Carmelo Anthony
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With Carmelo Anthony set to play his second game for the Blazers on Thursday, we spoke to the trainer that helped him prepare for the opportunity.

Below, Alex Bazzell, who works with Trae Young, Kyrie Irving, Bobby Portis and Doug McDermott among others, talks about training with Anthony over the past few months to get ready for the ex-Knick's return to the league.

WORKOUTS WERE FOCUSED ON MAKING QUICK DECISIONS AND MOVING WITHOUT THE BALL

"The biggest thing was making quick decisions off the catch. He's had the luxury of being one of the top 10 players in the world, in my opinion -- top 5 players at one time -- in his career. So he just got accustomed to kind of holding the ball, letting everyone else clear out so he can kind of go one on one. In the new NBA, in the role that he's being asked of, that wasn't something he was going to be able to do more often than not.

 

"So we were working on moving without the ball because that's something I saw on film he didn't do very well. Especially coming from -- let's face it, Houston's offense is four guys standing and watching James (Harden) dribble the ball for 20 seconds. It's tough. So we worked on getting used to (moving without the ball). Getting used to the actions of catching. His footwork efficiency with rips and jabs and all of that off the catch. He's as smart a player as you're going to find. There's a reason that he's scored as many points as he has. So it was just getting him comfortable with moving in different ways than he has in the past."

WORKOUTS ALSO FOCUSED ON DEFENSE

"Defensively, we worked a lot on guys trying to attack him off a ball screen, trying to isolate him. Right off the bat, that was one of the first things we talked about. We worked on a lot of that through film. And then we would drill it out. One day, I had Raul Neto, one of my clients, come in and Melo had to guard him live. They probably went for 20 minutes. Melo was strictly on defense…. We put Melo in different scenarios (defending Neto in ball screens as the player who had to switch on to him). He actually did great. It's easier when you can sit there and critique him as you go with each possession, 'Hey, focus on your off hand, focus on your hips.'

"What a lot of people don't realize with defense in the NBA is, the best defenders know when to slide and they know when to turn and run and stay hip-to-hip with someone. The guys are too athletic (for defenders) to slide all the time and beat (the offensive player) to a spot. So it was just the self-awareness of that (for Anthony) and working on off hand, working on a contest. Because (in the past) he would be fine staying in front of guys every now and again and he just wouldn't contest, which is half the battle. It was just little stuff like that, which goes a long way."

Bazzell and Anthony were connected through Anthony's physiotherapist Fabrice Gautier. They worked from June to August in Los Angeles. Bazzell also worked with Anthony in New York prior to the season and in the days leading up to his Portland debut. He says Anthony, 35, was very much open to making changes to his game:

"He was actually extremely receptive. I was actually kind of surprised that a guy who has had that much success playing a certain way (was so receptive). He was completely bought into the (idea that on) the defensive side of the ball, he's got to get better. He was bought into not being able to hold the ball (on offense). We would still work on his mid-post because I think that's going to be a part of his game that he's going to have to rely on to score every now and then. You don't take that away, you keep all of that fresh. When we would play one-on-one scenarios, when he'd catch, it's hard because sometimes you just have a tendency to hold it, relax and kind of let the defense make a mistake. It was just trying to break habits that he's built up for so long and he was never defensive about it. He was always 100 percent in agreement with what I was saying, which makes my job and my life 100 percent easier."



MELO GOT ACCUSTOMED TO THE NEW APPROACHES ON OFFENSE & DEFENSE

"He started getting very comfortable with all of the stuff we were working on. Now, the only issue is it's different when you're (playing) 1-on-1, 2-on-2 or maybe there are three guys simulating an action, as opposed to an NBA game when there are 10 games on the court. Especially now when you're trying to succeed right off the bat. You kind of revert back to what you know and what you're confident in. So it's going to take a little time. But I was extremely encouraged (in Anthony's Portland debut) with how he was moving. He's still got to get used to the level of physicality of where the game is today, especially with the emphasis on moving screens. So it's just getting used to all those different little changes that are affecting him. Because he's a bully ball player. So he's got to learn when to bully ball and when to finesse around it. But like I said, he's as smart as they come so he's going to figure it out."

