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New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis controls the ball against New York Knicks center Joakim Noah during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis controls the ball against New York Knicks center Joakim Noah during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Knicks could bench Joakim Noah and shift Kristaps Porzingis to center to start in Noah's place, head coach Jeff Hornacek suggested.

"We're going to look over that," Hornacek said after Monday's loss to the Hawks, according to the NY Daily News. "Maybe mix it up a little bit more."

Noah had seven points and 17 rebounds during Monday's loss.

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Melo and Phil meet over future 00:04:10
Carmelo Anthony met in private with Phil Jackson and reportedly had a contentious discussion about his future with the Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony told Phil Jackson during a meeting Tuesday that he wants to remain a Knick, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

No potential trade destinations were mentioned during the meeting, which was "far more contentious" than prior meetings between Jackson and Anthony, a source told Shelburne.

The most recent conversation between Anthony and Jackson came in December after Jackson criticized Anthony in a CBS Sports interview, according to Shelburne. That conversation lasted "just a few moments."

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during a break in action against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during a break in action against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

The Knicks are still losers of 11 out of their last 13 games, but they've broken the seal on the new year with 2 wins in 2017. There's a long way to go and New York has to make a run rather quickly if they want to prove they can compete before decisions need to be made.

Will this team become a seller closer to the trading deadline? Will they start to explore trades for Carmelo Anthony and their other long-term contracts in the coming weeks and into the offseason? This all remains to be seen.
 
There's an overcast of uncertainty surrounding this team, but head coach Jeff Hornacek's bold move against the Atlanta Hawks worked wonders. Ron Baker and Mindaugas Kuzminskas both provided tremendous energy. As Courtney Lee moved to the bench and the duo found success, it was a message to other starters (or key members of the rotation) that they could be next if they're not performing. 
 
Let's take a look at some of the other more pressing issues facing the Knicks..

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Keith Schlosser
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Drama plagued Knicks 00:03:42
Stefan Bondy joins DNL to discuss Melo's no-trade clause and Derrick Rose's relationship with Jeff Hornacek.

Stefan Bondy joins DNL to discuss Carmelo Anthony's no-trade clause and Derrick Rose's relationship with head coach Jeff Hornacek...

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony dribbles the ball up court against Toronto Raptors in the first half at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony dribbles the ball up court against Toronto Raptors in the first half at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)

Forward Carmelo Anthony reiterated his desire to remain a New York Knick one day after he addressed the rumor that team president Phil Jackson might not want him to be a Knick anymore.

Asked how "much" Anthony wanted to remain a Knick, he told the New York Daily News' Daniel Popper, "I've proven that over the years, day in and day out. Regardless of what's going on that's surrounding this team, any talk, anything, I've still showed that me being here, coming to work every day, being a professional. … I still remain positive about that. So I don't think I have to prove that to anybody."

Anthony's comments come one day after he spoke about the idea that he "outlived his usefulness in New York," which former Jackson associate Charley Rosen wrote on FanRag Sports a few days ago.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks fall 00:01:26
Carmelo Anthony, Jeff Hornacek, Courtney Lee and Derrick Rose discuss missed opportunities after losing to the Atlanta Hawks.

Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points on 10-16 shooting, but it was not enough as the Knicks lost to the Atlanta Hawks 108-107 in a Martin Luther King Day matinee at Madison Square Garden Monday.

Derrick Rose added 18 points and nine assists, but missed a lay-up that would have given the Knicks the lead in the final seconds of the game. Anthony secured the rebound and had an opportunity to win the game for New York, but missed an open-look before the final buzzer.

Hawks PG Dennis Schroeder finished the game with a team-high 28 points on 13-16 shooting, while Tim Hardaway Jr. dropped 20 points on his former team.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony addressed the idea that team president Phil Jackson might not want him on the Knicks anymore by saying "that's a conversation we should have," according to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola.

Anthony spoke of that rumor after Sunday's 116-101 loss to the Toronto Raptors, but also reiterated his desire to continue to play in New York and his unwillingness to waive his no-trade clause.

