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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek was fully behind rookie PG Frank Ntilikina sticking up for himself against LeBron James of the Cavaliers on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

"I thought it was great,'' Hornacek said on MSG's "The Jeff Hornacek Experience", according to Marc Berman of the NY Post. "When we played back in the day, there was a lot of that. So you don't see as much now in today's game."

Hornacek also praised Enes Kanter's reaction on the court to the altercation between Ntilikina and James, and Kanter's overall leadership thus far...

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Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina has touted defensive abilities, but his offense is starting to show as well. 

Head coach Jeff Hornacek has come to learn that if he needs some stout defending, he is going to look at his 19-year-old point guard. That's exactly what he did Wednesday night as Ntilikina was s disruptor for all 20 minutes he saw the hardwood.

"We have great confidence in him defensively. It's great that a young guy comes into the league with more defensive principles than the offensive principles," Hornacek told The Post's Fred Kerber. 

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Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) are separated by New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) are separated by New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee (5) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jake Brown | Twitter | It has not taken very long for Enes Kanter to become one of the new fan favorites here in New York. At 7-6, I'd say it took 13 games for that to be true, but really it may have just taken one game and a couple of quotes Monday night.

Kanter stood up for his rookie teammate Frank Ntilikina not just in the headlines, but on the court. He showed what a tremendous teammate he is, and what an important voice he is in the locker room. Kanter wasn't going to let LeBron James say or do things to their rookie point guard and let the future Hall of Famer run all over them. Sure, the Knicks blew a 23-point lead and lost the game Monday to the Cavaliers, but Kanter getting in LeBron's face when he was bumping Ntilikina was a big statement.

Then what he said after the game about LeBron was important to send a message and defend his team. Kanter clearly wants to win and he knows what being part of a team is, and being a leader. So far, he looks like the veteran leader on this squad...

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After a heated game at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Cavaliers SF LeBron James took to Instagram to declare himself "King of New York" following a 104-101 win. 

Knicks C Enes Kanter responded shortly after, saying "We already have a king. It's Kristaps Porzingis," per Ian Begley of ESPN.

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Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina and Cavaliers star SF LeBron James got into it at The Garden on Monday. 

After throwing down alley-oop dunk, James stood over Ntilikina who was trying to pick up the ball to inbound. Ntilikina didn't like it, and started pushing James off of him.

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Nov 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) in action against the Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) in action against the Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- When the Cleveland Cavaliers head to Madison Square Garden on Monday night to face the New York Knicks, there are bound to be some awkward moments.

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LeBron James clarifies his Knicks comments about Dennis Smith Jr., says he was taking a shot at Phil Jackson.

LeBron James made it clear that his comment about the Knicks not drafting Mavericks' PG Dennis Smith Jr. was a shot at former president Phil Jackson.

James said that Smith "should be a Knick," which many believed was a shot at the Knicks actual draft pick, Frank Ntilikina. However, James clarified his comments to say he was aiming at Jackson -- not Ntilikina. 

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Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina and Enes Kanter respond to LeBron James' comment that the Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina is involved in his first NBA controversy and while his teammates vehemently defended him, Ntilikina is taking the high road.

The Knicks rookie point guard never mentioned LeBron James by name on Sunday after hearing James had ripped him indirectly the night before.

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(Kim Klement)

With Kristaps Porzingis on the bench with a bad elbow and ankle Wednesday night, the Knicks couldn't muster a win on the road against the Magic. 

It would have had to be another comeback win for the Knicks, but they didn't have their go-to player on the floor to lead the way. Tim Hardaway Jr. put a team-high 26 points on the board. However, it was to no avail as the Magic finished the Knicks off in the fourth quarter, 112-99, to hand them their fifth loss of the season. 

Hardaway had to admit after the game that it was hard without Porzingis on the floor. 

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Oct 24, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Ramon Sessions (1) (Winslow Townson)
Oct 24, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Ramon Sessions (1) (Winslow Townson)

Knicks PG Ramon Sessions, who did not play on Wednesday night, has barely played since starting the first three games of the season -- a role that was then given to Jarrett Jack.

