Looking to improve on his rookie season, Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina is back in New York, and ready to get to work with new head coach David Fizdale.
Ntilikina has been in his home France, but he has returned for Fizdale's first informal workout with the team on Monday, per The Post's Marc Berman. Players like Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Burke, Damyean Dotson, and Troy Williams are expected to be at the workout as well.
The 19-year-old has been texting his new head coach, but the two haven't officially met in person. But Fizdale made it a point to say that he wants to build a "great relationship" with all of his players before training camp officially kicks off...
Back in October, Michigan State star Miles Bridges told me he would be "extremely happy" to play for the Knicks.
Now, his coaches seem to feel the same way.
"I hope they have a big interest, I'd like to see him go there, personally," Michigan State associate head coach Dwayne Stephens told SNY.tv by phone of the Knicks.
Tags: Miles Bridges, Adam Zagoria
There's no certainty that Oklahoma G Trae Young will work out for the Knicks if they request one as expected.
Young, who averaged 27.4 points, 8.7 assists and 5.2 turnovers in his freshman season with the Sooners, is expected to be drafted somewhere around where the Knicks are selecting with the 9th pick, but he is under no obligation to take a private workout with the team.
"It all depends on my agent and where he thinks I should work out,'' Young said...
Keith Smart will join the Knicks' coaching staff as David Fizdale's top assistant, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
Smart worked with Fizdale in Miami then followed him to Memphis when he was head coach of the Grizzlies.
The 53-year-old entered coaching in 1997 immediately following his playing career, briefly in the NBA but mostly abroad. His first coaching gig in the NBA was as an assistant with the Cavaliers from 2000-03...
Villanova head coach Jay Wright may not have talked to the Knicks about becoming their new head coach. But that didn't stop him from talking about his players -- particulary SF Mikal Bridges.
Bridges, who is regarded as one of the best prospects in this year's draft, could be there for the taking at No. 9 if the Knicks so choose. Wright believes his now former player has exactly what it takes to handle the expectation of playing in New York City on and off the court.
"I really do. It's not just mental toughness. It's an intelligence and humility. He understands what it's all about," Wriight told The Post's Marc Berman. "He's played for two national championship teams here, and during his tenure there was a lot of expectation and attention. I think he's used to it, very comfortable in that positions. He doesn't get caught up in it, either. He understands responsibility, but won't get caught up that it's New York."
Tags: Mikal Bridges
Jake Brown | Twitter | The NBA Draft order is set and the Knicks will be picking ninth. The last time the Knicks picked in that spot, they took Michael Sweetney...and we know how that turned out. The jury is still out on their eighth pick last year, Frank Ntilikina, but the Knicks badly need to take an impact player this year that they can potentially insert in the starting lineup.
Over the next five weeks, there are things that can change with these prospects after the Combine, workouts, and interviews. But the list below should be the guys the Knicks have their eye on and the order of preference...
1. Mikal Bridges
When new Knicks head coach David Fizdale flies to Europe to visit with franchise player Kristaps Porzingis, he hopes he can get him to buy into a new team culture.
"I want him to feel something different," Fizdale said Thursday at the NBA Draft Combine, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "I want him to feel something that when he comes back here it's going to be special for him. He's walking back into a culture and environment that's set up for winning."
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At the NBA Combine, teams are getting a better feel for players they've watched ad nauseam on tape this season. They are also given the chance to talk to these players.
One of the players the Knicks have chosen to interview is Missouri F Michael Porter Jr., which is intriguing as the talented forward with injury issues could be drafted around when the Knicks are on the clock with the 9th pick. But, it doesn't exactly mean much because Porter Jr. has interviewed, or will interview, with at least 13 teams at the combine...
In David Fizdale's first go-around as a head coach in the NBA, he didn't see eye-to-eye with a European star.
Once Fizdale was announced as the Knicks head coach, the narrative quickly shifted to wondering if it would be any different for Fizdale with Kristaps Porzingis than it was with Marc Gasol.