"If they feel like my time in New York is over I guess that's a conversation we should have," said Anthony, who is in the third year of a five-year, $124 million contract.

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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton are back with another edition of TheKnicksBlog Podcast. Today, the guys discuss Derrick Rose's absence, the team's terrible loss in Philly, and Carmelo Anthony's lack of hustle.

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 (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Bulls G Dwyane Wade doesn't think Knicks F Carmelo Anthony would waive his no-trade clause.

"He loves it here," Wade said Thursday regarding Anthony and New York, according to the NY Daily News. "He loves being here. His family loves it here. And he wants to win here. He's going to be here as long as they want him here -- win, lose or draw."

TNT NBA analyst Brent Barry said earlier this week that if Anthony's main goal is winning, he should request a trade.

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GEICO SportsNite: Isola, Rooks 00:02:32
Frank Isola and Taylor Rooks break down the Knicks' frustrating buzzer-beater loss to the 76ers.

The Knicks blew a 10-point lead in the final two minutes against the 76ers in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, losing on a buzzer-beater.

It was their ninth loss in their last 10 games.

"Definitely embarrassing the way we're losing games,'' Courtney Lee said, according to the NY Post. "There's no excuses. It's just us. This s-t is definitely embarrassing. We have to find consistency in everything -- soon. It's got to be defense first. We got to change our mentality."

Derrick Rose -- in his first game back after going AWOL -- had 25 points, with Carmelo Anthony scoring 28.

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Rose's proper head space 00:03:44
Knicks Insider Frank Isola attempts to figure out Derrick Rose's place with the Knicks.

TNT Basketball analyst Brent Barry told the NY Post that Joakim Noah is a terrible fit for the Knicks and that Carmelo Anthony should ask to be traded.

"I was a little bit shocked,'' Barry said about the Knicks signing Noah to a four-year deal worth $72 million this offseason. "Who else was bidding for Noah's services? Maybe Washington. It was an interesting gamble in the sense the last couple of years he had not been healthy."

Barry added that Noah doesn't fit in Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek's system.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas
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Will Knicks ever jell? 00:02:16
Daily News Live discusses the Knicks lack of team chemistry and inconsistent play so far this season.

Anthony Davis had 40 points and 18 rebounds before leaving with a left hip injury after a hard foul Monday night in the New Orleans Pelicans' 110-96 victory over the New York Knicks, who started the game without Derrick Rose and lost Carmelo Anthony to an ejection.

Rose was not with the team for unspecified reasons, and Anthony was back in the locker room late in the third quarter after getting thrown out for arguing with the officials.

Davis played only 29 minutes and also blocked three shots. He left the game when he was flagrantly fouled by Kyle O'Quinn, ejected for swinging his arm down hard on Davis, who was dribbling up the floor on a fast break and ended up being knocked into the front row of fans behind the baseline. >> Read more

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Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, New Orleans Pelicans
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 (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
(Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

Currently in the midst of a 1-7 stretch, there's reason for the Knicks to be concerned about their season. No longer looking like a contender, their playoff hopes are in serious doubt.

After spending big on players like Joakim NoahCourtney Lee, and others last summer, this season was supposed to be different. Instead of remaining patient and building around a budding star in Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks instead surrounded Carmelo Anthony with the talent necessary to make a competitive push sooner than later.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Keith Schlosser
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Jan 6, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) holds the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the fourth quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. New York won 116-111. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 6, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) holds the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the fourth quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. New York won 116-111. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony has been dealing with constant shoulder pain, which will continue to bother him as long as he does not sit out, he told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. 

Anthony, who hurt his shoulder in an early December game against the Lakers, said it continues to bother him as he plays through the injury. 

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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

None of the Knicks are on track to be starters at the All-Star Game on Feb. 19 in New Orleans.

Carmelo Anthony (189,817 votes) is fifth among frontcourt players, while Kristaps Porzingis (184,166) is seventh. Top vote-getter LeBron James has 595,288 votes.

Derrick Rose is fifth among guards with 129,924 votes. Top vote-getter Kyrie Irving has 543,030 votes.

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek says the team is making strides despite having lost six games in a row, including Wednesday night's last-second loss to the Bucks.

