I'm going to piggy-back off an earlier post from Tommy because he asks a very good question:

This Knicks team is very good and is proving it nightly. Then why is it that people are waiting for the bubble to burst? Why aren’t people over Jeremy Lin yet? Why do I feel as if some Knicks fans, the die hards that I’ve been in the trenches with online here for almost a decade, aren’t as excited about the Knicks start as others?
I bring this up because I think he's right, and yet I think I also understand the other side.

Over the last thirty-five or so years in American life, I think we've seen an erosion of public trust in our institutions. Beginning with the Vietnam War and Watergate -- "Wait, are you serious, this is a Knicks blog post, right?" Yes, just go with it -- and lasting all the way to the financial crisis of the late aughts, Americans have come to distrust the country's largest institutions. With the exception of the military, public opinion of elites, from Congress to the Supreme Court to major financial institutions, has fallen, and it's had a deleterious effect on our ability to solve problems.

"Ok, dude, so what the hell are you getting at?"

Well, I think a similar phenomenon helps explain the general lack of enthusiasm for the current Knicks. "You're joking?" No, here goes.

As most of us are well aware, the Knicks are overseen by a controversial figure in James Dolan. Dolan's handling of the team has been nothing short of a disaster, and yet he reigns as the unaccountable leader of the organization we all hold so dear. It's a bit like being a subject of the North Korean government. Information is scarce, and what dribbles out seems divorced from the reality. Yes, I'm saying rooting for the Knicks in this period has been something like living in North Korea, except maybe not quite as bad. They do let us watch the games, which is nice.

The nadir of his tenure was probably reached when he actually tried to re-hire then FIU head coach Isiah Thomas back as a consultant. Could there have been an owner more insistent on spitting in the eye of his fan base than Dolan trying to bring back Isiah? Aside from all the losing -- and let us not forget, there was plenty of it -- Thomas's run ended with an expensive and hugely embarrassing sexual harassment suit. But Dolan's reaction was, "So when can I get him back in the mix?"

Dolan's stewardship has led to just a general distrust in everything the Knicks do. This distrust affected the way the Carmelo Anthony trade was perceived. If we're thinking rationally about it, the idea the Knicks gave up too much is kind of laughable, particularly the last minute worry that the team really shouldn't part with Timofey Mozgov.

But if you'll recall the period, you'll remember that there were numerous reports toward the tail end of the negotiations that Dolan had gotten heavily involved. Seemingly out of nowhere, Dolan was meeting privately with Denver owner Stan Kroenke. I don't think there were really a lot of Mozgov-jersey clad fans screaming, "NO! NOT TIMMY!!!" But just a sense that, "Oh no, Dolan's blowing this!" whether that perception was really fair or not, it felt uncomfortable seeing things taken out of the hands of our wise old overseer Donnie Walsh.

The same can be said with the team's decision to ultimately part ways with Jeremy Lin. At the end of the day, it's a pretty defensible decision. It WAS a lot of money, to a mostly unproven player, with little guarantee that it would work out, but the way it went down led to massive skepticism because what had sounded like a certainty all offseason, out of nowhere didn't happen, with rumors swirling that Dolan had become personally offended by Lin's negotiating posture. It was hard not to picture an enraged Dolan throwing down his saxophone in a fit and vowing revenge over the point guard's perceived audacity, "NO ONE does this to JD and the Straight Shot! NO ONE!" It did not inspire confidence.

With Lin gone, the Knicks instead pursued veteran free-agents all well past their primes. Were these on the merits good moves? Yes. There's little doubt the Knicks were immediately improved, but it was hard not to be skeptical. Many couldn't help feeling that Dolan had ruined Linsanity, added nothing but 40-year olds and set the team up for another disaster.

This Grantland piece by Ben Detrick makes a great case that the Knicks' moves were the result of strong analytical reasoning and advanced metrics, but the assumption was of an impetuous Dolan calling all the shots.

