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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.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis
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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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 (Adam Hunger (USA Today))
(Adam Hunger (USA Today))

Knicks G Courtney Lee said pictures he posted on Instagram after getting benched weren't a reference to his bosses.

Lee, who was removed from the starting lineup in favor of Ron Baker for the Knicks' 108-107 loss on Monday, posted on Instagram without a caption before deleting it.

"Posted a pic of dumb n dumber cuz that was my mood, no jab at no1," Lee later wrote. "It's dumb that we have a talented team and we're in position to win games n keep losing by 1 possession. We'll figure it out collectively as a team but that was my mood after the game. Has nothing to with any change, rotation, system, players, coaches, so let that be clear. In other news Happy MLK day."

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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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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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Knicks guard Derrick Rose did not show up to the game against the Pelicans at Madison Square Garden leading to concerns from the team.

New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose left the team without permission for Monday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans to deal with what he told teammates as a family issue back in Chicago, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Rose's absence, which surprised several teammates and temporarily went unaccounted for, could possibly lead to a suspension and may have cost himself long-term job security with the Knicks, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Head coach Jeff Hornacek did not specify why Rose was not with the team for the Knicks' 110-96 loss, even after teammate Courtney Lee said Rose, who has played in 33 of 38 games this season, was at shootaround before the game, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. The Knicks' full statement during the game, according to Deadspin, was, "He's not with the team."

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, New Orleans Pelicans
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(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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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

Tommy Dee, SNY.TV:

As we've talked about here several times, Phil Jackson is actively working the phones hoping to find a situation that upgrades the Knicks' roster from a talent perspective without giving away too many assets in return. 

Several teams have emerged as potential trade matches

Tags: Courtney Lee, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn
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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)

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 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.

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Kristaps Porzingis
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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

Knicks guard Courtney Lee will sit out Friday night's game against the Pelicans with a wrist injury, the second straight game he will miss. 

On Wednesday, Lee told reporters that he went for an MRI, which revealed he did not have any fractures. 

"All kinds of stuff cracked," Lee said, according to the Associated Press. "I didn't know exactly what it was. But no fractures. That's the positive."

Lee, 31, is averaging 10 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 28 games this season.

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(Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

It's still early, but the Knicks nevertheless have good standing in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. There's optimism in the air, but still vast room for improvement. New York has lost four of its last six contests, and their inability to keep up with the Celtics on Christmas Day exposed many weaknesses. 

As the Knicks look to contend, they'll need to take care of business against the stronger teams of the league. Here are three of the other more pressing issues the team has faced as of late...

Tags: Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Keith Schlosser
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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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(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.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis
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(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. 

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez
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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.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas
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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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Dec 7, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard DeAndre Liggins (14) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 7, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard DeAndre Liggins (14) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV

Now winners of seven of their last 10 games, the Knicks are beginning to find a rhythm. Players are able to contribute and find success because their roles on this team are much clearer.

That's been a big plus for Courtney Lee, who is becoming visibly more comfortable and confident as the games go on. He knows what to do. With so many other gifted offensive players around him, opposing defenses tend to lay off Lee, especially when the Knicks are pushing the pace.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Tommy Dee, SNY.tv:

The idea of competition for playing time can be a very slippery slope, especially if incumbents with higher salaries feel threatened and cause locker room friction. But the sense so far is that players, top to bottom, are pushing themselves for minutes, resulting in the Knicks outplaying opponents -- especially at home -- more often than not.

When the Knicks signed Mindaugas Kuzminskas from Unicaja, a Spanish team in the Euroleague, I texted a scout friend of mine who was familiar with his game.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez
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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)

Joakim Noah will remain out on Friday night against the Timberwolves due sprained left ankle, the team announced. 

He was also out on Wednesday night due to the ankle injury.

Courtney Lee will also be unavalable on Friday night.

Lance Thomas, who has been dealing with a bone bruise in his ankle, will be available.

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New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) drives to the basket past Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) drives to the basket past Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Knicks SG Courtney Lee sprained his shooting hand during New York's 104-94 win against the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 20, according to Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News.

While the injury occured nine days ago, Lee says the sprain has not affected his shot. 

On the season, Lee is averaging 9.6 points per game while shooting 42.8 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from the three-point line.

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Nov 17, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) dribbles as Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) looks on during the first half at Verizon Center. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 17, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) dribbles as Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) looks on during the first half at Verizon Center. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

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When one of your high-profile free agent signings brought here to play and defend the shooting guard position is not only missing shots and struggling defensively, but is also being pushed by a lower-priced alternative, the pressure mounts quickly. This is the exact situation Courtney Lee faces just 12 games into his Knicks career.