"We did a lot of things right," Hornacek told reporters after Wednesday's game. "We moved the ball better. We played good defense, we helped each other out and they're in the locker room tired right now. So they played as hard as they could, and that's all you can ask. That's making strides."

Tommy Dee, TheKnicksBlog:

The reality surrounding Wednesday night's game, and perhaps the loss against the Magic, is that the if Kristaps Porzingis had played, the Knicks probably win both games.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

It's been nearly two weeks since the Knicks won a game. Prior to entering what's currently a five-game losing streak, the team's 16-13 record gave them good early playoff standing, and there was reason to be optimistic. But an inability to hold their own against the more competitive teams in the league has been a glaring weakness all season long.

Included in this recent skid are losses to teams like the Celtics and Rockets. Beyond that, however, the Knicks have failed to prove themselves as a contender by not taking care of business against seemingly weaker teams.

At this point, the reasons why the bleeding has continued are abundantly clear. It's up to everyone involved -- the front office, coaching staff, and players -- to put a stop to it before it's too late. Here's a look at three of the more pressing issues...

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Keith Schlosser
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 (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
(Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Tommy Dee, SNY.tv:

I agree with Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek, who when asked repeatedly Monday night about the team's effort laughed off the idea that the team "hasn't been trying" during their five game losing streak.

Questioning effort is an attack on a team's professionalism and I don't think that's the case here. I truly believe it's a matter of teams feeling far too comfortable with what they see from the Knicks defensively and the simple understanding that if they can hone in and make shots, it will keep the Knicks out of transition where they like to get easy baskets.

In the last five games, starting with a loss at home Christmas Day against the Celtics, the Knicks have faced four teams -- Boston, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Houston -- that primarily run their offense through a PG/C pick-and-roll and surround the perimeter with three point shooters. This is the offense made famous by Mike D'Antoni in Phoenix and later in New York. This offense puts heavy pressure on the defense, with PG driving action causing defenders on the perimeter to help.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas
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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks need some new defensive schemes - or perhaps some new players.

Coach Jeff Hornacek said maybe the ones he has are "just not capable" of defending after their 115-103 loss to the Orlando Magic on Monday night.

The Knicks have lost a season-high five straight games and the last two have been particularly ugly. They allowed a season-high 69 points in the first half to James Harden and Houston on Saturday night, then surrendered 67 more by halftime Monday to an Orlando team that isn't exactly an offensive powerhouse.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Jodie Meeks scored a season-high 23 points, Serge Ibaka and Aaron Gordon each had 22 and the Orlando Magic rolled to a 115-103 victory Monday night over the New York Knicks, who lost their fifth straight game.

Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and 13 rebounds and fellow reserve Elfrid Payton added 13 points and 14 assists for the Magic, who were routed in their previous two games but totally turned things around against a Knicks team that played without Kristaps Porzingis or much defensive intensity.

Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points for the Knicks, who have dropped eight of 10 to fall to 16-18.

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Dec 31, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks on against the Houston Rockets during the second quarter at Toyota Center.  (Erik Williams (USA Today))
Dec 31, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks on against the Houston Rockets during the second quarter at Toyota Center. (Erik Williams (USA Today))

James Harden had 53 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds for his second straight triple-double, and the Houston Rockets beat the short-handed New York Knicks 129-122 on Saturday night.

Harden set career highs for points and 3-pointers with nine, and matched his career best for assists. He passed his previous career best of 51 points on a 3 with 1:16 left, leading to a standing ovation.

The Knicks got within three several times in the fourth quarter, with the last time coming on a layup by Joakim Noah with about four minutes left. Harden responded to Noah's basket with three free throws before dishing to Ryan Anderson for a 3-pointer that made it 119-111.

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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

Carmelo Anthony was ejected just over three minutes before halftime during the Knicks' 102-98 overtime loss to the Hawks on Wednesday night.

Anthony had been called for a double technical foul along with Thabo Sefolosha of the Hawks, took it a step further by throwing a punch at Sefolosha.

