Oct 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Julius Randle (30) shoots against Brooklyn Nets small forward Rodions Kurucs (00) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Julius Randle (30) shoots against Brooklyn Nets small forward Rodions Kurucs (00) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Here's how David Fizdale assessed what he saw from Julius Randle on Friday night: 

"He's pressing. I thought he was really pressing. He's one of our horses. I think a lot of it was just he was so hyped up for the game," Fizdale said. 

Randle shot 5-for-15 in the Knicks' loss to the Nets. He had a chance to tie the game but turned it over with 11 seconds to play. He spun on Jarrett Allen in the paint and lost the ball out of bounds. 

Fizdale thought fatigue might have been an issue for Randle, who had 14 points and a team-high six turnovers in 39 minutes. 

 

"I might've played him too many minutes. Some of his plays were tired plays, I think," the coach said. "I'll go back and watch the film and see how I can help him."

Randle had 11 rebounds and four assists, but Fizdale often talks about players holding on to the ball too often on offense. Randle, from an outside view, seemed to be guilty of that transgression a few times on Friday. 

Lineups combinations

Fizdale is tinkering with lineups and personnel groupings to try to find combinations that work for New York. It's an ongoing process, and an understandable one given that New York has nine new players. 

The coach acknowledged on Friday night that finding a lead ballhandler has been 'difficult.' 

He started Elfrid Payton at point guard on Friday; RJ Barrett finished the game as a primary playmaker with Wayne Ellington, Marcus Morris, Randle and Kevin Knox

"We have depth, we've just got to get them all to play on the same night and get them clicking on the same night," Fizdale said. "But that's going to take time obviously. We've had three weeks together. But the fact we have the kind of grit that doesn't lay down, those are two playoff teams we lost to on the road that we had a chance to win those games."

Knox (16 points, 4-4 3PT) was phenomenal on offense. Same goes for Allonzo Trier, whose 22 points on 6-of-7 shooting helped the Knicks climb back from a 19-point deficit. 

Barrett was a catalyst, handling the ball down the stretch and finishing with 16 points (6-for-17 shooting) and six steals. Barrett and Ellington helped lead the comeback, but both were on the floor when New York went scoreless in the final 3:30. The Knicks missed four shots and had two turnovers down the stretch. 

"We have grit. Now we've just got to put it together with consistent play and trust," Fizdale said. 

Porous defense 

The Nets hit 15 of their first 30 3-point attempts and led by 11 heading into the fourth quarter. 

Here's what Fizdale saw from the sideline: "Just a lack of cohesion. Not trusting defensively. Not executing what we wanted to execute defensively and offensively, the same thing. We weren't moving the ball, we weren't trying to get the ball to the second side of the floor. I think we had like five or six assists in the first half and ended it with I think 17. The ball moved better in the second half. We've just got to get out of that mindset that, 'I want to be the one to will it.' We've got to get a place where we're going to trust each other."

Frank Ntilikina received a DNP. It's fair to wonder if he could have helped defensively, though New York did a commendable job for most of the night against Irving. Dennis Smith Jr. missed all four is his shot attempts in four minutes on the court in the first half. 

"I think he's just struggling. I've just got to figure out how to get him out of it. He's just overthinking things a little bit. But we'll figure it out," Fizdale said.

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Feb 24, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket while New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) defends during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Feb 24, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket while New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) defends during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

The Knicks had no answer for James Harden, who led the Rockets to a 123-112 win over New York in Houston on Monday. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Monday's game

1) Like most teams this season, the Knicks were unable to keep Harden in check. Even though the Rockets were without Russell Westbrook, Harden paced the Rockets with 37 points to lead Houston to the win. With a 21-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, Harden fell awkwardly while backpedaling on defense, but remained in the game.

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Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller may be holding down the fort for now, but finding a permanent head coach will be on the organization's agenda this offseason -- if the search already hasn't begun. 

With Leon Rose set to become the team's next president following the firing of Steve Mills, many have speculated on who the now-former basketball agent would want to bring in. Tom Thibodeau, a close friend of Rose's, is a name that has been brought up and some believe him to be the favorite for the position. 

Well, according to SI's Jonathan Macri, he says "one person with knowledge" of the Knicks' thinking believes the odds of Thibodeau becoming the next head coach is "90 percent."

