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Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)
Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)

In wake of Carmelo Anthony's return to Madison Square Garden for the first time, Kristaps Porzingis thinks the fans need to show him the respect and "love" he deserves. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to MSG on Saturday night, and the biggest storyline will be the former Knick in Anthony returning for the first time since he was traded this offseason. The Knicks are planning to a tribute for Anthony, who spent the past seven seasons in New York. 

Porzingis, who is questionable with a sore knee for the game, can't see any fans booing his former teammate...

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Former New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said he is excited to return to Madison Square Garden for Saturday's game between the Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder, but added he is taking a "business" approach to it.

"At the end of the day, it's business to me. But I'd be lying if I said I'm not ecstatic to be going back and playing there," Anthony said, according to Yahoo! Sports' Michael Lee. "Like I said, I got a different feeling with New York. A different relationship, different bond with the city, with the fans, with the people. It's a little bit special for me."

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New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)  (Aaron Gash/AP)
New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash) (Aaron Gash/AP)

The Knicks did something in Brooklyn that they've done just once before this season: win a game on the road.

But much of the feel-good that should have come from a 111-104 victory against the Nets evaporated when Kristaps Porzingis left the game in the third quarter with a non-contact left knee injury. Before exiting, Porzingis had 13 points and 4 assists in 18 minutes. 

Courtney Lee rose to the occasion with a team-high 27 points, while Michael Beasley added 15 points off the bench. Frank Ntilikina played 27 minutes, including the entire fourth quarter, and was a team-high plus-14.

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 (Mike Dinovo)
(Mike Dinovo)

After a surprising loss to the NBA-worst Bulls Saturday night, head coach Jeff Hornacek couldn't hold in his frustration after the game. 

The Knicks made a late run at the end of the game to tie things at 102. But SG Kris Dunn sealed the deal at the free throw line with 2.4 seconds left following a Courtney Lee foul. The loss continued the Knicks woes on the road, and with the Bulls facing travel difficulties, it comes as even more of a shocker. 

Despite the late rally, Hornacek didn't like the effort from his team whatsoever. 

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Knicks F Lance Thomas may not dazzle on the scoreboard, but the co-captain of the Knicks leads the way with his defense. 

A Knicks player revealed to the NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy that Thomas and SG Courtney Lee were named co-captains of the Knicks. Though Thomas may not be a top scorer on the team, he leads by example on the defensive front. Being in a captain's role is a big responsibilty, but one that Thomas likes to be in. 

"A lot of responsibility comes with it. You have to practice what you preach," he said. "I have the guys' respect because I do that. I tell guys the truth and I live in the uncomfortable. I'm not afraid to call a teammate out or push for them to be better. I'm not a guy who has a comfort zone. Some guys aren't vocal, I'm all of those things and that's something I take pride in with this team. And I'm honored."

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:00:45
Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter discuss how the Knicks were able to dominate in the second half as they beat the Grizzlies, 99-88.

NEW YORK (AP) Courtney Lee scored 24 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 18 after a slow start in his return to the lineup, and the New York Knicks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-88 on Wednesday night.

Moving from forward back to shooting guard in Tim Hardaway Jr.'s absence, Lee fell just shy of his season high and was the catalyst in a big run to open the second half that largely determined the game. >> Read more

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Knicks owner James Dolan was originally interested in hiring Jerry West to replace Phil Jackson as Knicks president, reports Sporting News, citing sources.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks on loss 00:00:49
Jeff Hornacek, Jarrett Jack and Enes Kanter discuss dropping a close game to the Magic and losing their star guard, Tim Hardaway Jr.

Nikola Vucevic scored 34 points - eight straight in a decisive 10-0 fourth-quarter run - and the Orlando Magic beat the New York Knicks 105-100 on Sunday.

With the score tied at 85 midway through the fourth quarter, Vucevic made a short basket, a three-point play and a 3-point shot in succession to give the Magic the lead for good.

Evan Fournier had 20 points, Jonathon Simmons added 16, and Elfrid Payton had 15 for Orlando.

Michael Beasley, who replaced the injured Kristaps Porzingis in the starting lineup, led the Knicks with 21 points. Courtney Lee had 19, and Enes Kanter added 18 points and 16 rebounds.

