. "Carmelo was just such a big part of the New York Knicks, he meant so much to the city. So it's definitely different not having him around."

Point guard Derrick Rose, Noah's former teammate with the Knicks and Chicago Bulls, is also gone -- to the Cleveland Cavaliers. And Phil Jackson was fired as team President in June, taking the much-maligned triangle offense with him.

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Knicks Media Day Report 00:03:27
SNY's Taylor Rooks and Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News recap the highlights of New York Knicks Media Day.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- The Knicks are adjusting to a new reality and getting used to life in the post-Carmelo Anthony Era.

"It's definitely different," Knicks center Joakim Noah said Monday at Media Day. "Carmelo was just such a big part of the New York Knicks, he meant so much to the city. So it's definitely different not having him around."

Point guard Derrick Rose, Noah's former teammate with the Knicks and Chicago Bulls, is also gone -- to the Cleveland Cavaliers. And Phil Jackson was fired as team President in June, taking the much-maligned triangle offense with him.

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 (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
(Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says Phil Jackson "chased" Carmelo Anthony out of New York and that the forward's addition automatically makes the Oklahoma City Thunder a threat to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA's Western Conference.

"They've got two top-10 players [in Russell Westbrook and Paul George] and Carmelo, who's No. 60 or whatever they got him rated," Boeheim, who coached Anthony to the 2003 NCAA championship, told SNY.tv by phone on Saturday. "I think he's still a top player, and I think Russell and Paul George make it easier for him to be able to do what he does."

The reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors remain the team to beat but with the Knicks agreeing to deal Anthony to the Thunder in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick, the Thunder have inched closed to the Warriors. The trade was first reported by ESPN, and confirmed to SNY.tv by a league source.

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- The Triangle Offense left New York in June when Phil Jackson was fired, but the Knicks made it official as training camp is about to begin.

Asked if the triangle was dead, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Friday: "The style that guys are liking to play is a little bit different. We're going to open it up and get some different things out there. The biggest thing for us is to try to put our guys in the best position. Whether it's post-ups, if it's outside shooting 3-pointers, you look at the roster, you look at the player's strengths and you try to build from there."

OK, so Hornacek never used the word "triangle," but it's clear he will return to the high-tempo attack he used in Phoenix...

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(AP)

Carmelo Anthony is expected at Knicks training camp come Monday, but the team's front office hasn't ruled out trading him.

"Our plan is that Carmelo will be with us on Monday on marketing day and media day and be with us on Tuesday when we start practicing," Knicks president Steve Mills said Friday at the team's training facility.

The Knicks were unable to move Anthony this summer, but new GM Scott Perry said he's still fielding calls. Portland and Houston are among the teams that have been linked to Anthony, who has two years and approximately $54 million remaining on his contract...

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Houston Cougars guard Damyean Dotson (21) reacts after making a basket during the first half against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Hofheinz Pavilion. (Troy Taormina)
Houston Cougars guard Damyean Dotson (21) reacts after making a basket during the first half against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Hofheinz Pavilion. (Troy Taormina)

Damyean Dotson, the former Oregon and Houston guard who was the MVP of the Portsmouth Invitational, was selected with the 44th pick of the NBA Draft by the Knicks.

The 6-foot-5 Dotson, who averaged 17.4 points and 6.9 rebounds last season at Houston, is considered a prototypical "3-and-D" guy. He was ranked eighth nationally with 3.38 made three-pointers per game and shot 44.3 percent from behind the arc.

"Man, this is a dream come true for me, but I bring a versatility, great attitude and effort, probably the best teammate the Knicks -- probably the best player and the best teammate that anybody on the Knicks ever had," Dotson said.

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GEICO SportsNite visits Eastside High School in Paterson, N.J., where two coaches were suspended for allegedly housing six of their players.

CLIFTON, N.J. -- Former Eastside High School assistant basketball coach Al Maldonado said he was "shocked" and "stunned" at the allegations against him and suspended head coach Juan Griles that emerged from this week's explosive NJ Advance Media report.