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Feb 1, 2020; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony (00) smiles during the second half against the Utah Jazz at Moda Center. The Trail Blazers won 127-107. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Wayrynen)
Feb 1, 2020; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony (00) smiles during the second half against the Utah Jazz at Moda Center. The Trail Blazers won 127-107. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Wayrynen)

For the first time since he was a Knick, Carmelo Anthony surpassed the 30-point plateau. 

With the Blazers since Nov. 19, Anthony dropped a game-high 32 points to fuel Sunday's 107-104 win over the Detroit Pistons at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

Anthony's scoring outburst came on 11-of-16 shooting, a highly efficient 68.8 percent, going 5 for 9 from three-point range (55.6 percent). Of the 11 buckets, none was bigger than Anthony's dagger with 21.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter, pulling up and drilling an 18-foot jumper from the right side.

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Jul 21, 2019; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Killer 3’s coach Charles Oakley coaches his team against the Ball Hogs during a game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports (Alonzo Adams)
Jul 21, 2019; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Killer 3’s coach Charles Oakley coaches his team against the Ball Hogs during a game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports (Alonzo Adams)

Former Knicks star Charles Oakley has appealed the dismissal of his lawsuit against James Dolan and Madison Sqaure Garden, as he filed his notice of appeal just one day after his case was dismissed.

Oakley's civil suit was dismissed on Feb. 19 after Manhattan Federal Judge Richard J. Sullivan made the call to throw the case out.

The feud stems from the incident back in 2017 when Oakley got into an altercation with Madison Square Garden security during a Knicks game that led to his being taken out of the arena and arrested. Dolan banned Oakley from The Garden, but waved it off a few days later. Still, Oakley has yet to return to the place he once called home as a player. Here are more details on the suit and incident.

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Feb 8, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Knicks guard Wayne Ellington (2) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Feb 8, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Knicks guard Wayne Ellington (2) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Knicks guard Wayne Ellington needed some time before making his first public comments on the passing of his former teammate Kobe Bryant, but on Saturday he was finally ready to do so.

Ellington, who is from Bryant's hometown of Philadelphia and spent his childhood idolizing the Black Mamba, got to spend one season with him as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2014-2015 season, and reflected on his time playing with the five-time NBA Champion and 18-time All Star.

"Kobe meant a lot to me, even before I got a chance to meet him," Ellington said. "Just coming from the same area growing up and watching him become who he was. He was my idol. I grew up trying to emulate Kobe, trying to steal his moves, trying to be like Kobe."

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In their first game back from the All-Star break, the Knicks fell to the Indiana Pacers 106-98 at The Garden.

The Pacers led by 22 points at one point in the second quarter, but the Knicks fought their way back before ultimately coming up short.

On Saturday, Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller and rookie RJ Barrett spoke about the team needing to clean some things up before Monday's game against the Houston Rockets.

"I think we've probably maintained just that we want to play good basketball consistently," said Miller. "I think that's been the approach. I think it's been something they've been able to stay with and keep going. I think we've grown with that, trying to get better every day."

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The Knicks cut a 22-point deficit down to four in the final minute, but the Indiana Pacers held on for a 106-98 win. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Friday's game

1) The story of Friday's game was an all too familiar one this season. The Knicks got off to a decent start and led by five points after the first quarter. But things then took a turn, and after trailing by seven points at halftime, things deteriorated quickly in the third quarter. The Pacers outscored the Knicks by 20 in the middle two quarters, giving Indiana a comfortable 80-65 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.

The Knicks pulled within 12 points with around nine-and-a-half minutes to play, and a Frank Ntilikina three-pointer with just under seven minutes to go brought the Knicks within eight at 91-83. With under a minute to go, the Indiana lead was seven, but a Damyean Dotson three cut it to four points, but the late effort wasn't enough.

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The Knicks begin the second half of their 2019-20 season on Friday night (though it's really more of the final third of the season, with 27 games left on the calendar), and the hot topic around the team continues to be the balance of developing young players versus playing veterans. 

Interim head coach Mike Miller was asked about that subject once again on Friday prior to the Knicks' tip-off with the Indiana Pacers, and he reiterated that has no plans to play younger players more minutes solely because the team is out of contention.

