According to Synergy Sports the Knicks bench is averaging just 8.34 made 2 point FGs and 2.99 made 3-point field goals based on 230 offensive possessions.

That's not good.

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New York Knicks guard Jimmer Fredette drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers guard Brian Roberts during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks guard Jimmer Fredette drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers guard Brian Roberts during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Former New York Knicks guard Jimmer Fredette scored 73 points in a Chinese league game on Sunday night.

Fredette, who played two games for the Knicks last year and had spent time with their D-League affiliate in Westchester, scored the fourth most points in a game in the Chinese Basketball Association, however his team, the Shanghai Sharks, lost to the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in double overtime.

The 27-year-old Fredette has averaged six points and 1.4 assists in five seasons in the NBA. A former first-round pick, Fredette played 235 games split between the Knicks, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans and Chicago Bulls.

He is averaging 36.3 points per game, the third most in the league, with Shanghai, which is 29-6 and the No. 3 seed in the CBA playoffs.

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Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media during the Commissioner Press Conference at Smoothie King Center. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media during the Commissioner Press Conference at Smoothie King Center. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NBA commissioner Adam Silver is disappointed that former Knick Charles Oakley and team owner James Dolan have not fully solved their differences, but is hopeful things will get better between the two soon. 

Silver, who spoke during NBA's All-Star weekend, said he talked with Oakley and Dolan last week over the phone in an effort to play mediator in the situation. While Silver said there has been progress since the initial event on Feb. 8, the two are still not on the same page.  

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Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knick forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrates winning the three-point contest during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knick forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrates winning the three-point contest during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Kristaps Porzingis dribbed around obstacles, passed the ball, shot 3-pointers and more en route to victory in the 2017 NBA Skills Challenge, defeating Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz.

Porzingis, participating in his second All-Star Weekend, first eliminated Nikola Jokic of the Nuggets before knocking out Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins

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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton are still angry, and this time they direct their frustration towards an unlikely figure for Knicks fans - Charles Oakley. The guys look back at two decades of disappointing behavior from the former power forward, and think it's time for Oak to man up. 

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Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (7) during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (7) during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

While Carmelo Anthony was thrilled to be selected to this year's All-Star Game, he would have preferred a rest during the break. 

Anthony, speaking to reporters on Saturday, said he was supposed to take a vacation over the next few days, but had to cancel because of his selection for the game. 

"It was a downer,'' Anthony said. "I had to cancel my trip, and there's no refund. I can't get my refund back."

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Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (7) during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (7) during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Former NBA star Tracy McGrady believes Knicks president Phil Jackson has completely mishandled Carmelo Anthony this season, and if McGrady were Anthony, things might be a little more contentious. 

McGrady, who played 24 games with the Knicks during the 2009-10 season, said if he were involved in this situation, he would take more direct action against Jackson. Jackson has been maligned for his negative tweets about Anthony this season, along with possible trade rumors involving the All-Star forward.

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV: 

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Feb 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; U.S. Team center Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers (33) and World Team forward Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks (6) go for a loose ball during the Rising Stars Challenge at Smoothie King Center. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; U.S. Team center Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers (33) and World Team forward Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks (6) go for a loose ball during the Rising Stars Challenge at Smoothie King Center. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Kristaps Porzingis helped lead Team World to victory over Team USA in the Rising Stars Challenge, as he scored 24 points and collected 10 rebounds. 

In 33 minutes on the floor, Porzingis shot 11-of-16 from the field and was 1-of-4 for from the free-throw line. His 24 points were third on the team after Buddy Hield (28) and Jamal Murray (36). 

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Feb 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Western Conference All Star Draymond Green during the All Star media availability at the Ritz Carlton. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Western Conference All Star Draymond Green during the All Star media availability at the Ritz Carlton. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green appeared to change his mind about whether or not free agents would want to sign with the Knicks, he told reporters at All-Star Weekend. 

"I'm not sure how people view it," Green said, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. I don't really know anybody else's opinion or views around the league. I'm in the locker room with 14 guys on a daily basis. I kind of know their views because we talk a lot. But I don't know everyone's views."

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Boom or Bust: Knicks 00:04:32
Jon Hein and Marc Malusis play Boom or Bust for Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson and Kristaps Porzingis.

Jon Hein and Marc Malusis play Boom or Bust over Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson, and Kristaps Porzingis. 