So I understand those who have been bracing themselves, expecting that somehow this still isn't going to work out, and this season will simply be another in a decade long streak of humiliating failure. But Tommy Dee is still right. Assuming that any actions taken by the Knicks are automatically flawed because James Dolan owns the team is self defeating.

For once, it looks like the Knicks are doing things right. That is a thing that is possible.

I know you've been hurt. Like a wary "Bachelor" contestant, your walls are up. But I'm here to tell you it's time to open up. It's time to let them in. It's time to throw caution into the wind, get in that hot tub and learn to love again.

Could it all blow up in your face, leaving you to do things like try and explain to yourself how it was you ever really rooted for Eddy Curry (Remember that Eddy should make the All-Star team year? That was funny)? Sure, but it still beats waiting around for the roof to cave in. Who knows, maybe this is the year it finally doesn't.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis holds the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis holds the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis announced he will play for the Latvian national team during this summer's European championships, but did not clear it with the New York organization beforehand, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

"Kristaps is in a position to decide for himself on playing for the national side," Porzingis' older brother and agent, Janis, said in Latvian, according to a transcript, when the 21-year-old Knicks forward was asked about New York's role in determining his status for the European championships.

Porzingis, who skipped his exit meeting with president Phil Jackson due to his reported displeasure with the team's handling of Carmelo Anthony, has not spoken with the team since. However, he expressed his will to be a Knick both in the short- and long-term future.

"My next focus is national team,'' Porzingis said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "My third season is still far away. The main thing is to put in a lot of work during the summer to be ready, first for national team, then for next season. The European championships ends before the official NBA camp starts, so I have enough time to turn back to New York. I'll be there on time."

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez
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Porzingis to play in FIBA 00:01:18
The guys on DNL discuss Kristaps Porzingis' decision to play for Latvia in this summer's FIBA tournament.

While he loves New York, Kristaps Porzingis made it clear that being in a situation that gives him a chance to win will be the most important factor for the Latvian star when deciding whether or not to re-sign with the Knicks in two years.

"Absolutely, I want to stay here all my career,'' Porzingis said about re-signing in New York, according to the English translation provided by Sporta Avize, a Latvian sports magazine. "But the thing I want most of all is winning. When the time comes, I will seriously start to think about it. Right now I just try to do my best."

Sources say Porzingis is unhappy with Phil Jackson's treatment of Carmelo Anthony. When asked about Anthony's situation with the team, the 21-year old said the media helped exaggerate the tension between Jackson and the veteran forward.

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On the final episode of TheKnicksBlog Podcast, Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton run the gamut on everything going down with the Knicks. The guys discuss Phil Jackson's struggles running the organization, Carmelo Anthony's future, Kristaps Porzingis' refusal to meet with the front office, the NBA Draft, and free agency.

Click below to listen...

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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

The odds of Carmelo Anthony getting traded to the Celtics could be increasing, surmises Marc Berman in the NY Post.

The Celtics' coaching staff was in favor of trading for Anthony before the deadline, writes Berman, but GM Danny Ainge had "too many reservations" -- one of them being that acquiring Anthony would've given the Celtics little to no cap space this offseason.

Berman suggests if the Celtics lose their first-round playoff series to the Bulls (with Boston, the No. 1 seed, trailing two games to none), Ainge's position could change.

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Melo's Very Bad Year 00:01:19
SNY.tv takes a look at the worst moments of Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony's season.

SNY.tv takes a look at the worst moments of Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony's season.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during a break in action in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during a break in action in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

Kristaps Porzingis says he loves New York and still wants to be a member of the Knicks, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Porzingis will leave for Latvia on Thursday without meeting with Phil Jackson, but said blowing off his exit interview is not a sign that he doesn't want to play at Madison Square Garden next year.

"Of course," Porzingis said when asked if he wants to be a Knick next season. "I love New York. I love New York."

According to Berman, New York was not given an explanation behind the 21-year old Latvian's decision to skip the scheduled meeting with Jackson on Friday. But sources say that Porzingis is upset with the way the franchise has been run, with Jackson's poor handling of Carmelo Anthony and going all-in on the triangle offense.

