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Rose's proper head space 00:03:44
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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GEICO SportsNite: Rose no-shows 00:00:29
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."

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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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Phoenix Suns small forward P.J. Tucker shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green and Pau Gasol defends during the first half at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im/USA Today Sports Images)
Phoenix Suns small forward P.J. Tucker shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green and Pau Gasol defends during the first half at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks are looking into trading for Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Nothing is imminent, however there are some people within New York's front office that called Tucker a possible trade target, according to Begley.

Tucker, 31, is averaging 6.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in 36 games with Phoenix this season, but Begley notes Tucker's defensive RPM (22nd among 80 qualified small forwards) as a reason why the Knicks would have interest.

Tags: Joakim Noah, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Phoenix Suns, Willy Hernangomez
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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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 (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
(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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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) celebrates with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) celebrates with forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)

The Knicks' defensive effort this season has been poor, and that was evident Sunday during their 119-114 loss to the Celtics.

"It was all defense, the way I look at it," Rose said about the loss, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. "We didn't communicate well."

The Knicks outscored the Celtics in the third and fourth quarter, but couldn't overcome the large deficit that was a result of them being outscored 34-20 in the second quarter.

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 (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports Images)
(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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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) pats New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) on the head after a defensive stop during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) pats New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) on the head after a defensive stop during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Joakim Noah only played 11 minutes and scored two points in the Knicks' 127-114 loss, with coach Jeff Hornacek telling reporters afterward that keeping the big-money center in the starting lineup is "something we have to keep our eye on."

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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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 (Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

Knicks president Phil Jackson has settled into his life away from Los Angeles and his competitive fire is lit, writes Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report.

"Jackson's competitive fire is fully aflame now that the Knicks are on the upswing-they are 14-11 and have won 11 of their past 16 games entering Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors-but it's more than just feeling better about his work," says Ding.

"Jackson has settled into life away from Los Angeles and fiancee Jeanie Buss, exploring the varied non-basketball interests to which New York caters. Jackson is connecting over lively card games or stimulating dinner conversations with friends who knew him before he was famous, feeling the energy of the city."

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

No Noah, no problem. The Knicks have gone on 4-0 without Joakim Noah, but there's no denying having him rise up and be the player New York is hoping he can be would pay dividends rather quickly. 

Unfortunately, he hasn't been that player since (at the very most recent) the 2014-15 season. The player the Knicks have acquired looks like a shell of his former self. Of course, he's provided flashes of intrigue, physicality, and toughness here and there.

Noah's vision on offense is among the best for centers in the NBA. With a bevy of tip-backs when crashing the glass, Noah continues to create second-chance opportunities. On defense, he plays an excellent mental game and can frustrate opponents. 

Noah hasn't been able to do this on a consistent basis. He's missed games and New York has proven to be successful without him already. His absences have forced the Knicks to get into a different rhythm -- one that works without him on the floor. When inserting Noah back in, such cohesion often looks lost.

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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 center Joakim Noah (13) during first half against Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) during first half against Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)

After missing two games with the flu, Joakim Noah returned, only to play limited minutes in the weekend back-to-back against Charlotte. The Knicks came away with two commanding victories in the games he missed, so the fact that Noah failed to make a big impact upon returning created doubt he'd be a solid fit for New York moving forward.

It's worth noting that the Hornets went small during crunch time. As the Knicks attempted to match up in the best way possible with their opponent, Noah was an obvious odd man out. Sometimes different opponents dictate the use of less favorable, or simply varied, lineups, and this was one of those times.

With an imposing and physical front line of Steven Adams and Enes Kanter, (and not to mention, the NBA's best rebounding guard in Russell Westbrook), Noah had a quick chance to redeem himself. Unfortunately, he couldn't take advantage of the opportunity.

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

I equate the final minutes of the Knicks game last night to a football team that ran the ball down the throats of the opposing defense until the clock ran out. The Thunder simply were stronger than the Knicks on the offensive glass, ripping down 17 rebounds on the offensive end -17 chances for the Knicks to have ended a possession. Overall they won the rebounding battle 53-40 and that helped the Thunder break the Knicks' (8-9) six game home winning streak.

"We didn't do a very good job of boxing guys out," Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said to reporters following the Thunder's 112-103 win at Madison Square Garden last night. "We can't just turn and not drive a guy away from the basket and think we can just get it."  

More specifically, Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah couldn't stop Enes Kanter and Steven Adams, who combined for 41 points and 20 rebounds including 10 offensive rebounds. Kanter had 2 critical offensive rebound put backs down the stretch to seal the victory.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

In back-to-back victories against Atlanta and Portland, the Knicks' center-by-committee worked out quite well. 

