Now that he's back in the NBA D-League, Chris Smith needs to find an identity as a player, Knicks assistant GM Allan Houston said.

"Chris was a very strong and active defender at Louisville," Houston said on NBA.tv. "Coach [Rick] Pitino did a good job of giving him that identity, and I think those are the things that we talk about, continue to work on that and then find yourself.

"This is his first real season playing professional basketball. He's been out a year. It takes you a while to find your identity no matter what level you're playing as a young player. Even if you're a lottery pick you still have to find yourself. It's no different from a rookie in this case. that's what he's going through trying to find out the biggest spots, continue to work on his shooting, work on his mid-range game, but really find an identity defensively, continute to be active and those are the things that we talk about."

Houston made the comments in Reno, Nev., where Smith went 0-for-3 with one rebound in nine minutes in the Erie Bayhawks' 97-90 victory over Idaho.


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

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Houston Rockets forward Troy Williams poses for a picture during media day at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Troy Williams poses for a picture during media day at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Houston Rockets small forward Troy Williams has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Knicks on Monday night and is expected to join the team Wednesday, legendary AAU coach Boo Williams, Troy's uncle, told SNY.tv.

"Yeah, he agreed to a 10-day with them," Boo Williams said by phone. "He had four other offers [including Portland and Dallas] but he wanted to go to New York."

Williams, 23, was released last week after appearing in just four games this year.

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Team LeBron forward LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors celebrate after defeating Team Stephen in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
Team LeBron forward LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors celebrate after defeating Team Stephen in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

LeBron James picked a winner in the NBA All-Star Game.

James scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 34.5 seconds to play, winning his third All-Star Game MVP award while his hand-picked team rallied to win an uncommonly entertaining showcase, beating Team Stephen 148-145 Sunday night.

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Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

When Emmanuel Mudiay first met Frank Ntilikina, he immediately spoke to him in French, foreshadowing the bond the two Knicks guards have developed in their short time together as the "French Connection."

Mudiay's family escaped from the war-torn nation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2001, while Ntilikina was born in Belgium to Rwandan parents. Congo and Rwanda are neighboring nations in Africa, and both faced similar conflicts.

"They're neighboring countries and the reason why people fled from both countries is the same reason," Jean-Micheal Mudiay, Emmanel's older brother, told SNY.tv by phone from Dallas. "Them being neighboring countries, they're both involved in the same kind of war."

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Oct 24, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) looks to pass over Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the first quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Oct 24, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) looks to pass over Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the first quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

Celtics guard Kyrie Irving told Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis earlier this season that he "would love to play" with a player like him, he said during NBA All-Star weekend.

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Jan 16, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts after the Atlanta Hawks defeated the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Hawks won 108-107. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 16, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts after the Atlanta Hawks defeated the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Hawks won 108-107. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Joakim Noah's former Bulls teammate -- Timberwolves SG Jimmy Butler -- recently spoke to the center, and said all he wants to do is play. 

Noah was exiled from the Knicks after a heated argument with head coach Jeff Hornacek at practice a few weeks back. The Knicks' front office tried to the two years left on his four-year, $72 million contract off the books via trade before the deadline, but nothing came to fruition. 

So, Noah continues to stay away from the Knicks, but according to Butler, he just wants to see the hardwood again. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis knocks away a pass intended for Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis knocks away a pass intended for Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)

When the point guard-starved Knicks were on the clock with the no. 8 overall pick in the point guard-heavy 2017 NBA Draft, it seemed certain they'd draft a guard. But which one?

They decided to take Frank Ntilikina, but arguments were made for Malik Monk, Donovan Mitchell, or, the loudest arguments around the time of the draft, Dennis Smith Jr...

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

When the Knicks were on the clock with the no. 8 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and in need of a point guard, New York City's own Donovan Mitchell was still available. Instead, the Knicks opted for Frank Ntilikina and Mitchell fell to the Jazz at no. 13.