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( Adam Hunger)

The Knicks will have the seventh slot in the upcoming NBA Draft after losing a drawing to the Timberwolves, who they finished with the same record as.

New York and Minnesota both have a 5.3 percent chance of picking first overall, and the Knicks can't pick lower than 10th.

The Draft order will be determined during the Lottery, which takes place on May 16, with the Draft taking place on June 22.

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New York Knicks interim head coach Kurt Rambis reacts against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks interim head coach Kurt Rambis reacts against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

Knicks assistant coach Kurt Rambis is "beyond unpopular" with Knicks players, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

"...Kurt Rambis, who is beyond unpopular with the players, league sources said. When players want coaching and teaching, they get yelling, sources said. Most wonder about Rambis' allegiances, because after all, he's Jackson's guy, not Hornacek's," Wojnarowski reports.

Phil Jackson pushed for Rambis, who finished last season as the team's interim coach, to get the permanent title of head coach last offseason. Jackson ended up hiring Jeff Hornacek as the team's head coach, but Rambis was kept as an assistant coach on Hornacek's staff.

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(Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony has separated from his wife, La La, according to TMZ, who is reporting that Anthony impregnated another woman prior to the separation.

The other woman, a dancer at a gentlemen's club in New York City, has said she's 6 and a half months pregnant.

La La has reportedly moved out of the family home and is living on her own in New York, though neither side has filed divorce papers.

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Knicks drama continues 00:05:47
The Loud Mouths talk Knicks drama, Kristaps Porzingis skipping his exit meeting with the team brass and Carmelo's break up

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

On Friday, Phil Jackson dismissed the notion that his treatment of and the drama surrounding the Carmelo Anthony situation would impact his reputation or hurt the Knicks' chances with forthcoming free agents.

Prior to that happening, though, Kristaps Porzingis had reportedly skipped out on his exit meeting. Following Jackson's comments, Michelle Roberts of the NBPA released a statement calling Jackson's remarks about Anthony "inappropriate."

At 21 years old, Porzingis may have jumped the gun by being insubordinate. There are other ways to express a feeling or send a message. Nevertheless, what the young gun did was bold. In a way, his actions were an opportunity to stand up for Anthony...

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Phil Jackson on Carmelo Anthony 00:04:08
Knicks president Phil Jackson talks about his relationship with Carmelo Anthony, and explains why it might be best to trade him.

The National Basketball Players Association contacted Commissioner Adam Silver to discuss what they say were "inappropriate" comments by Knicks President Phil Jackson regarding Carmelo Anthony.

Jackson had said on Friday that Anthony, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, would be "better off somewhere else" next season.

"If players under contract cannot, under threat of league discipline, speak openly about their desire to be employed elsewhere, we expect management to adhere to the same standards," NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts said. "The door swings both ways when it comes ot demonstrating loyalty and respect."

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Stefan Bondy on Carmelo 00:04:24
Stefan Bondy joins the Daily News Live panel to discuss Carmelo Anthony's future (or lack thereof) and legacy with the Knicks.

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

The Knicks' failures over the last three seasons should be as much of a reflection on Phil Jackson as anyone else. He's failed to put the right pieces in place and his constant retooling has prevented New York from developing any real chemistry. With no reasonable fix in sight, there's little reason to believe he'll be able to turn things around.

Of course, Carmelo Anthony has been at the center of it all, too. One could have expected such a star talent to be the key to the Knicks becoming a competitive franchise again, but that simply hasn't happened. A team needs depth, but it also needs a leader to guide them. However, the front office failed to motivate its leader by showing him they were committed to a winning culture.

With the power of his no trade clause at his hands, Anthony knows he needs to make a decision that will be best for himself and the team...

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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrate a basket by Porzingis against the Charlotte Hornets during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrate a basket by Porzingis against the Charlotte Hornets during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv: Kristaps Porzingis reportedly skipped out on his exit meeting with Knicks' brass, which isn't something one would expect the leader of a team to do. The man otherwise known as the "unicorn" may already be considered the forthcoming savior by some, but Phil Jackson doesn't believe he's ready to carry the Knicks just yet.

