The Daily News Live crew breaks down the Knicks' expectations going forward this season and discusses the team's strong start to the season.
The Knicks could pursue Kemba Walker when he becomes a free agent, but for now the 28-year-old guard is focused on winning with the Charlotte Hornets.
Walker told reporters he was focused on this season and not free agency after he scored 25 points to lead Charlotte past New York 119-107 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
"I don't have any interest in coming back home -- right now," Walker, a Bronx native, said, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller.
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Only two teenagers have recorded a 25-point, 15-rebound double-double.
The first was LeBron James. The second is Knicks rookie Kevin Knox.
The 19-year-old Knox scored 26 points and brought down 15 boards, both career highs, in Sunday's 119-107 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
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The Knicks dropped their fourth straight game with a 119-107 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score
Things to know about Sunday's game
1. Rookie Kevin Knox recorded a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Frank Ntilikina came off the bench and scored all of his career-high 18 points in the second half.
2. The Knicks have lost four games in a row and six of their last seven. Each time, they have allowed at least 110 points.
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After dropping a 112-104 decision to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks welcome the visiting Charlotte Hornets on Sunday at MSG for the first of two matchups with the Hornets in three games.
This time around, the Knicks find the Hornets coming off perhaps their best win of the season, a 113-107 victory over the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets. The win, which included a dominant 40-28 second quarter, snapped a three-game losing streak for the Hornets.
Charlotte managed the win despite shooting 38.4 percent from the floor making the most of transition, as the Hornets had 20 assists in the win, with Kemba Walker leading the way with eight to go along with his 21 points...
In what was another Duke Blue Devils blowout, F Zion Williamson had a very efficient game.
The Knicks potential draft target shot 7-for-11 form the field and 6-of-10 from the charity stripe to collect 20 points. He also had eight rebounds, four assists, one block, and two steals in the 91-58 win over Yale as well.
R.J. Barrett, another draft target for New York, dropped a game-high 30 points to go along with seven boards and another game-high six assists. Cam Reddish, despite a tough day shooting, had 10 points as well...
After splitting two matchups in late-October, the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets meet on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden coming off vastly different results against two of the Eastern Conference's best teams.
The Nets pulled out a 106-105 overtime win over the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors on Friday night, snapping an eight-game losing streak, a day after the Knicks dropped a 128-100 decision at Boston.
New York managed just 39.6 percent shooting from the field in the loss as the bench went cold, connecting on just 12 of 36 attempts. Worse, the Knicks' defense was puzzled by the Celtics, who shot better than 53.3 percent from the field and finished with 32 assists.
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The New York Knicks' second-year guard Frank Ntilikina has been a hot topic in trade rumors this season, with his poor shooting from the floor and recent string of DNP-CD's only intensifying the murmurs. Ntilikina is still just 20 years old and a fantastic defender for his age, leaving many fans optimistic he can turn this season around and continue to improve into a solid NBA player. However, if the front office deems him too much of a project, they could entertain some offers. Here are five potential trades with the five rumored teams interested in Ntilikina.
Frank Ntilikina for Jonathan Isaac
The Orlando Magic have a serious hole at point guard, with DJ Augustin manning the starting unit and the struggling Jerian Grant as backup. They've long searched for a young franchise piece at the one, with Elfrid Payton once being the guy before dealing him to the Phoenix Suns. If they believe Ntilikina can step into that role, they could look to move Jonathan Isaac, a fellow second-year player and New York native. He'd make for an interesting pairing with Kristaps Porzingis as someone who could potentially switch and defend multiple positions while playing either forward spot. Orlando has a few too many frontcourt prospects, so balancing out its core a bit could be intriguing. An alternative is dealing Grant and a first-round pick, perhaps with some protections, for Ntilikina.
Derek Fisher was not going to make the same mistake twice.
The new head coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks was GM Penny Toler's first and only choice, but before Fisher could accept the position, he had "about 2,000 questions" for her, Toler said at Fisher's press conference on Friday.