Anthony's representatives had been in touch with several teams on his behalf in the offseason, including the Los Angeles Clippers. He worked out with the Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles. Some Nets players were in support of the club signing him. He also worked out with the Knicks. New York would have strongly considered signing Anthony if they'd signed top free agents such as Irving and Kevin Durant, as SNY reported. But once that didn't come to fruition, the Knicks didn't have strong interest in Anthony. Anthony met with at least one NBA team in person prior to the season starting, per SNY sources, but nothing came to fruition. Here's Bazzell on Anthony's mindset throughout the process:

"His mindset, (initially) it was, 'let's get back into a groove, let's stay in game shape as much as we can.' We would go three days and take a break, and we'd go three days again and take another break. We'd go for about an hour. When the info came out about the Nets possibly being interested, he was going up to their open runs to play with Kyrie and Caris (LeVert) and all the Nets guys. I think that kind of reaffirmed that he belonged in the league because he went up there and played incredible. He was moving the ball, he was communicating, showing effort on defense. He was just doing all the right things. So I think that kind of gave him another jolt of energy of thinking that he was going to be close to signing with a team even if it wasn't Brooklyn. So there was a lot of optimism.

"And once the season started, he was kind of down because you look and you see these players that you feel like you know you can outproduce getting all these minutes. It's not like he's looking at guys at the end of the bench. He's looking at guys who are getting 20-25 minutes a game that he knew he could outperform. So he was just more so confused by the whole process of what was really going on. Once he got that call, finally, that Portland really wanted him as bad as he wanted to back in the league, it was just a huge burden off his shoulders that he was going to get one more shot at it."

WORKOUTS 'CRAMMED' TO PREPARE FOR BLAZERS DEBUT

"It was just a completely different mindset (in workouts leading up to the Portland debut) because before it was just about maintenance. Not overdoing it, keeping his body fresh but not running it into the ground. Once we got that call, we did five workouts in three days. So we kind of crammed in everything. But the workouts were much more specific because I actually knew the offense of what Portland was going to run and the touches that he was going to get. The first workout was beating on his body a little bit. He'd drive and we'd put a shoulder in him. Just to see how his body was going to bounce back. And then get his cardio up.

"The next day it was specific towards seeing where he was in terms of game shape. He'd been working out doing cardio and weight training. He remained strict with his diet. But running on the treadmill, swimming, is completely different than game shape." (To prepare for the games, Bazzell had Anthony work in 2 on 2 drills for five-minute intervals where he would defend ball screens, in transition, work as a screener in pick-and-pop scenarios and in the mid post. The workouts were at the NBPA offices in Manhattan).

HOW WAS THE FIRST GAME?

He seemed pretty happy and relieved to just get back out there and get back in the groove with it. I thought things went as well as can be considering he was out a year, thrown into a new system, not having any prior practices, being without (Damian Lillard). There was just a lot of pressure on him, period. Once the first shot went in, at least from my sense, there was a huge sense of relief to know that he was back in the groove. He's excited because he knows that it's a process to get back into game shape, get your rhythm back and get your rust off. (Bazzell sent Anthony film from the first game of some adjustments to be made on both ends of the ball. He'll talk to him a few times a week and send game film every 3-4 games)."

Anthony plays in his second game on Thursday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. He's on a non-guaranteed contract. So the Blazers can waive him before January 7 without having to pay his full salary. If he's on the roster after Jan. 7, the deal becomes fully guaranteed. It was suggested over the summer that Anthony is looking at this season as a farewell tour. Anthony has refuted that idea. Bazzell also mentioned that they've never talked about this being Anthony's last season. From everything Bazzell knows, Anthony wants to play beyond this season. The next few weeks will go a long way toward informing Anthony - and the rest of the NBA - if he can accomplish that goal.

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Feb 28, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives against Miami Heat power forward Amar'e Stoudemire (5) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 28, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives against Miami Heat power forward Amar'e Stoudemire (5) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Knicks forward/center Amar'e Stoudemire joined Kazeem Famuyide on The New York Post's Big Apple Buckets podcast to discuss his time in New York, and the big man made some interesting comments.

Stoudemire signed with the Knicks back in 2010 when they had a solid crop of role players and pieces on the team. 

