Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports  (Bill Streicher)
Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina has finally been cleared to practice, and it couldn't have came at a better time. 

According to the Daily News' Stefan Bondy, the 20-year-old former first rounder will be practicing with G-League Westchester on Tuesday as the Knicks are traveling back from Toronto following a 128-92 blowout on Monday night. Ntilikina has been sidelined for weeks with a groin injury, but if everything goes well at practice, he could be suiting up against the Jazz at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. 

That would be the best case scenario for Ntilikina, who needs these last 11 games of the season to prove he is still worth it to the Knicks. It doesn't look good for Ntilikina to stay in orange and blue next season, especially with new point guard Dennis Smith Jr. coming over from Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis trade. The Knicks also have Allonzo Trier, Emmanuel Mudiay and Damyean Doston all under contract for 2019. 

At the beginning of the month, The Post's Marc Berman had a source say Ntilikina would be on the trade block on NBA Draft night in June. But his draft stock wouldn't be high if he can't get back on the court, and finish strong for the Knicks. Ntilikina also has yet to play with Smith, so these last few games are crucial for the Knicks to make sure they don't make a mistake trading a first-rounder. 

"Don't they have to see what they have first?" an NBA source told Berman. "If he turns into a bust as a lottery pick, fine. But they do not know that yet."

With Smith coming over, head coach David Fizdale noted he wanted to move Ntilikina to the wing. He believes his height and stout defensive abilities would allow him to compete against small forwards. Smith said he has looked forward to playing with Ntilikina, as he likes the way he plays. 

"I think [Ntilikina] plays with a really high IQ," Smith, who was taken one pick after Ntilikina in the 2017 Draft, told Berman. "I like his game. I never had an issue with his game. Defensively he's elite. Offensively, he has a higher IQ than people think. He really understands the game. I think we can play well together."

Well, Ntilikina will have to play well with Smith and the rest of the Knicks if he wants to remain in New York. And that could start tomorrow night against the Jazz where Fizdale, along with the Knicks front office, will have a keen eye on the Frenchman as the season comes to a close.

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Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mike Miller will be joining the Knicks' staff as an assistant coach for the 2019-20 season, the team announced on Monday.

SNY's Ian Begley reported on June 17 that barring an unforeseen change, Miller was expected to join David Fizdale's staff.

Miller was named G League coach of the year in 2017-18.

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Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) and Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) during practice for the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) and Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) during practice for the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

As is tradition in the NBA, the fresh new faces in the league took their rookie survey before the start of the 2019-2020 season.

And the results may not be what you expected. 

Well, the first category of who will win the Rookie of the Year award wasn't too much of a surprise. Zion Williamson had the most votes at 35 percent with Ja Morant, the second overall pick to the Grizzlies, coming in at 27 percent. The Knicks' RJ Barrett came in at 5 percent, the same as his fellow Duke teammate Cam Reddish

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Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports  (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

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Last week in New Jersey, several Knicks were in attendance for the NBA's Rookie Transition Program, a four-day event that the league and the NBPA put together to help rookies adjust to life as a pro athlete. Players listened to experts, ex-players and their peers discuss topics ranging from sexual health to social media.

"At the core of what we're doing is, 'How are you the best professional you can be? And how are you clear and concise in what your decision-making process is?" says Greg Taylor, the NBA's Head of Player Development. 

Second-year Knicks Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier were among the players in attendance this year. Rookies RJ Barrett and Iggy Brazdeikis were there as well. 

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It wasn't a good look for Team USA on Wednesday when they lost not one but two scrimmages to the LA Select Team, a group of fringe NBA and overseas players. And a few of those players dishing out the hurt have or had Knicks ties. 

The LA Select Team, which was led by former Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy, delivered a 36-17 victory in one of those scrimmages. Team USA didn't look to be in sync, and silly turnovers were made throughout the 10-minute game.

Team USA may have had players like Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Anthony Davis back out. However, with stars like Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton, and Jaysom Tatum on the roster, they shouldn't have had trouble facing this Select Team.

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Jan 27, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks former player Carmelo Anthony on the court before a game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 27, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks former player Carmelo Anthony on the court before a game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ten-time All-Star and free agent forward Carmelo Anthony has been participating in informal team workouts and scrimmages with Brooklyn Nets players in Los Angeles recently, per SNY sources.

