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Dec 12, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)
Dec 12, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)

The Knicks battled back from a 22-point deficit, but they ultimately fell short to Cavaliers, 113-106, on the road Wednesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks made a big comeback in the second half, with rookie Kevin Knox putting them up by one with a thunderous transition dunk. But the Cavs got the lead back from a Rodney Hood floater, and would further it after the Knicks were forced to foul following a miss. The critical play of the game, though, came on an inbound following a timeout where Emmanuel Mudiay couldn't find a teammate to get the ball to in a three-point game. It ended the Knicks' chance at a comeback.

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale coaches against the Milwaukee Bucks during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale coaches against the Milwaukee Bucks during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Lakers F LeBron James may have made some Knicks fans cry when he told his long-time friend and former teammate Dwyane Wade, "It was either here or The Garden" after their final meeting on Monday night

Well, Knicks head coach David Fizdale is hoping not to make his fans cry any longer over players the team could land in New York.

James is a prime example of NBA players that love playing at Madison Square Garden, but didn't see it as a fit at the time of his free agency. But, with such a loaded class in 2019 -- Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard to just name a few -- Fizdale wants to change that trend. 

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Dec 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) dribbles the ball against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) dribbles the ball against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

NEW YORK (AP) Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 20 to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 112-104 win over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.

Allen Crabbe scored 17 points, Jarrett Allen had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Joe Harris added 11 as Brooklyn won its second straight game. The Nets improved to 10-18.

Enes Kanter led the Knicks (8-19) with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Allonzo Trier had 15 points off the bench, Emmanuel Mudiay chipped in with 13 points and Damyean Dotson and Mario Hezonja each added 12 for New York, which has lost three straight and five of six.

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Jarrett Allen, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
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Dec 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) dribbles the ball against New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) dribbles the ball against New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Knicks tried mounting a fourth-quarter comeback, but the Nets handed them their third straight loss in a 112-104 bout at The Garden.>> Box score

Things to know about Saturday night's game

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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The Knicks fell short against the Wizards, losing 110-107. There were some good moments in the 1st half, but not so great in the 2nd.

The Knicks' late comeback bid fell short as they lost to the Washington Wizards 110-107 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1. New York, which led by nine at halftime, trailed 107-92 with 3:33 remaining in the fourth quarter. But after Noah Vonleh's layup capped a 12-0 run, Washington's John Wall iced the game with a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left.

2. After their three-game winning streak, the Knicks have lost three of four games and allowed at least 110 points in each game. 

Tags: Courtney Lee, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Washington Wizards
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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Every New York athlete says they love the city, and truly enjoy playing for it during their season. But Knicks C Enes Kanter the Big Apple life every day.

Since he was traded from Oklahoma City to New York to play for the Knicks, Kanter has fallen in love with the hustle and bustle of the city streets. Kanter would have been an intriguing free-agent candidate this past offseason had he opted out of his contract with his player option. Instead, he decided to remain a Knicks, and continue to work with the young, rebuilding squad. 

And a major impact on Kanter's decision was New York City -- a place he isn't afraid to walk around freely despite being a professional athlete in town. 

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Nov 28, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick (17) drives for a lay up past New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) and guard Damyean Dotson (21) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Nov 28, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick (17) drives for a lay up past New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) and guard Damyean Dotson (21) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Knicks couldn't handle Joel Embiid and JJ Redick, as the Sixers blew them out 117-91 on the road Wednesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) This was a rare off night for Tim Hardaway Jr., who couldn't find his shooting stroke. He went 1-for-11 from the field, including all six three-point attempts missing the net. Hardaway finished with just five points and two assists over 27 minutes on the court. He'll look to shake this one off for sure. 

Tags: Philadelphia 76ers, Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Nov 27, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) dribbles defended by New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) in the first half at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Nov 27, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) dribbles defended by New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) in the first half at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The Knicks had their three-game win streak snapped, as Blake Griffin and the Pistons delivered a 115-108 loss in Detroit. >> Box score

Things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Coming off the bench, it was Allonzo Trier leading the Knicks with 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 9-of-12 from the charity stripe over 30 minutes. He managed a double-double as well with 10 rebounds to go along with seven assists. Trier continues to be impressive as he makes his name among rookies in the NBA. 