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Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Doug McDermott (20) takes a shot against Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson (8) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Doug McDermott (20) takes a shot against Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson (8) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

NEW YORK (AP) Enes Kanter had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the Miami Heat 115-86 on Wednesday night despite losing Kristaps Porzingis to a sprained right ankle after 2 1/2 minutes.

Back after missing three games with back spasms, Kanter had his way against a Heat team missing starting center Hassan Whiteside because of left knee soreness, going 7 of 9 from the field. >> Read more

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Courtney Lee admitted to the media that he and Jeff Hornacek exchanged words, of the variety that couldn't be repeated, at halftime of the Knicks' 108-100 win against the Raptors. At the time of Lee and Hornacek's back-and-forth, the Knicks were losing 59-48.  

"We came in here, we watched film and Coach kind of got on me. I really didn't like what was being said," Lee said, via ESPN. "... [It was] a little explicit. I don't think I can repeat what he said to the media. But we exchanged words and we went from there."

The Knicks were a different team in the third quarter, going on a historic 28-0 run amid outscoring the Raptors 41-10 in the third quarter.

"We had some stronger words for each other and we talked about stuff that we wanted to do better and we came out in the second half and played like a different team," Kristaps Porzingis said. 

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New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. reacts during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. reacts during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 12 of his career-high 38 points during New York's crucial 28-0 third-quarter run in Wednesday's 108-100 win over the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks turned a 62-52 deficit into an 80-62 lead late in the third thanks to a game-changing run that included seven points from Enes Kanter, seven from Courtney Lee and just two from Kristaps Porzingis, who scored 22 points and brought down 12 rebounds in the game.

New York made 10 of 16 field goals in the 8-minute, 24-second stretch, including a Hardaway layup on a Kanter assist that capped the run and gave the Knicks an 18-point lead.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks win 00:00:43
Jeff Hornacek, Kristaps Porzingis, and, Tim Hardaway Jr. discuss the Knicks' come-from-behind win over the Raptors on Wednesday night.

NEW YORK (AP) Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a career-high 38 points, including 12 during a 28-0 run in the third quarter that sent the New York Knicks to a 108-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who outscored the Raptors 41-10 in the third. >> Read more

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

TORONTO (AP) Kyle Lowry matched his season high with 22 points and added 10 assists, DeMar DeRozan also scored 22 and the short-handed Toronto Raptors beat New York 107-84 on Friday night, their eighth consecutive victory over the Knicks.

Toronto played without two injured starters in forward Serge Ibaka(swollen left knee) and guard Norman Powell (right hip). Reserve guard Delon Wright (dislocated right shoulder) also was unavailable.

C.J. Miles scored 14 points for Toronto. Pressed into the starting lineup, second-year forward Pascal Siakam scored 13 points and rookie forward OG Anunoby had 11.

Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks on win 00:00:52
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis break down the Knicks' 106-101 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

NEW YORK (AP) Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 26 points, including a key 3-pointer with 32.9 seconds left, to help the New York Knicks rally in the second half and beat the Utah Jazz 106-101 on Wednesday night.

New York trailed by 10 late in the third quarter but got its third comeback victory in eight days. Hardaway's 3 made it 102-98, and he added four free throws after that.

Kristaps Porzingis had 22 points and Courtney Lee added 19 as the Knicks rebounded after blowing a 15-point fourth quarter lead in a loss to the Cavaliers on Monday night. Enes Kanter added 13 points.

Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:00:38
Kristaps Porzingis discusses what went well for the Knicks in a 118-91 win over Sacramento.

NEW YORK (AP) Kristaps Porzingis returned after a one-game absence to score 34 points, Courtney Lee added 20, and the New York Knicks beat the Sacramento Kings 118-91 on Saturday night.

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 (Wendell Cruz)
(Wendell Cruz)

Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis dropped a career-high 40 points in last night's comeback win over the Pacers, 108-101. 

Porzingis has been on fire to start the season, and no matter what the defense does to hold him in check, he finds a way to score. He set his career high with 38 points against the Nuggets on Oct. 30. Not only does he have a new total after last night, but it came when the Knicks needed it most. 