And for good reason: The 44-year-old did not want to put himself in the same position as he did with the Knicks in 2014.
LeBron James wants Carmelo Anthony to join him in Hollywood, according to a report.
A source told The Athletic's Joe Vardon that James is seeking the former Knicks star's services with the Lakers, though James has yet to put in a request to Los Angeles president Magic Johnson or GM Rob Pelinka.
The 34-year-old Anthony remains on the Rockets' payroll on a league-minimum $2.4 million, but he and Houston parted ways last month after just 10 games this season. Anthony can't be traded until at least Dec. 15.
When David Fizdale was hired by Scott Perry to be the franchise's 29th head coach (and fourth in the last five years), it was clear the road ahead to success for the third-year coach was full of potholes, hairpin turns, and would occasionally be washed out completely by flash floods of inexperience and a general lack of talent.
As has often been the case in the last decade-plus, success would, in many ways, require a redefinition of the word entirely.
As his introductory press-circuit got under full swing, Fizdale's vision for the team began to emerge. He spoke of the team's athleticism and versatility, his philosophy on position-less guards, and took ownership for the messy ending to his time in Memphis. In a refreshing departure from the ghosts of Knicks' coaches past, he seemed realistic, not promising the playoffs, but instead laying out concrete expectations for the team...
The Knicks are 25 games into the 2018-19 season, but most fans are excited to see what they do in the 2019 NBA Draft.
This year's draft class will offer some tantalizing prospects that the Knicks -- if everything goes to plan -- could take with a high draft pick.
SNY's Chris Williamson breaks down who the Knicks have on their radar in college basketball this season, and how they rank against each other in the first edition of Knicks Draft Watch...
BOSTON -- It was just two weeks ago that the Boston Celtics staged a frantic comeback but came up just short and lost to the New York Knicks, who were 4-16 at the time.
The Celtics, off to a surprisingly mediocre start as the Eastern Conference favorites, have won four of the five games since, including the last three -- and may have also gotten the real Gordon Hayward back as they head into Thursday night's rematch with the Knicks at TD Garden.
Hayward, lost to the Celtics with a horrible leg injury in the first quarter of his first game with his new team last season, has been coming along slowly in his return. He broke out in a major step forward last Saturday night in Minneapolis.
Knicks forward Lance Thomas took part in Thursday morning's shootaround as he nears his return from knee surgery, head coach David Fizdale told reporters Thursday morning.
"He's getting back," Fizdale said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "He's getting close. Every day he's moving a little bit better. He's going after it. He's going to come back sooner than later for sure."
Thomas underwent arthroscopic surgery on Nov. 8 to remove loose bodies in his left knee.
Frank Ntilikina is frustrated about being asked if he's frustrated.
The Knicks guard snapped at a reporter following practice on Wednesday, responding to another question about his mindset riding the bench over the last two games.
"You see now," he said, per the New York Post. "How do I look?"
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Derek Fisher is going back to Los Angeles -- and he finally won't have any triangles to worry about on the sideline.
The former Knicks player and coach was named head coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks on Wednesday.
"Derek is a champion and proven leader on and off the court," Penny Toler, the team's executive vice president and general manager, said in a statement. "With his wealth of experience as a former player and head coach, I can't think of a better steward for our basketball team moving forward."
The monster dunks, ferocious blocks and flawless assists were all there for Duke F Zion Williamson in Wednesday night's 84-54 win over Hartford.
The potential Knicks draft pick had another highlight-heavy performance, giving the home crowd what they wanted with 18 points, 12 boards, three steals and a vicious spike off the backboard.
RJ Barrett joined Williamson in double-double territory, adding a team-high 27 points with 15 rebounds.
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Knicks castaway C Joakim Noah finally found a new home in the NBA, and he has a Madison Square Garden reunion on the calendar in the future.
Noah and the Grizzlies agreed to a one-year, veteran-minimum $1.7 million deal on Tuesday, and the Knicks are on the schedule on Feb. 3. New York decided to waive Noah on Oct. 13 after failing to find a suitor via trade. Instead, they will use a stretch provision on the remainder of his four-year, $72 million deal.