Tags: Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Nov 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dunks the ball against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dunks the ball against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

It was sad news for many that learned Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the megahit Nickelodeon cartoon show "Spongebob Squarepants," died at the age of 57 on Tuesday.

And among those who mourned his death was Knicks C Enes Kanter.

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How about Wall to the Knicks? 00:01:06
The DNL crew talks a hypothetical Knicks deal with Washington for John Wall in exchange for Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina and a draft pick.

Enes Kanter has been unhappy with his situation at points this season, complaining in late October while coming off the bench. While he's back in the starting lineup and averaging roughly five more minutes per game than his career average, it would still make sense for the Knicks to explore a potential trade.

Here are five that could work...

Enes Kanter for Miles Plumlee, Justin Anderson

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter knocks the ball away from Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol at FedExForum. (Nelson Chenault/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter knocks the ball away from Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol at FedExForum. (Nelson Chenault/USA TODAY Sports)

Enes Kanter and Emmanuel Mudiay led the Knicks to their third straight win as they beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-98 on Sunday at FedEx Forum. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. Kanter recorded a double-double of 21 points and a career-high 26 rebounds, while Mudiay scored 17 points, including a thunderous dunk over Memphis' Garrett Temple off a Trey Burke steal.

2. New York trailed 91-89 before Tim Hardaway Jr. made a 3-pointer that gave it a 92-91 lead. After Mike Conley's 11-foot shot made it 93-92, Burke hit two free throws that made it 94-93. Mudiay's and-one dunk pushed the lead to 97-93 with 1:35 remaining, and the Knicks led by at least three the rest of the way.

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Memphis Grizzlies, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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Nov 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) reacts in the second quarter agains the New Orleans Pelicans at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Nov 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) reacts in the second quarter agains the New Orleans Pelicans at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Working behind PG Emmanuel Mudiay's 26 points and G Allonzo Trier's career-high 24 points, the Knicks took down the Pelicans 114-109 at home on Friday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) Since joining the starting five, Mudiay has been excelling in the role as the Knicks' point guard. Tonight, he was 10-for-20 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line for a season-high 26 points -- four shy of his career-high 30. He also had seven boards, two assists, and a team-high four steals as well.

Tags: Boston Celtics, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, Scott Thompson
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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson blocks a shot by New Orleans Pelicans guard E'Twaun Moore in the first half at Smoothie King Center. (Stephen Lew/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson blocks a shot by New Orleans Pelicans guard E'Twaun Moore in the first half at Smoothie King Center. (Stephen Lew/USA TODAY Sports)

In light of his recent issues with foul trouble, Knicks rookie center Mitchell Robinson is looking to head coach David Fizdale and fellow center Enes Kanter for guidance.

The 20-year-old Robinson has recorded four fouls in seven of his last 11 games. Fizdale was working with Robinson on his shotblocking, but also took him out of the starting lineup for the past two games with mixed results.

In Tuesday's loss to the Trail Blazers, Robinson recorded two fouls in 18:03, but in Wednesday's win over the Celtics he recorded four fouls in 16:25. Robinson, New York's second-round pick, said he understood why he was taken out of the starting lineup after 12 straight starts.

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Nov 21, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks point guard Trey Burke (23) is guarded by Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Nov 21, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks point guard Trey Burke (23) is guarded by Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

After a couple of recent close encounters, the Knicks finally managed to close a game out, holding on to defeat the Boston Celtics on the road Wednesday night, 117-109, to snap a six-game losing streak. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks led for the entirety of the game but almost had deja vu from Friday's game vs. the Pelicans in the fourth quarter. The Knicks saw a 12-point lead with 2:27 remaining evaporate to just a one possession game in the final 30 seconds before they escaped with a much-needed victory. 

Tags: Boston Celtics, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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The Knicks looked more competitive against the Western Conference-leading Trail Blazers. Ultimately, New York fell short, losing 118-114.