"I talk to (GM Scott Perry) every day. We talk about personnel, we talk about player development, we talk about everything, every day. Multiple times, sometimes. We are in agreement, as we go through this, that we are high-level trying to develop players. And as we do that, the approach that we're taking is that their minutes are quality minutes," Miller said. "They're bringing value to the team when they're out there. We think that's helping them develop and moving them forward. 

"Again, we're looking at development in a lot of different ways and not saying it's just about, you just need 25 minutes a game to develop. I think there's more to it, there's more ways that we can help these guys grow then doing that. They're getting experience and they're getting opportunities and they're learning. We're seeing growth."

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Feb 12, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks small forward Maurice Harkless (3) laughs during the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 12, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks small forward Maurice Harkless (3) laughs during the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Knicks' forward Moe Harkless has been rumored as a buyout candidate since he was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers as part of the Marcus Morris trade prior to the deadline.

But it looks like Harkless, a St. John's product, will finish the season with the Knicks.

"I'm not thinking about any buyout," Harkless told reporters on Friday. "I'm thinking about today, and that's just making the most of where I am now. That's it... I'll be here for the rest of the year."

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Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks will take the floor for the first time since the All-Star break on Friday night, hosting the Indiana Pacers at The Garden, and they'll likely have a different starting lineup when they do.

Elfrid Payton is dealing with a sore ankle and will not play, according to Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller. Taking Payton's place in the starting lineup is likely to be Frank Ntilikina, per Miller.

Ntilikina has had an up-and-down third season with the Knicks. Starting 25 of the team's 49 games, Ntilikina has averaged 5.8 points and 3.0 assists while shooting .382 from the floor in 20.6 minutes per game.

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After the NBA All-Star break, the contenders and pretenders are usually set. Locked into the second worst record in the Eastern Conference at 17-38, the New York Knicks are headed to their seventh consecutive losing season.

With a roster full of young players, the Knicks are looking to play out the string on another disappointing season. Still, there can be some positives to come out of the final 27 games.

Here are five goals the Knicks should focus on after the All-Star break.

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When the New York Knicks lost out on top-flight free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, they pivoted to mid-tier veterans on short-term deals. The lone free agent to sign with the Knicks for a guaranteed two years was forward Julius Randle.

Randle -- who signed a three-year, $63 million deal with a partial guarantee in the final season -- was coming off of a solid year with the New Orleans Pelicans. The Knicks signed Randle to be their lead option for the season.

A capable scorer, Randle's scoring average had increased in all five of his NBA seasons prior to this one. His ability to rebound the ball, but also leading a fastbreak charge as a frontcourt player, made him an intriguing player.

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Knicks forward Kevin Knox hasn't had an ideal second season with the team, as he's averaging just 6.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.

The No. 9 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft has focused on getting better on both sides of the ball, and taking advantage of his opportunities.

"Just going out there, just trying to play aggressive on both sides of the basketball floor," Knox said. "Really just going out there and trying to compete, and opportunities that I have to score out there. Just trying to leave it all on the floor. I'm not going to do everything right, not every player does everything right, but just trying to give it all I got with the most of the opportunities I get."

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A few notes on the Knicks' coaching search: 

We reported Tuesday that Jay Wright would need to be overwhelmed by an offer to entertain the idea of leaving Villanova for the Knicks or any other NBA team. A separate NCAA source backed that assertion on Wednesday, saying that, at this point, the chance of Wright ending up as New York's next head coach was 'very remote.'

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What the Knicks do with their potential search for a new head coach remains to be seen, but they have at least one player vouching for Mike Miller.

Power forward Julius Randle understands that the pending decision on New York's future leader is out of his hands. However, he has an appreciation for Miller, the team's interim head coach since Dec. 6's firing of David Fizdale.

As the Knicks (17-38) get back into the swing of things with the 2019-20 season's second half set to begin in Friday's 7:30 p.m. game against the Indiana Pacers (32-23) at Madison Square Garden, Randle opened up on Miller's impact Wednesday.

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The Knicks acquired Moe Harkless from the Clippers as part of the package that netted Los Angeles veteran forward Marcus Morris.

The St. John's product appeared in just one game for the Knicks prior to the NBA All-Star break, and his future with the team appears to still be uncertain.

Appearing as a guest on ESPN LA's The Sedano Show on Tuesday, The Athletic's Sam Amick said that the Los Angeles Lakers are monitoring Harkless' situation in case he reaches a buyout with the Knicks. 