Kristaps Porzingis asserted himself more confidently with extra minutes at the five, Kyle O'Quinn filled in nicely with a steady rebounding presence, and Willy Hernangomez flashed plenty of potential as he held his ground against veteran big men Dwight Howard and Mason Plumlee.

Following this very short string of success, there's already concern regarding how Joakim Noah will fit in moving forward. Such questions are premature.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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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 returned to Knicks practice today after missing the last couple of games with an illness.

Noah is "probable" for tomorrow's game against the Hornets. (Iannazzone)

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks rolling 00:01:07
Coming off a win against the Hawks, Jeff Hornacek and Carmelo Anthony look ahead to their upcoming game against a tough Portland offense.

Joakim Noah (illness) will not play tonight against Portland, Jeff Hornacek told reporters Tuesday evening.

Noah missed Sunday's win over Atlanta due to the same illness.

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 (AP)
(AP)

Through 12 games and 5-7 record, the Knicks are still making adjustments, and one of the newest members, Joakim Noah, believes he can play better. 

Noah so far has contributed 4.3 points and 8.9 rebounds in 23.4 minutes per contest. In 19 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday night, he added seven rebounds and just two points in the Knicks' loss. 

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Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) is fouled by Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) during the first half. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) is fouled by Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) during the first half. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

The Wizards shut down Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks with a victory in Washington.

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KP posts career-high in win 00:00:53
Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony discuss the Knicks' 105-102 win over the Pistons, led by a career-high 35 points from Porzingis.

Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 35 points and the Knicks held on to beat the Pistons, 105-102, Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Kristaps Porzingis took over at the 5 in place of Joakim Noah in the Knicks' win over the Mavericks on Monday. What does that mean for both players going forward?

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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)

Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis both scored 24 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 93-77 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

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Nov 11, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) reacts after getting fouled during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 11, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) reacts after getting fouled during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

The Knicks' loss to the Celtics on Friday night was one to forget. Regardless of whether or not Carmelo Anthony's early ejection was justified, there was still one overwhelmingly positive takeaway from the entire ordeal.

As Anthony was tossed, Derrick Rose observed and attempted to come to his aid. Unfortunately, he wasn't quite quick enough to defuse the situation. 

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 (David Banks)
(David Banks)

Here are the Knicks' three keys to victory Wednesday night against the Nets...

1.) Contest three-pointers

The Knicks are 29th (54.8) in the NBA in contested shots, per NBA Stats, and 22nd (18.8) in contested three pointers. The Nets, despite being without Jeremy Lin (hamstring) are 3rd in the NBA in 3 point attempts at 34 per game. Simple math tells us that means that the Nets will theoretically get 15 open three point looks. Needless to say, the Knicks need to do a better job contesting the arc against a team that wants to shoot 3 pointers in mass.

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The New York Knicks new President of basketball operations Phil Jackson speaks to the media as he is introduced to the media at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. (William Perlman)
The New York Knicks new President of basketball operations Phil Jackson speaks to the media as he is introduced to the media at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. (William Perlman)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

Over the course of the Knicks' 2-4 season so far, there have been plenty of discrepancies. While they boast quite a talented group, the offense has been inconsistent and there has been too much miscommunication on the defensive end.

Regardless of the reason, the team's early struggles are clearly disconcerting. As fate would have it, the inability to compete has also given Phil Jackson ground to stand on. The Knicks are off to a bad start, and they just so happen not to be running (or properly executing) much of the triangle offense, either. Because these two things happen to be going on at the same time, Jackson can emerge back atop his soapbox and appear to seem justified. It's his belief that the triangle offense leads to success. If the Knicks are losing and aren't carrying out the triangle to Jackson's liking, he believes that must be why.

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 (David Banks)
(David Banks)

Joakim Noah has been the Knicks' most important player, yet they seem to play so often without him, or even through him, for stretches of suboptimal offense.

Sitting at 2-4 after a very disappointing loss at home to the Utah Jazz, the Knicks once again find themselves in the difficult situation of needing a win to pull them closer to the elusive .500 mark.

When they've played well, the Knicks have played really well offensively. The ball seems to flow more and the results are open, in rhythm jump shots and drives leading to lead-stretching runs that put games out of reach. When they struggle, it's mainly been due to a lack of getting defensive stops, compounded by poor 5-on-5, half court offense that is often a result of missed, long-range jump shots early in the shot clock from Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

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Derrick Rose (25) takes the ball up the court at Madison Square Garden with Joakim Noah (13) trailing.  (Brad Penner - USA Today)
Derrick Rose (25) takes the ball up the court at Madison Square Garden with Joakim Noah (13) trailing. (Brad Penner - USA Today)

Spending the last eight seasons together in Chicago, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah spearheaded a movement to bring the Bulls back to basketball relevancy. While the United Center truly felt like home for the Englewood raised Rose, Noah was quickly embraced as one of the city's own following so much success. With the 31-year-old Noah coming home to the Big Apple and Rose joining for the ride, the roles are reversed. They are surely hoping to be celebrated in the same fashion, perhaps following similar success, in New York. That's the goal.