Anthony, who played 10 games with the Houston Rockets last season before being released, said last week in an interview on First Take that he and his representatives have been in touch with several teams, including the Lakers and Clippers, about potentially signing a contract for the coming season.

It is unknown if the Nets are one of the teams that Anthony and his representatives have talked to about a potential signing. The club's interest level in signing Anthony to a contract is also unknown.

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Knicks, Nets schedules released 00:01:18
SNY's Ian Begley reveals some key dates for both the Knicks and Nets including Kyrie Irving's return to Boston and Porzingis' return to MSG.

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The Knicks will get a look at Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets early in the 2019-2020 season.

New York travels to Brooklyn for the first time on Oct. 25 -- the second game of the season -- and hosts the Nets for the first time on Nov. 24.

Irving and Kevin Durant -- two of the Knicks' top targets in free agency -- signed with Brooklyn in July. So the Knicks-Nets rivalry will matter again this season after being mostly dormant for a few years.

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First time meeting Steve Francis 00:01:03
Former New York Knicks point guard Nate Robinson sits down and tells us the story of the first time he met Steve Francis.

Nate Robinson has played with many NBA All-Stars and legends during his time in the league. But throughout his career, Robinson remembers a special moment with former Knick Steve Francis during his time in New York. 

When Francis were teammates in the Big Apple, Robinson immediately recalled a time when he was 16 years old. He was at a camp in Baltimore where Franchis was attending, and he had asked to take a picture with him on the bench. 

Well, years later Robinson had his mom send that picture to him to give to Francis. Here he is recalling that moment...

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Mar 17, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Mar 17, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers will be in New York to face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 22, per SNY sources.

James' visits to the Garden are usually entertaining. Last season, James' Lakers lost to a struggling Knicks team in a game that ended with him getting rejected by Mario Hezonja.

Knicks fans will also have the chance to show a warm welcome that night to Davis, one of the top free agents in the class of 2020. Of course, Davis is likely to re-sign with Los Angeles, unless things go horribly wrong for the Lakers this season. But in the unlikely chance that Davis decides to leave Los Angeles next summer, it's worth noting that Davis' agent, Rich Paul, said on the record that he sees New York as an attractive destination.

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The Knicks have signed guard Lamar Peters to a non-guaranteed training camp contract, as confirmed by SNY's Ian Begley.

Peters was undrafted out of Mississippi State, but played three seasons for the Bulldogs, where he averaged 11.9 points per game as a junior before opting to forgo his senior year and enter the NBA Draft.

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TEANECK, NJ - One of the bigger questions around the Knicks entering the season is what should the expectations be for rookie R.J. Barrett?

"(Knicks fans) can expect that they're getting a killer," Zion Williamson said in an interview with SNY at Panini's NBA Rookie Photo Shoot on Sunday. "For the people that are trying to look down on him, RJ's been through worse. He knows how to battle through it and he's going to bring the city everything he's got."

Williamson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 Draft, is a close friend of Barrett's. Williamson and Barrett formed a strong bond while playing together at Duke last season. So you'd expect Williamson to offer a strong statement about his friend. But Williamson referencing Barrett's ability to battle through adversity is noteworthy.

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Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports  (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Knicks fans received a bit of a scare on Thursday when it was learned that Mitchell Robinson has been dealing with a knee injury at Team USA World Cup training camp in Las Vegas. 

Robinson, who is playing for US Select Team which practices against Team USA's World Cup roster, reaggravated his injury during a session on Wednesday, per The Post's Marc Berman

Thanks to a video from The Daily News' Stefan Bondy, you can see Kyle Kuzma drive to the rim and Robinson looks to slip and take a fall, but quickly get up...

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Team LeBron forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Team LeBron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics during NBA All-Star Game practice at the Bojangles Coliseum. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Team LeBron forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Team LeBron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics during NBA All-Star Game practice at the Bojangles Coliseum. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Durant offered his thoughts on signing with the Nets and playing with Kyrie Irving for the first time in an interview with Yahoo! Sports

 

Here are a few takeaways: 

On why he decided to sign with the Nets: "Because I wanted to," Durant said. "The basketball was appealing."

