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.
 

Steve Kerr coaching the Golden State Warriors.  (AP)
Steve Kerr coaching the Golden State Warriors. (AP)

NEW YORK -- On the day between playing the Knicks and the Nets, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said both teams are on the right track and need to add talent going forward.

Both New York teams hope to be players during free agency next summer, when Warriors star Kevin Durant -- who went off for 41 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the Warriors' 128-100 win Friday at Madison Square Garden -- will be the prized free agent.

"I think both teams are building foundations and the whole key obviously from there is, can you build up your talent base and so we'll see what happens," Kerr said Saturday after practice in Midtown Manhattan.

Read More

Steve Kerr coaching the Golden State Warriors.  (AP)
Steve Kerr coaching the Golden State Warriors. (AP)

NEW YORK -- On the day between playing the Knicks and the Nets, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said both teams are on the right track and need to add talent going forward.

Both New York teams hope to be players during free agency next summer, when Warriors star Kevin Durant -- who went off for 41 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the Warriors' 128-100 win Friday at Madison Square Garden -- will be the prized free agent.

"I think both teams are building foundations and the whole key obviously from there is, can you build up your talent base and so we'll see what happens," Kerr said Saturday after practice in Midtown Manhattan.

Read More

Knicks talk bright future 00:02:19
During New York Knicks Media Day, Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Knox, and Enes Kanter talked about rebuilding and a new future for the Knicks

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The last NBA Rookie of the Year out of Kentucky was New Jersey native Karl-Anthony Towns in 2016. Now, Knicks rookie Kevin Knox is aiming to be the latest Kentucky product to win the award.

"Yeah, I think it's definitely something that I have the chance to get," the 6-foot-9 Tampa native said Monday at Knicks' Media Day. "But winning is No. 1 on my mind right now. I don't really care about anything else right now, just trying help my teammates win, try to help myself get better and just get better throughout the year."

After averaging 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds last season under John Calipari, Knox excelled in the NBA Summer League with the Knicks. He was named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team after averaging 21.3 points. In fact, Knox remains in touch with Towns, the 7-footer with the Minnesota Timberwolves who starred at St. Joe's-Metuchen in Jersey...

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Adam Zagoria
Read More

Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference guard Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls (21) and Eastern Conference forward Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers (2) talk during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference guard Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls (21) and Eastern Conference forward Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers (2) talk during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)

Kyrie Irving is "finally getting acclimated in Boston" and hasn't spoken to Jimmy Butler since 2016.

If you're the Knicks' braintrust -- or their fan base -- neither of these is a piece of good news since the franchise is planning on going hard after the New Jersey native during free agency next summer.

"I've been away from Cleveland officially for a year now, and I'm finally getting acclimated in Boston," Irving told ESPN.com.

Read More

It's good news for the Knicks and their fans that Jimmy Butler lists them as one of his three preferred destinations, but the Knicks' braintrust shouldn't mortgage their future to trade for him now.

Especially not when Butler, who just turned 29, will be a free agent in the summer of 2019. If he wants to come to the Big Apple next summer, then, by all means, the Knicks should consider making it happen, especially if they could potentially pair him with New Jersey native Kyrie Irving. Of course, Kevin Durant will also be a free agent next summer, so the possibilities are endless and the future -- for now -- looks bright.

The Knicks of Phil Jackson might have made a move now for Butler, sacrificing draft picks and young assets in exchange. But the Knicks of Steve Mills and Scott Perry appear to have a solid plan in place, and the cornerstone of that plan is not sacrificing assets and picks for the future. The Knicks did that once with Carmelo Anthony, and we all know how that worked out...

Read More

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Kevin Durant made a surprise appearance here at the Nike Peach Jam on Friday. Whether he ever makes an appearance in Knicks colors remains to be seen, but former New York point guard Greg Anthony believes the team will be attractive to free agents in 2019.