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters he doesn't blame Anthony for swinging at Sefolosha, saying Sefolosha had his hands around Anthony's neck.

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 (Nelson Chenault)
(Nelson Chenault)

Tommy Dee:

With the Grizzlies entertaining offers for Tony Allen, one of the NBA's premiere perimeter defenders, I wondered what Phil Jackson would be thinking about come March's trade deadline.

It just so happened this idea occurred as the Knicks were in the midst of losing to the Celtics on Christmas Day, having allowed Boston to shoot 14-for-36 from three point range and score 119 points.

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The Knicks' Derrick Rose (25) dribbles the ball while being defended by Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4). (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
The Knicks' Derrick Rose (25) dribbles the ball while being defended by Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4). (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Isaiah Thomas led six Celtics in double figures with 27 points as the Celtics held off a furious comeback by the Knicks 119-114 in a Christmas Day matinee at Madison Square Garden

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Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports Images)
Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks host the Boston Celtics on Sunday at Madison Square Garden at noon.

According to STATS:

  • The Celtics defeated the Knicks 115-87 in Boston on Nov. 11. Neither team shot the ball well in that contest (Bos, 38.9 FG% & NY, 35.1 FG%) but the Celtics hit five more 3s (11) than the Knicks (6). New York has lost three of its last four home games in this series. New York's 22 wins on Christmas Day are the most by any current NBA team.
  • The Knicks defeated the Magic 106-95 on Thursday, snapping their eight-game streak of giving up 100 or more points to their opponent.
  • Entering this weekend, Courtney Lee (47.6 3P%) was leading the NBA in three-point field-goal percentage this season (minimum 1 3PM/team G). Only two Knicks' players have ever led the NBA in three-point shooting in a season: Steve Novak (2011-12) and Campy Russell (1981-82).
  • This will be Carmelo Anthony's fifth career appearance in a Christmas Day game. He has scored 32 or more points in each of his previous four; his 34.3 (137/4) career scoring average on Christmas Day ranks second highest by any player since 1963-64 (Tracy McGrady, 43.3) (minimum 3 Christmas Day games).
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Magic center Bismack Biyombo controls the ball against the Knicks' center Joakim Noah. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Magic center Bismack Biyombo controls the ball against the Knicks' center Joakim Noah. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- Derrick Rose scored 19 points, Kyle O'Quinn had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the Orlando Magic 106-95 on Thursday night.

Carmelo Anthony and Willy Hernangomez each had 15 points for New York, which has won two in a row since a three-game losing streak. 

Orlando led only once, 12-11 on D.J. Augustin's short jumper with 6:13 left in the first quarter. The Knicks responded with a 16-5 run for a 27-17 lead.

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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton react to the latest comments from former Nuggets head coach George Karl, who criticized Carmelo Anthony in his book. Later, the guys move on to the hardwood to discuss a big Knicks victory over the Indiana Pacers. 

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 (Gregory Fisher - USA Today)
(Gregory Fisher - USA Today)

Tommy Dee, SNY.TV:

It all started during a blowout in the Nation's capital after a big win at home the night before against the Pistons.

The Knicks came out flat and were getting run off the floor, trailing by 22 points after three sleepy and uninspired quarters of basketball. The game was over and the team was ready to pack up and head on the Acela Express back to Penn Station.

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Furious George: Karl's new book 00:03:11
Daily News Live discusses Former NBA coach George Karl's new book in which he heavily criticizes Carmelo Anthony.

Carmelo Anthony's former coach George Karl called him "a true conundrum" and ripped his defensive effort on the court in a new book called "Furious George," according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

Anthony played for Karl from January 2005 to February 2011, when he was traded to the Knicks (along with Chauncey Billups) in exchange for Danilo GallinariWilson ChandlerRaymond FeltonTimofey Mozgov and a package of draft picks, a trade Karl said "we won ... definitely."

Though Karl praised Anthony's talent and potential -- he said Anthony could have "become the best defender at his position in the NBA" -- he said Anthony's focus on just one side of the basketball prevented him from being a leader on the Nuggets.