At the NBA Combine, Fizdale discussed just how he'll begin to build a relationship with the Knicks star...
As the NBA inches closer to crowning a champion on the court, Knicks fans were once again fixated on the prelude to Tuesday night's Cavaliers-Celtics Eastern Conference Finals game: the NBA Draft Lottery.
Ping pong balls decided that the Knickerbockers will be selecting with the 9th overall pick on June 21. With the order set, mock drafts have begun to populate the internet. In CBS Sports' Gary Parrish's first crack, he has the Knicks taking Duke F Wendell Carter Jr...
The Knicks are in need of help on the wing. And while GM Scott Perry understands that, the plan is to select the best player available when the team picks ninth at the NBA Draft on June 21.
"We're still in that talent acquisition phase," Perry said Thursday afternoon on ESPN. "Obviously it's no secret that we can use some more help at the wing position. So when we get down to the ninth pick, at the end of the day we're gonna pick the very best player. If it happens to be a wing, so be it. If not -- if there's a clear delineation at another position in terms of talent -- then we'll probably opt to go that direction and get the very best talent we can get."
SG Luka Doncic and SF Michael Porter Jr. are expected to be long gone when the Knicks make their pick, with New York potentially picking from a group including PF Wendell Carter Jr., SF Mikal Bridges, and SF Miles Bridges.
It has been a question for more than a decade: When will the Knicks be good again?
Yes, New York put together some playoff runs from 2010-2013, but there has been no consistency with the Knicks since the late '90s. Since their last playoff run during the 2012-13 season, the Knicks have had a losing record up until their latest 29-53 record last season.
And since those glory days of the late '80s and '90s with Jeff Van Gundy leading as head coach, the Knicks now have nine head coaches with David Fizdale at the helm now...
Oklahoma PG Trae Young had the national spotlight on him all of last season. He was one of the most electrifying players in the league as he launched 30-foot threes at whim and dished out double-digit assists.
It's the constant eyes on Young that makes his father, Ray, confident his son would thrive in a city with the brightest of spotlights in the NBA.
New York City, of course.
Tags: Trae Young, Scott Thompson
Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis hasn't been in home Latvia rehabbing his torn ACL injury as everyone expected. Instead, he is in Spain working with Real Madrid.
Porzingis originally flew to his hometown of Leipaja, Latvia after his exit meeting with the Knicks. However, he felt that going to the world-renowned Real Madrid facilities was a better decision.
Real Madrid's basketball team, that boasts one of the top NBA Draft prospects this year in Luka Doncic, is currently in the Final Four of EuroLeague. They are even more famous for their soccer club, which features arguably the best player in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Jake Brown | Twitter | It's no surprise that the Knicks didn't get any luck in the NBA Draft Lottery and stayed at the ninth spot -- where they were projected to pick. The good news is that they didn't drop, which has happened before. In the end, the Knicks will have a top 10 pick that they desperately need to be an impact player immediately. There's no time to draft another project like Frank Ntilikina.
Here's what not moving up in the lottery means for the Knicks...
First off, they are definitely out on adding Luka Doncic -- another European player -- to the fold. He will likely go No. 2 to the Kings unless his former coach, Igor Kokoslov, passes on DeAndre Ayton and takes him with the first pick. Either way, both the Suns and Kings are getting potential franchise players that they both need badly...
The Knicks will have the ninth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft following the Draft Lottery Tuesday night.
New York had the highest odds of staying at No. 9 with their chances at 81.3 percent before the lottery. The Knicks held the ninth-worst record last season at 29-53.
Last season, the Knicks fell one spot from No. 7 to No. 8 after the lottery, and they selected PG Frank Ntilikina with their pick.
With the NBA Draft Lottery set for Tuesday night in Chicago, the Knicks are hoping to move their draft position up for the first time since 1985.
The Knicks pre-lottery position was third after going 24-58 during the 1984-85 season. However, with a 14.29 percent chance of having their logo selected in the lottery, the Knicks were awarded the first overall pick after NBA commissioner David Stern opened the envelope.