The Knicks kept this one close, but the Trail Blazers eeked it out as New York dropped their sixth straight game, 118-114, on Wednesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) It wasn't supposed to be a close game, but the Knicks made it interesting in the final minute as they were only down 116-114. They caught a big break, too, when Jusuf Nurkic (13 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST, 2 BLK) was called for a reach-in on Noah Vonleh (14 PTS, 13 REB, 2 AST, 2 BLK). But Vonleh missed both free throws to tie the game, and in turn, Damian Lillard buried a contested jumper which would be the eventual dagger. 

Tags: Enes Kanter, Orlando Magic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter sitting on the bench during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Rob Ferguson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter sitting on the bench during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Rob Ferguson/USA TODAY Sports)

Amid a five-game losing streak, Knicks coach David Fizdale has opted to reshuffle the team's lineup ahead of Tuesday night's game.

Enes Kanter is starting alongside Emmanuel Mudiay, Tim Hardaway Jr., Mario Hezonja, and Noah Vonleh.

Hardaway Jr. and Mudiay are the only two holdovers from the most-recent lineup. Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, and Allonzo Trier started on Sunday.

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. shoots a 3-pointer during the second quarter at Amway Center. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. shoots a 3-pointer during the second quarter at Amway Center. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks came back from a 17-point first-half deficit but were outscored 64-51 in the second half as they lost to the Orlando Magic 131-117 on Sunday at Amway Center. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. After the Knicks trailed 102-99 midway through the fourth quarter, the Magic went on a 10-3 run capped by a Jonathan Isaac three-point play that gave Orlando a 112-102 lead. New York never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

2. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 32 points and Trey Burke added 31 for the Knicks, who have lost five in a row. Enes Kanter recorded a 21-point, 20-rebound double-double in 37:40, though he only scored seven points in the second half.

Tags: Enes Kanter, Orlando Magic, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter sitting on the bench during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Rob Ferguson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter sitting on the bench during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Rob Ferguson/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Enes Kanter is one of the biggest trolls in the NBA. From last year's incidents with LeBron James to posting a doctored image of commissioner Adam Silver in a Warriors uniform, he hasn't shied away from taking on anyone.

In Wednesday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, he had a taste of his own medicine.

Former teammate Steven Adams trolled Kanter by telling Knicks head coach David Fizdale during a stoppage, "Sub him out, he can't play defense."

"It's the only time I get to bloody see him, to be honest, mate," Adams said after the Thunder beat New York on Thursday, according to The Oklahoman's Maddie Lee.

Tags: Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder, Matt Eisenberg
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Nov 14, 2018; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots the ball over New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Ferguson)
Nov 14, 2018; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots the ball over New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Ferguson)

The Knicks tried a new starting five on Wednesday night, but it didn't work as Paul George led the Thunder to a dominant 128-103 win on their home court. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) Head coach David Fizdale mixed up his starters with rookie Kevin Knox getting his first career start, and Emmanuel Mudiay taking over for Damyean Dotson and Frank Ntilikina respectively. But the move didn't change the woes the Knicks have faced in the last three games. Knox did finish with 15 points, but only on 5-of-16 from the field, including two three-pointers. Mudiay had just seven points, and was quick to dish the ball back out to the perimeter when he looked to have an open lane to the bucket on some possessions.

 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Oklahoma City Thunder, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin drives past New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin drives past New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

A poor first quarter doomed the Knicks as they lost to the Orlando Magic 115-89 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. The Knicks were held scoreless for the first 4:54 of the game and were outscored 30-10 in the opening frame as they lost for the fourth time in their last five games.

2. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mario Hezonja combined to make 5 of 22 shots, as New York was outshot .449 to .356. The Knicks shot 5-of-28 from beyond the arc, while the Magic made 17 of 41 3-pointers.

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Orlando Magic, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Nov 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh (right) controls the ball against Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (left) during the first half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Nov 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh (right) controls the ball against Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (left) during the first half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

The Eastern Conference-best Raptors were too much for the Knicks, as New York fell 128-112 in Toronto on Saturday. >> Box Score

Things to know about Saturday's game

1) There was sloppy basketball to kick off this one, with both teams not hitting their shots and turning the ball over. But when things settled down, the Knicks were keeping up with the Raptors as the first quarter ending in a 25-25 tie. But the home team turned it up in the second quarter with 39 points to New York's 28, and ran away from there. Seven Raptors finished with double-digit points.

