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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) yells to the crowd after hitting a three-point basket during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) yells to the crowd after hitting a three-point basket during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Knicks legend Earl "The Pearl" Monroe thinks Phil Jackson did not give Carmelo Anthony the right complimentary pieces to give the star forward a chance to succeed.

"I thought this team was going to be pretty good with Derrick Rose coming in and Courtney Lee, though I'm not sure he's a starting guard,'' Monroe told Marc Berman of The Post. "But there was no chemistry, not even in the locker room. And Melo, he has done what he was brought here to do.

"Phil needed to put people around him that do what he doesn't do. That's up to management. Melo played up to his strengths and he played up to his weaknesses. He's always been that player. You need to augment him with the right other pieces."

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Mar 1, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Jeff Green (34) defends against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 1, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Jeff Green (34) defends against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Former Knick and team broadcaster Walt Frazier says he doesn't want to see forward Carmelo Anthony leave the Knicks organization, according to ESPN

Frazier says the problem with the Knicks is their defense and not Anthony's play. 

Since the end of the 2016-17 season, team president Phil Jackson has been open about wanting to move Anthony via trade. The veteran has a no-trade clause that will limit New York's options, but Jackson has spoken numerous times about how Anthony would be better off with another organization. 

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Knicks president Phil Jackson's comments about Carmelo Anthony are hurting Anthony's trade value, several league executives told Fred Kerber of the NY Post.

Jackson criticized Anthony's style of play during the season, said last month he would be "better off elsewhere," and reiterated last week that the team wants to move on from Anthony.

"Phil made a statement basically that Carmelo's a losing type of player," an Eastern Conference executive told the Post. "Well, if he's a loser for the Knicks, he's going to be a winner someplace else? That obviously didn't help."

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Apr 12, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward carmelo anthony (7) dribbles the ball while being defended by Philadelphia 76ers forward Justin Anderson (23) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 12, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward carmelo anthony (7) dribbles the ball while being defended by Philadelphia 76ers forward Justin Anderson (23) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Phil Jackson once again stated his desire to trade Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony this offseason by commenting on the veteran at the NBA Combine on Friday evening. 

"He has a no trade contract," Jackson said to ESPN reporter Nick Friedell. "I think I expressed what I felt. I can't express it any better. I thought it was well-said, even though a lot of you didn't feel quite that way. 

"But we'd like him to have success, the opportunity is narrowing. We'd just like him to have success somewhere. We're not going to be there. Hopefully we'll be maybe a playoff team next year. It would be tough to consider us a possible champion."

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Former Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni said an ultimatum from Carmelo Anthony led to his resignation from the Knicks.

After the ultimatum was made, D'Antoni said he "just went in and quit."

"So now it's like, what are we going to do? We could see how to go and I didn't know how to get there and with losing again and you're trying to prod them and you're trying to tell 'em to play harder and all the coach's speak and communication just like deteriorated," D'Antoni recalled of the end of his tenure with the Knicks.

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Latest Update (May 5)

According to league sources, a trade between the Clippers and Knicks that would send Carmelo Anthony to Los Angeles would only make sense if the Knicks received shooting guard J.J. Redick in a sign-and-trade, along with combo guard Austin Rivers, wing man Wesley Johnson, and perhaps one of New York's two second round picks in next month's NBA Draft, per a report from Marc Berman of the New York Post.

"It's really the only thing that makes sense,'' said one front-office type.

Redick, who is reportedly seeking $16 million per year, would have to agree to join the Knicks in order for this deal to work.

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Mar 1, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Jeff Green (34) defends against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 1, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Jeff Green (34) defends against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Charles Oakley believes it's time for Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks to part ways. 

Speaking to TMZ at a charity event, Oakley said the 10-time All-Star "just needs to get out of New York."

"This city is just you know, so much going on with management," the ex-Knick said. "You know, you deserve better but you have to speak up for yourself."