"Listen, there's going to be a lot of A-list guys that are going to be available, and just like with the Lakers, New York is an incredible environment," Anthony told SNY.tv. "If you can be a star there, I'm sure those guys are all going to take that stuff into consideration."

Anthony is here supporting his son Cole Anthony, a New York prep star who will take his talents to a national high school powerhouse this year before going to college in 2019. A 6-foot-3 point guard, Cole is a projected future pro down the road...

Read More

Mar 28, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; McDonalds All-American West forward Nassir Little (10) defends East forward Zion Williamson (12) in the second 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 West forward Nassir Little (10) defends East forward Zion Williamson (12) in the second half of the McDonalds High School All American Game at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The 2018 NBA Draft has just ended, so it's never too early to look ahead to 2019.

With a return date for Kristaps Porzingis still a major question mark given his ACL injury, the Knicks figure to be in the lottery again in 2019.

Given the loaded top of that draft, thats a good thing.

Read More

Mar 10, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier (35) dribbles against USC Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) during the Pac-12 Tournament championship at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Mar 10, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier (35) dribbles against USC Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) during the Pac-12 Tournament championship at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Former Arizona guard Allonzo Trier has signed a two-way contract with the Knicks, and will be in New York City next week, a source close to Trier told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-5 Trier is a scoring wing who averaged 18.1 points, 3.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds last season for the Wildcats, where he played alongside eventual No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton and New York wing Rawle Alkins. Both Trier and Alkins went undrafted Thursday night.

"Allonzo is a gifted scorer at all three levels who understands the importance and urgency of working diligently on his craft daily," Arizona assistant Mark Phelps told SNY.tv. "He is an absolute professional when it comes to every aspect of the game and has an excellent broad knowledge of NBA players and teams and a genuine admiration and respect for the NBA in general...

Read More

Mar 29, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds All-American East center Mitchell Robinson (22) dunks during the 40th Annual McDonald's High School All-American Game at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 29, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds All-American East center Mitchell Robinson (22) dunks during the 40th Annual McDonald's High School All-American Game at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson will need a major support structure around him as he begins his NBA career, and that career could begin in the NBA G League.

The book on the 7-foot-1 Robinson from multiple coaches and those close to him is that he is a talented and good kid with some major maturity issues. He hasn't played organized basketball since the McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic Games in April 2017, and opted to train on his own this past season instead of enrolling at Western Kentucky, where NBA scouts could have evaluated him. The Knicks ended up taking a flyer on him at No. 36 in Thursday's NBA Draft.

"We know we have a situation that can help embrace him, find ways for him to grow off the court and on the court," Knicks President Steve Mills said Friday when Robinson and fellow rookie Kevin Knox were introduced. "We know we have a group of coaches and an environment that will help him grow."

Read More

New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks head coach David Fizdale isn't setting modest expectations for Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson.

The first-year coach says Kentucky's Knox has the potential to be similar to Celtics rookie small forward Jayson Tatum, while unproven big man Robinson can emulate Rockets standout Clint Capela. Both Tatum and Capela played key roles for their teams during their respective runs to the conference finals.

'We all like the way that kid [Tatum]'s looking up in Boston right now and I'm not putting that kind of pressure on this kid [Knox] to be him, but when you have that kind of skill set, that height at that athleticism, you can see him being a very productive player," Fizdale said of Knox, who was officially introduced at the Knicks' training facility with Robinson...

Read More

 (Nam Y. Huh)
(Nam Y. Huh)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks went out on a limb and selected Mystery Man Mitchell Robinson with the No. 36 pick in the NBA Draft.

The 7-foot-1 Robinson hasn't played a meaningful game since the Jordan Brand Classic in New York City in April 2017, where he scored 15 points on 7-for-7 shooting.

The Louisiana native originally committed to Texas A&M, and then chose Western Kentucky but never played there. He withdrew from Western Kentucky last summer, and said he would train for the NBA Draft instead. However, he skipped the recent NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, which raised more questions about his NBA readiness.