But a large chunk of those guys would end up being included in the blockbuster trade for Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups, which occurred midway through his first season in New York.

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Nov 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

After recently passing the halfway point of the 2019-20 season, the New York Knicks find themselves tied for the third worst record (12-32) in the NBA after 44 games. The franchise is headed for their seventh consecutive losing season and sixth consecutive season with at least 50 losses.

After losing out on star free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving last summer, the Knicks front office attempted to save face by adding mid-tier free agents such as Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, and Bobby Portis. The result of mixing numerous veterans to a young core has not worked as planned. The Knicks have a multitude of questions to ask as they play out the second half of another lost season. Here are the five most important.

Is Marcus Morris a part of the team's future?

Two seasons ago, the Memphis Grizzlies signed swingman Tyreke Evans to a one-year, $3.3 million deal. Coming off of multiple injuries, Evans' deal was a bargain and the former Rookie of the Year excelled immediately. Though Memphis struggled as a team, Evans posted 19.9 points along with a career-high 39.9 percent from three. 

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SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley is joined by NBA trainer Shawn Farmer to break down the strengths and weaknesses of Knicks rookie RJ Barrett's jumpshot. Farmer has trained current Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. and other top talent coming out of the state of North Carolina.

One of the main talking points about Barrett's game is his jumpshot. He is averaging 39.3 percent from the field so far this season, and 32.9 percent from beyond the arc. 

Getting Barrett to have a more consistent jumper over time is a definite area the Knicks will need to help him work on, and Farmer has some suggestions on how he'll do that. But he also discusses what he likes when Barrett pulls up. 

Farmer also talks about why he believes Barrett's shooting abilities can be compared to that of future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade.

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After a tight first half, the Knicks came out firing on all cylinders to start the third quarter and knocked off the Cavaliers in Cleveland, 106-86, snapping a three-game losing streak. >> Box Score

Six things to know from Monday's game

1) The Knicks trailed by one at halftime, but opened up the second half on a 16-4 run, punctuated by a four-point play from Marcus Morris after he landed on Kevin Love's foot while draining a three-pointer. Though Morris initially remained in the game, he limped to the Knicks' locker room late in the third quarter. He returned in the fourth quarter, however, and finished with 19 points on 8-for-16 shooting.

The Cavaliers cut the Knicks' lead to six after Morris came out of the game, but New York ended the quarter on another run and headed to the fourth up by 15, 79-64. They kept their foot on the gas the rest of the way to come away with the comfortable victory. The Knicks spread the offense around, with six players finishing in double-figures.

 

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After the Knicks 90-87 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night, interim head coach Mike Miller spoke to media at practice on Sunday about how the team is trying to move forward.

"This group has been resilient, but they're also looking to move forward," Miller said. "We're not interested in can we play close, we're going to put ourselves in a position to win and find a way to win."

Point guard Elfrid Payton had 10 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists in 32 minutes of action on Saturday night. He had a team-best +13 plus/minus, and feels that the team can get back on track before the All-Star break.

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Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Ignas Brazdeikis (17) drives against Phoenix Suns guard Billy Garrett Jr (17) during the second half of an NBA Summer League game at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Ignas Brazdeikis (17) drives against Phoenix Suns guard Billy Garrett Jr (17) during the second half of an NBA Summer League game at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

The Knicks have assigned rookie forward Ignas Brazdeikis back to Westchester, the team announced Sunday morning.

The team recalled him on Wednesday, though he didn't play against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday or Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

Brazdeikis has played in nine games this season, averaging 1.9 points per game in 5.9 minutes of action.

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The Knicks have dropped eight of their last nine. They're on pace to lose more than 50 games for the sixth straight season. There's uncertainty around the future of the front office and head coach. The young players from last season's team, by and large, haven't taken big steps forward this season. 

So, no, there isn't much reason for the Knick fan to be optimistic at the moment 

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The Knicks really had a chance in Saturday night's bout with the 76ers at Madison Square Garden, something that seemingly would have shocked just about everyone except the Knicks themselves.

Down as much as 10 points, the Knicks fought back, and by midway through the third quarter they were down by just one point. But the Knicks just stayed around there the rest of the night, failing to take the lead from then on up until there was just 31.3 seconds left to play.