"No I don't. He's 21 years old. That's a big load for anyone to take on," the executive said when asked if Porzingis was ready to be New York's number one option.

Such a question was posed after Jackson revealed he will look to trade Carmelo Anthony and that the forward would be "better off somewhere else."

Frustration is mounting surrounding the disarray this team is in, which would appear to explain Porzingis' absence. With Jackson ready to continue exploring deals for Anthony, it would make sense for the Knicks to go back to basics and begin building from scratch, save for say, Porzingis, Willy Hernangomez, and a few complementary role players. During this transition and Anthony's expected departure, Porzingis could be embraced and groomed as the starring attraction New York needs.

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Mar 3, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric (9) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers won 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Mar 3, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric (9) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers won 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Kristaps Porzingis declined to attend team exit meetings at the conclusion of the New York Knicks season, Ian Begley of ESPN reported on Friday night. 

Citing team sources, Begley says that the two-year veteran and former first round selection is frustrated with the team's lack of direction. The Knicks failed to make the playoffs for the fourth straight season and only notched a 30-51 record.

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Daily News Live: Phil-Carmelo 00:05:36
The DNL panel sorts through Phil Jackson's wide ranging, end of season press conference where he hinted it was time to move on from Carmelo.
Tags: Carmelo Anthony

 (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Pending free agent Derrick Rose wants to return to the Knicks next season and have a "chance to redeem himself," Phil Jackson said on Friday.

Rose was acquired from the Bulls last June along with Justin Holiday and a 2017 second round pick, with Robin LopezJose Calderon, and Jerian Grant going to Chicago.

The 28-year-old Rose averaged 18 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.8 rebounds in 64 games with the Knicks this season.

He briefly went AWOL in January in order to address a family matter -- something Jackson said was distracting to the team...

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(Brad Penner)

Knicks rookie C Willy Hernangomez has been named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April, it was announced Friday.

He averaged 12.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in six April games, matching his career-high of 24 points on April 9 against the Raptors.

With Joakim Noah out, Hernangomez saw his playing time increase dramatically during the second half of the season.

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End of an era for the Knicks? 00:04:07
The Daily News Live team debates Carmelo Anthony's chances of returning to New York next season.

 (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest Update (April 13)

9:00AM: The Knicks and Phil Jackson quietly picked up their option on the remaining two years of Jackson's five-year contract this spring, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

Both sides had the option to walk away from each other at the end of this season, and while there was speculation that either Jackson or the Knicks might exercise that opt-out clause, sources told Begley that the final two years on Jackson's contract were picked up "a while ago."

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Noah's deal in retrospect 00:02:54
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein ask if Joakim Noah's deal with the Knicks is the worst contract in NBA history.

Marc Malusis and Jon Hein debate if Joakim Noah's deal was the worst contract in NBA history based on his playing time since.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks win 00:01:28
Jeane Coakley breaks down the Knicks' win in their season finale, which could be Carmelo Anthony's last game with the team.

Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points after deciding to play in what could be his final game with the Knicks, and New York beat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-113 on Wednesday night.

Anthony had missed the previous two games with a sore left knee and wasn't expected to play Wednesday, but told Jeff Hornacek he wanted to go. He played 23 minutes, sitting out the final quarter while a couple of "We want Melo! We want Melo!" chants broke out.

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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. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
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. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks take on the 76ers at Madison Square Garden in the final game of the season. 

According to STATS:

  • Philadelphia has won two of its three games against New York this season despite being outshot 45.2 percent to 41.4 percent from the field in those games. The Sixers are outscoring the Knicks in the paint 48.0 per game to 38.0, however.
  • The Knicks are shooting 42.4 percent on corner three-pointers this season, the second-best mark in the league behind the Spurs at 42.5 percent.
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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah warms up before a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah warms up before a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Joakim Noah initially injured his right rotator cuff in January, but continued to play through it, the team said Wednesday. Noah underwent an MRI after the injury and had a follow-up test in April, which showed no improvement. Doctors have recommended surgery, but the club says Noah has yet to make a decision.