Read More

GEICO SportsNite: Knicks draft 00:02:06
Jeane Coakley and Ian Begley discuss NBA draft night and how Kevin Knox fits with the Knicks on GEICO SportsNite.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Kevin Knox was booed at Barclays Center by the same young man who booed Kristaps Porzingis three years ago at the NBA Draft.

Some Knicks fans chanted "We want Porter" for embattled Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. And that only served to motivate Knox -- the same way it propelled Porzingis toward a sensational rookie season in New York when he averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds.

"That's just motivation," the 6-foot-9 Knox said. "A lot of people want [Porter] to get to the Knicks, but I mean, it's all good with me. I'm ready to get to work. I'm ready to get to work and ready to prove people in Summer League and prove people in the NBA...

Read More

Knicks GM on Kevin Knox 00:00:53
New York Knicks GM Scott Perry meets the media and discusses why the team chose Kevin Knox with the ninth pick in the NBA Draft.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- In drafting freshman wing Kevin Knox with the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft, Knicks' brass fell in love with his talent, upside, and Kentucky pedigree.

The Knicks could have selected Villanova's Mikal Bridges or Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. -- who some fans cheered for, booing Knox in the process. But, instead, they zeroed in on the 18-year-old Knox to fill their void on the wing. The Tampa, Fla., native will be officially introduced at the Knicks' facility on Friday.

"Kevin is a young man that we did extensive research on, we like the talent," Knicks GM Scott Perry said. "He fits what we're going to be about. What we've talked about from the very beginning, he's long, he's athletic, he can play multiple positions. I think he has tremendous upside."

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Adam Zagoria
Read More

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks drafted Kentucky's Kevin Knox with an eye toward making the franchise "attractive" to free agents in 2019 -- most notably New Jersey native Kyrie Irving.

The Knicks' brass hopes that a young core of the 18-year-old Knox along with Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina, and other promising pieces will attract free agents like Irving a year from now.

"Yeah, our goal is to make this an attractive place," Knicks President Steve Mills said when I asked him about potential free agents.

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Adam Zagoria
Read More

Picks on Knicks 00:01:11
Mikal Bridges, Michael Porter Jr, Kevin Knox, and Lonnie Walker talk about the potential of playing for the Knicks and coach David Fizdale.

While much of the talk leading up to the Knicks' pick in the NBA Draft has centered around Kentucky's Kevin Knox, Villanova's Mikal Bridges, and Alabama's Collin Sexton, Miami guard Lonnie Walker IV could be an option as well.

The 6-foot-4 Walker worked out for the Knicks and a league source said the team was very "intrigued with his two-way abilities."

"It was a great workout, they were very happy," Walker said Wednesday. "I had some film with the head coach [David Fizdale] and we went back and forth about it. It was very positive. They were happy to see how mentally tough I was and my athleticism and aggression while I was playing so it was all positive energy."

Read More

Jan 22, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns forward Mohamed Bamba (4) reacts against the Iowa State Cyclones during the second half at the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns won 73-57. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports (Brendan Maloney)
Jan 22, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns forward Mohamed Bamba (4) reacts against the Iowa State Cyclones during the second half at the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns won 73-57. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports (Brendan Maloney)

Head coach David Fizdale met Wednesday with Harlem native Mohamed Bamba, but the Knicks are unlikely to trade up to get the 7-foot shot-blocking sensation, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Multiple reports indicated Memphis is looking to trade the No. 4 pick. Bamba is currently projected to go No. 5 to Dallas, per ESPN.com.

"I was told late [Wednesday] night [the Knicks] have not yet asked Bamba's people to get his medical information," Wojnarowski said Thursday morning on ESPN's 'Get Up!' "That's a steep price to move up that high in the draft to No. 4. You're going to have to give up a lot. You're probably going to have to give up a future first [-round pick]. You're going to be digging into his medicals right now. They did talk to him yesterday and that goes on the week of."