As both sides struggled to shoot the ball in what was an ugly offensive game overall, Marcus Morris put the Knicks up by one with about half a minute left in regulation. 

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The Knicks and Sixers went back and forth in the game's final minute, but the Sixers held on for a 90-87 win. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Saturday's game

1) The Sixers led by just three points after the first quarter, but the Knicks came out freezing cold in the second, shooting 1-of-11 from the floor to start the quarter. The Knicks fought back, though, tying the game 45-45 with two and a half minutes left in the first half. The Sixers finished the first half strong, winding up with a 52-46 lead at the break. The Knicks shot just 40.5 percent as a team and turned the ball over 10 times in the half.

Both teams came out sloppy in the second half, but the Knicks outscored the Sixers 23-18 in the frame, and trailed by just one point entering the fourth quarter. With four minutes to go in the game, the Sixers maintained an 84-81 lead. With just under two minutes to go, a Mitchell Robinson dunk cut the Sixers' lead to just one point.

In the final minute. Marcus Morris knocked down a mid-range jumper to put the Knicks' ahead 87-86 with 30.9 seconds left. Immediately, Tobias Harris knocked down a three to put the Sixers back in the lead 89-87. The Knicks then turned the ball over, allowing the Sixers to hit a free throw and go up three. With 2.7 seconds left, Morris' shot was off the mark, and the Sixers held on. 

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Dec 28, 2019; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) shoots the ball during pregame warmups before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Dec 28, 2019; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) shoots the ball during pregame warmups before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

At the end of December, a report circulated that members of the Knicks' front office were monitoring Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns as a potential trade target.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks had been on the lookout for potential star players who could grow disgruntled with their current teams, and Towns could fit the mold.

On Friday, though, Towns shot down any notion that he's looking to get out of Minnesota. 

After appearing in his first game back from a knee injury after missing 15 straight, Towns addressed the reports of him being unhappy with the Timberwolves.

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Thanks to a 22-point effort against the Mavericks on Friday, Trail Blazers forward and former Knick Carmelo Anthony became just the 18th player in NBA history to score 26,000 points in his career.

After playing just 10 games for the Rockets in 2018-19, Anthony has found a new life in Portland, averaging 16.5 points in more than 31 minutes per game. Shooting 44.3 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from three-point range, his efficiency has returned to the levels it was at towards the end of his run of 10 straight All-Star Game appearances. 

While the volume of shots has gone down, the 35-year-old has certainly shown he still has the ability to do what he always has, knock down open looks.

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RJ Barrett suffered a right ankle sprain in the Knicks loss to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.

The rookie will be reevaluated in a week, but interim head coach Mike Miller believes Barrett will bounce back quickly from the injury,

"That's what I found out last night, that he's never really had a high ankle sprain like that," said Miller. "He'll bounce back quick."

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Jan 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Allonzo Trier began last season as an undrafted free agent. He ended it with a $7 million contract. Trier's path as a rookie was a testament to his talent and timing: the 24-year-old took advantage of the playing time he earned on a Knicks team committed to developing its young players. 

This season, Trier has been mostly out of the rotation, behind a glut of guards on New York's roster. 

He's appeared in 19 of the Knicks' 42 games, averaging 6.3 points per game in 12 minutes. 

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Dec 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) advances the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Dec 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) advances the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

RJ Barrett's X-rays came back negative on his sprained ankle and he will be reevaluated next week, the Knicks announced Friday afternoon.

Barrett injured his ankle late in the third quarter of Thursday's loss to the Suns, after taking a bad step off his right foot while driving to the basket. 

The rookie exited the game after the next possession and left Madison Square Garden with the help of crutches.

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After losses earlier in the season, the Knicks would sometimes say that they just needed more time to develop chemistry on the court. 

After 42 games, that explanation is no longer valid. 

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Late in the third quarter of Thursday's loss to the Suns, RJ Barrett drove to the basket but ended up taking an awkward step off his right foot.

He came up hobbling a bit after the play, and after trying to stick it out and play defense, he asked to come out of the game. 

"I haven't seen it yet. But what I heard was I kind of twisted my left (ankle) a little bit on one step, so then on the right step I tried to fix it," Barrett explained after the game.