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that the 32-year-old would undergo the surgery.

Noah, who will serve a 20-game suspension once he is healthy, is expected to have a recovery time of four-to-six months.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:02:13
With his team having failed to make the playoffs, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek fields questions about Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose.

Were Dolan's actions acceptable? 00:03:41
The DNL crew discusses if it was acceptable for Knicks owner James Dolan to go back at a fan after an altercation at MSG.

A Knicks season ticket holder who was cursed out by team owner James Dolan last week said the team disconnected his phone call when he tried renewing his season tickets for next season, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Mike Hamersky, a 35-year-old lawyer, said he could not reach his Knicks representative and was unable to log in to his account to renew online. When he finally was able to re-set his password, he realized were no options to renew and tried calling the team to resolve the issue. Once he reached the team, he said they disconnected his phone call. 

According to ESPN, the team said they had 'nothing to add' when asked if Hamersky is still allowed to renew his season tickets.

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 (Jeff Hanisch (USA Today))
(Jeff Hanisch (USA Today))

Carmelo Anthony will likely not play in the Knicks' season finale on Wednesday night, head coach Jeff Hornacek said, before weighing in on Anthony's season and potential future in New York.

"I think it's his choice still with his contract," Hornacek told the NY Daily News, alluding to Anthony's no-trade clause. "Every year until guys are gone coaches all assume we're going to have the same team."

It's expected that the Knicks, who attempted to trade Anthony prior to the deadline this season, will make him available this offseason. 

Hornacek said having Anthony around to mentor the team's younger players has "been good at times," adding that Anthony would have to embrace that role if he returns next season...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Knicks G Ron Baker has made the most of his chance with the Knicks and feels fortunate to be where he is.

"I come from a town of 200 people, blue-collar [place]," Baker said, according to the NY Post. "I always dreamed to be here. In high school I lost that dream. I was 5-foot-8, 5-foot-9."

The 24-year-old Baker, who went undrafted out of Wichita State, has averaged 4.1 points and 2.0 assists while averaging 16.2 minutes in 51 games this season.

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(AP)

Latest Update (April 11)

9:45AM: Charles Oakley is in court today making his first appearance on assault charges stemming from his February scuffle with Madison Square Garden security.

Prior to entering the courtroom, Oakley spoke to reporters and reiterated the same story he has in the past, claiming he did nothing wrong and MSG security dragged him out for no reason.

During the arraignment, the prosecuter read to the judge statements Oakley gave during his arrest, admitting to having two drinks before the game.

The prosecuter also said that Oakley told NYPD how every time the former Knick enters Madison Square Garden, James Dolan places security guards on him and "nothing good happens."

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(Nicole Sweet)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

Coming into the season, Willy Hernangomez was regarded as a raw prospect who would need time to develop and make the necessary adjustments in his game. 

From the opening tip in October through January, the big man took a back seat to Joakim Noah and Kyle O'Quinn. Seeing limited action was for the best, as the Knicks were hoping to allow Hernangomez's body to get used to the rigorous schedule of the NBA while relying upon proven veterans in the meantime.

Unfortunately, it was Noah's body that proved unable to hold up over the course of the season. In turn, Hernangomez's rookie season has steadily become a trial by fire. Emerging as New York's starting center, he hasn't disappointed.

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Markelle Fultz (Jennifer Buchanan/USA TODAY Sports)
Markelle Fultz (Jennifer Buchanan/USA TODAY Sports)

University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz said it would be "amazing" if the New York Knicks were to draft him in June.

"It's close to home, my family can come out. This is the greatest place to play, really," Fultz told the New York Post's Zach Braziller while watching Sunday's Knicks-Raptors game. "Big [arena], a lot of good fans. ... This is a legendary place."

Fultz, who is considered to be one of the top picks come June, averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds in 25 games as an 18-year-old freshman for the Huskies.

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

NEW YORK (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points and the Toronto Raptors wrapped up at least the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 110-97 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday. 