Read More

Mikal Bridges Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Mikal Bridges Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

NEW YORK -- Of all the prospects in this year's NBA Draft, it's possible that nobody has a greater appreciation for Madison Square Garden and New York City than Villanova wing and potential Knicks target Mikal Bridges.

After all, Bridges has already enjoyed a lot of success at the Garden and in the Big Apple.

The 6-foot-7 wing scored 25 points to help lead eventual NCAA champion Villanova to the Big East Tournament championship over Providence in March -- a game that Knicks owner Jim Dolan, President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry all watched from their courtside seats...

Read More

The Knicks will pick... 00:00:23
ESPN Knicks reporter Ian Begley makes his prediction of who the Knicks will pick Thursday night with the 9th selection of the NBA Draft.

NEW YORK -- Kevin Knox is intrigued by the idea of playing for the Knicks and compared his experience at Kentucky to potentially playing in the Big Apple.

"It's kind of where everything happens, Madison Square Garden, so I think this is a big stage, great opportunity to be here," the 6-foot-9 Kentucky forward said Wednesday on the eve of the NBA Draft.

He added in reference to the huge media contingents covering the respective teams: "Kentucky is basically the New York Knicks of college basketball."

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Adam Zagoria
Read More

Michael Porter Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Michael Porter Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

NEW YORK -- Michael Porter Jr. hasn't worked out for any NBA teams because of his back and hip ailments, but met with Knicks brass in Chicago and said they are intrigued by his talent.

"They were there and I talked to them for a brief moment after the workout," Porter Jr. told SNY.tv at NBA Draft media day on Wednesday in midtown Manhattan.

"They like me, obviously," the 6-foot-10 Porter added. "I think they were looking to maybe move up. Honestly, they just showed interest in me, but I don't know too [many] details."

Read More

Mar 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Kevin Knox (5) attempts a shot against the Kansas State Wildcats in the semifinals of the South regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Mar 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Kevin Knox (5) attempts a shot against the Kansas State Wildcats in the semifinals of the South regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Knicks are projected to take Kentucky small forward Kevin Knox in the latest ESPN mock draft, which previously had them taking Alabama point guard Collin Sexton.

Knox recently worked out for the Knicks and impressed the team's brass.

The 6-8 Knox, only 18, is a scoring wing who is among the latest one-and-dones at Kentucky. He averaged 15.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game en route to SEC co-Freshman of the Year honors.

Read More

Kenrich Williams (34) Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)
Kenrich Williams (34) Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)

Former TCU wing Kenrich Williams will take part in a group workout with the Knicks on Wednesday, a league source told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-7 Williams averaged 13.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists last season at TCU, while making 40 percent of his three-pointers.

Williams, 23, is currently projected as the No. 58 pick in the Draft, per ESPN.com, but his stock is rising. The Knicks own the No. 36 pick as well as No. 9.

Read More

Mar 16, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) shoots against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Mar 16, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) shoots against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry will travel to Chicago on Friday to meet with Missouri freshman forward Michael Porter Jr., a league source told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-10 Porter Jr. is expected to meet in Chicago with all of the top teams in the draft lottery, the league source said. He held his Pro Day last Friday in Chicago, and Knicks scouts Walker Russell and Fred Cofield attended, per a league source.

Porter Jr. missed most of his only season at Missouri after having microdiscectomy surgery of the L3-L4 spinal discs in November, but he could turn out to be one of the best pros in this Draft.

Read More

IMG Post Grad National guard Anfernee Simons shoots a free throw against Vermont Academy during Game 3 Sunday as some of the top high school basketball teams in the country compete at the Hoophall Classic. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
IMG Post Grad National guard Anfernee Simons shoots a free throw against Vermont Academy during Game 3 Sunday as some of the top high school basketball teams in the country compete at the Hoophall Classic. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

A former Knicks coach is mentoring a player who could be one of their future guards.