 

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The Knicks will enter the offseason with upwards of $20 million in cap space to pursue free agents, and with the likely departure of Carmelo Anthony, New York will certainly have some holes to fill.

One potential target is Washington's Otto Porter, who averaged 13.4 points on 51.6 percent shooting to go with 6.4 rebounds, all career-highs, and 1.5 assists in 80 games this season. Porter also showed his ability to shoot from long range by going 43.4 percent from the three-point line, another career-best.

Many believe Porter, who is a restricted free agent, will sign a max contract this summer, which could be worth up to $128.2 million over five years.

Another potential Knicks' targert is Chicago's Michael Carter-Williams, who will also be a restricted free agent.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis holds the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis holds the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis announced he will play for the Latvian national team during this summer's European championships, but did not clear it with the New York organization beforehand, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

"Kristaps is in a position to decide for himself on playing for the national side," Porzingis' older brother and agent, Janis, said in Latvian, according to a transcript, when the 21-year-old Knicks forward was asked about New York's role in determining his status for the European championships.

Porzingis, who skipped his exit meeting with president Phil Jackson due to his reported displeasure with the team's handling of Carmelo Anthony, has not spoken with the team since. However, he expressed his will to be a Knick both in the short- and long-term future.

"My next focus is national team,'' Porzingis said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "My third season is still far away. The main thing is to put in a lot of work during the summer to be ready, first for national team, then for next season. The European championships ends before the official NBA camp starts, so I have enough time to turn back to New York. I'll be there on time."

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Porzingis to Play in FIBA 00:01:18
The guys on DNL discuss Knicks young phenom, Kristaps Porzingis and his decision to play for Latvia in this summer's FIBA tournament.

While he loves New York, Kristaps Porzingis made it clear that being in a situation that gives him a chance to win will be the most important factor for the Latvian star when deciding whether or not to re-sign with the Knicks in two years.

"Absolutely, I want to stay here all my career,'' Porzingis said about re-signing in New York, according to the English translation provided by Sporta Avize, a Latvian sports magazine. "But the thing I want most of all is winning. When the time comes, I will seriously start to think about it. Right now I just try to do my best."

Sources say Porzingis is unhappy with Phil Jackson's treatment of Carmelo Anthony. When asked about Anthony's situation with the team, the 21-year old said the media helped exaggerate the tension between Jackson and the veteran forward.

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On the final episode of TheKnicksBlog Podcast, Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton run the gamut on everything going down with the Knicks. The guys discuss Phil Jackson's struggles running the organization, Carmelo Anthony's future, Kristaps Porzingis' refusal to meet with the front office, the NBA Draft, and free agency.

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The odds of Carmelo Anthony getting traded to the Celtics could be increasing, surmises Marc Berman in the NY Post.

The Celtics' coaching staff was in favor of trading for Anthony before the deadline, writes Berman, but GM Danny Ainge had "too many reservations" -- one of them being that acquiring Anthony would've given the Celtics little to no cap space this offseason.

Berman suggests if the Celtics lose their first-round playoff series to the Bulls (with Boston, the No. 1 seed, trailing two games to none), Ainge's position could change.

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Melo's Very Bad Year 00:01:19
SNY.tv takes a look at the worst moments of Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony's season.

SNY.tv takes a look at the worst moments of Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony's season.

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Carmelo Anthony has separated from his wife, La La, according to TMZ, who is reporting that Anthony impregnated another woman prior to the separation.

The other woman, a dancer at a gentlemen's club in New York City, has said she's 6 and a half months pregnant.

La La has reportedly moved out of the family home and is living on her own in New York, though neither side has filed divorce papers.

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Knicks drama continues 00:05:47
The Loud Mouths talk Knicks drama, Kristaps Porzingis skipping his exit meeting with the team brass and Carmelo's break up

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On Friday, Phil Jackson dismissed the notion that his treatment of and the drama surrounding the Carmelo Anthony situation would impact his reputation or hurt the Knicks' chances with forthcoming free agents.