The marriage between these two sides never worked out, and Noah recognized it when he met with the Memphis media following his official signing.
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Damyean Dotson's trade value appears to be on the rise.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Pistons and Nets have shown the most interest in acquiring the 24-year-old swingman from the Knicks.
Dotson has flashed his potential of late, averaging a team-high 18 points and shooting 71.4 percent from 3-point range over the Knicks' last three games.
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Trey Burke is anticipating a busy summer with unrestricted free agency looming in 2019.
But the point guard already has made his priority clear: re-signing with the Knicks.
"I know how the business goes and if that is not an option, you're always auditioning for other teams. But personally, on record, I want to be here in New York City," Burke told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News on Monday. "You just never know, man. You never know in this league. Try not to put all your eggs in one basket because it is a business at the end of the day."
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The Knicks' late comeback bid fell short as they lost to the Washington Wizards 110-107 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score
Things to know about Monday's game
1. New York, which led by nine at halftime, trailed 107-92 with 3:33 remaining in the fourth quarter. But after Noah Vonleh's layup capped a 12-0 run, Washington's John Wall iced the game with a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left.
2. After their three-game winning streak, the Knicks have lost three of four games and allowed at least 110 points in each game.
For a team that hasn't looked all that tough this season, the New York Knicks could present a much stiffer chin when the Washington Wizards come to town on Monday night than they did before Saturday's overtime thriller over Eastern Conference heavyweight Milwaukee.
But there they were against the Bucks, finally flexing for perhaps the first time this season.
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A day after getting bashed (along with Kevin Knox) by unnamed Knicks officials, Frank Ntilikina was benched during Saturday night's win against the Bucks at Madison Square Garden.
But Ntilikina says he's not frustrated by being nailed to the bench.
"It's not frustration," Ntilikina said after the game, according to Peter Botte of the New York Post. "I think it's motivation because as a competitor you want to be out there on the court to help your team. My job and my mindset is to keep working harder to be able to get back on the court."
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Tim Hardaway Jr. has enjoyed a breakout season for the Knicks, taking on the scoring load with Kristaps Porzingis recovering from his torn ACL while rounding out his game in other areas.
His improving efficiency and playmaking makes his contract look more and more reasonable, and with a potential regression and monster free agency looming, the Knicks could be inclined to listen to offers for their stud shooting guard. Here are a few directions they could go in if they decide to trade Hardaway...
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Frank Ntilikina for Andrew Wiggins
As could be expected, Giannis Antetokounmpo was not pleased after Mario Hezonja dunked on him and then stepped over him during Saturday night's Knicks win over the Bucks.
"'I'm going to punch him in the nuts next time," Antetokounmpo said after the game, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, who said the comment was not made as a joke.
Meanwhile, Hezonja didn't regret a thing, though he said the below before hearing Antetokounmpo's quote...
The Knicks played one of their most inspring games of the season, fighting back multiple times against the Bucks and triumphing in overtime.
With the Knicks leading 136-134 with just under two seconds left, Brook Lopez drew a foul. He missed the first free throw before intentionally missing the second. Giannis Antetokounmpo got the rebound but couldn't score as time ran out. >> Box score
Things to know about Saturday night's game
Knicks G Trey Burke left Saturday's game against the Bucks midway through the first quarter after suffering a right knee sprain.
Burke, who needed to be helped off the court after the injury, had X-Rays that came back negative and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
He landed awkwardly under the basket after attempting a layup with the Bucks' Thon Maker stepping on Burke's leg.
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The Knicks' Mario Hezonja stepped over the Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo after dunking on him on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
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New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee will make his season debut Saturday when the Milwaukee Bucks visit Madison Square Garden.
Head coach David Fizdale said Lee was "probable" for the matchup with the Bucks after returning to practice just about a week ago. The guard, who is in his 10th year in the league, has missed the first 23 games of the 2018-2019 season due to a persistent neck injury.