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The Long Goodbye 00:02:51
The DNL crew discusses if Wednesday's game against the Thunder was Carmelo Anthony's last game as a member of the Knicks.

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

Carmelo Anthony is is headed to the All-Star Game. As the oldest participant, he's still holding his place amongs the league's best players. Both Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez (New York's biggest assets for the future) will take part in the weekend's festivities as well, participating in the Rising Stars Challenge. The Knicks have representation with feel-good stories to follow. All seems well, at least for a few days.

The next time the Knicks play, however, will be after the NBA trade deadline has passed --- five hours later, to be exact. Coincidentally, they'll face the Cavaliers. Will Anthony be in town suddenly donning a different uniform? 

Kevin Love's injury may make that difficult for the teams to accomplish. As it is, Love and his current contract isn't exactly the ideal return value for the Knicks. If and when they deal Anthony, New York needs flexibility, assets, future building blocks, etc. Love doesn't exactly fit that bill.

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Oakley-Dolan feud continues 00:05:19
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss the ongoing feud between Charles Oakley and James Dolan as Oakley compares Dolan to Donald Sterling.

Former Knicks forward Charles Oakley isn't yet ready to return to Madison Square Garden, days after team president James Dolan lifted Oakley's ban. On Thursday, he seemed to harden his stance in his feud with Dolan, telling SI Now that "some things can't be solved." 

Oakley also compared Dolan to former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was caught on tape making racist comments in 2014. Commissioner Adam Silver forced Sterling to sell the team.

Oakley is more upset about the aftermath of last week's incident than the incident itself, and is hoping for a public apology, reports Marc Berman of the NY Post.

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Green weighs in on Knicks drama 00:05:15
Warriors forward Draymond Green speaks critically of James Dolan and the Knicks, predicting that they won't be able to sign free agents.

Speaking on his podcast, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green had harsh words against Knicks owner James Dolan, even claiming Dolan has a "slave master mentality." 

Green took exception to how Dolan handled the recent controversy with former Knicks legend Charles Oakley. 

"You doing it for me, it's all good," Green said on the podcast. "You doing it against me -- you speaking out against my organization -- it's not good anymore? That's a slave mentality. A slave master mentality. That's ridiculous.

"It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines and all this stuff for your organization. But now, all of a sudden, when he says something that he feels, it's a problem."

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, drives around New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, drives around New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook scored 38 points and posted his 27th triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 116-105 on Wednesday night.

Westbrook moved into sole possession of third place for the most triple-doubles in a season, behind Oscar Robertson's 41 in 1961-62 and Wilt Chamberlain's 31 in 1967-68. The star guard had 14 rebounds and 12 assists in the 64th triple-double of his career.

Victor Oladipo scored 21 points and Jerami Grant added 13 for the Thunder, who snapped a two-game skid.

Carmelo Anthony had 30 points for the Knicks after being selected to the All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Kevin Love earlier in the night. Derrick Rose scored 25 and Courtney Lee added 16.

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(Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Knicks coach and current ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy hopes that the Knicks will hold a day to commemorate Charles Oakley and retire his number, he said before Wednesday's Knicks-Thunder game. 

Van Gundy coached Oakley with the Knicks during the 1990s, first as an assistant and then as head coach starting in 1995. The former Knicks coach believes an event like this could help smooth things over between Oakley and the Knicks after the events of last week. 

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts during the 118-112 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts during the 118-112 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will replace injured Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love at this year's NBA All-Star Game, the team announced. 

Love has been dealing with a knee injury and has decided not to play in the game. Earlier in the week, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported Anthony wanted to rest during the All-Star Break and preferred not to be an injury replacement. 

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts after the Atlanta Hawks defeated the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts after the Atlanta Hawks defeated the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin)

Joakim Noah will miss his fifth consecutive game on Wednesday, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

Noah has been out with a hamstring injury since leaving the game against the Cavaliers early on Feb. 4. 

Willy Hernangomez will start at center against the Thunder.

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( Adam Hunger)

The Knicks head to Oklahoma City to take on Russell Westbrook and the Thunder at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. 