Prior to that happening, though, Kristaps Porzingis had reportedly skipped out on his exit meeting. Following Jackson's comments, Michelle Roberts of the NBPA released a statement calling Jackson's remarks about Anthony "inappropriate."

At 21 years old, Porzingis may have jumped the gun by being insubordinate. There are other ways to express a feeling or send a message. Nevertheless, what the young gun did was bold. In a way, his actions were an opportunity to stand up for Anthony...

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Stefan Bondy on Carmelo 00:04:24
Stefan Bondy joins the Daily News Live panel to discuss Carmelo Anthony's future (or lack thereof) and legacy with the Knicks.

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The Knicks' failures over the last three seasons should be as much of a reflection on Phil Jackson as anyone else. He's failed to put the right pieces in place and his constant retooling has prevented New York from developing any real chemistry. With no reasonable fix in sight, there's little reason to believe he'll be able to turn things around.

Of course, Carmelo Anthony has been at the center of it all, too. One could have expected such a star talent to be the key to the Knicks becoming a competitive franchise again, but that simply hasn't happened. A team needs depth, but it also needs a leader to guide them. However, the front office failed to motivate its leader by showing him they were committed to a winning culture.

With the power of his no trade clause at his hands, Anthony knows he needs to make a decision that will be best for himself and the team...

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Mar 3, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric (9) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers won 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Mar 3, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric (9) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers won 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Kristaps Porzingis declined to attend team exit meetings at the conclusion of the New York Knicks season, Ian Begley of ESPN reported on Friday night. 

Citing team sources, Begley says that the two-year veteran and former first round selection is frustrated with the team's lack of direction. The Knicks failed to make the playoffs for the fourth straight season and only notched a 30-51 record.

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Daily News Live: Phil-Carmelo 00:05:36
The DNL panel sorts through Phil Jackson's wide ranging, end of season press conference where he hinted it was time to move on from Carmelo.
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Carmelo Anthony will likely not play in the Knicks' season finale on Wednesday night, head coach Jeff Hornacek said, before weighing in on Anthony's season and potential future in New York.

"I think it's his choice still with his contract," Hornacek told the NY Daily News, alluding to Anthony's no-trade clause. "Every year until guys are gone coaches all assume we're going to have the same team."

It's expected that the Knicks, who attempted to trade Anthony prior to the deadline this season, will make him available this offseason. 

Hornacek said having Anthony around to mentor the team's younger players has "been good at times," adding that Anthony would have to embrace that role if he returns next season...

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Latest Update (April 7)

11:30AM: Wizards PG Brandon Jennings described the tension between Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson as one of the "wildiest" situations he has been in during his eight seasons in the NBA. Jennings added that the issues between the two had an effect on the whole team.

"It definitely took a toll, I think, on the team. Because it wasn't even about basketball anymore, it was more about what was going on with Melo," Jennings said to Ian Begley of ESPN.

Jennings said it was "cool" playing with Anthony, but noted that the Knicks veteran leader was under a lot of pressure "dealing with stuff with Phil."

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks win 00:00:37
Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee and Kyle O'Quinn talk about favorable matchups after the Knicks' 100-91 win over the Chicago Bulls.

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Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, and the New York Knicks snapped the Chicago Bulls' four-game win streak with a 100-91 victory on Tuesday night.

Courtney Lee had 14 points for New York, and Maurice Ndour added 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Knicks (30-48) had dropped seven of nine.

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Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (7) during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (7) during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

With five games remaining in the season, Carmelo Anthony's tenure in New York could be coming to a close, writes Stefan Body of the NY Daily News.

Anthony, 32, is expected to meet with team president Phil Jackson at the end of the season for an exit interview.

"The chips will be on the table in that meeting," Anthony said regarding how he will approach the meeting.

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Bulls F/G Jimmy Butler will almost certainly be traded this offseason, according to an NBA executive.

Butler, who can opt out of his contract after the 2018-19 season, was dangled in trades prior to the deadline.

The 76ers, Celtics, and Nuggets were among the teams interested in Butler at the time, according to RealGM.