Ntilikina has enjoyed moderate success, mostly earning his plaudits defensively, while Mitchell has exploded as a favorite to win Rookie of the Year on an overachieving Jazz team. But it could have been happening at Madison Square Garden and Mitchell admitted that would have been cool to have stayed home.

"Being back home would've been cool, playing in front of friends and family," Mitchell said..

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(Jesse Johnson)

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina showcased his skills for Team World during the NBA Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star weekend on Friday. 

Ntilikina notched six points on 3-of-6 shooting, while dishing out five assists and collecting four rebounds and three steals in 18 minutes of play. Team World went on to crush Team USA, 155-124.

Kings guards Buddy Hield and MVP Bogdan Bogdanovic led Team World with 29 and 26 points respectively, with Bogdanovic knocking down seven of his 13 shots from three point land. Nuggets SG Jamal Murray tallied 21 points as well.

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Hall of Famer and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley told New York not to give up on the Knicks just yet. 

While speaking at the All-Star weekend festivities, Barkley said he understands why Knicks might be frustrated after consecutive losing seasons, and the team's recent skid. But he believes the front office is building up the team in the right direction. 

For example, making Kristaps Porzingis the franchise player was the right move in Barkley's eyes. And despite being upset over his ACL injury, Barkley thinks it could help the Knicks in the long run. 

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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The 2017-2018 Knicks did not enter the season with many expectations. The thought was that this would likely be a rebuilding year as they try and start fresh with Kristaps Porzingis as the franchise player. After a 17-14 start and wins over some good teams, that thought became "well this definitely looks like a playoff team."

Then, the season got away from them at almost the exact same point of the season it did last year. Since that point, the team is an abysmal 6-22 and 7.5 games behind the eighth seed. From three games over .500 to 13 games under .500 in a knick of time. On top of that, their franchise player tore his ACL during that stretch.

At 23-36, with 23 games remaining and the playoffs nowhere near sight, why should we even be watching the Knicks the rest of the season? Well, here are five reasons why you should stay tuned...

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Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

When the Knicks extended their lead to 27 points late in the second quarter at home against the Wizards on Wednesday night, the more compelling plotline was how many points Tim Hardaway Jr. would score rather than who would win. 

Hardaway broke out of his slump and went into halftime with 32 points. But he'd score just five more points as the Wizards stormed back to beat the Knicks 118-113, the Knicks largest blown lead since the stat began being tracked in 1991-92. The loss was painful, and Enes Kanter was embarrassed at what happened.

"It's just tough, man. And it's embarrassing. It's on all of us," Kanter said...

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

It was one for the ages, but it wasn't at all in the Knicks' favor. 

What looked like a high ending to a bad streak before the All-Star break, it actually turned into more pain and sorrow for the reeling Knicks. A 27-point lead was blown in what was one of the worst losses New York has seen in their franchise. 

And it was the epitome to what this Knicks' losing streak has turned into. 

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

NEW YORK (AP) Bradley Beal scored 36 points, and the Washington Wizards overcame a 27-point deficit to beat the slumping New York Knicks 118-113 on Wednesday night.

Otto Porter Jr. added 22 points and Ian Mahinmi had 17 for the Wizards, who trailed 68-41 late in the second quarter. Washington then went on a 42-15 run to tie it at 83 with 3:32 left in the third.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 37 points - 32 in the first half - to lead the Knicks, who've lost a season-worst eight straight and are 0-4 since losing All-Star Kristaps Porzingis to a season-ending knee injury. Enes Kanter added 24 points and 14 rebounds. >> Read more

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Jan 21, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) defends Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) as he drives to the basket in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jan 21, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) defends Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) as he drives to the basket in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Speaking publicly for the first time since undergoing season-ending surgery on his right shoulder last week, Knicks PG Ron Baker is vowing to come back next season stronger than ever.