According to STATS:

  • The Thunder won 112-103 when these teams faced off in New York on November 28. Oklahoma City will look to sweep the season series with the Knicks for the first time since 2013-14.
  • The Thunder fell 120-98 at Washington Monday, their worst loss versus the Wizards since moving to Oklahoma City in 2008-09. The Thunder are 4-13 this season when failing to score 100 points.
  • New York snapped a four-game losing streak with a 94-90 home win over the Spurs on Sunday. The Knicks had allowed at least 111 points in all four losses (120.5 ppg).
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(AP)

The Knicks were valued at $3.3 billion by Forbes in their latest NBA valuation, up from $3 billion last year. It's the second consecutive year New York has topped the list of the league's most valuable franchises. 

Despite the lofty valuation, the Knicks are 23-33 and 12th in the Eastern Conference, three games ouf of the final playoff spot. New York has not particpated in the postseason since 2013.

The Lakers ($3 billion) and Warriors ($2.6 billion) round out the top three.

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Willy Hernangomez has been named as an injury replacement to the Rising Stars Challenge that will take place during NBA All-Star Weekend, reports Marc Berman of the NY Post.

Hernangomez joins teammate Kristaps Porzingis on the World Team roster.

Hernangomez, 22, is averaging 6.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 48 games this season...

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Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

The news of Kevin Love's injury may put a wrench into a potential deal between the Knicks and Cavaliers surrounding Carmelo Anthony, but it also opens the door back up for Anthony and/or Kristaps Porzingis to once again receive All-Star Game consideration.

Whereas Anthony has been a mainstay at the midseason event for nearly a decade, Porzingis is just starting to knock down the door that leads to association with the game's top talents. As demonstrated in the fan, player, and media voting, the 21-year-old has increasing popularity.

As the ever-quickly budding centerpiece and potential superstar of this hungry Knicks squad, Porzingis has plenty of things going in his favor, including an injury to 76ers big man Joel Embiid...

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:01:52
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek and Carmelo Anthony talk about the Charles Oakley incident and the upcoming game against Oklahoma City.

Oakley ban lifted 00:02:56
DNL talks about Charles Oakley's short-lived ban being lifted from Madison Square Garden by Knicks owner James Dolan.

Latest update (Feb. 14, 11:20 a.m.)

The Knicks have lifted Charles Oakley's ban from Madison Square Garden, sources told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.

Oakley and Knicks owner James Dolan had spoken on Monday along with with NBA commissioner Adam Silver in person and Michael Jordan over the phone.

Dolan banned Oakley from Madison Square Garden after Oakley was involved in a physicl altercation with security during last Wednesday's game. Oakley was ejected and later arrested.

"Both Mr. Oakley and Mr. Dolan were apologetic about the incident and subsequent comments, and their negative impact on the Knicks organization and the NBA," Silver wrote in a statement on Monday. "Mr. Dolan expressed his hope that Mr. Oakley would return to MSG as his guest in the near future.

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NBA television personality Greg Anthony during pre-game broadcast of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Center. (Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE)
NBA television personality Greg Anthony during pre-game broadcast of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Center. (Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Knick Greg Anthony, who spent four seasons in New York as a teammate of Charles Oakley, believes players will look at the Knicks in a different light because of the recent treatment of Oakley and Carmelo Anthony.

"It sure as hell ain't gonna help..." said Anthony in an interview with Business Insider. "It's one thing to have your struggles on the court, but this is kind of becoming a domino effect where everything that can go wrong is going wrong for the organization. And it creates a tremendous distraction for the players that are still battling and fighting and figuring out a way to get into the postseason."

The Knicks are facing a rebuild, something the franchise has historically not done slowly through the draft. This past offseason, New York traded for Derrick Rose, while committing over $120 million to Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee in an attempt to improve the team quickly. Anthony believes the situation involving Oakley will not do the team any favors in trying to attract free agents in the future.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) yells to the crowd after hitting a three-point basket during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) yells to the crowd after hitting a three-point basket during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

The Knicks had an empowering win over the Spurs to cap off the weekend. Beyond that, however, the dysfunction has only continued. The rumors surrounding Carmelo Anthony continue to swirl. Frustration around the team's feeble defensive effort continues to set in. The mystique around what Phil Jackson's next remark may be (or how he chooses to communicate it) keeps everyone on their toes. And as if all of this wasn't enough, James Dolan played a part in a bizarre sequence of events this past week, reminding all that he is never truly far enough away.

As the trade deadline approaches and the losing continues, there are question marks around this team. Can the Knicks build off of the win against San Antonio, or will they fall back into their poor ways? Here's a look at what the team will face in the week ahead. 