The Raptors pulled away in the fourth quarter to reach 50 victories for the second straight season. They can still finish second if they beat Cleveland in their regular-season finale and Boston loses its final two. 

 

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek yells at the officials during the second half at against the Cleveland Cavaliers Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek yells at the officials during the second half at against the Cleveland Cavaliers Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

NEW YORK -- The Toronto Raptors survived decently while Kyle Lowry missed over a month with a wrist injury.  

Now Lowry is back and the Raptors are trying to continue their strong finish with the playoffs looming in the near future.  

Lowry and the Raptors play their penultimate game of the regular season Sunday afternoon when they visit the New York Knicks and attempt to clinch the third seed in the Eastern Conference.  

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New York Knicks forward Maurice Daly Ndour (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Maurice Daly Ndour (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Without Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and (unexpectedly) Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks could only muster three quarters of contention and fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 88-101. 

Despite lacking all of it's starpower, New York kept it close for the majority of the game. However, the playoff-bound Grizzlies began to pull away in the game's final stage.

 

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Should Knicks avoid Lonzo Ball? 00:03:11
The DNL crew discusses if the Knicks should pass on point guard Lonzo Ball because of his father's controversial behavior towards the media.

 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Latest Update (April 7)

11:30AM: Wizards PG Brandon Jennings described the tension between Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson as one of the "wildiest" situations he has been in during his eight seasons in the NBA. Jennings added that the issues between the two had an effect on the whole team.

"It definitely took a toll, I think, on the team. Because it wasn't even about basketball anymore, it was more about what was going on with Melo," Jennings said to Ian Begley of ESPN.

Jennings said it was "cool" playing with Anthony, but noted that the Knicks veteran leader was under a lot of pressure "dealing with stuff with Phil."

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks lose 00:01:31
Eamon McAnaney reports from MSG and breaks down all the news and action from the Knicks 106-103 loss to the Washington Wizards.

NEW YORK (AP) Bradley Beal scored 25 points and made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 49 seconds left as the Washington Wizards beat the New York Knicks 106-103 on Thursday night.

John Wall added 24 points and eight assists for the Wizards, who blew a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter but recovered to improve to 48-31, tying Toronto for third place in the Eastern Conference.

Washington is trying for its first 50-win season since 1978-79. Marcin Gortat was 7 for 7 from the field and scored 16 points for the Wizards. They have won seven straight at Madison Square Garden.

Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points for the Knicks, who are a loss away from their third consecutive 50-loss season. >> Read more

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GEICO SportsNite: Patrick Ewing 00:02:07
Patrick Ewing was introduced as the new head coach for the Georgetown men's basketball team.

Jan 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) works the ball around Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) works the ball around Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

Derrick Rose underwent "uncomplicated" surgery for the torn meniscus in his left knee on Wednesday, the team announced.

He is expected to begin basketball activities in approximately three-to-six weeks.

"It's tough for Derrick. He's played hard all year," coach Jeff Hornacek told the Associated Press this past weekend about the season-ending injury. "I didn't hear the real report on it. He'll get that taken care of and probably be back. But he's worked hard (over) the last summer with yoga, those kind of things, to get his body in great shape. Feel bad for him."

Rose played in 64 games this season and averaged 18 points per game. He is set to become a free agent in the offseason.

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

Lance Thomas, who is dealing with a sore right hip, will likely not play in another game this season as the Knicks continue their march to the offseason.

Thomas, 28, has played in 46 games this season, averaging 6.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in just over 21 minutes per game.

He was limited to 59 games last season and has never played more than 62 games during his six-year career, which has been split between New Orleans and the Knicks.

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks win 00:00:37
Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee and Kyle O'Quinn talk about favorable matchups after the Knicks' 100-91 win over the Chicago Bulls.

Recap

Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, and the New York Knicks snapped the Chicago Bulls' four-game win streak with a 100-91 victory on Tuesday night.

Courtney Lee had 14 points for New York, and Maurice Ndour added 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Knicks (30-48) had dropped seven of nine.

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