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) controls the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) controls the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks center and potentially aspiring WWE star Enes Kanter knows a thing or two about pro wrestling, but the big man is no fan of one Hawks social media staffer delivering a WWE-themed joke at his expense.

Kanter on Thursday called out the unnamed staffer who highlighted a dangerous tumble Kanter took over Atlanta's Miles Plumlee while battling for the ball Wednesday night. The tweet -- captioned with Jim Ross' famous WWE call "As God as my witness, he is broken in half!" -- dramatized Kanter's fall in a video, and he was having none of it.

"I don't know who's running their social media - a high schooler?'' Kanter said, per the New York Post. "I know they've been tweeting some crazy stuff. Probably a high schooler. Whoever it is, they should consider anyone [else] for sure because it is terrible."

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The Knicks stumped Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks with a 112-107 win on the road Wednesday night. >> Box Score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Tim Hardaway Jr. was a main reason the Knicks totaled 47 free throw attempts on Wednesday night, which is the most by any team in franchise history. Hardaway got 20 attempts from the charity stripe, converting 16 of them on his way to a team-high 34 points. He also had three assists and three steals on the night, as he continues to be the veteran scorer the Knicks need him to be. 

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Knicks head coach David Fizdale and center Enes Kanter comment on the Knicks' loss to the Bulls in double overtime, 116-115.

Despite clutch game-tying shots by Allonzo Trier in regulation and Emmanuel Mudiay in double overtime, Zach LaVine hit a free throw with 0.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime after a Mudiay foul as the Knicks lost to the Chicago Bulls 116-115 on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Things to know about Monday's game

1. Mudiay tied the game with a fastbreak layup with 2.7 seconds remaining to tie the game at 115, but he fouled LaVine on a shot attempt in the final second. LaVine hit the first free throw and missed the second as New York fell to 3-7.

2. Trier scored 11 of his 21 points in the final 5:17 of regulation, including a 27-foot 3-pointer with 41.9 seconds remaining to tie the game at 102. With 3 seconds left, though, he missed a potential game-winning jumper and Mario Hezonja missed a put-back layup attempt that forced overtime.

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) reacts during the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) reacts during the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

One of the few bright spots of the Knicks' 3-7 start to the season has been the play of Tim Hardaway Jr. In his sixth year, and fourth in New York, Hardaway is the team's leading scorer with a much-improved outside shot, and has been their most dependable option on the offensive end as other players shuffle in and out of the lineup.

But the 26-year-old Hardaway is also due a lot of money -- $17.3 million this season, and $37.1 million over the next two. By the time his contract is up, he'll be 29 and due for an even bigger payday, and it remains to be seen whether the Knicks will be any closer to a return to the playoffs by then. It's a worthwhile question as to whether the Knicks' best course of action is to keep Hardaway around during the rebuild or cash in on his value right now and go even younger.

With Kristaps Porzingis sidelined for the foreseeable future, Hardaway is seeing the most offensive responsibility thus far in his career, and he's making the most of the opportunity. He's shooting a career-high 40.2 percent from three-point range on 8.7 attempts per game, while also getting to the free-throw line more than he ever has (a career-high 25.7 percent free-throw rate). 

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New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. dribbles as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal defends during the first half at Capital One Arena. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. dribbles as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal defends during the first half at Capital One Arena. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

After turning a 13-point second-half deficit into a tie game, the Knicks faltered late as they lost to the Washington Wizards 108-95 on Sunday at Capital One Arena.

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. The Knicks trailed 77-64 with 4:01 remaining in the third quarter but went on an 18-5 run, capped by a Trey Burke layup, to tie the game at 82. But Washington's Jason Smith scored a layup to start a 16-4 run that would ice the game for the Wizards.

2. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored just seven points on 2-of-10 shooting, while Enes Kanter had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for New York, which fell to 3-7.

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Mitchell Robinson (26) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mitchell Robinson (26) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Knicks may have solidified their starting center spot. 

Mitchell Robinson continued to impress in the Knicks' 118-106 win over the Mavericks on Friday night, finishing with 13 points, 10 rebounds, a block and three steals.