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

Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis had Madison Square Garden on its feet the entire night as he poured in 37 points in the 120-107 win over the Suns. 

Porzingis was on fire from the opening tip, draining everything he put in the air. But it was a sequence in the fourth quarter that had The Garden buzzing. After a steal, Suns F Josh Jackson sprinted down the court and put up a shot only to find Porzingis rushing back and swatting it away. Courtney Lee scooped it up, passed it off to Jarrett Jack in transition, and Jack found Porzingis sprinting down the court. 

Porzingis, all in one motion, caught the bounce pass and flushed a dunk as he absorbed contact for an and-one. It was the cherry on top to another brilliant night by Porzingis. 

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

Kristaps Porzingis came one point shy of his career and season high as he finished with 37 points in the Knicks' 120-107 win over the Suns. 


Porzingis shot 13-for-22 from the field as well as 10-for-13 from the charity stripe. He also added five rebounds and three blocks on the night.

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 points on 6-of-15 shooting while Enes Kanter had 16 points and led the team with 16 rebounds. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:01:41
Kristaps Porzingis talks about his career-high 38 points after the Knicks defeated the Nuggets for their third straight win.

Kristaps Porzingis scored at least 30 points for the fifth time this season to lead the New York Knicks to their third straight win with a 116-110 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday at Madison Square Garden.


Porzingis recorded 38 points on 14-of-26 shooting, seven rebounds and three blocks for the Knicks, who hung on in the fourth quarter despite seeing their 22-point halftime lead evaporate in the third.

Kyle O'Quinn scored 15 points and brought down 12 rebounds, while Jarrett Jack had six points and 10 assists. 

Tags: Courtney Lee, Denver Nuggets, Jarrett Jack, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots over the defense of Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots over the defense of Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

After scoring 32 points and recording 12 rebounds in Sunday's 114-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and the rest of the team hope that victory can be a sign of bigger things to come this season.

"It's nice to finally beat the Cavs for the first time in my career," Porzingis said, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "It's just another game but hopefully it can be in the playoffs, and that's when it really matters."

Porzingis was one of three Knicks to record double-doubles as they won their second straight game. Enes Kanter scored 18 points and recorded 12 rebounds, while Courtney Lee had 15 points and 10 boards.

But many Knicks players raved about Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored a game-high 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting.

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New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. drives to the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. drives to the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a game-high 34 points, Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter recorded double-doubles and the New York Knicks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-95 on Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena.


Hardaway shot 11-of-19 from the floor and made five of 10 3-pointers in the game, as the Knicks won their second straight game. 

Porzingis totaled 32 points on 13-of-27 shooting and recorded 12 rebounds, while Kanter recorded 18 points and 12 boards.

LeBron James recorded 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who lost their third game in a row. Derrick Rose, in his first game against his former team, scored 15 points in 31 minutes. Kevin Love recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds.

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Who played worse vs. Celtics? 00:03:19
The DNL panel debates which Knicks player had a worse game against the Celtics on Tuesday night: Kristaps Porzingis or Tim Hardaway Jr.?

The Knicks have started the season with an 0-3 and have struggled on both ends of the floor, most notably on the offensive end. 

In two of their three losses the Knicks have failed to reach 90 points and have lost their games by average of 15.3 points. Speaking to reporters after the Knicks lost a 110-89 game to the Celtics, Courtney Lee said the issues just boiled down to failed execution. 

"We messed up on a lot of plays, whether it was the ball getting delivered on time, or one or two guys not being on the same page as far as play calling," Lee said, according to the New York Post. "That's on us, we got to pay attention more in practice and make sure we execute when we're out there."

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger)

Jake Brown | Twitter |

The drama-filled Knicks offseason is finally over and the actual games that count have arrived. A new era begins Thursday, when the Knicks take on an old friend who was an integral part of which direction the team would head in. Before the Knicks face Carmelo Anthony for the first time since 2010, let's take a look at five bold predictions for the 2017-2018 Knicks season...