"I've played my whole career, first time in my 11 years this has actually happened," Sessions told the NY Post. "I've been around a while, been around different scenarios. It's still early. It's a long season. In the NBA, a lot of things can happen.''

With Jack starting, rookie Frank Ntilikina has been getting major minutes off the bench. Meanwhile, Ron Baker has been inactive.

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Knicks GM Scott Perry has a big decision to make by Monday as C Joakim Noah returns from his 20-game suspension, and a roster spot must be made for him. 

There are two options that Perry can administer: 1) Trading a player to make room for Noah, or 2) waiving a player. It was reported that the Knicks were looking to shop Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who finally got his first game action last night. The Lakers, Cavaliers, and Hawks all had interest in Kuzminskas in the 2016 offseason. 

If Perry can't strike a deal, he will be forced to waive a player to make room for Noah, who is under a four-year, $72 million contract. Ramon Sessions appears to be the top candidate to waive, and Perry made it clear he will address the roster one way or the other. 

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Nov 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner)
Nov 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner)

19-year-old rookie PG Frank Ntilikina is not yet starting for the Knicks, but he's coming through while being trusted with key minutes down the stretch. He hit a huge three-pointer late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win against the Pacers, finishing with 10 points, seven assists, and three steals while playing at-times lockdown defense.

"It was just part of developing my game in Europe," Ntilikina told the NY Post on Tuesday about his defense. "Me, obviously I know when you're a rookie, you're not as strong as the other players who got a lot of experience in the game. So you just have to be more willing to defend more, willing to stop the player. And, yeah, just do more of the work."

Jake Brown | Twitter | It's been very important for Ntilikina to get minutes in the fourth quarter and at the end of games. That's the best way to make him a better player, and to become more confident on both ends of the floor. His defense against some pretty good point guards has also made it easier for Hornacek to stick with him. Knocking down shots will come with time, but for now, his defense is much more important than his scoring...

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Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina saw his first clutch performance with the team, and he delivered in the 108-101 win over the Pacers. 

It has been a slow start to Ntilikina's NBA career, but he was on the floor in crunch time Sunday night as the Knicks were battling back from a 19-point deficit. He had already dished a few assists to Kristaps Porzingis to cut the lead, but Porzingis returned the favor with a pass to Ntilikina with a 99-99 ballgame and 1:34 on the clock.

Ntilikina stepped into the shot and knocked it down with a thunderous roar from Madison Square Garden to follow. The bucket gave Ntilikina a season high 10 points to go along with seven assists in 24 minutes. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and Indiana Pacers forward Myles Turner jump for the opening tip in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and Indiana Pacers forward Myles Turner jump for the opening tip in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 40 points and Frank Ntilikina hit a go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter as the Knicks rallied from 19 points down in the second half to beat the Indiana Pacers 108-101 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.


Porzingis made 15 of 24 shots and recorded eight rebound and six blocks, as the Knicks won for the fifth time in their last six games.

Porzingis converted on a three-point play with 3:26 remaining to give New York a 97-96 lead, its first since the first quarter, but Indiana's Darren Collison responded with a 3-pointer. Porzingis answered with a 19-foot jumper with 2:14 remaining to tie the game, and on the Knicks' next possession, the rookie Ntilikina hit a go-ahead 3-pointer from the left wing to give New York a 102-99 lead.

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Oct 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek during second half against Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Oct 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek during second half against Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Knicks President Steve Mills voiced his support for coach Jeff Hornacek after a 1-3 start to the season.

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NEW YORK -- The Knicks took a gamble when they drafted Frenchman Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick in this year's NBA Draft.

Some fans and observers felt they could've done better with an American college player such as N.C. State's Dennis Smith Jr. or Kentucky's Malik Monk -- both of whom were available when the Knicks chose.