As the duo returns to Chicago for the first time since joining the Knicks, they'll be reminded of all the memories, good and bad. The fan reactions are likely to be mixed, but each player will receive a video tribute before Friday's game.  Despite not bringing home a championship, the Bulls organization is still thankful for their accomplishments.

Following great continued success, the team began to hit a wall. Rose and Noah were both relegated to battling major injuries. From there on out, the Bulls traded Rose to the Knicks and sparked a change in direction. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Though the Knicks have struggled so far this season, the offensive production of Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose has been encouraging. The same can't be said about Kristaps Porzingis, however.

Against the Pistons, Porzingis (7-of-18) started off hot but fizzled out as the game went on. When it came down to crunch time, he was benched in favor of Lance Thomas. He followed that up with a scoreless (0-for-4) effort against the Rockets on Wednesday. 

Unfortunately, there was no bounceback performance. After such an impressive rookie season, Porzingis seems to be hitting the wall rather early in this new campaign, unable to find himself thus far.

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New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings drives to the basket as Detroit Pistons guard Beno Udrih defends during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings drives to the basket as Detroit Pistons guard Beno Udrih defends during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller/USA Today Sports Images)

Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings put together a strong 1-2 punch at point guard for the New York Knicks in Tuesday's 102-89 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

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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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Oct 20, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; 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-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 20, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; 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-USA TODAY Sports

From the moment his name was announced on the Garden PA system, it was easy to see that Joakim Noah loved every second of playing in front of his hometown crowd. In the team's home opener, he played with aggression, enthusiasm and could be seen roaring and pumping his chest during key turning points of the game.Noah was obviously excited for this opportunity, and as such, was a bit overzealous on the defensive end. The Knicks could benefit from that energy, as long as he tames it back just a bit with regard to his eagerness to commit unnecessary fouls. Noah fouled out in just 22 minutes of play.

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Oct 27, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade (3) reacts to scoring a three point basket during the second half against the Boston Celtics at the United Center.  (Dennis Wierzbicki - USA Today)
Oct 27, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade (3) reacts to scoring a three point basket during the second half against the Boston Celtics at the United Center. (Dennis Wierzbicki - USA Today)

In his Bulls debut on Thursday night, Dwyane Wade knocked down four daggers from deep en route to scoring 22 points. It was a solid victory, but perhaps the most interesting thing is that Wade connected on just seven long range shots all of last season. He's already more than halfway there following one game.After thirteen years in Miami, Wade shocked the basketball world this past summer by going home and signing with the Bulls. But just before he did, the Knicks were targeting the NBA champion and had a small window of opportunity to sign him. Carmelo Anthony even went as far as saying New York had a shot to sign his friend if timing played out differently.Did the Knicks make the right moves this past offseason? Time will tell. But while the team initially had the cap room to sign Wade, the decision to go in a different direction began with the acquisition of Derrick Rose before free agency even began.Whereas Rose and Wade obviously play different positions, each player is a skillful scorer who needs the ball in their hands to succeed. Theoretically, there wouldn't have been enough room in the backcourt for the both of them, even if there was enough room for each one financially. Wade is used to carrying his team offensively and taking over a given game at the drop of a hat. He thrives on pull up jumpers, fade-aways and drives to the bucket. He dominates the ball, but there's no doubt he's an excellent scorer. On the flip side, Rose's ability to penetrate and attack not only creates opportunities for himself, but for those around him as well. While he and Wade both have respective injury concerns, they are different players. If everything comes together the way it should, Rose will prove he's a better fit for this team.

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Following last night's 117-88 opening-night loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek admitted that his team felt unsettled, especially on defense, where they'll need to be more aggressive.Hornacek's players seemingly agreed, later saying the following to reporters after the game.

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 (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
(Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

So here we are, Game 1 of the season against the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland on the eve of the World Series.Nothing like trial-by-fire, huh?As insurmountable of a task as this seems, there is a way to win and throughout the season we'll plan on giving you TKB's "3 Keys to Victory."

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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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 (Soobum Im)
(Soobum Im)

Before he became "Skizzy Mars," Myles Mills was a basketball prodigy and frequent contributor to TKB. Now that his grind has slowed down after getting a record deal with Atlantic, he again has time to weigh in on his beloved Knicks. I'm proud of his success and happy to see him back here with the following thoughts about the 2016-2017 season...