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Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen believes Phil Jackson is to blame for the Knicks' awful season. The former Chicago Bull also offered his support for Carmelo Anthony, and said he thinks it's time for Jackson to move on from the Knicks.

"To be honest with you, I'm going to have to go at my old coach Phil Jackson," Pippen told ESPN's "The Jump." "I think he just hasn't put the right pieces on the floor. I give a lot of credit to Carmelo who is being very professional in getting through these 82 game season. ... But this team just hasn't had it. They haven't had it since Phil Jackson landed there. There hasn't been any upside."

When asked if Jackson should leave the Knicks, Pippen said "yes."

 

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Daily News Live: 'Melo/Knicks 00:02:44
The Daily News Live panel discusses Carmelo Anthony and his future with the Knicks.

The Knicks were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs during Wednesday night's loss to the Heat, making this the fourth consecutive season where New York will not reach the postseason.

"I think today was mathematically [eliminated] but I think the writing was on the wall prior to this," head coach Jeff Hornacek said, according to Newsday. "So the other guys have played a little bit more. Maybe they'll continue to play a little bit more."

Carmelo Anthony, who was the subject of trade rumors before the deadline and is expected to be shopped during the offseason, said he's at peace with the reduced minutes he's been receiving with the team trying to get their younger players more experience.

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The Knicks were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs during Wednesday night's loss to the Heat, making this the fourth consecutive season where New York will not reach the postseason.

"I think today was mathematically [eliminated] but I think the writing was on the wall prior to this," head coach Jeff Hornacek said, according to Newsday. "So the other guys have played a little bit more. Maybe they'll continue to play a little bit more."

Carmelo Anthony, who was the subject of trade rumors before the deadline and is expected to be shopped during the offseason, said he's at peace with the reduced minutes he's been receiving with the team trying to get their younger players more experience.

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Jeff Hornacek hinted to reporters on Monday that the Knicks will be working on upgrading their defense during the offseason.

"I think if you look at our defense this year, we can use some more defensive players," Hornacek told Ian Begley of ESPN. "[Management] will look at that. [General manager] Steve [Mills] and [president] Phil [Jackson] and those guys will look at whatever can help us out. We know we need some help there."

New York has been in the bottom third of the NBA on defense throughout the entire season, which was a significant factor in the team missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season. However the Knicks will have a top-10 pick in this year's draft, and can have nearly $25 million in cap space to spend in free agency, depending on their decision on the future of Derrick Rose with the franchise.

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Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Derrick Rose scored 27 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 25 and the New York Knicks handed the Detroit Pistons another damaging defeat with a 109-95 victory Monday night.

Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence due to a sore left knee and added 21 as the Knicks snapped a five-game losing streak and avoided playoff elimination.

Marcus Morris scored 20 points but Detroit dropped its fourth straight and fell 1 1/2 games behind Miami for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Ish Smith had 15 points while former starting point guard Reggie Jackson didn't play.

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah warms up before a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah warms up before a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks will re-evaluate forward Joakim Noah's status to see if he is medically cleared to practice and begin serving his suspension, head coach Jeff Hornacek said to Newsday's Laura Albanese prior to Monday's game against the Detroit Pistons.

Hornacek also said Carmelo Anthony will play after missing the Knicks' past two games with a sore left knee, while Lance Thomas will miss his third straight game with a sore right hip despite an MRI coming back clean.

The NBA suspended Noah 20 games for violating the league's anti-drug policy after he tested positive for a substance found in some over-the-counter supplements, however Noah, who has not played since Feb. 4 due to a left knee injury, won't begin serving the suspension until he is physically able to play.

The Knicks hope Noah can be cleared by Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat, according to ESPN's Ian Begley, meaning he would serve eight games of the suspension this season.