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Mar 26, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle (30) shoots over Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) during the second half at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Mar 26, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle (30) shoots over Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) during the second half at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Julius Randle has withdrawn from USA Basketball's World Cup training camp, USA Basketball announced Saturday. The 24-year old left the camp to deal with what is being termed a "family matter."

Team USA will being training camp on Monday with what is now a 15-man roster and will also train with the USA Basketball Select Team, which includes Mitchell Robinson along with the Nets' Jarrett Allen and Joe Harris. The Select Team will be coached by former Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy.  

 

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Dec 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) defends against New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) defends against New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Summer League has come and gone, and we're still a couple of months away from the start of the NBA regular season, but on Friday afternoon, parts of the league's schedule began to leak. 

According to Shams Charania of the Athletic, the Knicks will welcome Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas Mavericks to Madison Square Garden on Nov. 14. The game will be Porzingis' first at MSG since the Knicks traded him to Dallas on Feb. 1.

 

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As you'd expect, the Nets aren't providing any timetable for Kevin Durant's return to the court. 

"We're certainly not going to rush him back," GM Sean Marks said recently on a WFAN interview. "There's going to be absolutely none of that. We have far too much invested in him, and we owe it to Kevin to get him back to 100%."

Will Durant ever be fully healthy after tearing his right Achilles? And can he return to the court next season? 

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Presidential candidate Andrew Yang -- a big Knicks fan who was very active on social media leading up to free agency -- has been sounding off on the Knicks and everything NBA. Here's the latest...


August 2, 1:40 PM:

Yang has a take on what the Charlotte Hornets, should do -- and it involves two former Knicks.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Still hoping to land with a team for the upcoming season, former Knick Carmelo Anthony went on ESPN First Take on Friday morning to discuss a host of topics, including almost bolting the Knicks for the Bulls in 2014 before eventually re-signing.

"The New York Knicks situation, I was going to Chicago," Anthony said. "Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah. I was there. I was there. And then I started getting whispers behind the scenes -- 'yo, look, this person ain't gonna be there' . ... all of that started to come up in the midst of my decision. I wasn't gonna let anything cloud that. I met with New York last. They was the last time I met with because I knew that I was ready to move on from that situation because of what I was dealing with and going through in New York. After that, I met with New York the last meeting and said 'tell me what you're gonna do for the organization, for us to try to put a team together to go compete and try to win."

After that meeting and a lot of things the Knicks promised, Anthony made his decision to stay.

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Jul 9, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) dribbles during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Toronto Raptors at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 9, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) dribbles during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Toronto Raptors at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

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Knicks rookie RJ Barrett will not participate in the FIBA World Cup for Team Canada, SNY sources confirm.

Barrett suffered a mild calf strain -- not believed to be significant -- during Summer League in Las Vegas, which may have factored in to the decision.

Barrett, a Toronto native, played for Team Canada regularly as a younger player.

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Mar 16, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) hugs forward Zion Williamson (1) after defeating the Florida State Seminoles in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Mar 16, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) hugs forward Zion Williamson (1) after defeating the Florida State Seminoles in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

Despite not playing in an NBA regular season game yet, Zion Williamson is already being asked about potentially leaving New Orleans.

In a recent interview with Complex, the No.1 overall pick opened up about his new team, as well as his relationship with Knicks rookie RJ Barrett. Williamson was asked if he has ever thought about what it would be like to reunite at some point with his former Duke teammate.

"Yeah, we talked about it in college a lot," Williamson said. "We kinda talked about it as we were both going to get our careers started and see how it goes. I mean, if we can possibly link up in the future, that would be great. But we both understand that if things are going well in our prospective cities, we'll just kind of leave it there."

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Apr 7, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton (4) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports (Darren Yamashita)
Apr 7, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton (4) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports (Darren Yamashita)

With all the second-tier free-agent signees the Knicks brought in this offseason, the Magic's Aaron Gordon has one that he hopes thrives in particular. 

Elfrid Payton was sort of a under-the-radar signee with the likes of Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, and Bobby Portis joining the team as well. The Knicks already have Dennis Smith Jr. as well as Allonzo Trier, whose looking to follow up his stellar rookie season. And Frank Ntilikina is still looking to show the Knicks he was worthy of their first-round selection two years ago.