"I tried to run down on the other end but then I tried to play defense, and it just hurt too much on both sides so I just decided to call it."

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Jan 16, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) goes up for a shot between Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric (20) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 16, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) goes up for a shot between Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric (20) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Knicks fell to the Phoenix Suns 121-98 on Thursday night, and have now lost seven of their last eight games. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Thursday's game

1) The Knicks came out of the opening gates strong and lead by seven points after the first quarter. In the second period, though, the tides started to change, with the Suns outscoring New York 33-20 in the second frame. The second half was much of the same, as the Knicks allowed 33 Phoenix points in the third quarter, and the game was basically decided early on in the fourth quarter. The Knicks were outscored by 30 points over the final three quarters of play.

The Knicks were outrebounded by the Suns 53-41 and also turned the ball over 17 times.

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Jan 10, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Reggie Bullock (25) reacts after a three point shot against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran shooter Reggie Bullock (sore neck) will miss the Knicks' game on Thursday against the Phoenix Suns, the team announced.

Bullock missed the Knicks' first 33 games of the season as he recovered from offseason surgery for a cervical disc herniation.

Since his return to action on Jan. 1 against the Portland Trail Blazers, Bullock has averaged 9.9 points per game in 23.6 minutes over eight games.

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Mar 5, 2019; Knoxville, TN, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Lamar Peters (2) during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports NBAHeadshots (Randy Sartin)

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Westchester Knicks head coach Derrick Alston wants Lamar Peters to have the freedom to play through mistakes on the court.

"The kid is fast, he can create, he can shoot. So I just try to let him play. And we'll work on (improvement/correcting mistakes) behind the scenes," Alston said. "And then the next time you get out there (in a game), you show me our adjustments. And we won't have a problem. And he's bought into it, so I'm definitely a fan of his."

Alston's approach seems to be paying off for his lead guard.

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Dec 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) advances the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Dec 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) advances the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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After practice on Wednesday, RJ Barrett was shooting free throws while Knicks assistant coach Keith Bogans rebounded for him. He celebrated after he made his last attempt on Wednesday, as the Knicks front office looked on. 

"Before I leave every practice I've got to make 10 or 15 in a row before I get off the court," Barrett said. 

The extra shooting seems to be paying off. 

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The Knicks officially signed big man Kenny Wooten to a two-way contract on Tuesday, and on Wednesday he was on the practice courts as the team prepares for Thursday's matchup with the Phoenix Suns.

"You see his athleticism," interim head coach Mike Miller said of Wooten on Wednesday. "We saw it during the Summer League, we saw it in the preseason, we saw it in Training Camp. Everybody's aware of what his physical tools are and how he uses them."

RJ Barrett added: "He's a freak. On my visit to Oregon, I (saw) Kenny put tape in his hands, jump and touch the top of the backboard. We had to get a ladder to get the tape down, so he's crazy.

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Dec 2, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Knicks forward Ignas Brazdeikis (17) drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks forward D.J. Wilson (5) in the third quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)
Dec 2, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Knicks forward Ignas Brazdeikis (17) drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks forward D.J. Wilson (5) in the third quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)

After playing for the Knicks last week, rookie F Ignas Brazdeikis is being recalled once again, the team announced on Wednesday

It's unknown why Brazdeikis has quickly made his way back to the Knicks, but the team could be short-handed. His most recent appearance came against the Jazz on Jan. 8 during the team's west coast trip. He played five minutes where he recorded an and-one for his only three points of the night. 

Brazdeikis has played a scattered nine games with the big club this season, averaging 1.9 points over just 5.9 minutes per game. He's 6-for-22 from the field over those games. 

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The Bucks handled things from start to finish Tuesday night in Milwaukee, sending the Knicks back to New York with a 128-102 loss. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) The Bucks came out hot and all but ended the game in the first few minutes of action, going up 18-4 less than half way through the first quarter. Despite the Knicks coming back to make it 29-23 after 12 minutes, the Bucks went on a 36-17 to take a 25-point lead at halftime. Milwaukee got out to as large as a 35-point lead Tuesday night. New York's offense struggled without its leading scorer in Marcus Morris, who missed his fifth straight game due to a neck injury.