Rick Pitino, the Long Island native who coached the Knicks in the late 1980s, has been helping Anfernee Simons with the NBA Draft process.

The 6-foot-3 Simons is a point guard who was named after former NBA star and new University of Memphis coach Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway. He initially committed to Louisville when Pitino was the coach, but then decommitted after the FBI investigation into college basketball ensnared Louisville last fall, ultimately costing Pitino his job there.

Read More

 (Adam Zagoria)
(Adam Zagoria)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Wendell Carter Jr. may not last until the Knicks pick at No. 9 in the NBA Draft on June 21, but the one-and-done forward from Duke wanted to work out for the franchise anyway.

The 6-foot-10 Carter Jr. is projected to go to Orlando at No. 6, per the latest ESPN.com mock draft, but he's well aware of the Knicks' storied history.

"The Garden is a very historic place," he said Friday after his workout with the Knicks. "A lot of different things have happened there. Playing for Duke, Coach K got his 1,000th win [there]. I already have a few memories there so to come here and play in the Garden, that would just be an honor."

Read More

Mikal Bridges on playing in NY 00:00:43
Former Villanova forward Mikal Bridges talks about the prospect of playing with Kristaps Porzingis in New York.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Mikal Bridges has already enjoyed a lot of success at Madison Square Garden.

The 6-foot-7 wing scored 25 points to help lead eventual NCAA champion Villanova to the Big East Tournament championship over Providence in March -- a game that Knicks owner Jim Dolan, President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry all watched from their courtside seats.

"The Garden's a special place," Bridges said Thursday after working out for the Knicks at their facility. "I love the Garden. I had my best games in college at the Garden this year...The Garden, a lot of great things happen at the Garden. It's beautiful, I love it."

Read More

As the Knicks ramp up workouts with potential lottery picks, they will host Miami's Lonnie Walker IV, Kentucky's Kevin Knox, and Texas A&M's Robert Williams in the coming days and weeks.

The 6-foot-4 Walker IV is currently projected to go No. 13 to the Clippers, the 6-10 Williams is predicted to go No. 14 to the Nuggets and the 6-8 Knox is projected at No. 15 to the Wizards, per the latest ESPN.com mock draft.

The Knicks, who pick at No. 9, have already worked out Oklahoma's Trae Young and will also work out Villanova's Mikal Bridges.

Read More

Mikal Bridges to NYK at No. 9? 00:00:34
SNY takes a look at former Villanova forward and one of the top prospects in the NBA Draft, Mikal Bridges.

Villanova SF Mikal Bridges will work out for the Knicks on Thursday as the team continues looking at players it might take at No. 9 in the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-7 Bridges worked out for the Hornets and the Bulls this week, and he told ESPNChicago.com he will also work out for the Knicks and Sixers.

The Knicks have long been intrigued with Bridges -- a two-way player with a 7-foot-2 wingspan who helped Villanova win its second NCAA championship in three years. He could be a more attractive option to the wing-starved Knicks than a guard such as Trae Youngwho worked out on Tuesday.

Read More

Will Knicks pick Young at 9? 00:00:33
SNY takes a look at one of the top prospects in the NBA Draft, guard Trae Young.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Oklahoma point guard Trae Young, considered by some the second coming of Stephen Curry, had his first private workout with the Knicks on Tuesday and said he would love to play at Madison Square Garden.

It remains unclear if the 6-foot-2 floor general will be around for the Knicks when they pick at No. 9 in the Draft, but he ended up working out for them first.

"I wanted to come here and get a workout in," said Young, who led the nation in scoring at 27.4 points per game and assists at 8.7 per game. "They really wanted me to work out for them. I'm not doing too many workouts but I wanted to do this one."

Read More

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)

Former Oklahoma point guard Trae Young will have a private workout with the Knicks, a league source confirmed to SNY.tv. Last month, SNY.tv reported that Young was expected to work out for the Knicks.

"Of course," Rayford Young, the player's father, said then.