"One thing I know is we definitely don't have veterans, so having a veteran in the mix now, especially since we haven't had Lance [Thomas], we just really miss that presence," Fizdale said Friday after practice. "So I've just got to figure out how I'm going to work him into the rotation."
Knicks G Trey Burke has resurrected his NBA career as a New York Knick, blossoming into the scorer many expected when he was taken ninth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft. His production has come on the cheap, but once his contract expires this summer, teams looking for an offensive punch will swarm for his services.
Here are five trades the Knicks could entertain in order to max out his value before potentially losing him to the market...
Trey Burke and Ron Baker for Clippers G Milos Teodosic and a 2nd round pick
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The returns are in. And unfortunately for two young Knicks, the reviews of their play is not all that positive. At least that's what a group of scouts and NBA personnel told the New York Post's Marc Berman.
"If the Knicks' last two lottery picks were stocks, they'd be plummeting."
That was the lede in a story published Thursday by Berman, and given the scouts and other NBA personnel he spoke with, it's not exactly an unfair characterization of what is in front of two players the Knicks have invested a good deal of effort in bringing along.
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In what was designed from the start to be a rebuilding year, the Knicks' most important objective has been player development. There have been some pleasant surprises on that end - the emergence of undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier, for one - but the team was hoping for a step forward from 2017 lottery pick Frank Ntilikina that has thus far not come.
In his second season, Frankie Smokes' offense, already a liability as a rookie, has taken another hit.
He's shooting just 33.3 percent from the field and 25.7 percent from beyond the arc. Once thought to be the Knicks' long-term future point guard, Ntilikina's assist rate is down, too, from 20 percent to 16.2.
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Joakim Noah is officially back.
The former Knicks center agreed to a one-year deal on the veteran's minimum with the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, according to Sham Charania of The Athletic.
It was reported last week that the Grizzlies had "serious interest" in Noah and that the two were expected to meet and come to terms with a deal this week.
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Two more teams have emerged with interest in Knicks second-year guard Frank Ntilikina.
On Thursday, it was reported by The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov that there was "league-wide interest" in Ntilikina and the Magic were one of those teams.
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Every New York athlete says they love the city, and truly enjoy playing for it during their season. But Knicks C Enes Kanter the Big Apple life every day.
Since he was traded from Oklahoma City to New York to play for the Knicks, Kanter has fallen in love with the hustle and bustle of the city streets. Kanter would have been an intriguing free-agent candidate this past offseason had he opted out of his contract with his player option. Instead, he decided to remain a Knicks, and continue to work with the young, rebuilding squad.
And a major impact on Kanter's decision was New York City -- a place he isn't afraid to walk around freely despite being a professional athlete in town.
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There is "NBA-wide" trade interest in Knicks second-year guard Frank Ntilikina, according to The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov.
The Orlango Magic are among the teams interested in him, while the Philadelphia 76ers were scouting him during Wednesday's Knicks-76ers game, according to Vorkunov.
The 20-year-old Ntilikina, New York's first-round pick in 2017, has been held scoreless in back-to-back games and four times in the past 10, however a different scout told Vorkunov that Ntilikina is "intriguing" as a player.
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The Knicks couldn't handle Joel Embiid and JJ Redick, as the Sixers blew them out 117-91 on the road Wednesday night. >> Box score
Things to know about Wednesday's game
1) This was a rare off night for Tim Hardaway Jr., who couldn't find his shooting stroke. He went 1-for-11 from the field, including all six three-point attempts missing the net. Hardaway finished with just five points and two assists over 27 minutes on the court. He'll look to shake this one off for sure.
Coming off their second game-winner in seven days -- and the second to come off the fingertips of star midseason acquisition and four-time all-star Jimmy Butler- the Philadelphia 76ers might have an easier go of it on Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center when the New York Knicks come to town.
The Knicks fell to 7-15 on the season -- and 4-9 away from Madison Square Garden -- on Tuesday night with a 115-108 loss at Detroit, and now they have to turn around and head to play one of the league's best triumvirates.