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Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Kenny Wooten (41) blocks out Washington Wizards guard Isaac Bonga (17) during the first half of an NBA Summer League game at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Kenny Wooten (41) blocks out Washington Wizards guard Isaac Bonga (17) during the first half of an NBA Summer League game at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

The Knicks have officially signed Kenny Wooten to a two-way contract, the team announced.

SNY's Ian Begley confirmed Monday that Wooten would be brought up from the Westchester Knicks and Ivan Rabb would be waived to make room for him. Details of the contract have yet to be released.

Wooten has played 24 games for Westchester this season, averaging 7.7 points per game on 66 percent shooting, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 24 minutes a game.

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A few notes from the Knicks' practice on Monday ahead of Tuesday's game against Milwaukee...

Mike Miller has coached in college and the G League, so he knows all about the mental approach of young players.

He has high praise for Knicks rookie RJ Barrett's mindset.

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Ahead of Tuesday's matchup with the 35-6 Bucks in Milwaukee, the Knicks announced that both Marcus Morris and Dennis Smith Jr.. will not be in the lineup.

Morris last played on Jan. 5, when he scored a season-high 38 points in a three-point loss to the Lakers. But will miss his fifth straight game with what the team is listing as a sore neck.

Smith Jr.'s strained left oblique has kept him out since Dec. 23 and will be out of the lineup for his 10th straight game on Tuesday.

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While nothing has been made official, the Knicks have cleared a roster spot to sign forward Kenny Wooten to a two-way NBA deal, SNY's Ian Begley has confirmed. To make room on the roster, the team is waiving forward Ivan Rabb

Wooten has spent the season with in the G-League with the Westchester Knicks. The team was aware that other teams were expressing interest in Wooten, and have now locked him up for the remainder of the season. At least one other team was prepared to make the 21-year-old an offer.

In 23 games with Westchester this season, Wooten is averaging 7.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and a whopping 3.4 blocks per game, good for second in the G-League.

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Late Tuesday night in the visitor's locker room at Staples Center, Julius Randle walked to his stall with tears in his eyes.

Minutes earlier, he'd found out that his grandmother died.

As he made his way through the locker room, he was being comforted by teammates, coaches and other members of the organization.

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New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Something worth noting on the trade front for the Knicks: two people in touch with members of the organization in the last few days said that New York remains opposed to sending out any future first-round picks in any trades under consideration.

This could be posturing from New York during trade season.

But if the Knicks are indeed committed to keeping their future first-rounders off limits, that would align with the team's strategy for the past five seasons.

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Aside from spoiling Carmelo Anthony's return to MSG on New Year's Day with a win over the Blazers, 2020 hadn't been kind to the Knicks, who were riding a five-game losing streaking heading into Sunday's matchup with the Heat.

Miami came into the game as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, and the Knicks were without their leading scorer in Marcus Morris, so it wouldn't have been all that surprising if the Heat left New York with another win under their belt.

Instead, the Knicks took a 10-point deficit into the fourth quarter and dropped 40 on the Heat, holding on down the stretch in a tight final minute to stun Miami.

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The Knicks outscored the Heat by 13 down the stretch in what became a nail-biting thriller in the final minutes and went on to win 124-121 at MSG on Sunday. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) The Knicks entered the fourth quarter down by 13 points despite the game having a closer feel than that throughout. But New York put up 40 points on Miami in the final 12 minutes to come back and beat one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Jimmy Butler's mishandled pass to Bam Adebayo, that was stolen by RJ Barrett, all but sealed the win for the Knicks.

Adebayo got a three-pointer up with 0.5 seconds left that connected, but the shot came after the buzzer and was waved off, handing the Knicks arguably their biggest win of the season.

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Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Dennis Smith Jr. says he's ahead of schedule in his rehab from an oblique injury, but there's no definitive timetable for his return. 

"I'm actually healing faster (than projections). I heard people say with the oblique strain it could be two months or however long, so I'm actually healing along pretty fast," Smith Jr. said on Sunday. "I'm going through the process and working at it every day."

Smith Jr. has missed nine consecutive games with the ailment. He's been limited in contact portions of practice. He's been listed as questionable for several games but ultimately ruled out. 

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Forward Julius Randle will be available for the Knicks on Sunday against the Heat, the team announced. 