1. Kristaps Porzingis will average a double-double

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Jake Brown | Twitter | The preseason opener is tonight, with the Knicks' first test coming against the Brooklyn Nets. The results of the games obviously don't matter, but playing their crosstown rival should give them a little extra motivation. Head coach Jeff Hornacek has a brand new roster with a whole new outlook now that Carmelo Anthony is gone. He's got a lot of tough decisions to make and that all begins tonight. Let's take a look at what we should watch for.

How will point guard work out?

There is a decent chance Frank Ntilikina won't play tonight due to a sore groin. If he still has the groin issue, there's no point in the Knicks throwing him out there in a meaningless game. What this does mean, though, is that there is going to be a small chance that the rookie starts the season opener against Melo and the Thunder in Oklahoma City...

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) high fives Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) high fives Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis and Courtney Lee will both suit up for Team World in the second-ever NBA Africa Game, the league announced. 

The game, which will take place on Aug. 5 in South Africa, will pit Team World vs. Team Africa. Dirk Nowitzki and Kemba Walker will be captain Team World, while team Africa will be led by Luol Deng and Thabo Sefolosha

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Courtney Lee (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)
Courtney Lee (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks reportedly may consider trading Courtney Lee or Kyle O'Quinn in order to clear cap space so they can offer more money to free agents, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

New York has showed interest in guard Shelvin Mack, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

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Toronto Raptors forward P.J. Tucker (2) reacts during the first quarter in a game against the Indiana Pacers at Air Canada Centre. (Nick Turchiaro)
Toronto Raptors forward P.J. Tucker (2) reacts during the first quarter in a game against the Indiana Pacers at Air Canada Centre. (Nick Turchiaro)

The Knicks are looking to add more two-way players like Courtney Lee in free agency this summer, as the team has shown preliminary interest in players such as P.J. Tucker and Dante Cunninghamaccording to Ian Begley of ESPN.

Jeff Hornacek coached Tucker in Phoenix and praised the veteran forward for his leadership in the locker room and his intensity on defense. The 32-year old also shot 35.7 percent from the three-point line last season, including a 40 percent clip once he was traded to the Raptors.

Cunningham has developed a nice shot from long range, leading the Pelicans in 3-point field goal percentage last season at 39.2 percent. The 30-year old proved to be quite valuable to New Orleans this past season as the team went 13-8 when Cunningham played at least 28 minutes. To put those numbers in perspective, that winning percentage would have ranked among the top-10 in the league.

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New York Knicks forward Maurice Daly Ndour (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Maurice Daly Ndour (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Without Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and (unexpectedly) Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks could only muster three quarters of contention and fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 88-101. 

Despite lacking all of it's starpower, New York kept it close for the majority of the game. However, the playoff-bound Grizzlies began to pull away in the game's final stage.

 

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 (AP)
(AP)

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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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

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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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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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.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Orlando Magic, Willy Hernangomez
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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

 

Courtney Lee was red hot during the Knicks' one-point loss Monday night, scoring double figures in the first half alone. He also proved to be clutch with a late-game dagger that kept the Knicks afloat into the closing seconds. After logging five steals and two blocks against the Raptors, one has to wonder why he wasn't put on DeRozen during that last possession. Between Thomas, the screen, and the switch of Derrick Rose, Lee was positioned elsewhere.

Lee is obviously known for his defense, but his offensive game is on the rise. Really hitting his stride over the last 10 games, Lee has averaged 12.2 points on 54 percent from the field and 46 percent from deep. There's a certain swagger that has been oozing out of him lately. Perhaps the Knicks have even more of a versatile talent than initially realized. Lee is valuable...

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks' loss 00:01:06
Jeff Hornacek, Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose reflect on the Knicks' heartbreaking last-second loss to the Toronto Raptors.

DeMar DeRozan made a turnaround jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining, finishing with 37 points and leading the Toronto Raptors to a 92-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.

The Raptors won their fourth in a row, doing it with DeRozan and defense after learning earlier in the day that All-Star Kyle Lowry will have right wrist surgery that could sideline him the rest of the regular season.

Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points for the Knicks, but finished a 9-for-26 night when he missed a long jumper as time expired.