In an exclusive interview with SNY in his attorney's office on Wednesday afternoon, Maldonado, 54, spoke frankly and also broke down in tears as he discussed the report that six Eastside players were living with Griles in his Paterson condo.

"I was shocked," Maldonado, who wore an orange and blue tie to honor the Ghosts' colors, said in an interview with SNY. "I know what Coach Griles is about, I know what I'm about. Without getting into too much detail, some of the allegations that I [saw] in that article stunned me. In my opinion, [there was] a little bit of sensationalism. But my initial reaction was shock."

NJ Advance Media did not interview Maldonado for its piece, but he was anxious to give his side of the story to attempt to clear his name. He and Griles now have separate attorneys. Griles declined to speak with SNY at his home on Wednesday.

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Christ the King defeated St. Raymond 67-66 in the 2017 SNY Invitational Championship game.

NEW YORK -- Despite trailing by 10 points in the second half of the SNY Invitational championship game, Jose Alvarado and his Christ the King teammates never wavered.

The Royals stormed back to knock off Catholic League-rival St. Raymond, 67-66, to win the title for the first time before a packed crowd on Saturday afternoon at City College of New York.

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Kris Wilkes is down to three schools.

The 6-foot-7 small forward from Indianapolis (IN) North Central is down to Indiana, Illinois and UCLA, according to Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star. He has visited all three.

He cut Xavier and UConn, which he was to visit later this month or in November.

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Duke is the favorite to win the NCAA championship and junior guard Grayson Allen is favored to win AP National Player of the Year honors, according to Bovada.lv.

Led by Allen and a crew of stud freshmen including Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, Frank Jackson and Marques Bolden, Duke faces odds of 4/1 to win the national championship in Glendale, Az. Kentucky follows at 15/2 with Kansas and reigning NCAA champion Villanova at 10/1. Arizona, which also has several elite freshmen in Kobi Simmons and Rawle Alkins, is next at 14/1.

Allen, who leads the AP odds at 6/1, opted to return to Duke for his junior season after he could have declared for the NBA Draft last year. He's currently projected at No. 25 by DraftExpress.com.

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(Pat Lovell)

While his mother was enduring a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer, Tariq Owens  was just a young teenager growing up Odenton, Md.

His daily routine involved sitting by Cassandra Owens' bedside and trying to comfort her, but he withdrew into himself.

"Every day I used to come home from school, I'd drop my book bag by the door, go upstairs and just sit in the room," Owens, a 6-foot-11 redshirt sophomore forward who was born in New York City and now plays at St. John's, said Thursday. "Most times she'd be asleep by the time I got home or I'd just be sitting in the room with a chair, watching TV and wait for her to wake up."

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Feb 20, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson talks to guard Retin Obasohan (32) during the game against Mississippi State Bulldogs at Coleman Coliseum. The Bulldogs defeated the Crimson Tide 67-61. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports (Marvin Gentry)
Feb 20, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson talks to guard Retin Obasohan (32) during the game against Mississippi State Bulldogs at Coleman Coliseum. The Bulldogs defeated the Crimson Tide 67-61. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports (Marvin Gentry)

Alabama enjoyed a huge recruiting day on Thursday.

Herb Jones, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard from Hale County (AL), committed to the Crimson Tide over Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

Alex Reese, a 6-9 power forward from Pelham (AL), announced for Alabama over UAB later Thursday.

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Here's a look towards this weekend's recruiting visits and other news. Some visits will depend on the status of Hurricane Matthew. This list will be updated throughout the weekend.

**Brandon Randolph, the 6-foot-6 shooting guard from the Westtown (PA) School and the PSA Cardinals, hits Arizona Thursday night and begins his official on Friday, a source said. A tremendous scorer and high-quality kid, Randolph has already visited Oregon and Syracuse, and is also considering Wake Forest. He also had a home visit with Indiana.

**Nojel Eastern, the 6-foot-6 point guard from Evanston (IL) Township, takes an official to Seton Hall beginning today (Thursday). He previously visited Michigan State.

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