Randle has missed the past two games with what the team called personal reasons. Interim head coach Mike Miller said it was a family issue, and whenever Randle wanted to return, the Knicks would be waiting patiently. 

"It's a personal matter," Miller said. "We'll respect his privacy and give him a chance to deal with this situation. When he's ready to come back, he'll be back.''

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Julius Randle and Marcus Morris have missed the Knicks' past two and three games, respectively. Randle has for personal reasons while Morris has a sore neck. 

The Knicks lost Friday to the Pelicans 123-111, their fifth-straight loss. Their next outing is Sunday at 3:30 p.m. as they'll host the Heat. 

The duo's teammates and coaches are hopeful the two game return to the lineup for that contest. 

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Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins clearly have an unresolved beef that may still need settling.

From The Thread, here's what the disagreement between the former Thunder teammates might have sounded like if it hadn't happened over the internet.

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New York fell to 10-29 after Friday's loss to the Pelicans. That's the third-worst record in the NBA. 

If they continue to play at this clip, the Knicks will be in position for one of the top picks in the 2020 NBA Draft. 

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Zion Williamson, the first overall pick in this year's NBA Draft, is yet to suit up for the New Orleans Pelicans in the regular season as he deals with a knee issue.

But Williamson is nearing a return to the court, and on Friday night he was in attendance at Madison Square Garden as the Pelicans handed a Knicks a 123-111 loss.

In the loss, Williamson's former Duke teammate RJ Barrett scored 16 points to go along with eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

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Just as it seemed that the Knicks were starting to gain their footing under interim head coach Mike Miller, winning three straight for the first time this season in late December into New Year's Day, the team has again fallen into a tailspin.

After that quick three-game streak, the Knicks have since lost five straight games, with the latest loss coming in Friday night's 123-111 loss to the Pelicans at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks are now 10-29 on the season, and while the team has recently been without their two leading scorers in Marcus Morris (sore neck) and Julius Randle (personal reasons), veteran Taj Gibson knows that the key right now is just to stay together so the Knicks can come out of this skid a better team.

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Jan 10, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New Orleans Pelicans small forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives to the basket against New York Knicks power forward Bobby Portis (1) and shooting guard RJ Barrett (9) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 10, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New Orleans Pelicans small forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives to the basket against New York Knicks power forward Bobby Portis (1) and shooting guard RJ Barrett (9) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks dropped their fifth straight game on Friday, falling to the New Orleans Pelicans 123-111 at Madison Square Garden. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Friday's game

1) Taj Gibson led the Knicks with 10 points in the first quarter on 5-for-5 shooting, while Mitchell Robinson brought energy off the bench and scored six points on three powerful dunks. However, the Pelicans led the Knicks 33-31 after the first quarter thanks to 10 points from Brandon Ingram and seven points from rookie Jaxson Hayes off the bench.

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No Pistons-Knicks deal for Andre Drummond is considered imminent, but New York's recent conversations with Detroit about Drummond were more than just exploratory talks, according to SNY sources familiar with the matter. 

Trade discussions are always fluid. Plenty can - and will - change between now and the trade deadline, but the Knicks' interest in Andre Drummond is certainly noteworthy. 

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SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley is joined by NBA trainer Shawn Farmer to break down Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina's strengths and weaknesses on the defensive side of the ball. Farmer has trained current Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. and other top talent coming out of the state of North Carolina.

Farmer pinpoints good form in Ntilikina's defensive stance, and how he is often in great position, which are both strong traits for a young pro. Farmer also lists various NBA players that he sees as defensive comps to Ntilikina.

Begley and Farmer also reveal the technical issues Ntilikina needs to focus on to improve his defense on the pick and roll, and how his size affects his play against various players in the NBA.

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Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Kenny Wooten (41) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports  (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Kenny Wooten (41) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

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Kenny Wooten's blocks this season have landed him on SportsCenter. But his development in other areas of the game has impressed the Knicks.

"His growth from Summer League to now, he's a totally different player," Westchester Knicks head coach Derrick Alston said late last month. "He's always been, of course, a freak athletically. But now, just, understanding the game. Learning how to roll, where to be on the court, not being in the way, setting screens - all those little things that people assume guys know, but they don't.... Just seeing his growth. How much he wants to learn, it's been really good."