"Then the plan is to be healthy in four months, which puts me right at like the first week of June," Baker said. "But obviously [I'm] not going to push it because there's really no reason to because I won't make it back for this year. So the focus is obviously to be as healthy as possible when camp comes next year."

Baker, 24, suffered a dislocation and a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Jan. 30 against the Nets. He underwent surgery on Feb. 7 and was given a recovery timeline of 4-6 months. 

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Feb 12, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley (8) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Feb 12, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley (8) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The New York Knicks, whose offense stalled even before the season-ending injury to Kristaps Porzingis, host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night with their season in a tailspin.

The Knicks have lost a season-worst seven straight games to fall a season-worst 12 games under .500 (23-35), with no end in sight to their misery.

And misery it is. >> Read more

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Kristaps Porzingis tweeted on Wednesday that he believes he'll be back from ACL surgery stronger than ever.

Porzingis, who had ACL surgery on Tuesday, is expected to be out at least 10 months.

Click below to see Porzingis' tweet

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(Bill Streicher)

Knicks fans may not have something to cheer about before the All-Star break, especially after losing seven straight games. But, if there is anything to cheer about, it would be welcoming the newest Knick to his first game at the Garden. 

Emmanuel Mudiay will see his first game in a Knicks jersey on the MSG hardwood, and he is excited to be a part of the home team this time around. 

"The best arena in the world," Mudiay told The Post's Marc Berman. "It should be fun."

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Feb 6, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) lays on the court after being injured against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 6, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) lays on the court after being injured against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Kristaps Porzingis had successful surgery on Tuesday to repair the torn ACL in his left knee, the Knicks announced.

Recovery time for a torn ACL is usually between eight and 12 months, and Porzingis is expected to be out for at least 10 months, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.

The 22-year-old Porzingis was averaging 22.9 points through 47 games for the Knicks in his third NBA season, and was set to play in his first All-Star game before getting injured.

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In 2004, the Knicks were back in the playoffs and led by Stephon Marbury. But New York's point guard was no match for New Jersey's, as Jason Kidd and the Nets authored a tidy four-game sweep. (AP)
In 2004, the Knicks were back in the playoffs and led by Stephon Marbury. But New York's point guard was no match for New Jersey's, as Jason Kidd and the Nets authored a tidy four-game sweep. (AP)

After his final game in China on Sunday, former Knicks PG Stephon Marbury has officially hung up his shoes. 

The 40-year-old is done with basketball after a long career that was split between the NBA and China, starting in 1996 when he was drafted by the Timberwolves. After playing one season in Boston, Marbury took his talents across the Pacific Ocean to China, where he signed with the Shanxi Zhon Brave Dragons. He has played for the Foshan Dralions, Beijing Ducks, and most recently, the Beijing Fly Dragons as well.

Marbury feels that it was his destiny to finish his career in China despite noting that he wanted to make an NBA comeback. 

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Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

It was another Knicks loss, and yet another night where Tim Hardaway Jr. couldn't find his shooting stroke. 

Hardaway has struggled with his jumpshot recently, and it didn't get any better against the Sixers Monday night. He went 4-for-16 from the field, including an awful 0-for-8 from beyond the arc. Hardaway has particularily struggled from three, going 5-for-44 from that range over the last seven games. 

His shooting woes came to a boiling point in the locker room after the game. 

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New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley loses control of the ball while being fouled by Philadelphia 76ers forward Amir Johnson during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley loses control of the ball while being fouled by Philadelphia 76ers forward Amir Johnson during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Dario Saric scored 24 points to pace all five starters in double figures, and the Philadelphia 76ers won their fourth in a row, 108-92 over the slumping New York Knicks on Monday night.

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New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee takes a shot against Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee takes a shot against Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

The Philadelphia 76ers will be looking to win their 10th straight game in the Wells Fargo Center when they host the New York Knicks on Monday night.

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(Reinhold Matay)

Former Knicks PG Pablo Prigioni could see a New York reunion as a developmental coach, per The Post's Marc Berman.