Only right about now, it feels like Jimmy's world.
On Episode 2 of The Adventures of Coach Fiz, the new coach continues to connect with the team's past, by learning from The Zen Master.
For many, the NBA Draft is like Christmas morning. We go to bed the night before the big day, dreaming of the shiny new prospects who soon might be ours.
But often times, instead of getting Madden 64 like we asked for, our mom ends up buying NFL Quarterback Club 98 because "the man at the store said it's basically the same!"
To this point, the 2017 Draft has yielded many more duds than it has studs, and Frank Ntilikina and Markelle Fultz - both of whom had been born before those games were released - seem more and more like they're destined to be traded in for $5.85 in GameStop credit...
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Knicks coach David Fizdale isn't interested in talking about the playoffs this year. In fact, he has removed the word from his vocabulary.
When asked before Tuesday's loss to the Pistons why he won't mention the postseason, Fizdale told the New York Post: "My focus is on the day-to-day growth of the team. Whatever comes out at the end, that's going to happen based on what we did from the work standpoint. I'm trying to keep two eyes down on the pathway to get there and not trying to split my time worrying about the destination and looking at something that may or may not happen. I don't even mention that [the playoffs]."
With the Knicks at 7-15 and Kristaps Porzingis not returning from his ACL rehab anytime soon, Fizdale's aversion to playoff talk makes sense. Instead, Fizdale has introduced a new motivational tool into the locker room: a literal ax, which to his own admission serves as a clichéd symbol of what he's trying to accomplish in developing his younger players. He even had all the Knicks sign it.
For Knicks fans hoping to see Duke's freshman phenom Zion Williamson in blue and orange next season, hold your breath: ESPN's latest mock draft thinks he's going to be the first name called.
With each thunderous dunk and double-digit point game, Williamson's draft stock continues to soar. And ESPN sees the Hawks jumping all over him with the first overall pick.
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Duke F Zion Williamson was flying all night long in a dominating win over Indiana, 90-69, at home.
The Knicks' potential draft pick's signature may be his windmill dunk where he gets his head above the rim, and seems to hang just long enough in the air to bring everyone to their feet just before throwing it down.
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Prior to the start of the NBA season, the Knicks were among the reported preferred destinations for guard Jimmy Butler -- who wanted out of Minnesota.
Butler, 29, was finally traded on Nov. 12 to the Philadelphia 76ers and will take the court against the Knicks for the first time as a Sixer on Wednesday.
Yet, the four-time All-Star apparently has forgotten he ever wanted to play for the Knicks.
The Knicks had their three-game win streak snapped, as Blake Griffin and the Pistons delivered a 115-108 loss in Detroit. >> Box score
Things to know about Tuesday's game
1) Coming off the bench, it was Allonzo Trier leading the Knicks with 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 9-of-12 from the charity stripe over 30 minutes. He managed a double-double as well with 10 rebounds to go along with seven assists. Trier continues to be impressive as he makes his name among rookies in the NBA.
It was sad news for many that learned Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the megahit Nickelodeon cartoon show "Spongebob Squarepants," died at the age of 57 on Tuesday.
And among those who mourned his death was Knicks C Enes Kanter.
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Emmanuel Mudiay is doing his best to show the New York Knicks that their point guard of the future is already on the roster.
Mudiay has been instrumental in the team's last two victories. He scored 15 of his season-high 27 points in the fourth quarter against New Orleans on Friday, then converted a pivotal transition dunk and free throw in a 103-98 road victory over Memphis on Sunday.
Mudiay will try to keep the hot hand going when the Knicks play at Detroit on Tuesday night. New York (7-14) has won three straight after a 4-14 start.
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Enes Kanter has been unhappy with his situation at points this season, complaining in late October while coming off the bench. While he's back in the starting lineup and averaging roughly five more minutes per game than his career average, it would still make sense for the Knicks to explore a potential trade.
Here are five that could work...