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The Knicks put out their injury report Friday morning ahead of their matchup with the Pelicans at Madison Square Garden, and it looks like they could be very short-handed.

Julius Randle will miss his second straight game due to personal reasons, which head coach Mike Miller later clarified as being family matters. 

In addition to missing Randle in the starting lineup, Marcus Morris is doubtful to play Friday night due to a sore neck. Morris has missed the last two games.

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Jan 1, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) goes in for a shot against Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony (00) and guard Kent Bazemore (24) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 1, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) goes in for a shot against Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony (00) and guard Kent Bazemore (24) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Knicks forward Julius Randle (personal reasons) will miss his second straight game on Friday when the team takes on the New Orleans Pelicans at Madison Square Garden, the team announced.

Interim head coach Mike Miller said on Wednesday prior to the team's game against the Utah Jazz that it was a family issue.

Randle is averaging 18.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game through 37 contests in his first season with the Knicks.

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Jan 7, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) after the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Jan 7, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) after the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

Kevin Durant has not been hesitant to speak his mind on Twitter, and the injured Nets star was back at it again Wednesday when a radio host suggested that no one cares about Brooklyn's success or failures.

Brandon Tierney, a New York-based national media type for CBS Sports, said on Twitter early Wednesday that "no one cares" about the Nets' seven-game losing streak and that it "speaks volumes" to Brooklyn's relevance in a city shared by the Knicks.

Evidently brought to the attention of Durant, the former Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors forward who signed with the Nets over the Knicks and others for a four-year deal worth more than $164 million, the 10-time All-Star and four-time scoring champ unloaded.

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The Knicks dropped their fourth straight game on Wednesday, falling to the Utah Jazz 128-104 in Salt Lake City. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks' starting lineup had a different look on Wednesday. With both Julius Randle (personal reasons) and Marcus Morris (sore neck) not playing, Reggie Bullock and Bobby Portis were insterted into the starting five. The new group didn't get off to the best start, as the Jazz jumped out to a nine-point lead with four and a half minutes left in the first quarter. Utah maintained a 10-point lead after one, but they continued to shoot the lights out in the second quarter, finishing with a 65 percent clip as a team from the floor and a 72-53 lead at the break.

The Jazz controlled the second half, and while the Knicks' second unit made a late run in the fourth quarter, this game was all Utah, as the Knicks dropped their fourth straight game.

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Jan 1, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) dribbles the ball against Portland Trail Blazers forward Anthony Tolliver (43) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) dribbles the ball against Portland Trail Blazers forward Anthony Tolliver (43) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Knicks power forward Julius Randle is out for Wednesday's 9 p.m. ET game against the Utah Jazz due to personal reasons, something that New York interim head coach Mike Miller deemed a family issue.

Randle, who is the Knicks' second-leading scorer at 18.5 points per game behind small forward Marcus Morris (19.1), was listed as out among four other updates prior to the final contest of the team's four-game road trip.

Miller did not provide a timeline for Randle's return, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, leaving the door open to Randle for whenever he is ready to make his way back into the fold.

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Dec 20, 2019; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Dec 20, 2019; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Bobby Portis was ejected during the second quarter of the Knicks' 117-87 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night, and on Wednesday the NBA issued Portis a $25,000 fine for his Flagrant 2 foul.

The NBA announced that Portis was fined for "recklessly making contact" above the shoulders of LA's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Caldwell-Pope went up for a dunk when Portis, who was trailing behind him, swung his forearm, hitting Caldwell-Pope's head.

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Jan 7, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles the ball as New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) defends in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 7, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles the ball as New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) defends in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

On a three-game losing streak as they wrap up their road trip with Wednesday's 9 p.m. ET game against the Utah Jazz, the Knicks are limping to the finish line.

New York announced a handful of injuries, starting with forward Kevin Knox (sprained right ankle) and center Mitchell Robinson (sprained left big toe), who are both probable.

Rounding out the injury report, point guard Dennis Smith Jr. (strained left oblique) is questionable while small forward Marcus Morris (sore neck) is doubtful. Power forward Julius Randle, meanwhile, is out due to personal reasons.

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