Questions about team culture: One could argue that the poor culture is going to affect the Knicks for years to come. Clearly, the lack of positivity makes it difficult for players already in the Big Apple to perform at an optimal level. What's more, all that has gone on as of late could certainly impact the decisions of prospective free agents and scare them off from donning orange and blue. For years, James Dolan has been criticized for his poor way of handling things and a lack of overall basketball knowledge. While he has stayed out of Phil Jackson's way, he proved this week with Charles Oakley that he himself will never be far enough away not to play a role in something here or there. That's not a good feeling.

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Derrick Rose, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Willy Hernangomez, Keith Schlosser
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(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony does not want to be a potential injury replacement during the NBA All-Star Game, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News.

With the injury to Cavliers F Kevin Love, a spot might open up, but Anthony prefers to rest.

"I would love to take this break and just utilize this break and my body and my mind and just get away from everything," Anthony said. "I could utilize this break. If they call me I'd consider it. But I would love to utilize this break."

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks win 00:02:39
Jeff Hornacek, Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose react to a big Knicks' win after they defeated the Spurs on Sunday afternoon, 94-90.

Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and the New York Knicks salvaged the finale of a tumultuous five-game homestand by beating the San Antonio Spurs 94-90 on Sunday.

With Latrell Sprewell and a number of other former Knicks in attendance two days after Charles Oakley was banned, the current team pulled out a defensive performance from its past, limiting the Spurs to 36 percent shooting.

That came just two nights after the Knicks yielded 131 points in a dismal defensive performance against Denver, which came after losses to Cleveland and both Los Angeles teams to start the homestand.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony passed Hall of Famer Charles Barkley on the NBA's all-time scoring list in Sunday's 94-90 win against the San Antonio Spurs.

Anthony scored 11 of his 25 points in the third quarter of Sunday's game, including a 3-pointer to move into 25th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. He now has 23,775 points in his 14-year NBA career.

He has the fifth most points among active NBA players, trailing Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, Paul Pierce and Vince Carter. Carter ranks 24th on the all-time scoring list with 24,352.

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New York Knicks executive chairman James L. Dolan sits between Latrell Sprewell, left and Bernard King during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks executive chairman James L. Dolan sits between Latrell Sprewell, left and Bernard King during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Former Knicks star Latrell Sprewell has returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time in 13 years, just two days after Charles Oakley was banned from the building.

Sprewell sat behind the baseline Sunday next to MSG chairman James Dolan, who banned Oakley from the arena after he was arrested last week following an altercation with security while attending a game.

Perhaps to back Dolan's point that the franchise has strong relationships with almost all its other former players, the Knicks showed a number of them on the video board during their game against San Antonio, including Larry JohnsonBernard KingVin BakerKenny Walker and Herb Williams.

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek on the sideline reacting to a foul in the second half of the game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Trevor Ruszkowski)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek on the sideline reacting to a foul in the second half of the game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Another disappointing loss on Friday, which Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said the team "should be embarrassed" about, led to a practice that ran three hours on Saturday. 

The Knicks, embroiled by controversy off the court and inconsistent play on it, have now lost four games in a row. Hornacek told reporters after the extended practice that maybe the extra effort is what this team needs to turn things around. 

"Maybe it's putting them out of their comfort zone in practice, really pushing them, really telling them to get up, they may foul each other, but they have to get that mentality of how hard they can go, Hornacek said, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. "Breaking through that ceiling of what they think that is, and what their level can be, is what us as coaches need to do."

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks' effort 00:01:39
SNY's Taylor Rooks reports from the Knicks practice facility where head coach Jeff Hornacek touches on improving their effort in games.

Jan 29, 2010; New York, NY; General view of the exterior of Madison Square Garden and the Empire State building. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE (Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE)
Jan 29, 2010; New York, NY; General view of the exterior of Madison Square Garden and the Empire State building. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE (Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Knick Larry Johnson currently works for the team, but he is not sure if he will show up for work following owner James Dolan's decision to ban his former teammate, Charles Oakley, from Madison Square Garden.

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Love Oakley or Hate Dolan? 00:05:07
The panel reacts to the outcome of the Charles Oakley situation and if love should be shown for Oakley or if hate should be shown for Dolan.

Despite Knicks owner James Dolan's remarks that Charles Oakley might have a drinking problem, Oakley told the New York Post that he does not have an issue with alcohol and has actually been helping others that do.