The 20-year-old rookie also threw down a 180 reverse alley-oop dunk for good measure, too. 

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Damyean Dotson (21) Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)
Damyean Dotson (21) Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

The Knicks picked up their first road win of the season in a 118-106 victory over the Mavericks on Friday night. >> Read More


Things to know about tonight's game...

1) Allonzo Trier, the undrafted rookie, led the Knicks' offense with a career-high 23 points on a very efficient 8-of-10. He also had two rebounds and one assists as well. Tim Hardaway Jr. was second on the Knicks with 18 points on 7-for-17 from the field. 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It has been a month since the David Fizdale Era has begun in Madison Square Garden, and the Knicks are 2-6. Though it isn't the best of starts, it is what most expected from this team going through their rebuilding stage. 

Here are some takeaways from the Knicks' first few games, and what to expect moving forward...

Fizdale has bought into the youth movement

Tags: Courtney Lee, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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Knicks coach David Fizdale talks about his team needing to learn how to win close games in the 4th quarter after a tough loss to the Pacers.

It was another fourth-quarter breakdown for the Knicks, as they lost a tough battle to the Pacers, 107-101, at Madison Square Garden on Halloween night.  >> Read More


Things to know about tonight's game...

1) Tim Hardaway Jr.'s All-Star campaign continues to move on schedule. His jumper has been on fire to start the season, and that was the case in The Garden tonight, going 7-for-10 from three on his way to a team-high 37 points. He also had two rebounds and one assist. 

 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Mitchell Robinson (26) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mitchell Robinson (26) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale deployed his experimental starting five full of youth for the second straight game on Sunday. And he defended exactly why is doing it, saying he isn't "hunting for wins."

The first appearance of the new starters came against the Warriors on Friday, when Enes Kanter, Lance Thomas, and Trey Burke were benched in favor of Damyean Dotson, Noah Vonleh, and second-rounder Mitchell Robinson.

Fizdale wants to give this new group some time to see how things shake out, no matter if the Knicks are winning or not. 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Lance Thomas, Trey Burke
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Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert controls the ball against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert controls the ball against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets' losing streak reached three games with a 115-96 loss to the Knicks on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Brooklyn was outscored 23-6 over the first 6:34 of the third quarter, struggling to stop Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mitchell Robinson. They combined for 15 points during the run, as the Nets trailed 75-50 midway through the period.

The Nets' starting backcourt of Caris LeVert and D'Angelo Russell made 6 of 21 field goals. Spencer Dinwiddie led Brooklyn with 17 points.

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Knicks win decisively over Nets 00:01:18
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points and added 8 assists as the Knicks defeated the Nets handily, 115-96 at MSG.

Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mitchell Robinson combined for 15 points during a key 23-6 run in the third quarter to lead the Knicks to a 115-96 win over the Nets on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Hardaway finished a game-high 25 points and added eight assists while Robinson scored 11 points, as the Knicks snapped a five-game losing streak. New York led 52-44 at halftime but outscored the Nets by 17 through the first 6:34 of the third quarter to take a 75-50 lead.

Robinson had three dunks, including an alley-oop from Hardaway that pushed the Knicks' lead above 20. On the next possession, Hardaway made a 3-pointer that made it 72-50. 

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Warriors top Knicks 00:01:34
Kevin Durant poured home 41 points and Stephen Curry added 29 as the Warriors pulled away in the 4th quarter against the Knicks, 128-100.

The Knicks were surprisingly leading as the fourth quarter began, but Kevin Durant caught fire and led the Warriors to a 128-100 win at MSG.  >> Read more

Things to know about tonight's game...

1)  Durant heard an MSG crowd go crazy when his name was called out for starting lineups, and he certainly put on a show. The Knicks' free-agent target poured in a team-high 41 points on a very impressive 17-for-24 shooting, including five three pointers 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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Oct 24, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward Rodney McGruder (17) passes the ball around New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) and center Enes Kanter (00) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Oct 24, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward Rodney McGruder (17) passes the ball around New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) and center Enes Kanter (00) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Led by Hassan Whiteside and Josh Richardson, the Heat gave the Knicks their first blow out of the season in a 110-87 loss in Miami on Wednesday night. >> Read more

Things to know about tonight's game...