So it will be a battle to get solid minutes on the floor, let alone start for another former first-rounder in Payton. But Gordon, who was drafted just six picks ahead of Payton to the same Magic team, knows exactly what the point guard can bring to New York this season.

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Feb 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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New Net DeAndre Jordan shed a little light on his decision to sign with the Nets over the Knicks in free agency.

"Not to knock the culture the Knicks are creating," he said during an a promotional appearance for Dunkin', according to Gothamist, "but we like what [Nets coach] Kenny [Atkinson]'s doing and [general manager] Sean [Marks] has been awesome and the organization, from top to bottom, has been great. So you want to be a part of something like that, especially when you have a chance to play with other great players and build something."

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Feb 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson (8) and guard Matthew Dellavedova (18) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Feb 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson (8) and guard Matthew Dellavedova (18) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Allonzo Trier impressed in nearly every category in his first year as a Knick, and the organization saw enough through his first season to pick up his $3.5 million option for year two. But like any rookie, his first season highlighted areas calling for improvement.

His shooting became the primary area of refinement, but it wasn't the mechanics. Instead, it was the volume.

"The more I get off and I shoot at a high percentage, then it'll be good for us," Trier told Mike Vorkunov of the Athletic. "Not only myself, but as a basketball team. So that's one thing I've been focused on doing."

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Mar 9, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) backs towards the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie (20) plays defense in the second half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Mar 9, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) backs towards the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie (20) plays defense in the second half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

Bobby Portis has a lofty goal for his first season with the Knicks. 

The former first-round pick is hopeful the Knicks will win hardware as a team despite being big underdogs heading into 2019, but he's got a personal agenda as well. 

"I envision myself being a Sixth Man of the Year candidate," Portis told the New York Post." Last year I was in the running at the beginning of the season, playing well. That's in the back of my mind for sure. Naysayers will say I'm crazy. I feel it's going to come for me one day for sure. I play my role really well."

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Feb 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks guard Kadeem Allen (0) dribbles against Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre' Bembry (95) during the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Feb 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks guard Kadeem Allen (0) dribbles against Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre' Bembry (95) during the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

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Kadeem Allen has spent most of his offseason in North Carolina, working out in preparation for his second season with the Knicks. He's looking forward to making an impact in training camp.

"Just trying to show coach that I can compete at the highest level and I can play at the highest level," Allen said of his goals entering the season. "Just trying to get out there and earn a permanent roster spot."

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Clyde Frazier on Knicks and Nets 00:03:07
SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley chats with Walt "Clyde" Frazier about the Knicks offseason, and the big free agents that ended up in Brooklyn.

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Knicks great Clyde Frazier was 'shocked' when Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving signed with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency. But he doesn't see those moves as a sign that the Knicks have ceded their title as the most relevant NBA team in New York. 

Frazier thinks the Knicks pivoted well after missing on Durant and their other top targets - and he doesn't see these Nets teams having more success than the Jason Kidd/Kenyon Martin Nets clubs that reached back-to-back Finals in the early 2000s. 

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Jul 9, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) is pictured during the first half of an NBA Summer League game against the Toronoto Raptors at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 9, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) is pictured during the first half of an NBA Summer League game against the Toronoto Raptors at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Locally, RJ Barrett will garner a lot of attention this season. He's the Knicks' highest draft pick in more than 30 years. And the team didn't sign any top free agents this summer. So Barrett's progress as a rookie will be one of the most important storylines of the Knicks' season.

Trae Young can relate. The Hawks guard dealt with a heavy dose of attention in his first year in the NBA.

And he believes Barrett will handle the scrutiny that comes with being a top pick in NBA just fine.

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Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang -- a big Knicks fan who was very active on social media leading up to free agency -- is sounding off on the team again. This time, it's all negative. 

"I think the New York Knicks need to fall back, on so many levels," Yang said during an appearance on The Beat with Ari Melber. "Oh my gosh, I've been a fan since I was a kid. And so the Summer League Knicks skipped shaking hands with their opponents after they had lost their third straight game."

That "poor sportsmanship led Yang to bash the Knicks' roster management, which included signing a half dozen or so lower tier free agents after missing out on their top targets.