The Knicks own the No. 9 pick in the June 21 NBA Draft at Barclays Center, and ESPN.com currently projects Young going No. 6 to Orlando.

Read More

New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Knicks are focusing on selecting a wing or a big man with the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft on June 21, and are unlikely to take a point guard even if Oklahoma's Trae Young or Alabama's Collin Sexton fall, a league source told SNY.tv.

The latest ESPN.com mock draft has the Knicks taking Sexton at No. 9.

"I'd be shocked if they took a guard at 9," the league source told SNY.tv. "I'd be shocked." The Knicks have a glut of point guards in Trey Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Frank Ntilikina, all of whom worked out at the team's Tarrytown facility earlier this week...

Read More

 (Raj Mehta)
(Raj Mehta)

Back in October, Michigan State star Miles Bridges told me he would be "extremely happy" to play for the Knicks.

Now, his coaches seem to feel the same way.

"I hope they have a big interest, I'd like to see him go there, personally," Michigan State associate head coach Dwayne Stephens told SNY.tv by phone of the Knicks.

Tags: Miles Bridges, Adam Zagoria
Read More

Knicks officially hire Fizdale 00:04:12
The Daily News Live panel discusses the Knicks officially naming David Fizdale their next head coach and what he can bring to the franchise.

NEW YORK -- David Fizdale won the press conference. There can't be much doubt about that as he hit all the right notes in meeting and greeting the New York media -- and several of his new players -- at Madison Square Garden on a bright and sunny Tuesday afternoon.

But Fizdale is the 11th coach to helm the Knicks since Jeff Van Gundy's resignation in 2001. Just how realistic is it to expect him to change the culture of a team that has seven 50-loss seasons in the last 11 years, and has won exactly one playoff series -- one -- since 2001?

Here are five questions facing Fizdale as he moves forward...

Read More

Mar 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK -- Trey Burke anticipates a healthy battle for the starting point guard spot under new coach David Fizdale.

The Knicks have three lead guards in Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Frank Ntilikina, and Fizdale will have to sort it all out once training camp begins this fall.

"I figured that it was going to be a fight," Burke said at Fizdale's introductory presser, which he attended along with Mudiay, Lance Thomas and Kyle O'Quinn. "That's how I look at it anyway, it's going to be competition, it's going to be a battle. And that's what all three of us like, so we can't do nothing but grow from it and get better from it."

Read More

Nov 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives around LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
		 (Anthony Gruppuso)
Nov 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives around LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

NEW YORK -- David Fizdale has a busy couple of weeks ahead of him now that he's officially been introduced as the new coach of the Knicks.

He will attend next week's NBA Draft Combine in Chicago with President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry, and is also planning to jet off to Latvia to meet with Kristaps Porzingis.

"We're working on that right now, the plane's warming up," Fizdale cracked about his upcoming summit with Porzingis. Fizdale did not elaborate on his order of events, but The New York Post reported the Latvia trip will "likely" take place after the Combine, which runs May 16-20.

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Adam Zagoria
Read More

 (Carlos Osorio)
(Carlos Osorio)

Talk to Jerry Stackhouse's players with the Raptors 905 G League team, and they say he would make a tremendous NBA coach.

The former North Carolina star reportedly interviewed for the Knicks opening this week, and has also been linked to the openings in Charlotte and Orlando.

"Everybody knows where Stack wants to go and everybody knows he wants to go to the NBA, so I think we all know that's the next step in his career," Andre Washington, a 7-foot-1 center with the Raptors 905 G League team, said by phone. "Whether he's back or not next year, I'd love for him to be my coach next year but if not I'd be happy for him either way."

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Adam Zagoria
Read More

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."

Read More

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."

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Adam Zagoria
Read More

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.

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Adam Zagoria
Read More

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."

Read More

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."

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Adam Zagoria
Read More

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.

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Adam Zagoria
Read More

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..."

Read More

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...

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Adam Zagoria
Read More

 (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.

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Adam Zagoria
Read More