1) As the scoreboard indicates, the Knicks' defense was paltry in this one. The Heat shot 49.4 percent from the field, which included a third quarter that saw the Knicks go 15-for-20 from the field. Miami also shot 48 percent from beyond the arc with Richardson knocking down a team-high five. 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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Knicks on loss to Boston 00:01:01
Knicks coach David Fizdale, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke talk positives after Saturday's close loss to the Boston Celtics, 103-101.

 

The Knicks mounted a rally in the final moments, but they ran out of time as the Celtics held on to win, 103-101. >> Box Score


Things you need to know about tonight's game...

1) Every time the Knicks fell behind, they stormed back -- and that's exactly what happened in the final quarter when they scored 31 points. Trey Burke made a layup with 10 seconds remaining to trim Boston's lead to one point, but Jayson Tatum subsequently hit both of his free throws to put the Celtics ahead for good.

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks C Enes Kanter is a man of many interests, but one of his deepest passions lies in professional wrestling. As VICE's Michael Pina uncovered in a recent profile of the Knicks center, Kanter actually aspires to work in a ring one day using his connections with Vince McMahon, Paul Heyman, and some current WWE Superstars.

Considering a leap from the NBA to WWE is something that's yet to be done -- although plenty of NFL-ers have made the transition -- I had to inquire further with Kanter, and dig into his background with the product.

The interview below has been edited lightly for clarity...

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Enes Kanter already has his life after basketball planned. 

He is going to join the WWE. 

The 26-year-old Knicks center spoke about his obsession for professional wrestling in a recent profile with Vice, in which he revealed he is already talking to WWE executives about becoming a wrestler. 

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Knicks season will be a ride! 00:01:36
Step right up and hop on the roller coaster of the New York Knicks 2018-2019 season. It will be a crazy ride!

Choo! Choo!

You hear that sound coming from West 33rd and 8th Ave? No, it's not the trains running through Penn Station. This locomotive, better known as the Knicks Hype Train, is chugglng along through Madison Square Garden after last night's 126-107 rout of the Hawks. 

And I know what you're thinking: The Hawks are probably the worst team in the league this season. Yeah, you're probably right. But who cares! The Knicks are rebuilding, have brand new faces to go along with a brand new coaching staff, and they put on a clinic...

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

NEW YORK -- The Knicks' unveiling of their shiny new lottery pick three years ago went a little bit differently.

It was in late October, against these same Atlanta Hawks, when 20-year-old Kristaps Porzingis made his home debut. The rookie added the first ever play to his highlight reel, shaking Paul Millsap with a spin move to throw down a breakaway dunk. This 7-foot-3 forward with guard skills, who was supposed to be a long-term project, announced to the arena, the city, and a national television audience that he was ready to contribute right away. Fans wouldn't have to wait to start enjoying Knicks games again and hyping the living daylights out of the team's future.

Tuesday night, in a 126-107 win, the Knicks' latest lottery pick delivered a new message to fans with his play: Chill...

Tags: Kevin Knox, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Nets top Knicks 00:01:03
Caris LeVert poured home 28 points, including the game-winner with 1.0 to go to lead the Nets past the Knicks, 107-105.

Caris LeVert scored on a game-winning layup in the final seconds to lead the Nets to a 107-105 win over the Knicks on Friday night at Barclays Center. >> Box Score


Things you need to know about tonight's game...

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Knicks open season with win 00:01:10
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way with 31 points as the New York Knicks routed the Atlanta Hawks in their season opener on Wednesday, 126-107.

David Fizdale and his young Knicks squad opened their 2018-19 season with a 126-107 rout of the Hawks on Wednesday night in The Garden. >> Box Score


Things you need to know about tonight's game...

1) Tim Hardaway Jr., despite being young, is expected to be a veteran leader this season. And that certainly showed with a 31-point, seven-rebound night to start his year. He also collected five assists and two steals on the night. 

 

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) goes to the basket against New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) goes to the basket against New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Caris LeVert scored on a game-winning layup in the final seconds to lead the Nets to a 107-105 win over the Knicks on Friday night at Barclays Center. >> Box Score


Things you need to know about tonight's game...