According to the report, Oakley said he has been helping ex-Net Jayson Williams in his own recovery. Oakley has assisted Williams, especially since his second DWI.

 

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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Lance Thomas will return to the lineup Sunday against the Spurs while Joakim Noah (hamstring) is expected to sit out again, reports Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News

Thomas has not played since Jan. 15 when he suffered an orbital bone fracture. This season he's averaging 4.8 points in 17.6 minutes per game. 

Noah has already missed three games with the left hamstring injury and was originally considered doubtful for Sunday. 

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Oct 19, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks forward Maurice Daly Ndour (2) lays the ball past the reach of Boston Celtics forward Ben Bentil (50) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Oct 19, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks forward Maurice Daly Ndour (2) lays the ball past the reach of Boston Celtics forward Ben Bentil (50) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Knicks have assigned Marshall Plumlee and Maurice Ndour to Westchester of the D-League, the team announced Saturday.

Plumlee has averaged 1.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in eight contests with the Knicks this season. 

In 20 games this season, Ndour has averaged 2.3 points and 1.4 rebounds. 


Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV: 

Over the last four games, the Knicks have averaged an impressive 112.3 points per game. Unfortunately, the problem is that they've lost all four contests.

Friday night's poor showing against the Nuggets was the latest proof that this team lacks energy and motivation on the defensive end. Denver ran circles around the Knicks, doing whatever they wanted as they pushed the pace. New York failed to contest shots or, at the very least, make things difficult.

It has been especially true on the defensive end as of late, but even generally speaking, the Knicks have not played with much effort, intensity, hustle or any other fiery emotion of the like. The starters aren't getting the job done. Not only do they play the bulk of minutes, but the first unit is also responsible for not setting the necessary tone to put New York in a winning position. Thus, it's time for a change.

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Former Knicks legend Charles Oakley worked hard to have a successful career in the NBA, while owner James Dolan's life has been the almost the exact opposite, says The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski in a video essay. 

After the recent controversy at Madison Square Garden between Dolan and Oakley, Wojnarowski takes a brief look into each of their lives.

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Feb 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) leaves the court after losing to the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) leaves the court after losing to the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With struggles on the court and controversy off of it, the Knicks have a "cloud" hanging over them, according to Carmelo Anthony

As the Knicks dropped their fourth straight contest on Friday night, the team was also dealing with the distraction presented by the James Dolan-Charles Oakley situation. Anthony told reporters after the game that these are all things the Knicks need to overcome. 

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Feb 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek coaches against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek coaches against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Following the Knicks' loss to the Nuggets on Friday night, head coach Jeff Hornacek was displeased by the way his team, namely the starters, played defensively. 

The Knicks allowed 131 points as a whole, with the Nuggets scoring at least 30 points in each quarter. If efforts like this continue, Hornacek said, the losses will pile up. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks lose 00:01:01
Jeff Hornacek, Courtney Lee and Carmelo Anthony address the media after the Knicks' 131-123 loss to the Nuggets on Friday at the Garden.

Nikola Jokic scored a career-high 40 points to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 131-123 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

On the day Charles Oakley was banned from Madison Square Garden, the current Knicks proved again they can't play defense anywhere near the way his Knicks teams did, and lost their fourth straight.

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Feb 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to shooting guard Justin Holiday (8) in game against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks to shooting guard Justin Holiday (8) in game against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks look to get back in the win column in a matchup with the Nuggets at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden. 

According to STATS:

  • The Nuggets defeated the Knicks 127-114 in Denver on December 17. It was Denver's fourth straight victory in this series, which is tied for the Nuggets' longest-ever win streak against New York (4, November 17, 2007-November 27, 2009).
  • The Nuggets are getting 13.3 points per game off turnovers this season, while giving up 18.7 PPG. That -5.4 PPG differential is the second worst in the NBA (Bkn, -5.5).
  • The Knicks have pulled down 40 or more rebounds in 17 consecutive games. That is tied with the Wizards for the longest active streak in the NBA.
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(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks owner James Dolan says he has no plans to fire team president Phil Jackson.

"I'm going to honor my agreement," Dolan said during an appearance with Michael Kay on ESPN Radio on Friday. "It doesn't matter whether I think he's right or wrong. ...Let's hope that he's successful.

Jackson has two years left on his deal and Dolan said he won't be "exercising any opt outs" in order to get Jackson to leave earlier.