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek instructs Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek instructs Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden (Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

By the time NBA All-Star Weekend came to a close, there was refreshing optimism in the air surrounding the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony and Willy Hernangomez were late additions to the festivities. Kristaps Porzingis went home a winner after snagging the trophy at the Skills Challenge. Following the passing of the trade deadline, New York stood pat. After a spirited Cleveland loss and an exhilarating win against the 76ers, signs led to the Knicks wanting to remain competitive, for better or worse.

But alas, reality has begun to set in. Waiving Brandon Jennings may be the domino effect for the tone of the rest of the season. The dust probably hasn't cleared. More changes could be on the way. It's time to look towards the future, build towards the draft, embrace and explore more youthful talent, etc. With that in mind, here's a look at the Knicks will face in the week ahead and beyond.

Defensive Communication: The Knicks' defense has been a raw source of frustration for this team all season long. Frankly, it's a bit strange to see a squad that added players like Joakim NoahCourtney Lee, and Willy Hernangomez in the offseason struggle on that end of the floor. Clearly, putting up a consistent effort on defense had been an initial priority. Such a plan hasn't come to fruition.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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Feb 23, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) greets New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after the game during at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs won 119-104. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Feb 23, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) greets New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after the game during at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs won 119-104. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James recorded his 48th career triple-double and Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 119-104 victory over the New York Knicks, who hung on to superstar Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose at Thursday's trade deadline.

James scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds with 15 assists for his sixth triple-double of the season.

Anthony, the subject of trade rumors because of a strained relationship with Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson, scored 20 points, going 9 of 25 from the field.

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DNL discusses the Knicks' decision to stay quiet at the trade deadline and Charles Oakley attending Wednesday's game in Cleveland.

The Knicks did not make any moves prior to Thursday's NBA trade deadline, which passed at 3 p.m. ET.

They had been engaged with the Timberwolves regarding a trade that would've sent PG Ricky Rubio to New York for Derrick Rose

In addition to Rubio, the Knicks had reportedly been asking the Timberwolves for F Nemanja Bjelicareported Marc Berman of the NY Post.

As the deadline approached on Thursday, some in the Knicks organization were ready to trade for Rubio without a second asset being sent back, but the Wolves refused, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Knicks have had discussions with the Clippers regarding a trade that would send SG Courtney Lee to Los Angeles, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.

Begley notes that the Knicks have been seeking near-immediate first-round picks (which the Clippers do not have) in trade talks with most teams.

The Knicks also remain engaged with the Timberwolves about a trade revolving around Ricky Rubio and Derrick Rose...

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts after the Atlanta Hawks defeated the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts after the Atlanta Hawks defeated the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin)

 

Joakim Noah, who tweaked his hamstring in practice prior to the All-Star break, missed practice on Wednesday, the Knicks said.

Courtney Lee (illness) also missed practice.

Noah's injury will cause him to miss Thursday's game against the Cavaliers, Newsday's Barbara Barker reported earlier this week...

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NBA television personality Greg Anthony during pre-game broadcast of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Center. (Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE)
NBA television personality Greg Anthony during pre-game broadcast of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Center. (Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Knick Greg Anthony, who spent four seasons in New York as a teammate of Charles Oakley, believes players will look at the Knicks in a different light because of the recent treatment of Oakley and Carmelo Anthony.

"It sure as hell ain't gonna help..." said Anthony in an interview with Business Insider. "It's one thing to have your struggles on the court, but this is kind of becoming a domino effect where everything that can go wrong is going wrong for the organization. And it creates a tremendous distraction for the players that are still battling and fighting and figuring out a way to get into the postseason."

The Knicks are facing a rebuild, something the franchise has historically not done slowly through the draft. This past offseason, New York traded for Derrick Rose, while committing over $120 million to Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee in an attempt to improve the team quickly. Anthony believes the situation involving Oakley will not do the team any favors in trying to attract free agents in the future.

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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)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

The Knicks had an empowering win over the Spurs to cap off the weekend. Beyond that, however, the dysfunction has only continued. The rumors surrounding Carmelo Anthony continue to swirl. Frustration around the team's feeble defensive effort continues to set in. The mystique around what Phil Jackson's next remark may be (or how he chooses to communicate it) keeps everyone on their toes. And as if all of this wasn't enough, James Dolan played a part in a bizarre sequence of events this past week, reminding all that he is never truly far enough away.