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez
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 (Dennis Wierzbicki)
(Dennis Wierzbicki)

Making his Knicks' debut at The World's Most Famous Arena on Saturday, hometown kid Joakim Noah was ushered in as Hell's Kitchen's own on the Garden PA system. The crowd roared and welcomed what has been a long awaited arrival.The big man was brought in to serve as New York's defensive anchor. A former Defensive Player of the Year award winner and one-time MVP candidate, Noah demonstrated even in his first performance why his overall talent garners the type of investment the Knicks made in him this past summer. His health will obviously be an ongoing concern, but when he's on the court, there's reason to believe he'll be an upgrade over Robin Lopez.

Tags: Joakim Noah, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks Camp 00:02:23
Updates on Joakim Noah's injury, Derrick Rose's investigation and how Kristaps Porzingis believes the team will do this upcoming season.

Knicks forward Joakim Noah, who has dealt with injuries in camp thus far, is looking forward to getting back to game action and playing at Madison Square Garden for the first time as a Knick, he told reporters Friday. Noah returned to practice on Friday and is expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Celtics, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone. He has been out since Oct. 6 with a hamstring injury.

Tags: Joakim Noah
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On Monday night, the Nets defeated the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 110-91 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Skinny: After falling behind, the Nets went on an early 13-4 run to open a seven-point lead, with Deron Williams contributing five points during the run. But Chicago followed with a 7-0 run of its own to tie the game. Brook Lopez then led Brooklyn on a 7-0 run to again go up seven. Lopez poured in 11 points in the quarter, and the Nets led by five after one.

Nate Robinson?s energy led the Bulls on a 7-0 run to take the lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Back-and-forth lead changes ensued before a 9-2 Nets? run, led by hot mid-range shooting by Kris Humphries, put Brooklyn back up six. Chicago again closed the lead, but back-to-back three-pointers from Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace and a pair of free-throws from Lopez as part of an 8-0 run put the Nets up 10. Eight points from Humphries in the quarter helped the Nets lead by eight at the break.

Tags: brook lopez, Brooklyn Nets, bulls, carlos boozer, chicago bulls, deron williams, joakim noah, joe johnson, kris humphries, nate robinson, Nets, nets, nets bulls
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On Thursday night, the Nets were defeated by the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 79-76 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Skinny: The Nets went on an early 11-0 run fueled by six points from Deron Williams and a three-pointer from the ailing Joe Johnson to establish a double-digit lead. But from there, Brooklyn went completely cold, missing 14 straight shots over the final 6:25 of the quarter. The Bulls turned the ball over six times in the opening frame, but Chicago concluded the quarter on a 14-0 run to take a two-point lead after one.

An emphatic dunk by Brooklyn native Taj Gibson early in the second quarter gave the Bulls a six-point lead, but Chicago?s problems with turnovers kept the Nets in the game. Brooklyn just could not make a shot though, allowing the Bulls to go ahead by 12 as part of a 28-4 extended run. Chicago maintained a 10-point lead until a Gerald Wallace buzzer-beating three-pointer cut the Nets? deficit to seven at the break.

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, bulls, carlos boozer, chicago bulls, deron williams, joakim noah, joe johnson, luol deng, Nets, nets, nets bulls
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On Saturday night, the Nets were defeated by the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 96-85.

The Skinny: The Bulls found themselves in early foul trouble, and the Nets took full advantage, going on a 15-2 run to open an 11-point lead. Following a Tom Thibodeau timeout, Chicago found its offensive stroke and went on a 15-6 run. Brooklyn had turnovers on four-straight possessions during that run. An underhanded floater by Nate Robinson at the buzzer tied the game at 27 after one. Brook Lopez had 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the opening quarter.

Both benches played with good energy to keep the game close throughout most of the second quarter. But more Nets? turnovers helped the Bulls open a 14-point lead on a 15-0 run to end the half.

Tags: brook lopez, Brooklyn, bulls, carlos boozer, joakim noah, nate robinson, Nets, nets, rapid recap, recap
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Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Nets continue a tough homestand against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center.

The Nets suffered their first home loss under P.J. Carlesimo Wednesday to the Miami Heat and have now lost three of their last four games.

Still without Derrick Rose, the Bulls are one of the league?s hottest teams having won eight of their last 10 games.

Tags: brook lopez, bulls, deron williams, derrick rose, jimmy butler, joakim noah, luol deng, nate robinson, Nets, nets, pregame primer
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Tonight at 8 p.m., the Brooklyn Nets will battle the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

The Nets are coming off a thrilling double overtime win against the Detroit Pistons, but they go right back to work tonight with little rest.

Even without All-Star Derrick Rose, the Bulls are off to a decent start but are desperately awaiting the uncertain season debut for their point guard.

Tags: andray blatche, brook lopez, Brooklyn Nets, chicago bulls, joakim noah, joe johnson, joe smooth, Nets, nets, pregame primer
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