"I want as much effort on defense -- maybe more -- as on offense," Karl wrote. "That was never going to happen with Melo, whose amazing ability to score with the ball made him a star but didn't make him a winner. Which I pointed out to him. Which he didn't like."

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Courtney Lee is greeted with a high five from head coach Jeff Hornacheck.  (Adam Hunger (USA Today))
Courtney Lee is greeted with a high five from head coach Jeff Hornacheck. (Adam Hunger (USA Today))

Carmelo Anthony matched a season high with 35 points and the New York Knicks used a big second-half turnaround to beat the Indiana Pacers 118-111 on Tuesday night.

The Knicks fell behind by 15 in the third quarter, then suddenly seized control to snap a three-game losing streak. Anthony scored 26 in the second half.

Derrick Rose had 24 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 21 for the Knicks, who returned home after a poor finish to their five-game trip out West. They started slowly but improved to 10-4 at home.

 

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 (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)
(Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)

Tommy Dee: SNY.TV:

Heading into Tuesday night's game against Indiana at Madison Square Garden, Joakim Noah is still confident things will work out despite his underwhelming play that has faced serious criticism.

What's been obvious to me in watching the team play is that Noah and Courtney Lee -- the player Noah helped recruit here -- have had trouble clicking in the lineup together. Noah seemingly has more chemistry, and the team does as a whole, with Justin Holiday instead of Lee at the shooting guard position. 

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to pass against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to pass against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada)

Carmelo Anthony returns to the roots of his NBA career on Saturday night. He will be in uniform, but Derrick Rose won't be.

Anthony's New York Knicks (14-12) wrap up their five-game road trip against the Denver Nuggets. He was a late scratch in Thursday's 103-90 loss at Golden State due to a right shoulder injury, but the Knicks said Saturday night he would be available.

Rose (lower back injury) also missed the game against the Warriors. 

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 (Watchara Phomicinda)
(Watchara Phomicinda)

Coming off a loss against the Golden State Warriors, the Knicks are in need of a win against the Nuggets on Saturday, according to Carmelo Anthony

Anthony did not play in Thursday's defeat, but said he expects to be back in Denver. To Anthony, the Knicks, now 14-12, need to get back in the win column. 

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 (Bob DeChiara)
(Bob DeChiara)

Without the injured Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, and with Kristaps Porzingis struggling, the Knicks' bench helped keep them competitive with Golden State during their eventual 103-90 loss.

Justin Holiday had 15 points and six steals, while Ron Baker added 13 points and three assists.

Meanwhile, Willy Hernangomez added eight points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.

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 (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)
(Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis struggled Thursday night during the Knicks' loss to the Warriors, shooting just 4 of 13 for eight points.

He added five rebounds, committed two turnovers, and missed both of his free throw attempts.

Thursday's effort came on the heels of Porzingis' 34-point night against the Suns during the Knicks' overtime loss in Phoenix on Tuesday night.

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Knicks take on Warriors 00:02:53
The Knicks will face the Warriors on the road, but with both Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose sidelined, will they be competitive?

Latest Update

4:05PM: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will also sit Thursday's game against the Golden State Warriors, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

Anthony, who earlier in the day told reporters he would play against Golden State, is dealing with a sore right shoulder. Before tipoff, Anthony tdescribed the injury as a bruise that he got in the first quarter against the Lakers. He told reporters the bruise has affected his shot and ability to pass.

The 32-year old veteran is averaging 22.0 points and 6.1 rebounds in 34.2 minutes per game.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
(Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Kristaps Porzingis thinks he can help recruit free agents to the Knicks, he told reporters.

"I think (I'll recruit players), yeah," he said. "Of course, you want to build a team around you so you can win, so you can go all the way and win the championship one day. Of course, that's on everybody's mind, I think, that's in a position to do that."

Porzingis, 21, is averaging 20.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks in 25 games this season.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during a game at Target Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during a game at Target Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony empathized with NBA players skipping games and road trips to get some additional rest, adding he may take a game to rest in the near future.

"I think everyone needs a rest day, to be honest with you,'' Anthony said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "I think if you're an NBA player, professional athlete, you need a rest day. It's a matter of when you take it, how you take it. The decision is not just mine. It's a collective as a whole -- whatever is the best situation for that individual."