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Stefan Bondy talks Knicks drama 00:04:26
Stefan Bondy joins Daily News Live after owner James Dolan announced that Charles Oakley is banned from Madison Square Garden.

Knicks owner James Dolan said Charles Oakley's ban from Madison Square Garden is "not necessarily a lifetime ban," explaining during an appearance with Michael Kay on ESPN Radio that the ban in place "hopefully won't last forever."

"We need to keep the garden a place that's comfortable and safe for anyone who goes there," Dolan added.

Oakley was ejected from the Garden during Wednesday's game and later arrested after a physical altercation with security guards.

Dolan said Oakley came to the Garden Wednesday night with an "agenda" and that Oakley may not remember the incident...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Charles Oakley has been banned from Madison Square Garden, though the ban is not necessarily a lifetime ban, Knicks owner James Dolan said on Friday.

Oakley was ejected from the Garden and arrested on Wednesday night after a phsyical altercation with security guards.

The Knicks fired their top security chief on Friday in the wake of the incident, but had said Thursday that everything Oakley has said since has been "pure fiction."

The team also released another statement on Friday about the incident...

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The Knicks have fired their top security chief -- two days after an incident at Madison Square Garden where former-Knick Charles Oakley was involved in an altercation with multiple security guards.

Frank Benedetto, who was the senior vice president for security, was fired Friday morning, reports Murray Weiss of DNAinfo New York.

An MSG spokesman declined comment to DNAinfo, citing their policy of not speaking about former employees.

During the incident, Oakley was taken to the ground by security guards after assaulting two of them, handcuffed, and arrested. He was released Wednesday night.

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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

On pace to miss the NBA postseason for the fourth straight season, Carmelo Anthony knows what losing is all about. Since the Knicks won the Atlantic Division title back in 2012-13, Anthony has slowly but surely seen all of the talented veterans from that successful squad depart the Big Apple. In turn, the spotlight casts its shadow more and more on the star forward. Anthony has been unable to deliver since then.

Things are finally appearing to come to a head with New York shopping Anthony more aggressively than ever before. The team is motivated to deal him, as the vision with him leading the Knicks back to the promise land hasn't come any closer to fruition. As Anthony watches his closest friends and NBA counterparts chase and successfully capture NBA titles, he's arguably as far as he's ever been from one. This means it's time for a change all around. Nevertheless, Phil Jackson hasn't done himself or the team any favors. This organization has a negative vibe around it and the executive's recent comments and respective actions certainly haven't made things any easier for Anthony. 

Unfortunately for the Knicks' future, Anthony may not be the only one suffering from this lack of positive culture. New York is motivated to shop Anthony, not only because things haven't worked out, but because they have a beacon of light in Kristaps Porzingis to turn to next. Still, this slow transition and negative atmosphere can't be doing the budding superstar any good. Anthony obviously has more experience with this by now, but Porzingis too is getting used to losing. Through a season and a half, the young gun's Knickerbockers have gone 54-82. He's already been mentored by three head coaches. Teams have been known to change players from one season to the next: it's relatively normal. Nevertheless, after drastically changing the makeup of last year's squad, the revolving door would appear likely to keep swinging, given this season's shortcomings. More changes are coming.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Keith Schlosser
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DNL: Worst Knicks' season ever? 00:03:45
Daily News Live examines the Knicks? 2016-17 season full of struggles, public embarrassments and failure on the court.

DNL examines the Knicks' 2016-17 season full of struggles, embarrassments, and failure.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose
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Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton react to Wednesday night's melee involving Charles Oakley at MSG. The guys chat with former Knick Chris Childs about the Oakley incident and how he would have reacted if he was there on Wednesday night. Later, the guys get into the latest on the Melo-Phil drama, and discuss Phil's cryptic tweet.

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LM: Foaming at the Mouth 00:06:22
Loud Mouths are foaming at the mouth after Phil Jackson sent out a few cryptic messages on Twitter.

Latest update (Feb. 9)

7:00 p.m.: Phil Jackson took to Twitter in response to his initial cryptic tweet with another that claims he was misunderstood:

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

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DNL: Isola on Oakley incident 00:06:14
Knicks insider Frank Isola discusses the incident involving Charles Oakley at Madison Square Garden during the Knicks game Wednesday night.

Knicks insider Frank Isola discusses the incident involving Charles Oakley at Madison Square Garden on Daily News Live.

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