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Kansas Jayhawks guard Josh Jackson (11) reacts during the second half in the semifinals of the midwest Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. (Jay Biggerstaff)
Kansas Jayhawks guard Josh Jackson (11) reacts during the second half in the semifinals of the midwest Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. (Jay Biggerstaff)

With the NBA Draft just a few months away, the Knicks are reportedly interested in drafting Kansas combo forward Josh Jacksonaccording to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

While this year's draft is considered to be one of the best point guard drafts in years, the Knicks have identified Jackson as a player with a triangle skill set because of his superb passing ability.

The Knicks could also use Jackson as a potential replacement for Carmelo Anthony should the team decide to trade their star player this offseason.

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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton are back on TheKnicksBlog Podcast as the guys discuss Jeff Hornacek's terrible triangle offense, the trade possibilities for Carmelo Anthony, and the outside chance of Chris Paul coming to NY.

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Mar 22, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) talks with head coach Jeff Hornacek during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Mar 22, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) talks with head coach Jeff Hornacek during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

Knicks forwards Carmelo Anthony and Lance Thomas, and guard Derrick Rose will not play in Thursday night's game against the Trail Blazers, the team announced.

Anthony is dealing with left knee soreness while Thomas has a sore right hip.

Rose hurt his right foot during the Knicks' loss to the Jazz on Wednesday night.

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Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said he isn't sure whether the current roster can work within the Triangle and get the team to the playoffs next season.

"You never know how these things will fit," he said, according to the NY Post. "Maybe a second year is helpful for us. I thought we got off to a decent start this year, then we had little injuries and lost close games and it piled on in confidence, got a little out of control. I don't know. It's something we're going to really look at.''

Hornacek added that his idea of injecting a more modern system to go along with the Triangle wasn't the best, and that he isn't sure which players should remain when the team implements the more classic system.

Of the core players, the Knicks are expected to again explore a trade of Carmelo Anthony, and Derrick Rose will be a free agent.

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Knicks F Carmelo Anthony sat out the entire fourth quarter on Monday night during the team's loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles.

"Coach is starting to realize - he mentioned today he's going to start shortening minutes,'' Anthony said, according to the NY Post. "I've been understanding with the situation. I understand.''

"All the young guys, it's an opportunity to get that experience instead of getting practice experience, individual workouts - actually getting it live and direct in a game against top-level opponents," Anthony continued. "It's best to take advantage of that and for me to help them.''

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek reacts against the LA Clippers during the first half of a NBA basketball game at Staples Center. (Richard Mackson - USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek reacts against the LA Clippers during the first half of a NBA basketball game at Staples Center. (Richard Mackson - USA TODAY Sports)

Jeff Hornacek agreed with Kristaps Porzingis' notion from last week that the Knicks did not play like a team this season, and felt that the team's downfall was because his players were not unselfish enough on the offensive end.

"You see teams - open guys always end up with the ball,'' Hornacek told Marc Berman of the New York Post at Monday's morning shootaround before the Knicks faced the Clippers at Staples Center. "Here we do it in spurts. Then we have spurts where it sticks. One guy will take a shot that maybe he can move it on for a better shot. That's probably the biggest key is we get the good shots. We don't get the great shots. If we make one extra, we'll get a great shot. You see the good teams out there, they pass it up for better ones.''

Hornacek hinted that the offensive skill level of New York's trio - Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, and Derrick Rose - may have acted as a double-edged sword, as it led to them constantly looking to take shots instead of making the extra pass.

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Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick Rose each scored 18 points, but it wasn't enough as the Knicks lost in blowout fashion to the Los Angeles Clippers, 114-105, on Monday night at the Staples Center. 

Porzingis also had 11 rebounds and two steals to complete a double-double. Carmelo Anthony notched 16 points to go along with four rebounds. Ron Baker impressed with eight points and two steals in 20 minutes played, while Justin Holiday continued his good play of late with a 11-point performance.

The Knicks were outscored, 34-19, in the third quarter as the Clippers' bigs caused problems down low. Blake Griffin finished with 30 points and six rebounds. >> Read more...

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reflected on his time with New York and questioned if the team will be a contender with the franchise.