They would go on to select C Patrick Ewing, who was an 11-time All-Star and Hall of Fame inductee after his 17-year career. He spent 15 seasons with the Knicks, averaging 22.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game.
Mike Woodson, who was a candidate for the Knicks' head coaching search, will not return to the Clippers as an assistant next year, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Woodson lost the Knicks' head coach job to David Fizdale, but the former Knicks head coach said he wouldn't be opposed to make his MSG reunion as an assistant.
After all, he has unfinished business in New York.
Despite reports indicating the Knicks were expected to hire Nick Van Exel as an assistant on David Fizdale's staff, Van Exel tweeted that won't be the case.
Van Exel answered "Nah" on Twitter Monday afternoon when another user tagged him in a tweet regarding an update on the rest of Fizdale's coaching staff.
With the NBA Draft Lottery to take place in Chicago on Tuesday, Knicks GM Scott Perry and the rest of the organization will cross their fingers and hope their slim chance to get in the top three picks is fulfilled.
The Knicks have a 6.1 chance to have their Ping Pong ball selected to place them in the coveted top three after finishing with the ninth-worst record in the league last season at 29-53.
But, even if the Knicks don't make the top three, Perry is certain there will be a player available that fits their system perfectly...
The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."
The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome."
The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorts added that every professional sports league had been involved, with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...
Nick Van Exel is expected to join Knicks head coach David Fizdale's staff as an assistant, reports Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News.
Van Exel, 46, served under Fizdale as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies and remained on the staff after Fizdale was fired this season. The former NBA All-Star has been coaching since 2009.
Bob Bender could also leave the staff in Memphis to join Fizdale as an assistant with the Knicks, according to Bondy.
Despite having not played for the Knicks since Jan. 25, Joakim Noah hopes to have been given a second chance after the team hired David Fizdale.
The 33-year-old Noah appeared in just seven games this season, averaging 1.7 points and two rebounds in the second year of a four-year, $72 million contract.
Noah did not appear in a game since a heated altercation with now former head coach Jeff Hornacek. New York did not trade him at the deadline, nor did it place him on waivers during the regular season...
Former NBA All-Star and Hall of Fame memeber Shaquille O'Neal says Knicks fans shouldn't expect LeBron James to be anywhere near their team in free agency.
In fact, Shaq said only one word when asked if he could envision James in New York next season.
"Nope," he repeated twice to SNY's Justine Ward at BTIG Charity Day on Tuesday.
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, a two-time NBA Champion, admits he wouldn't be the coach he is today if it wasn't for Knicks new head coach David Fizdale.
Fizdale, who was introduced as the 29th head coach of the Knicks on Tuesday, went from Atlanta to Miami in 2008 -- the same year Spoelstra entered his first season as the Heat's head coach after 11 years as an assistant. Though counterparts, Spoelstra admitted Fizdale would get under his skin, and question him constantly.
It was those fights that Spoelstra said ultimately made him a better coach...
Jay Wright turned down a possible interview opportunity with the Knicks because he wanted to remain in his current role as head coach of Villanova.
Former Knick Charles Oakley is still not happy about being thrown out of The Garden last year, but he is looking forward to the moment when the general public can see video footage of the incident.
Jake Brown | Twitter | Accountability. Accountability. Accountability. That is something David Fizdale is ready to hammer down. And It's something that Jeff Hornacek failed to do in his two forgettable seasons coaching the Knicks.
According to Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry, current NBA players, coaches, and executives all spoke highly of Fizdale, calling him someone who holds people accountable. That attribute, mixed with being a "tireless worker" and an "innovative basketball mind," all add up to what the Knicks have been missing.
Also, a high character head coach is something the Knicks badly needed. Fizdale fills that void. Nobody used the words "high character" when speaking about Hornacek. The 43-year-old Fizdale is a dozen years younger and can get into the ears of these players. If someone is playing poorly, Fizdale will sit them...
Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, Troy Williams, Jake Brown
Count Knicks legend and current broadcaster Walt Frazier among those who don't think Kristaps Porzingis will play next season after tearing his ACL.
"I don't see him playing next season," Frazier told SNY's Justine Ward on Tuesday. "I think they might sit him out. They had mentioned 10 months, so that's somewhere around January, February. Unless the Knicks are in the playoff hunt, I don't see them perhaps bringing him back next year."
In addition to Porzingis, Frazier also discussed the hiring of David Fizdale and who the Knicks should be targeting in the Draft. Click below to watch...
Tags: Kristaps Porzingis
NEW YORK -- David Fizdale won the press conference. There can't be much doubt about that as he hit all the right notes in meeting and greeting the New York media -- and several of his new players -- at Madison Square Garden on a bright and sunny Tuesday afternoon.
But Fizdale is the 11th coach to helm the Knicks since Jeff Van Gundy's resignation in 2001. Just how realistic is it to expect him to change the culture of a team that has seven 50-loss seasons in the last 11 years, and has won exactly one playoff series -- one -- since 2001?
Here are five questions facing Fizdale as he moves forward...
NEW YORK -- Trey Burke anticipates a healthy battle for the starting point guard spot under new coach David Fizdale.
The Knicks have three lead guards in Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Frank Ntilikina, and Fizdale will have to sort it all out once training camp begins this fall.
"I figured that it was going to be a fight," Burke said at Fizdale's introductory presser, which he attended along with Mudiay, Lance Thomas and Kyle O'Quinn. "That's how I look at it anyway, it's going to be competition, it's going to be a battle. And that's what all three of us like, so we can't do nothing but grow from it and get better from it."
NEW YORK -- David Fizdale has a busy couple of weeks ahead of him now that he's officially been introduced as the new coach of the Knicks.
He will attend next week's NBA Draft Combine in Chicago with President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry, and is also planning to jet off to Latvia to meet with Kristaps Porzingis.
"We're working on that right now, the plane's warming up," Fizdale cracked about his upcoming summit with Porzingis. Fizdale did not elaborate on his order of events, but The New York Post reported the Latvia trip will "likely" take place after the Combine, which runs May 16-20.
Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Adam Zagoria
While introducing David Fizdale as the Knicks' new head coach on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry explained why Fizdale was their choice.
Explaining that they identified a series of characteristics that they sought in a new head coach, Mills said he and Perry "were committed to not letting any external factors force them to deviate" from the process they wanted to follow.
Mills added that when deciding on Fizdale, they looked at his basketball traits, his basketball integrity, his personal traits, his personal integrity, and his "ability to lead and communicate."
Knicks head coach David Fizdale is attacking his new role head-on, and isn't concerned that the organization has had 11 head coaches in the last 17 years.
"I really feel like this job was for me," Fizdale said Tuesday during his introductory press conference at Madison Square Garden. "I can't speak on any coach who was here before me. ... I know myself and the people we're gonna bring in around me. I just really feel confident that we're gonna get this thing going."
"I've never been afraid," Fizdale added later on when asked why he feels he can last in New York.
The Knicks have officially hired former Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale as their head coach, the team announced Monday.
Fizdale's contract is for four years, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Fizdale turned down a four-year contract offer to become the Suns' next head coach before accepting the Knicks job, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic.
Hall of Famer and former Knicks F Bernard King sees loads of potential in Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina.
The 19-year-old, who was selected eighth overall out of France in the 2017 NBA Draft, now has a full NBA season under his belt. And as expected, there were some growing pains that occurred for Ntilikina.
However, King sees the young guard's upside.
Tags: Frank Ntilikina
For Knicks PG Emmanuel Mudiay, change has become standard.
Mudiay experienced his first trade when the Nuggets dealt him to the Knicks midway through the 2017-18 season. He went from playing under head coach Mike Malone to working in the guard-heavy system of Jeff Hornacek in New York.
Now, he has yet another head coach to learn from.
Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay
Knicks new head coach David Fizdale is wasting no time putting together his coaching staff in New York.
Fizdale is expected to bring a former colleague in Keith Smart to the Knicks next season as an assistant coach, according to The Post's Marc Berman.
Smart was an assistant coach along with Fizdale during their time in Miami together, and most recently, Smart was brought to the Grizzlies when Fizdale was awarded the head coaching job in 2016. Smart stayed with the Grizzlies this past season, even though Fizdale was fired just 19 games into the year.
New Knicks head coach David Fizdale will reportedly fly to Latvia soon to meet in person with New York's All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Fizdale, who agreed to a four-year deal with the Knicks on Thursday, is expected to travel to New York next week for a news conference, and will eventually meet with Porzingis in his home country.
Tags: Kristaps Porzingis
The Knicks have appointed David Fizdale as their next head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Fizdale was an assistant coach for the Heat from 2008-16, winning two titles with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and company. He came into the national picture in the NBA when he became the head coach of the Grizzlies in 2016...
The Knicks have appointed David Fizdale as their new head coach on a four-year deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Current Knicks players are taking the news quite well.
Though he only coached the Grizzlies for a year-and-a-half, Fizdale is one of the bright, young minds in the league.
Tim Hardaway Jr., Enes Kanter, Ron Baker, Frank Ntilikina, Michael Beasley, Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Burke and Troy Williams have all been active on social media around the news....
The Knicks have hired former Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Woj also reports that the contract is four years.
Fizdale turned down a four-year contract offer to become the Suns' next head coach before accepting the Knicks job, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic.
Fizdale was one of the top candidates to win the race to become the Knicks' next head coach. Though he only coached the Grizzlies for a year-and-a-half, Fizdale is one of the bright, young minds in the league. He was fired by Memphis this past season after just 19 games, as there were rumors that he and star C Marc Gasol did not get along.
Jake Brown | Twitter
Is it just me or does it seem like the Knicks head coaching search has taken years? Well, it feels like it.
You can't blame the front office for taking their time in the search for a job that has essentially become a revolving door since Jeff Van Gundy walked out in 2001. This is an important decision in the midst of a rebuilding team that hopes to contend for a playoff spot within the next year or two.
Former Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale has "gained serious traction" among the Knicks in their head coaching search, per The Vertical's Shams Charania.
The Knicks are done with their 11 interviews for the head coach vacancy, and a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said the team is looking to get the position filled some time this week.
Fizdale is one of the top candidates to win the race to become the Knicks' next head coach. Though he only coached the Grizzlies for a year-and-a-half, Fizdale is one of the bright, young minds in the league. He was fired by Memphis this past season after just 19 games, as there were rumors that he and star C Marc Gasol did not get along.
Mark Jackson is receiving a "strong behind the scenes push" for the Knicks' head coaching job, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times.
According to Stein, Rich Kleiman -- who is Kevin Durant's business partner, a Knicks fan, and is close to Knicks president Steve Mills -- is pushing for the Knicks to hire Jackson.
The Knicks have reportedly wrapped up their interviews and are nearing a decision on who their next head coach will be.
The interview process appears to be over for the Knicks, who are now "huddling" to figure out which candidate will be the team's new head coach, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The will interview Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard and are expected to meet with San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego as their search for a new head coach continues, according to ESPN's Ian Begley and Zach Lowe.
New York, still searching for a replacement for Jeff Hornacek, has interviewed several candidates already, including Mark Jackson, Kenny Smith, David Fizdale, Mike Budenholzer, Jerry Stackhouse, Mike Woodson and David Blatt.
The Knicks have interviewed former Cavaliers head coach David Blatt for their head coaching vacancy on Thursday in Europe, according to Marc Berman of the NY Post.
Blatt became the head coach of the Cavaliers back in 2014, where he led Cleveland to the NBA Finals. However, his team would lose to the Spurs. He would coach the Cavs the next season as well, however, he was fired after 41 games...