With the Knicks first team struggling to connect as a group, especially on the back end of back-to-back games, much of the focus has shifted to Joakim Noah. Some metrics-centric fans want to see the Knicks put Kristaps Porzingis at the five spot and bring Noah off the bench creating a Mike D'Antoni-type "space and pace" offense that is currently en vogue in the NBA.

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Nov 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) drives against Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) drives against Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

As the Knicks have attempted to find their identity as a team this season, there has been so much pressure on both Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah to earn their respective salaries. Rose has to prove that he can remain healthy and play at a high enough level to be considered a star once again. With an expiring deal, his future earnings depend on such an effort. Noah is tasked with doing more of the same, except it's on him to prove the Knicks didn't make a mistake investing on him in a big way.

As Rose and Noah attract more of the headlines, the acquisition of Courtney Lee has continued to fly under the radar. 

With plenty of star power around him, Lee is a perfect fit for this team. He doesn't have to do too much and isn't tasked with a lot offensively. Helping space the floor and knock down the occasional three-point shot is something he's used to. Defensively, however, there should be more pressure on him. The Knicks should be able to depend on Lee to defend an opponent's best wing player. 

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) drives to the basket again Brooklyn Nets forward Luis Scola (4) during first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) drives to the basket again Brooklyn Nets forward Luis Scola (4) during first half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray)

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Despite losing point guard Jeremy Lin to a hamstring injury, the Brooklyn Nets (3-4) are coming into Wednesday night's matchup with the Knicks (2-4) coming off an impressive 119-110 victory over the Timberwolves in Brooklyn.

The cross-town rivalry match up tonight at Madison Square Garden comes at a time were the Knicks house, internally, seems to be a bit chaotic with news that Phil Jackson, along with some of the Knicks players, is not happy with the triangle situation. One side wants more, one side wants less.

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek (L) speaks to his players on the bench during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek (L) speaks to his players on the bench during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Knicks' opening night loss to the Cavaliers looked like a preseason game for many reasons. The contest served as quite the wakeup call. New York subsequently displayed better behaviors and an increased level of communication in their game two victory over Memphis.Plenty of players --- Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Kyle O'Quinn among them --, showed great improvement from one game to the next. That surely gave the Knicks a big boost, but head coach Jeff Hornacek should be praised for a key conscious decision he made as well. He hasn't gotten enough credit for it just yet.Three fewer players took the court for the Knicks against the Grizzlies, shoring up what should develop into a consistent ten man rotation. Game one was treated much like a preseason contest because the minutes were divided up relatively evenly and everyone was given a shot. When it's time to compete and something more substantial at stake, that's not an efficient strategy. The better players should receive the bulk of playing time.

Tags: Courtney Lee, Joakim Noah, Kyle O'Quinn, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks GM Phil Jackson looks on during a stop in play against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks GM Phil Jackson looks on during a stop in play against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Here's Jeff Hornacek's reaction to Phil Jackson's presence at the Knicks practice facility when asked by reporters."That's good. The more knowledge out there, the better."As the Knicks prepare to take on the Detroit Pistons in the Motor City in hopes of building on the momentum from Saturday night's home opening win, let's take a moment to you back to the end of last year.The story being told by some was that interim coach Kurt Rambis, who had replaced the fired Derek Fisher, was Phil Jackson's coach of choice to lead the team going forward because of his fondness for the Triangle offense.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots the ball over Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson (3) during the third quarter at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots the ball over Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson (3) during the third quarter at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)

While unicorns may not exist, that's exactly why Kristaps Porzingis has been regarded as one so early on in his career. The NBA hasn't seen a player quite like him. At 7'3", Porzingis is a versatile talent with multiple tools. He can shoot from just about anywhere on the floor, man the middle with a lengthy frame on defense, and can even put the ball on the floor a little bit. Summary: he has all the makings of a star.What makes Porzingis an all the more unique specimen is the fact that he's coming into his own, all while embracing the bright lights of the Big Apple. He plays with energy, engages the Knicks' fan base, and is continuously eager to learn more. Off the court, he carries himself with poise and is maturing rather quickly.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

Every year, the NBA's general managers answer questions about the best teams, players, coaches, fans, and offseason moves. GMs were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel.This year, the Knicks and some of their players found themselves on six different lists. Carmelo Anthony received votes for which player GMs would want taking a shot with the game on the line.

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