"Honestly, I think about it a lot," he told the New York Daily News' Frank Isola prior to Monday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. "... I think about it. I think about here, I think postseason, I think about my teammates. I just think about everything."

Since Anthony joined the Knicks in the 2010-11 season, the team has won just one postseason series and has missed the playoffs in each of the past four seasons, going through four different head coaches during that time.

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the third quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the third quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters he plans on playing his veterans for the rest of the season unless he is given directions from the team's management to do otherwise, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

New York's 121-110 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday clinched the Knicks' fourth straight losing season as they dropped to 27-42. It also represented the 13th time in 16 seasons that the Knicks will finish below .500.

"For me as a professional it's my duty regardless of the situation to still try to play and try to win until they say don't play nor more or sit us down with limited minutes,'' Carmelo Anthony said following the loss. "We still have go out there and finish the season out.''

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Mar 12, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) and center Willy Hernangomez (14) block a shot against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Mar 12, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) and center Willy Hernangomez (14) block a shot against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

The Knicks host the Nets at Madison Square Garden tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Knicks have made at least 10 three-pointers in each of their last six games against the Nets in Madison Square Garden and have won the last three contests (won, 110-96, on November 9 earlier this season).
  • The Nets have allowed at least 100 points in 42 consecutive road games dating back to last season, the longest streak since the Denver Nuggets did so in 49 straight games (1989-90 to 1991-92).
  • The Knicks tied their lowest scoring output of the season, but still defeated the Pacers on Tuesday, 87-81. New York has only lost twice this season when its opponent scores 100 points or less (11-2).
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End for Jeff Hornacek? 00:02:45
The Daily News Live panel discusses if this is the end of the road for Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek.

Latest Update (Mar. 16)

9:10AM: Despite all of the issues the Knicks have dealt with this season, along with the team's brutal record, Phil Jackson will not fire Jeff Hornacek, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

According to Berman's source, Jackson "can't afford to fire" Hornacek and hire a new coach.

Hornacek has done well in communicating and maintaining a strong rapport with Jackson and associate head coach Kurt Rambis, something Derek Fisher was unable to do which eventually led to his dismissal.

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Knicks playoff hopes dashed 00:04:01
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein speculate about Jeff Hornacek's job security after he admitted that the Knicks will probably miss the playoffs.

Carmelo Anthony looked strong on Tuesday, finishing the game with 22 points and 13 rebounds in New York's 87-81 victory over Indiana.

Anthony shot 8-for-17 from the field, including 3-for-6 from the three-point line, and added an assist and a steal.

The 32-year old veteran scored 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Knicks outscored Indiana 25-17 in the final 12 minutes.

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(Adam Hunger (USA Today))

Carmelo Anthony scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, Derrick Rose added 16 points and the New York Knicks overcame a 13-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 87-81 on Tuesday night.

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis exited in the third quarter with a left leg injury. Rookie Willy Hernangomez entered in his place and had 13 points and 16 rebounds.

The Knicks trailed 59-46 with 9:07 left in the third after Turner's basket but closed out the quarter on an 18-3 run, capped by Anthony's 3-pointer that gave New York a 64-62 lead with 52 seconds left. >> Read more...

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Porzingis frustrated? 00:03:38
Jon Hein and Sal Licata discuss whether or not the Knicks should worry about a frustrated Kristaps Porzingis in 2017.

After fouling out late in the fourth quarter of New York's 120-112 loss to the Nets, Kristaps Porzingis noted "confusion" on both ends of the court as a big factor towards the team's recent struggles.

"There's a lot of confusion," Porzingis told Marc Berman of the New York Post. "A lot of times it's basically one-on-one. Whoever, me, myself, Carmelo [Anthony], Courtney [Lee], we try to make something happen, and that's not how it's supposed to be."

The Knicks fell to 26-41 and a season-worst 15 games under .500 on Sunday, clinching its fourth consecutive non-winning season. 