Anthony's comments come at the heels of several Cleveland Cavaliers players, including LeBron JamesKyrie Irving and Kevin Lovenot traveling to Memphis for back-to-back games and the Cavaliers' fourth game in six nights, instead choosing to remain in Cleveland and rest before the Cavaliers' next game. The Grizzlies took the same approach by not having Marc Gasol travel to Cleveland for Tuesday's game but playing on Wednesday.

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Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to pass against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to pass against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony had 13 points, six rebounds, and five assists during Tuesday night's overtime loss to the Suns in Phoenix.

It was Anthony's second consecutive 13-point game, and he is shooting a career-low 42 percent from the field on the season and an even less efficient 39 percent in December.

He is averaging 22 points, 6.1 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 25 games this season.

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Porzingis shows fight 00:03:03
The DNL panel discusses if it's a good thing to see some fight out of Knicks second-year forward Kristaps Porzingis.

Kristaps Porzingis reacted strongly to being shoved to the floor by the Suns' Marquesse Chriss in the third quarter of the Knicks' 113-111 overtime loss on Tuesday night.

Porzingis got to his feet and immediately shoved Chriss back, earning a technical foul in the process. He wasn't ashamed by the way he reacted, either, according to the Daily News.

"I think it fires up the whole team, just showing that you stand up for yourself," Porzingis said. "And you have teammates that have your back. That's the team spirit. So sometimes it's good to have that."

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Hornacek right for Knicks? 00:03:05
The DNL panel discusses the Knicks' recent success and debate if it's now clear that coach Jeff Hornacek was the right hire for the team.

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek is downplaying Tuesday night's return to Phoenix, where he served as head coach for a year and a half before getting fired midway through last season.

"I've never really been that way even when I was traded to different cities to go back," Hornacek said, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday . "To me, it's another game probably. You get to go back to Phoenix to see a lot of people you know. You try not to make it a distraction where you're talking to everybody and seeing everybody."

Hornacek added that the focus is on the game, but Knicks PG Brandon Jennings mentioned the Phoenix connection.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) laugh on the court during second half time out against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) laugh on the court during second half time out against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)

One of the beauties of social media is the friendships you can make. John Henson is a big time Knicks fan and he sent me this tweet yesterday, "#knicks have won 11 of 15, tied for 3rd in east, on pace for 47.5 wins w/ 1st rd pick & room for max FA next yr"

It was so spot on that I had to write about it.

Seriously, what more could you ask for as we speak right now when talking about the New York Knicks? They've drafted the franchise player in Kristaps Porzingis, they have a player in Carmelo Anthony who can still be a top 10-15 player in the entire league on any given night and they have a former MVP in Derrick Rose who is starting to show signs of his former self. They have a bench filled with players who can come in and contribute at a moment's notice and a coach who is pressing all the right buttons.

Moving forward, they have all of their first round draft picks if they want to get aggressive and make an upgrade trade, and they have three picks in this upcoming draft, which may be as deep 1-50 as the 2015 draft that saw them land Porzingis, Jerian Grant and Willy Hernangomez.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez
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 (Watchara Phomicinda)
(Watchara Phomicinda)

Knicks president Phil Jackson gave coaching advice to Lakers head coach Luke Walton as recently as three weeks ago, reports Marc Berman in the NY Post.

Jackson and Walton have been in touch multiple times since Walton was hired, the Lakers head coach noted.

"I've definitely reached out to him about different things,'' Walton said Sunday, according to Berman. ..."On how to coach. When I call him now, instead of random check-ins, it's about specific things. I try to get his opinion on how he thinks I should handle something, on getting better at certain things, just picking his brain. So far he's batting 100 percent."

Walton was Jackson's first choice during the Knicks' recent head coaching search, and weighed in on that as well.

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New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (Watchara Phomicinda/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (Watchara Phomicinda/USA Today Sports Images)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV

Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis' big nights are sure to garner the most headlines following Sunday's 118-112 win over the Lakers, but Willy Hernangomez and Brandon Jennings were both huge X-factors.