As the trade deadline approaches and the losing continues, there are question marks around this team. Can the Knicks build off of the win against San Antonio, or will they fall back into their poor ways? Here's a look at what the team will face in the week ahead. 

Questions about team culture: One could argue that the poor culture is going to affect the Knicks for years to come. Clearly, the lack of positivity makes it difficult for players already in the Big Apple to perform at an optimal level. What's more, all that has gone on as of late could certainly impact the decisions of prospective free agents and scare them off from donning orange and blue. For years, James Dolan has been criticized for his poor way of handling things and a lack of overall basketball knowledge. While he has stayed out of Phil Jackson's way, he proved this week with Charles Oakley that he himself will never be far enough away not to play a role in something here or there. That's not a good feeling.

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Actor and director Spike Lee argues with an official during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Actor and director Spike Lee argues with an official during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

While the drama between Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony has caused the Knicks to look for a trade for their star player, superfan and legendary director Spike Lee made it very clear which of the two he would rather have stay in New York.

"I'll pack Phil's bags for him," Lee told ESPN.

The latest Jackson-Anthony tension stems from a tweet Jackson sent on Tuesday that referenced a Bleacher Report article that was critical of Anthony. 

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek instructs Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek instructs Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

Looking back, the Knicks are currently nowhere near where anyone thought they'd be. Carmelo Anthony is facing a fourth straight year without a playoff appearance. With his own fate/success as an executive seemingly tied to that of his team's star forward, Phil Jackson has failed amid the continued pressure to put a consistent product on the court. He went all in last summer, spending on veterans and proven contributors. New York's inability to meet expectations has led to trade speculation all around, which ultimately prevents this group from creating and maintaining the positive culture Jackson aspired to develop.
 
All of this has given way to a very underwhelming 6-19 record in 2017. The Knicks had to put forth a really strong comeback effort just to defeat the 9-40 Nets last week. Here's a look at some of the questions facing New York as they look for stability.

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(Julio Cortez/AP)

Carmelo Anthony was not mad about being benched during the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game against the Nets, head coach Jeff Hornacek said Saturday.

"He was happy for the guys. The guys were playing well," Hornacek said, according to ESPN New York's Ian Begley. 

The Knicks rallied in the fourth quarter, largely due to the efforts of the bench players.

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Atlanta's Dwight Howard (8) puts up a shot over Knicks center Joakim Noah during the first half. (Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta's Dwight Howard (8) puts up a shot over Knicks center Joakim Noah during the first half. (Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports)

Paul Millsap had a season-high 37 points, including the go-ahead layup with 27 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime, and the Atlanta Hawks overcame Carmelo Anthony's season-high 45 points to outlast the short-handed New York Knicks 142-139 on Sunday.

The Knicks' first four-overtime game in 66 years lasted almost four hours. Millsap logged 60 minutes. Five players, including Anthony and Atlanta's Dwight Howard, fouled out.

Anthony scored the tying baskets at the end of regulation and the first overtime period, before fouling out with 12.9 seconds remaining in the second overtime. Courtney Lee sank a 26-foot tying 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining in the second OT and sank the tying free throws late in the third extra period.

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(AP)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

The NBA trade deadline is less than a month away, which gives the Knicks a limited amount of time to explore and pull the trigger on a blockbuster deal involving Carmelo Anthony

While they could certainly wait until the offseason, moving Anthony sooner than later would give the team a clear direction as they start fresh and look toward the NBA Draft.

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 (USA Today)
(USA Today)

The Knicks struggled in the second half and could not contain the 16-29 Dallas Mavericks in a 103-95 road loss at American Airlines Center. Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 30 points.

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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

Kristaps Porzingis had 15 points and five rebounds in 29 minutes in his return during Thursday night's 113-110 loss to the Wizards at Madison Square Garden.

Porzingis, who has been dealing with an Achilles injury, was seeing his first game action since Jan. 11.

He received results of an MRI on Thursday, which revealed no structural damage in the Achilles.

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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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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..

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