With the addition of new PG Emmanuel Mudiay, the Knicks now have three point guards on their roster at age 25 or under. The front office is considering bringing in Prigioni to work exclusively with the point guards to further their development.

Prigioni was offered a job with the Knicks by team president Steve Mills this past offseason, but he decided to become the head coach of Baskonia of the Spanish League. However, that lasted only eight games as he resigned.

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New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudlay dunks against the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudlay dunks against the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

Newly-acquired point guard Emmanuel Mudiay recorded a double-double of 14 points and 10 assists in his Knicks debut in Sunday's 121-113 loss to the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

"He really showed court sense, made some great passes," Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter takes a shot against Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner and guard Victor Oladipo during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter takes a shot against Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner and guard Victor Oladipo during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Victor Oladipo had 30 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 121-113 on Sunday.

Bojan Bogdanovic made four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points and Thaddeus Young added 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Pacers, who have won six of eight.

Enes Kanter and Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored 17 points, and Michael Beasley had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks, whose losing streak reached six games.

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Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Indiana Pacers are poised to finish strong before the All-Star break.

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GEICO SportsNite: KP, Kanter 00:02:30
Kristaps Porzingis has scheduled his surgery for Tuesday to repair his knee and Enes Kanter discusses the Knicks' playoff aspirations.

Even Enes Kanter, who has consistently said the Knicks would make the playoffs, can't look at the standings anymore. 

"It's tough. We are in the 11th spot right now. I'm probably going to stop looking at it because it would just me to see us not in the top eight," he told The Post's Fred Kerber. "So I'm going to just stop looking."

The Knicks continue to falter as the season winds down, and with Kristaps Porzingis out for the season, it looks as if New York may have to focus on next season. They were dominated by the Raptors on the road Thursday, and if that what life is going to be like without Porzingis, the Knicks have a long road ahead. 

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Nov 17, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (right) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (left) look on from the bench during a break in the action against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Nov 17, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (right) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (left) look on from the bench during a break in the action against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Enes Kanter spoke with Kristaps Porzingis on Thursday and believes the Unicorn will come back "even stronger" from his ACL tear.

Porzingis will undergo ACL surgery on Tuesday, a league source confirmed to SNY.tv, but he could miss up to a year afterward depending on his rehab.

"I'm always trying to give him positive energy because he's my teammate but more than my teammate, he's my brother," Kanter said Saturday. "I'm always going to be with him, I'm always going to try to give him positive energy.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- In Enes Kanter's ideal world, he will retire as a Knick and he will help lead many playoff runs in the future.

Kanter, who has a player option for $18.6 million for next season, reiterated Saturday that he hopes to retire a Knick and doesn't want to be dealt as the team rebuilds around younger players. The trade deadline was Thursday.

"I said it before, I said it before the trade deadline, that's where I want to be," said Kanter, who's averaging 14.1 points and 10.6 rebounds since coming over from Oklahoma City in the Carmelo Anthony trade. "That's where I want to retire. I hope I'll stay here for a long time..."

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Nov 1, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (0) before the game against the Toronto Raptors at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Nov 1, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (0) before the game against the Toronto Raptors at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Two days after issuing a press release indicating they had officially acquired Emmanuel Mudiay in a three-team trade, the Knicks on Saturday said the trade was being held up by Devin Harris' physical in Denver.

If Mudiay is eligible to play Sunday in Indiana, he will, coach Jeff Hornacek said. Hornacek added that he expects a healthy competition at the point guard spot going forward between Mudiay, rookie Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke, while Jarrett Jack's minutes are expected to be affected.

"It's something to do with Devin Harris getting his physical in Denver," Hornacek said of the holdup on the 21-year-old Mudiay, who was at the Knicks facility Saturday but did not practice or address the media...