But Ntilikina may have eased some of those concerns when he helped key the Knicks to their first victory of the season on Friday, a 107-86 victory over the rival Nets at Madison Square Garden. He notched nine points on 4-for-11 shooting with five assists, one steal and three turnovers. With his long arms and reach, Ntilikina also played strong defense and disrupted the Nets' passing lanes...

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Frank Ntilikina discusses being ready to go for Friday's game against the Nets and Jeff Hornacek talks about Ntilikina's energy and passion.

Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina (sprained ankle) has been activated for the team's matchup against the Nets Friday, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters.

Ntilikina missed this past Saturday's home opener and Tuesday's game against the Celtics.

The 19-year-old Ntilikina played eight minutes in his Knicks' debut last Thursday in Oklahoma City. He recorded an assist and missed his two shot attempts.

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Jon Hein and Michael Rapaport discuss Kristaps Porzingis' hot start to the season and what the Knicks' role players can do to help him out.

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The Knicks are 0-3 and tied for the worst record in the NBA with the Bulls. Of course, it's only three games into an 82-game season, but as of right now, it's hard to argue that the Knicks are not the worst team in the NBA.

In their three games, they are averaging losses by 15 PPG. The home opener against the Pistons where they only lost by four and scored 107 was a game where they blew a 21-point lead.

The other two games they scored 89 and 84 points. In both of those games the Knicks' offense was pitiful and they were sloppy. They had 39 turnovers in those games and are averaging over 16 turnovers a game. It's been an ugly display of basketball...

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek yells at the officials during the second half at against the Cleveland Cavaliers Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek yells at the officials during the second half at against the Cleveland Cavaliers Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

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The Knicks are 0-3 and tied for the worst record in the NBA with the Bulls. Of course, it's only three games into an 82-game season, but as of right now, it's hard to argue that the Knicks are not the worst team in the NBA.

In their three games, they are averaging losses by 15 PPG. The home opener against the Pistons where they only lost by four and scored 107 was a game where they blew a 21-point lead.

The other two games they scored 89 and 84 points. In both of those games the Knicks' offense was pitiful and they were sloppy. They had 39 turnovers in those games and are averaging over 16 turnovers a game. It's been an ugly display of basketball...

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Trey Burke (33) (Tommy Gilligan)
Trey Burke (33) (Tommy Gilligan)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- When Trey Burke was originally drafted with the No. 9 pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves out of Michigan in the 2013 NBA Draft, he never figured he'd end up in the NBA G League. He figured his career would be a straight arc upward toward NBA stability and stardom.

"Nobody wants to start in the NBA and then come to the G league, but I'm comfortable with who I am," the 6-foot-1 Burke said Tuesday at Westchester Knicks Media Day. "I'm comfortable with where I am and I know that everybody's journey is different so I'm at a point where I get to sit back and really explore everything that's in front of me and just go at it, man."

The Knicks signed Burke on Oct. 11 and he said part of his motivation for signing with them was that his former Michigan teammate, Tim Hardaway Jr., is back with the Knicks...

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The Suns asked the Knicks for rookie PG Frank Ntilikina and C Willy Hernangomez in exchange for PG Eric Bledsoe, with the Knicks rebuffing that request, reports Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.

The Knicks, who reportedly have no interest in trading Ntilikina or Hernangomez at this point, had reached out to the Suns about Bledsoe, ESPN's Ian Begley reported. 

Bledsoe tweeted recently that he no longer wanted to be on the Suns. He met with the Suns front office before shootaround on Monday, and was sent home, with Suns GM Ryan McDonough saying Bledsoe "won't be with us going forward."

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The Suns asked the Knicks for rookie PG Frank Ntilikina and C Willy Hernangomez in exchange for PG Eric Bledsoe, with the Knicks rebuffing that request, reports Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.

The Knicks, who reportedly have no interest in trading Ntilikina or Hernangomez at this point, had reached out to the Suns about Bledsoe, ESPN's Ian Begley reported. 

Bledsoe tweeted recently that he no longer wanted to be on the Suns. He met with the Suns front office before shootaround on Monday, and was sent home, with Suns GM Ryan McDonough saying Bledsoe "won't be with us going forward."