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Mar 20, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle (30) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 20, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle (30) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Julius Randle -- one of the newest Knicks -- has been added to USA Basketball's training camp roster for the FIBA World CUP, SNY's Ian Begley confirmed on Tuesday. The Athletic's Shams Charania was first on the report. 

Randle, along with Celtics F Jaylen Brown, were the latest additions to the roster after many others backed out. Many are focusing on the upcoming season and don't want to participate in the tournament. 

Players like Anthony Davis, James Harden, Tobias Harris, CJ McCollum, and even Zion Williamson have all backed out. Bradley Beal does have a solid excuse in his wife expecting their second son during the time of the World Cup.

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After being drafted by the Knicks third overall in the 2019 NBA Draft, oddsmakers have given RJ Barrett the third-best chance to win the 2019-2020 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

At +550, Barrett slots in right behind the two players drafted before him, former Duke teammate Zion Williamson and Ja Morant, according to OddsShark.com. Williamson's odds are listed at -135, far and away the favorite, while Morant comes in at +300. 

Cam Reddish, the third Duke player drafted in the Top 10 this year, has odds listed at +5000, where he's tied along with Jaxson HayesTyler Herro and Mfiondu Kabengele

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Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Forbes released its 2019 version of the 50 most valuable sports franchises in the world on Monday, and all 50 teams have a value of at least $2 billion. 

Six New York teams made the cut, with two of those teams (Yankees and Knicks) leading their respective sports. No NHL or MLS teams made the top 50, although the Rangers are the highest-ranking hockey team at 72 with a value of $1.55 billion. 

Here are the local rankings, which are based on Forbes' published valuations over the past 12 months:

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Apr 23, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers guard Furkan Korkmaz (30) during the third quarter in game five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Apr 23, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers guard Furkan Korkmaz (30) during the third quarter in game five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Although the New York Knicks struck out on this free agent class's top talent, they will have more opportunities to scoop up a star going forward. Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook were two elite point guards on the trade market, with the former possibly still available. The price may be too steep and the prize too old for the Knicks, but they won't have to wait long for another chance.

As part of Kevin Durant's signing with the Brooklyn Nets, New York's rival team sent the Golden State Warriors PG D'Angelo Russell, who was signed to a max deal coming off his first All-Star season. While the southpaw scorer will be useful filling in during Klay Thompson's absence, he's an awkward long-term fit, and is rumored to be on the trading block come December 15, when newly signed players can be dealt.

Should the Knicks look to trade for him when that time comes?

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On set during the Kyrie trade 00:00:50
Former New York Knick Nate Robinson brings us behind the scenes of when Kyrie Irving got traded to the Celtics while on the Uncle Drew set.

In the summer of 2017, Kyrie Irving got his wish as the Cavaliers sent him in a blockbuster trade to the Celtics. And former Knicks PG Nate Robinson was there to witness it all. 

Irving and Robinson were both cast members on the set of the movie "Uncle Drew" when the All-Star point guard received word that he was shipping up to Boston. 

Robinson reflected on the moment for SNY.

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Jul 13, 2019; El Segundo, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (left) talks with forward/center Anthony Davis (right) after a press conference at the UCLA Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jul 13, 2019; El Segundo, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (left) talks with forward/center Anthony Davis (right) after a press conference at the UCLA Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

For the Lakers, Anthony Davis' most recent comments are a nightmare. For every other team who wanted the versatile center on their roster this season, they kept that dream alive. 

As many know, Davis will be a free agent following the 2019-20 season. The Lakers were well aware of that fact, sending over assets like Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and others with full confidence that Davis would want to re-sign with Los Angeles after the season. GM Rob Pelinka, who spearheaded the deal for Davis, said during the introductory press conference that the All-Star would be in LA for the next decade.

However, speaking to his hometown newspaper in the Chicago Tribune, Davis said he would think about playing for the Bulls. 

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The Knicks entered the summer with major aspirations and a blank checkbook, coming out the other side without their franchise-altering superstar but a deep roster of legitimate NBA talent. Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson, Marcus Morris, Elfrid Payton, Reggie Bullock and Wayne Ellington signed via free agency, while R.J. Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis were picked up in the draft, joining a young core of Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith Jr. and others. 