Filling in for an injured Kyle O'Quinn, Hernangomez played his part to perfection and looked like the best third-string center in the league. A rather physical performance, punctuated by 12 rebounds, was reminiscent of his gritty effort against Dwight Howard earlier in the year. Jennings' scoring prowess is undeniable and he has proved to be a much more versatile player this season, which allows him to catch opponents off guard with offensive outbursts. Scoring 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, it was as though Los Angeles had awoken a sleeping giant.

Such performances are proof of just how deep New York really is this season. How many times has the team employed a third-string rookie center who can log double-digit rebounds at the drop of a hat? Jennings' ability to pour in the points gives the Knicks the best offensive option they've had off the bench since J.R. Smith won Sixth Man of the Year back in the 2012-13 season. But the talent doesn't stop there. Now 6-1 during games in which he's grabbed at least seven rebounds, O'Quinn has certainly played a key role. Justin Holiday provides timely buckets and a strong rebounding presence for a reserve guard, complementing Courtney Lee really well. Lance Thomas has rebounded from a slow start to provide steady defense, and his shot is coming back as well.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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GEICO SportsNite: Melo on Phil 00:00:37
Carmelo Anthony says he and Phil Jackson talked through their public spat, and mentions his concern regarding the new CBA.

Knicks team president Phil Jackson met with Carmelo Anthony this weekend, days after Jackson claimed Anthony was slowing down the team's offense

In an interview with CBS New York on Tuesday, Jackson said Anthony holds on to the ball far too long for what the Knicks want to accomplish in their offense. 

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Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to pass against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to pass against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. (Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is uncertain if the NBA Players Association and league owners will strike a deal on on a collective bargaining agreement before Thursday when both sides can opt out of the current deal, he told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Reports earlier in December indicated that an agreement would be reached by Dec. 15, but Anthony has some doubts about that happening.

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Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball against Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) during the second half at Golden 1 Center. The Knicks defeated the Kings 103-100. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)
Dec 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball against Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) during the second half at Golden 1 Center. The Knicks defeated the Kings 103-100. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)

Carmelo Anthony and his teammates had a team dinner Thursday night to discuss the importance of their current road trip, MSG's Mike Breen said on air prior to Friday's game against the Kings.

Instead of being asked about that night's game, Anthony was confronted by reporters wanting him to react to recent comments made about him by Knicks president Phil Jackson.

Thankfully, Anthony remained focused during the eight-minute question-and-answer session with reporters. And, he showed a similar focus with his teammates as they approached the start of the game.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis
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GEICO SportsNite: Phil vs. Melo 00:02:31
Pat Leonard and Sal Licata discuss Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony trading barbs and the effect of their feud on the rest of the team.

Carmelo Anthony told reporters Friday that his two Instagram posts on Thursday were indeed a reaction to recent comments made about him by Knicks president Phil Jackson.

Jackson recently said Anthony was too much of a ball-hog, with Anthony responding to those comments after Wednesday night's game.

On Friday, Anthony explained further why he was upset by the comments.

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DNL crew on isolation basketball 00:03:14
The DNL crew discusses Phil Jackson's comments about Carmelo Anthony holding the ball too long on offense.

Knicks president Phil Jackson said Carmelo Anthony is still holding onto the ball longer than he should be and also spoke about the triangle offense and what he considers the unfair backlash against it.

"Carmelo a lot of times wants to hold the ball longer than -- we have a rule: If you hold a pass two seconds, you benefit the defense," Jackson said in an interview with CBS Radio on Tuesday. "So he has a little bit of a tendency to hold it for three, four, five seconds, and then everybody comes to a stop." 

Anthony is averaging 23.5 points, six rebounds and 2.5 assists in 21 games this season.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Tommy Dee, SNY.TV:

For as far back as I can remember, great players in New York get treated differently by the media. Because their salaries are public knowledge, players who make the most money are often shouldered with the weight of the franchise as well as lofty and often unrealistic expectations.

It was that way with the likes of Patrick Ewing and Alex Rodriguez, and it's been that way with Carmelo Anthony since he was traded here in 2011.

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