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite the fact that the Knicks have reached out to the Suns about point guard Eric Bledsoe, the team is not actively shopping rookie guard Frank Ntilikina or second-year center Willy Hernangomez, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

Ntilikina, the 19-year-old whom the Knicks drafted eighth overall in June, has only played eight minutes in one game through New York's first two games of the season and is unlikely to play Tuesday against the Celtics due to a sprained ankle.

Hernangomez, 23, averaged 8.2 points and seven rebounds in 72 games last season, however is "frustrated," according to teammate Kristaps Porzingis, over the fact that he was limited to four minutes in last Thursday's season-opener and a healthy scratch in Saturday's loss to the Pistons.

The Knicks' likeliness to move either player could change depending on what other teams make available on the trade market, according to Iannazzone.

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NEW YORK -- Just a few hours before the Knicks tipped of the 2017-18 NBA season with a 19-point loss to Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Michigan State sophomore forward Miles Bridges spent time at Madison Square Garden for Big Ten Media Day.

Bridges is an explosive 6-foot-6 forward who opted to return to Michigan State for his sophomore season instead of being a likely lottery pick in this year's NBA Draft. He's now projected as the No. 6 pick in 2018 via ESPN.com.

So with Bridges in the Garden for Media Day and the Big Ten Tournament beginning Feb. 28, how would he feel about potentially being drafted by the Knicks?

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikna suffered an apparent left ankle injury during practice on Friday and was helped off the court.

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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 guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina participating in the team's scrimmage at practice on Tuesday, per Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

Ntilikina, who has been out with a knee issue, participated in all portions of practice on Monday except the scrimmage.

"I'm back and I'm real happy and I feel good to be on the court," Ntilikina told Iannazzone after practice.

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Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and guard Jarrett Jack have been ruled inactive for Thursday's season-opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

The 27-year-old Kuzminskas, who averaged 6.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 68 games last season, has been dealing with a sore left calf, while Jack, who is recovering from a torn ACL, and Luke Kornet (left hamstring) have also been ruled out.

New York can update its roster before Thursday. Head coach Jeff Hornacek said he expects rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina to play despite dealing with a knee issue.

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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 Knicks won't have a huge problem scoring the basketball. It's the other side of the ball that could doom them the entire 2017-18 season. Their defense is bad, and it's difficult to see enough improvement to put them in the winning column more often than not. This team is likely going to give up more than 100 points almost every night.

The Knicks' defense has been worse-than-average in 15 of the last 16 seasons. The only season they were not was the lockout-shortened season in 2011-2012. That was the year Tyson Chandler was the Defensive Player of the Year.

The last time the Knicks defense allowed fewer points per 100 possessions than the league average in a full, 82-game season was in 2000-2001, which was Jeff Van Gundy's last full season as Knicks head coach. The Knicks also ranked last in defensive rebounding percentage last season. They gave up 108 PPG, which was 23rd in the NBA, and they have already given up 113 PPG in their four preseason losses so far...

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) drives against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) drives against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks could be without Frank NtilikinaKristaps Porzingis, and Joakim Noah in Friday's preseason game against the Wizards.

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(Brad Penner)

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina is impressing his new team even when he isn't on the court. 

Ntilikina has only seen one game of NBA action as he continues to nurse a sore right knee. However, that hasn't stopped him from watching the Knicks' on TV. He noticed that the team ran a few plays he didn't know of, so he went to head coach Jeff Hornacek to see what they were. 

Hornacek was thoroughly impressed...

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and guard Frank Ntilikina are among five players who will miss Monday's preseason game vs. the Houston Rockets.

Porzingis, who did not play the second half of Sunday's game against the Brooklyn Nets, met with team doctors to discuss a sore right hip. Head coach Jeff Hornacek told the New York Post's Marc Berman that Porzingis is having trouble lifting his leg.

"I'm not too concerned," Porzingis told reporters after Sunday's game. "It's just a sore right hip is what the doctor described, and it's nothing to be too concerned about. But tomorrow the doctor is going to look at it and we'll have [a] more clearer [answer]."