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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It may not be on the same pedestal of Magic vs. Larry, Wilt vs. Bill, or even Shaq vs. Kobe. But the rivalry between LeBron James and Enes Kanter is one that has gained some traction over the years. 

But, with James taking his talents this time to the Western Conference with the Lakers, Kanter won't be seeing his newfound rival that often. 

Though the Turkish big man will be sure to troll James on Twitter (as he does with the rest of the NBA), he will need to find a new arch nemesis out of the East. That enemy will need to possess James' confidence, star status, and most importantly, not back down from any trash talk -- both on and off the court...

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The 2018-19 season is going to be a transitional one for the Knicks.With a brand-new coach in David Fizdale and a highly touted rookie in Kevin Knox, there is plenty of reason for a long-suffering fanbase to be hopeful for the future. But there's also a lot of uncertainty.

Kristaps Porzingis is rehabbing a torn left ACL, and it remains to be seen when he'll play - or how good he'll look when he does. Second-year guard Frank Ntilikina showed promise in his rookie campaign, particularly on the defensive end of the floor, but he still has a long way to go.

After waiving Joakim Noah's onerous contract with the stretch provision, Scott Perry and Steve Mills will go into 2019 free agency armed with enough cap space to lure a big name. In the meantime, the Knicks can choose one of two paths: Go for broke and make a dark-horse playoff run, or embrace the tank for one more year and add to their collection of young players. Each approach would have its advantages and its drawbacks...

Tags: Courtney Lee, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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David Fizdale on competing 00:00:31
Knicks head coach David Fizdale talked about the necessity of competition after his team won its 3rd game of the preseason.

The Knicks collected their third straight preseason victory with a 106-100 win over the Pelicans at MSG on Friday night. >> Box Score

Five Knicks ended up with double-digit points, with Tim Hardaway Jr. collecting a team-high 21 points on 6-of-18 from the field and 6-for-7 from the free throw line. 

Enes Kanter produced another double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds as well as five assists. Lance Thomas and rookie Kevin Knox scored 13 and 12 points respectively. And finally, Noah Vonleh had 10 points coming off the bench. 

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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Feb 12, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Amir Johnson (5) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) battle for position during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Feb 12, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Amir Johnson (5) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) battle for position during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

There may be no 'D' in "Enes Kanter," but Knicks coach David Fizdale begs to differ.

Fizdale said the 26-year-old center is beginning to flaunt some skills on the defensive side of the ball.

"I just want him to be who he is -- a bruiser and banger," Fizdale told the New York Post. "I think he's starting to show he's a better defender than everyone tried to label him as. That's real hard work and conditioning and systematically putting him in the right place. He's doing a heckuva job defensively. On the glass, he's a terror."

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Oct 1, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) passes the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Oct 1, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) passes the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Undrafted rookie G Allonzo Trier had the hot hand with 25 points in the Knicks' victory over the Nets, 107-102, in Brooklyn. >> Box score 

Trier was lights out in the first half, where he scored 12 points in just about four minutes. He finished with 20 at the end of the half, while tallying four rebounds and one assists in the contest as well.

Enes Kanter was a strong presence at the rim with 22 points and 19 rebounds for a double-double. He also collected two blocks...

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson continues to get praise from teammates, the latest coming from Enes Kanter.

Kanter spoke highly of the 20-year-old Robinson, who was a double-double machine during the Summer League, throwing down vicious dunks as he and fellow rookie Kevin Knox stole the show.

"He's a very talented guy," Kanter said, via ESPN. "He's hungry. He's very hungry to learn. He's willing to learn. That's the most important thing."

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Kyrie Irving (11) Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Kyrie Irving (11) Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

The rumors continue to swirl around the Knicks' plans for this upcoming offseason, and Celtics G Kyrie Irving is right in the middle of them. In fact, he may be the most important piece.

NBC Sports Boston's A. Sherrod Blakely spoke on NBC Sports Chicago's "Bulls Talk" podcast on Wednesday, and he divulged what he is hearing about the Knicks' intentions with Irving in 2019. 

"I can tell you right now, the New York Knicks, he is their No. 1 target," Blakely said.

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