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 (Isaiah J. Downing)
(Isaiah J. Downing)

Emmanuel Mudiay getting traded to the Knicks might have just saved his career if you ask former Knicks F Jared Jeffries

Jeffries, who was the Nuggets' former scouting director that drafted Mudiay back in 2015, saw Mudiay deteriorating in Denver as Jamal Murray -- the team's first-rounder in 2016 -- took centerstage.

Mudiay went from starting 66 of 68 games his rookie season to averaging just 17.9 minutes in 42 games without a start this season. The Knicks viewed Mudiay as a player with tons of potential, but in the wrong situation and made a move. 

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

Knicks GM Scott Perry wanted to reassure everyone Friday that the acquisition of PG Emmanuel Mudiay was no knock on Frank Ntilikina's performance thus far. 

The Knicks' rookie point guard looks to be the odd man out after the team landed Mudiay in a three-team trade. But Perry said getting Mudiay was only part of the "talent acquisition" phase of the team's roster building, per ESPN's Ian Begley.  Perry, instead, thinks that Ntilikina and Mudiay can battle with each other in the practice gym and during games. 

Perry also stated that the front office doesn't plan on sending Ntilikina down to the G League. The Knicks have four point guards on their roster with the addition of Mudiay. Jarrett Jack and Trey Burke are also in the mix, and with Burke's emergence and Jack's veteran presence being mainstays on the team, Ntilikina's playing time could be even more effected now. 

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Daily News Live: Noah's future 00:04:18
Knicks insider Stefan Bondy reports from Madison Square Garden on the latest news surrounding center Joakim Noah and his future in New York.

Knicks GM Scott Perry confirmed that no trade has been made for C Joakim Noah, and that there is no plan in place for him to return to the team, per NorthJersey.com's Steve Popper.

The Knicks announced last Friday in a mutual decision that Noah will not return to the team until further notice.

It is not clear if Noah will return at all. The Knicks are reportedly exploring ways to part with him following his heated argument with Hornacek at practice last week, per The Vertical's Shams Charania.

 

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The Knicks selected Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick in this years NBA Draft. (AP)
The Knicks selected Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick in this years NBA Draft. (AP)

As the Knicks play out the string in the wake of the season-ending ACL injury to Kristaps Porzingis, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

That light emanates from the NBA Draft set for June 21 at Barclays Center.

Three years ago, the Knicks landed Porzingis with the No. 4 pick, and Knicks fans then mercilessly booed the Latvian Unicorn before he ended up showing them exactly what he was capable of.

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How long will KP be out? 00:00:40
SNY.tv takes a look at ACL injuries to other NBA stars to try and figure out how long Kristaps Porzingis will be out of action

Knicks guard Jarrett Jack said he will try his best to help teammate Kristaps Porzingis through his torn ACL by talking to him about his own recovery process.

Jack said he feels empathetic toward Porzingis, who suffered the season-ending injury on Wednesday. The Knicks have not yet set a timeframe for when the former No. 4 pick will return, but for Jack, it took him 13 months to return to the court for the first time after tearing his ACL and suffering some meniscus damage in January 2016.

"Everybody's different -- the grade of his tear might be lower than mine,'' Jack said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "It's all in the hours doing the rehab. The other thing is overdoing it. You don't want to overwork the muscle either. I definitely need to reach out and speak to him let him know my experiences."

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina passes the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina passes the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie guard Frank Ntilikina said he is looking forward to working with newly-acquired point guard Emmanuel Mudiay in New York's crowded backcourt.

"We're going to bring each other to the top to make the Knicks a competitive team," Ntilikina said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

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Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (0) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 127-124. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (0) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 127-124. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Larry Brown hasn't been much of a Knicks fans since Isiah Thomas famously fired him as head coach in 2006, but now Brown has two big reasons to support the Knicks.