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Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina (contused right knee) is out for Friday night's preseason game against the Wizards.

According to The Record's Steve Popper, head coach Jeff Hornacek said Ntilikina will likely be out for Saturday's matchup against the Nets as well. 

Head coach Jeff Hornacek said Ntilikina banged knees with Enes Kanter, and said this knee issue is unrelated to the one Ntilikina dealt with during the summer.

Ntilikina, who has also been dealing with a groin issue, played in the Knicks' preseason opener against the Nets on Tuesday.

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Brooklyn Nets' Brook Lopez, left, is defended by New York Knicks' Joakim Noah during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)
Brooklyn Nets' Brook Lopez, left, is defended by New York Knicks' Joakim Noah during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)

Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina will play in the team's preseason game against the Nets on Tuesday night, the team announced.

Coach Jeff Hornacek said Joakim Noah, Ron Baker, Luke Kornet, and Mindaugas Kuzminskas will not suit up.

Ntilikina will make his NBA preseason debut after being drafted eighth overall in the first round of the draft in June. The 18-year-old was the MVP of the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship last year.

Noah, who was plagued by injuries and a suspension in his first season with the Knicks, is eligible to play during the preseason and has been practicing with the team. He has 11 games remaining on his suspension.

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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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Frank Ntilikina and Jeff Hornacek speak to the media following reports that Ntilikina was held out of practice Monday with a sore groin.

Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina may miss the team's preseason opener due to soreness in his left groin, per Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

Ntilikina was pulled from practice on Monday for "precautionary" measures after feeling the groin problem. The Knicks will re-evavluate their first-round draft pick on Tuesday. 

The 19-year-old wants to see his first NBA action against the Nets at the Garden on Tuesday, but he is more concerned about being healthy for the Knicks' season opener. 

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The DNL panel discuss the new-look New York Knicks and whether they can have a better results than the 2016-2017 team put together.

At 16 years old, Frank Ntilikina came to the United States for the first time to compete in the Jordan Brand Classic. At the tournament, the young French prospect got to meet the man behind the brand, Michael Jordan

"I had no idea I was even going to meet him. I was nobody. Well, not a nobody. Like, how you say … J'étais juste un mec normal," Ntilikina wrote in the Players' Tribune. "Just a normal dude. Sixteen years old. Skinny basketball player from Strasbourg, France."

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Frank Ntilikina has yet to play in a regular-season game with the New York Knicks, but one of his teammates is already giving the rookie high praises. 

Guard Ramon Sessions, who has been tasked with working with Ntilikina, says the 19-year-old shares plenty of similarities with Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.

"It's funny,'' Sessions told reporters, according to the New York Post. "It's one of those things. I played with Johnny [Flynn] when he was younger. Kyrie when he was young. He's got a lot of Kyrie tendencies. Not the most athletic guy but can handle the ball in tight spots. It's still early on, but he definitely gives me that Kyrie feel when Kyrie was a rookie."

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(Brad Penner)

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina cited his high basketball-IQ as one of his strengths while speaking during media day on Monday.

"I think I'm a very high IQ player," he said. ... "As a point guard, I will have to lead the team" while learning from the veteran players.

Ntilikina said the recently-traded Carmelo Anthony gave him a lot of advice on what to expect playing in New York, adding about the trade that the Knicks "had to do what's best for the team," and that his focus now is on the young core.

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Jake Brown | Twitter | The Knicks definitely took a risk when they went with French point guard Frank Ntilikina with the 8th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. They decided to pass up on two 19-year-old talented guards in Dennis Smith, Jr. and Malik Monk -- a decision that left some Knicks fans scratching their heads. They decided to go with more of an unknown.

The decision to draft more of an unknown paid off well in 2015 when the Knicks took 7'3" Latvian Kristaps Porzingis. While fans booed the pick on draft day, it has now been all cheers for the big man who has become the cornerstone of the franchise.

Will this year's unknown work out as well?