This crop of developing players showed their worth over the past few weeks at Las Vegas Summer League, and are key to New York's continued rebuild. However, the dearth of more established contributors will make getting everybody their due minutes difficult.

These veterans were signed to build up their own and the organization's reputation through their play and to potentially be moved on their flexible deals. Here's how the Knicks may be able to accomplish that while still allowing their inexperienced pieces enough burn to grow. 

Tags: Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, RJ Barrett, Wayne Ellington
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Knicks forward RJ Barrett (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks forward RJ Barrett (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Coming into 2019 Summer League, the debut of Zion Williamson was highly anticipated. After Williamson played nine minutes total, the hype shifted to RJ Barrett

The third overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Barrett was the only one of the top six picks to play in more than one game during Summer League. With the New York Knicks failing to sign any big-name stars, it's imperative for Barrett to flash some potential of stardom. If Barrett develops into an integral piece, that can only help the Knicks evolve into a more legitimate destination for future free agents.

In five Summer League games, Barrett averaged 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists. He really struggled at the beginning of Summer League, but gradually improved with strong performances in the final two games against the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards. 

Is Barrett ready to make noise in his rookie season, or is there bust potential?

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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)

Kenny Wooten was one of the real positive surprises for the Knicks during their Summer League schedule.

As a result, the 6-foot-9 center has agreed to terms on an Exhibit 10 contract with the Knicks, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

With his Exhibit 10 deal, Wooten will receive an invite to Knicks training camp. The deal is non-guaranteed and does not count towards the Knicks salary cap, and if Wooten is waived, he can earn up to $50,000 if he spends at least 60 days with the Knicks G-League affiliate in Westchester. 

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Jan 31, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) during the second quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Jan 31, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) during the second quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

There's some fallout between the Knicks and the Spurs over Marcus Morris' decision to renege on his agreement with San Antonio and sign with New York. 

The Athletic published a story quoting a GM who said the Spurs were "pissed" about Morris backing out of his verbal agreement with San Antonio to sign with the Knicks. 

It's understandable that the Spurs would be upset with Morris' decision to back out of the deal. It's also understandable if the Spurs were upset with the Knicks for giving Morris an alternative option. 

 

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Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Ignas Brazdeikis (17) gestures after scoring a three point basket 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 Ignas Brazdeikis (17) gestures after scoring a three point basket 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)

Ignas Brazdeikis was the 47th pick in the NBA Draft, so the casual fan may have been surprised to see him knocking down threes, executing spin moves and finishing around the rim in the Summer League.

But those that know Brazdeikis well weren't.

"He's always been able to score," Andrew Saulez, Brazdeikis' coach at Holy Trinity High School, says. "…. Some of the stuff that you saw at Michigan and at Summer League, the buckets that he gets at weird angles, using the glass, getting into the lane, spinning and scoring -- he's been doing that since Grade 6 or 7."

Brazdeikis averaged 15.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists for New York in the Summer League. He also knocked down 11 of his 22 three-point attempts. It was only Summer League, so those who are penciling Brazdeikis in as Rookie of the Year are getting ahead of themselves.

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Look out Madison Square Garden: Zion Williamson will be on the court to face the Knicks very soon. 

While fans will be amped to see first-rounder RJ Barrett play at MSG, they'll be even more excited to see him face Williamson and the Pelicans during the preseason on Oct. 18, sources confirmed to SNY's Ian Begley. 

These two already faced off during both of their Summer League debuts, but Williamson left with a knee injury after tallying 11 points. The game was also affected by the earthquake out in the Mojave desert in early July...

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Feb 8, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) looks on against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Feb 8, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) looks on against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

New head coach Mike Anderson considers himself a Knicks fan now, and you can thank Bobby Portis for that. 

Anderson coached Portis during his time at Arkansas, where he was the 2015 SEC Player of the Year. Portis was impressive that year with 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while shooting 46.7 percent from three. 

That jumper translated to the NBA, too, as he shot a career-high 39.3 percent from three last season between the Bulls and Wizards. Anderson believes that aspect of Portis' game and more will have Knicks fans liking him this year. 