Knicks GM Scott Perry was in the Detroit Pistons front office when Brown coached them to the 2004 NBA championship. And Perry has now engineered the Knicks' acquisition of point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, whom Brown recruited to Southern Methodist University before he opted to play professionally in China. The Knicks acquired Mudiay before Thursday's NBA trade deadline in a three-way deal that sent Doug McDermott to Dallas.

"I have a lot of respect and admiration for [Perry]," Brown told SNY.tv by phone from his home in Long Island. "I've always been a Knick fan when he got there. I'm more and more inclined to try to watch and root for him because he's such a quality guy. And I'm happy for Emmanuel...I'm hopeful this will be a really great situation for him..."

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New York Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 118-108. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (Jim Mone/AP)
New York Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 118-108. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (Jim Mone/AP)

Tim Hardaway Jr. is not here for your tanking ambitions. In fact, Hardaway says anyone who feels the Knicks should be tanking, then they're rooting for the wrong team. 

The Knicks lost to the Raptors 113-88 in their first game since Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL and many hope the Knicks refocus their efforts from a playoff push to developing young talent and aiming for a high lottery pick. But Hardaway doesn't believe in that plan. 

"Tank is not in my vocabulary," said Hardaway said, via Stefan Bondy of the NY Post. "If anybody feels like we should be tanking or should be doing something like that, they're rooting for the wrong team..."

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New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. drives around Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio in the first half during an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (AP)
New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. drives around Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio in the first half during an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (AP)

TORONTO (AP) Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Pascal Siakam added 14 points and a career-high six assists and the Toronto Raptors beat the New York Knicks 113-88 on Thursday night.

New York played its first game since losing All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis to a torn left ACL in Tuesday's loss to Milwaukee.

Serge Ibaka and Jakob Poeltl scored 13 points, Delon Wright and C.J. Miles each had 11 and Fred VanVleet 10 as the Raptors won their fifth straight home meeting with the Knicks.

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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Frank Ntilikina hasn't started a game during his rookie season with the Knicks but Jeff Hornacek says that could change later in the year.

The Knicks traded for G Emmanuel Mudiay on Thursday, sending F Doug McDermott the other way. With Mudiay's arrival, as well as Jarrett Jack and Trey Burke still on the roster, Ntilikina's road to starting isn't quite empty.

"It could be down the line," Hornacek said, via Ian Begley of ESPN. "We don't know. We'll see what happens in the next week or so. We have four more games before the All-Star break. We'll continue to monitor that."

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Jan 16, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (0) drives to the basket past Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (4) during the first half at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports (Chris Humphreys)
Jan 16, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (0) drives to the basket past Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (4) during the first half at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports (Chris Humphreys)

Before acquiring Emmanuel Mudiay, the Knicks explored trading for a similar player: Elfrid Payton, according to Frank Isola of NY Daily News.

Isola reports that the Magic wanted Frank Ntilikina in return, which the Knicks would not do. Instead, they turned their attention to Mudiay for Doug McDermott and a second round pick, a lesser package because the Knicks didn't view McDermott in their long-term plans. 

Payton and Mudiay are similar players. They are young, former lottery picks who are athletic but struggle shooting. Mudiay is considered to be a slightly better defender and is younger. Shortly after the Knicks completed the Mudiay deal, Payton was traded to the Suns for a second-round pick. 

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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

TORONTO -- The New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors will enter their game Thursday night at opposite ends of the emotional spectrum.

The Raptors are coming off a 111-91 blowout win over the first-place Boston Celtics at the Air Canada Centre and now are one game behind them in the Eastern Conference.

"I just like the way we came out and set the tone on both ends of the floor," said Raptors coach Dwane Casey, who did not need to play his starters in the fourth quarter for the second game in a row.

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The Daily News Live panel discusses the Knicks' moves at the trade deadline, including the acquisition of Emmanuel Mudiay from the Nuggets.

The Knicks have acquired PG Emmanuel Mudiay from the Nuggets as part of a three-way deal that sends SF Doug McDermott to the Mavericks and G Devin Harris to the Nuggets, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. New York will also send the Nuggets a future second-round draft pick as part of the deal, reports Wojnarowski.