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TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- Jarrett Jack could play many roles with the Knicks this season.

Or he could play none at all.

If Jack, 33, is fully healthy after recovering from a torn ACL and meniscus in 2016 with the Nets, he could potentially be the team's starting point guard.

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The Knicks have enough point guards going into training camp for an entire starting lineup, with the addition of veteran Jarrett Jack leaving the team with five point guards on the roster. That means a few things.

For one, if anybody gets hurt or is ineffective, they have options. Having options and depth is never really a bad thing. This also means we're going to see times where the Knicks go with two true point guards in the backcourt at the same time off the bench. Let's take a look at the five point guards on the roster and what each of them will bring to the table in the 2017-2018 season...

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Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis has been the star of the Latvian national team at the European Championships, per The Post's Marc Berman.  

Latvia has been surprising teams like Russia, who they defeated in a stunner 84-69 on Tuesday to secure a 3-1 record in Group D as they head into the elimination round. 

Porzingis only played 24 minutes in Tuesday's game due to foul trouble, but still managed 11 points and four rebounds in the contest. In the other games, he has been the star of the show averaging 24 points in the first four games of the tournament. 

Fellow teammates C Willy Hernangomez and SF Mindaugas Kuzminskas are also heding to the elimination round with Spain and Lithuania respectively. Kuzminskas is the leading scorer for Lithuania as he is averaging 16.3 points per game while hitting 40 percent from beyond the arc...

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Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina headed to the Bronx and met with players before Sunday night's Yankees-Red Sox matchup. 

The 19-year-old spent some of the pregame hanging out on the field and chatted with players during batting practice.

"I've watched a lot of baseball since I am here. They don't play that much baseball in France, but since I started watching it, I've liked it from the beginning and I am really excited," he told reporters. "I want to watch at least one game before starting the season and now I'm enjoying this.

"It's a lot of fun watching. I tried to hit some balls, but I am really bad at it. So I am excited to watch the game, meet some players and obviously see a big matchup."

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Knicks rookie guard Frank Ntilikina told reporters on Sunday he has been working out with fellow New York teammates Carmelo Anthony and Lance Thomas, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Last week, Ntilikina was recorded practicing alongside Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr.

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

New York Knicks president Steve Mills omitted forward Carmelo Anthony when talking about the franchise's new vision in a blog post.

In a post titled "A New Day For The Knicks -- The Journey Begins," Mills said the team plans to build around young players Kristaps PorzingisWilly Hernangomez, first-round pick Frank Ntilikina and the recently-signed Tim Hardaway Jr., but made no mention of Anthony, who has requested a trade to the Rockets despite having two years and $54 million remaining on his contract.

"[Ntilikina], Porzingis and Hardaway, along with Hernangómez and Ron Baker will exemplify a new defensive mindset that puts a premium on making stops," Mills wrote. "Only from there can a productive offense flow. We will emphasize ball movement, body movement, spacing and screening, while understanding that these changes will be a work in progress. We may not be there at first, but that's the brand of ball our players will aspire to fulfill."

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Knicks first-rounder Frank Ntilikina didn't find any respect from his fellow rookies as he didn't earn one vote in any category during the NBA rookie photo shoot.

All rookies were allowed to take a survey to vote on categories like "Rookie of the Year," "Best Shooter," and "Most Athletic." Ntilikina, the No. 8 overall pick this past June, didn't reserve a single vote in any category. 

The man picked by the Mavericks after Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr., was voted Rookie of the Year and Most Athletic by the rookies. Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell Jr., who the Knicks were interested in, won "steal of the draft."

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(Brad Penner)

Knicks first-round pick, PG Frank Ntilikina, will miss Saturday's Summer League opener due to a bruised right knee, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters on Friday.

Ntilikina missed practice on Thursday and Friday due to the knee.

He suffered the injury during his final French League game, which he played in the day after being selected by the Knicks in the 2017 NBA Draft.

"Bumped knee. Sore knee. Nothing crazy but we played a lot of games in France - more than college games - I was just pretty tired and this happened," Ntilikina said.

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