"We've been switching things up because never at any point this season, we played like we wanted to," said Porzingis. "Maybe this will work. So we are looking for stuff. The coaching staff obviously is trying to do the best job they can to give us the information, but we never got it all together."

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GEICO SportsNite: Borough battle 00:01:24
Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Jeff Hornacek react to the 120-112 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Jeremy Lin ended an 0-for-9 start with a 3-pointer that halted a Knicks comeback, and the Brooklyn Nets beat New York 120-112 on Sunday night for their first home victory of 2017.

The Nets ended a 16-game losing streak at Barclays Center. They hadn't won here since Dec. 26, when Lin strained his hamstring in a victory over Charlotte.

He missed the next 26 games and struggled through his return here Sunday until taking over after the Knicks had trimmed a 22-point deficit to five. His 3-pointer made it 109-101 with 4:58 remaining and he converted a three-point play with 3:25 to restore Brooklyn's double-digit lead.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson reacts after making a basket in during the first half against New York Knicks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson reacts after making a basket in during the first half against New York Knicks at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

Jeremy Lin ended an 0-for-9 start with a 3-pointer that halted a Knicks comeback, and the Brooklyn Nets beat New York 120-112 on Sunday night for their first home victory of 2017.

The Nets ended a 16-game losing streak at Barclays Center. They hadn't won here since Dec. 26, when Lin strained his hamstring in a victory over Charlotte.

He missed the next 26 games and struggled through his return here Sunday until taking over after the Knicks had trimmed a 22-point deficit to five. His 3-pointer made it 109-101 with 4:58 remaining and he converted a three-point play with 3:25 to restore Brooklyn's double-digit lead.

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(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Knicks, almost certainly heading toward another season where they miss the playoffs, have discussed how a team like the Heat has a better record than they do.

"Guys discuss that a lot," Carmelo Anthony told Frank Isola of the NY Daily News. "We talk about that amongst ourselves, kind of what is it. What's happening, especially with the talent we have in this locker room."

The Knicks are 26-39, 5.5 games behind the Bulls for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Mar 1, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Jeff Green (34) defends against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 1, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Jeff Green (34) defends against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony would like to play 20 seasons in the NBA, he told reporters Wednesday.

"I would love to get 20 in, I could do 20,'' Anthony said. "I could do 20. I've done a great job taking care of my body. I'll continue doing that. No severe injuries. I can see myself going for 20.''

The 34-year-old is currently in his 14th season and his sixth with the Knicks.

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New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) brings the ball down court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) brings the ball down court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)

Courtney Lee scored 18 points, Lance Thomas added 17 and the New York Knicks used a big fourth quarter to rally past the Orlando Magic, 113-105 on Monday night.

Willy Hernangomez had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Kristaps Porzingis scored 14 points for the Knicks, who stopped a two-game losing streak. Kyle O'Quinn sparked the comeback with 11 points and eight rebounds, all in the fourth quarter.

Elfrid Payton had his first triple-double of the season with 16 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds. Evan Fournier led Orlando with 25 points and Aaron Gordon had 17 in the Magic's third loss in four games.

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 (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony won't play in Monday's road game against the Orlando Magic, the team announced.

The Knicks are playing back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 31-Feb. 1. 

Anthony "wrenched" his knee while blocking a shot in Sunday's loss against the Golden State Warriors, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters prior to Monday's game. He scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting in 35 minutes against the Warriors. 

He is averaging 23.2 points and six rebounds in 62 games for New York this season.

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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis during warmups before a game against the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis during warmups before a game against the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Effort was not the problem for the Orlando Magic in their 101-90 loss to the New York Knicks last Wednesday. Something else was off about the team.

With three days at home between their last game -- a stellar 18-point win over the Atlanta Hawks -- the Knicks seemed poised to build some positive momentum. Then the Knicks came and seemed to pull the rug from underneath them in a loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

What seemed like a turning point for the Knicks last week has instead become a blip on an otherwise difficult season. New York hopes a return to Orlando on Monday at the Amway Center can get the team back on the right track.

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