Mudiay, 21, averaged 8.5 points, 2.9 assists, and 2.2 rebounds in 42 games for the Nuggets this season, while averaging 17.9 minutes per game.

Jake Brown | Twitter | I like this deal for the Knicks. Mudiay brings them a 21-year-old point guard to play with 19-year-old Frank Ntilikina. Mudiay gives them some more youth, which means we likely won't have to see any more of Jarrett Jack (who I'd be surprised if they keep)... 

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The Knicks have held their spot on the throne as Forbes' most valuable NBA franchise for 2018. This is the third straight year New York has been atop the list.

The Madison Square Garden Company-owned franchise is worth an estimated $3.6 billion, which is a nine percent increase from last year. The Knicks' make a whopping $426 million in revenue each year to go along with $140 million in operating income. 

Not only do the Knicks hold the number one spot in the NBA, but they are also the sixth-most valuable sports franchise in the world. 

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A day after Kristaps Porzingis tore the ACL in his knee, his teammates react to losing their All-Star teammate for the rest of the season.

A day after Kristaps Porzingis tore the ACL in his knee, his teammates react to losing their All-Star teammate for the rest of the season.


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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks are 23-32 and have lost their best player for the remainder of the season, but GM Scott Perry gave head coach Jeff Hornacek a vote of confidence on Wednesday.

Asked if the franchise was looking to make any staff changes, Perry said: "No, we're not looking to make any changes. We're evaluating the entire season. Jeff and his group are working really hard with this basketball team and doing the very best they can and obviously this is an adversity for them to deal with [Kristaps Porzingis] being out but I'm confident that they'll be able to do a good job of keeping this team playing hard and playing together. That's what we'll be looking at moving forward."

Both former Knick point guard Mark Jackson and former Cavs coach David Blatt have been speculated as possible successors to Hornacek, who signed a three-year deal before the 2016-17 season. Blatt maintains a close relationship with Knicks President Steve Mills.

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Jon Hein and Dan Graca debate whether or not the Knicks made a smart decision in trading big man Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks are not ruling out additional trades in the wake of the Willy Hernangomez deal as the NBA trade deadline approaches on Thursday at 3 p.m.

Center Kyle O'Quinn and wing Courtney Lee are the two most prominently mentioned names after Hernangomez. The 23-year-old center was traded Thursday to Charlotte for two second-round picks and forward Johnny O'Bryant one day after his best friend, Kristaps Porzingis, went down for the season with an ACL tear. O'Bryant will be waived.

"I don't want to project any deals, what may or may not come out but whatever we decide to do it will definitely be well thought out," Knicks GM Scott Perry said Thursday. "It will be part of the plan that we want to follow and be disciplined to and so if that involves acquiring a pick or another player and we feels that's going to help us, we would do that."

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Knicks general manager Scott Perry discusses the devastating knee injury to Kristaps Porzingis.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- As the Knicks began Day One of life without Kristaps Porzingis on Wednesday, they have no timeline on when the 7-foot-3 unicorn might return to the court and no announcement on how they'll handle his contract situation moving forward.

ACL recoveries typically take 6-to-9 months, but the Knicks could be without Porzingis for up to a year after he went down during Tuesday's loss to Milwaukee.

"I'd hate to put a timetable on that because every player, every person's a little different in how they come back and respond," Knicks GM Scott Perry said. "I know he will attack in it an aggressive manner but we want to make sure that he is fully healthy before we put him back on the court. So would not want to put a definite timetable on it."

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Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Knicks PG Ron Baker, who suffered a dislocated shoulder and torn labrum on Jan. 30 against the Nets, underwent arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday, the club announced.

The expected timeline for recovery from his surgery is between 4-6 months.

Baker, 24, was averaging 2.4 points and 1.6 assists in 13.3 minutes per game. He appeared in 29 games this season.

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