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Mar 4, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Reggie Bullock (35) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Mar 4, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Reggie Bullock (35) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

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New Knicks free-agent signee Reggie Bullock underwent surgery on Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery for a cervical disc herniation, the team said.

Bullock initially reached a two-year $21 million agreement at the beginning of free agency, but re-worked the agreement in wake of the disc herniation. Bullock agreed to a two-year deal for less than the $4.7 million exception, his agent David Bauman told SNY.

"(The) Knicks were fantastic through this process," Bauman said.

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Apr 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale and guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale and guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Emmanuel Mudiay has faith in the Knicks. 

The 22-year-old guard may no longer be on the team, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Utah Jazz this summer, but Mudiay believes New York should be excited about some of the pieces the organization has, starting with head coach David Fizdale. 

"This year wasn't the year to judge him for his work, but he's taken teams to the playoffs before," he told Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News. "So I think it's only a matter of time. If they keep putting the right people around him, then he'll flourish."

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson
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Mar 19, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Reggie Bullock (35) drives for the basket in front of Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell (21) during the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Mar 19, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Reggie Bullock (35) drives for the basket in front of Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell (21) during the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

The Knicks and Reggie Bullock have finally reached a deal after a medical issue led to a snag, with the free agent signing a two-year pact for less than the $4.7 million exception, his agent David Bauman told SNY's Ian Begley. 

Bullock's deal with the Knicks is structured similarily to their other two-year agreements, per SNY sources: it isn't fully guaranteed in the second year, which essentially makes it a team option.

There is no specific timetable for Bullock to be on the court at the moment. But, per SNY sources, Bullock is expected to miss at least a month of the regular season due to his ailment.

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Which Robinson?: Nate or Mitch 00:01:02
Former New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson has fun choosing whether he or Knicks center Mitchell Robinson are better at certain things.

Former Knicks point guard and three-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Nate Robinson stopped by the SNY studios to play a little game we like to call "Which Robinson?"

The current Robinson on the Knicks is the exact opposite of Nate -- C Mitchell Robinson. So we tested Nate's knowledge with a few questions that pertain to either him or Mitch. 

Not only does Nate believe he's the better dunker, but he even proved that he's a better singer than Mitch...

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Jul 9, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) dribbles during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Toronto Raptors at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 9, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) dribbles during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Toronto Raptors at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

After Madden's rankings created a stir among NFL fans early on Monday, NBA2K quickly followed up with their rankings, too. 

Of note is how the rookies are ranked, particularly Knicks' RJ Barrett. 

New York's first-round pick, and third overall, was rated a 78 in his first time appearing in the video game. 

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Nov 7, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith (5) reacts near the bench in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)
Nov 7, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith (5) reacts near the bench in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)

JR Smith is now available. 

The Cleveland Cavaliers released the veteran guard on Monday before his $15.6 million contract for the 2019-20 season could become guaranteed and failing to find a team to take him in a trade. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that once Smith clears waiver, the Los Angeles Lakers would not be interested in signing him. 

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks had the worst record in the NBA last season (17-65) and scooped RJ Barrett with the No. 3 pick in the Draft and Ignas Brazdeikis in the second round before missing out on every top free agent and pivoting to the lower tier.

So how many games should they expect to win in 2019-20?

BetOnline has set the Knicks' over/under at 27.5, which would mean a solid improvement over the tank that last season was but a team that is still a far cry from being a postseason contender.

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The word for Knicks forward Kevin Knox as he worked his way through his second NBA Summer League was "different." 

As the Knicks and Knox wrapped things up in Las Vegas on Saturday, Knox used that word to describe both his new-look team and himself. But in a good way. 

"Yeah, I feel totally different," Knox told Newsday. "I probably didn't have the numbers I did last year, didn't have all the highlights and stuff. But just me out there feeling more comfortable and more confident, dribbling the basketball, shooting the ball, I feel a lot stronger out there."

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Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) dunks 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 center Mitchell Robinson (23) dunks 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)

The Knicks ended their Vegas Summer League schedule with a 103-87 win over the Wizards in Saturday's consolation game.

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) Mitchell Robinson had perhaps his best game of the Summer League schedule. The second-year pro came up with big plays on both ends of the floor, ending his afternoon with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and three blocks

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