Shortly after Harkless was traded to New York, Marc Berman of the New York Post reported that the Knicks would be willing to grant Harkless grant Harkless a buyout if he were to ask for one.

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Feb 14, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; World forward R.J. Barrett of the New York Knicks dunks during the NBA Rising Stars basketball game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)
Feb 14, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; World forward R.J. Barrett of the New York Knicks dunks during the NBA Rising Stars basketball game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)

Knicks rookie shooting guard RJ Barrett put on a show last Friday in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge, and he drew a rave review Wednesday from New York's interim head coach Mike Miller.

The 2019 NBA Draft's No. 3 overall pick led all scorers with 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting, adding six rebounds, five assists and three steals over 24 minutes, but Team World fell, 151-131, to Team USA at the United Center in Chicago.

Still, Barrett's individual effort impressed Miller, who believes the Duke product has a chance to parlay the performance into a strong second half as the 2019-20 season resumes with Friday's 7:30 p.m. game against the Indiana Pacers (32-23) at Madison Square Garden.

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Jul 2, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Killer 3s coach Charles Oakley looks on during the game against Power at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Jul 2, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Killer 3s coach Charles Oakley looks on during the game against Power at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

Former Knicks star Charles Oakley had his civil suit against James Dolan dismissed on Wednesday, as Manhattan Federal Judge Richard J. Sullivan made the call to throw the case out. 

The feud stems from the incident back in 2017 when Oakley got into an altercation with Madison Square Garden security during a Knicks game that led to his being taken out of the arena and arrested. Dolan banned Oakley from The Garden, but waved it off a few days later. Still, Oakley has yet to return to the place he once called home as a player. Here are more details on the suit and incident.

In court documents obtained by SNY's Ian Begley, here is what Judge Sullivan said on the matter: 

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Dec 1, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports (Harrison Barden)
Dec 1, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports (Harrison Barden)

As candidates for the Knicks head coaching job continue to spring about, Tom Thibodeau's name has now been entered into the conversation, per The Post's Marc Berman.

And he's reportedly very interested in the position.

"He really wants the Knick job, he can taste it and he may even be in the lead," a Thibodeau confidant told The Post.

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Jan 18, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright celebrates with forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (24) after the game at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Ross)
Jan 18, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright celebrates with forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (24) after the game at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Ross)

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We're still a couple of months away from the Knicks earnestly engaging in a coaching search. So it's a bit too early to say who is -- and isn't -- a significant candidate for the job.

But if the Knicks want to make another run at Villanova head coach Jay Wright this offseason, they'll need to make an extremely strong pitch to lure him out of Philadelphia.

An NCAA source said Tuesday that Wright would need to be "overwhelmed by the opportunity" to even consider leaving Villanova for another job. This echoes a report from The Athletic's Dana O'Neil, who noted Monday, "source told me Jay Wright is not going anywhere. Not to the Knicks. Not to the Sixers. Not to Oz. His house is for sale. He's not."

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There is a "strong possibility" that Villanova head coach Jay Wright could head up I-95 to be the next head coach of the Knicks, according to a report from Forbes' Adam Zagoria.

This wouldn't the first time the Knicks made a run at Wright. After firing Jeff Hornacek in 2018, the team reached out to Wright's agent to express their interest, but the 58-year-old politely turned them down. 

"It's not that you're not interested, I just don't want to leave," Wright told The Post at the time. "It's the Knicks. You love the Garden, you love New York City, you love the Knicks. I just know I don't want to leave Villanova."

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The Knicks have two first-round picks at the upcoming NBA draft, with an additional second-round selection from the Hornets as well. 

Of those picks, their own first-round lottery pick will be the highest selection and a report from the New York Post says that pick could very likely be a scoring point guard. 

Per the report, the Knicks' scouting staff has been instructed to make scouting scoring point guards their top scouting job between now and the 2020 NBA Draft. Beyond that, a scoring shoot guard reportedly follows suit in terms of priorities handed to Knicks scouts. 

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

Quentin Richardson, who played 241 games for the Knicks from 2005 to 2009 and one game for the team in 2012-13 before calling it a career, talked about why he believes most players don't want to play for the Knicks.

"The new generation, they want to just have their money and enjoy being in the NBA and have fun," Richardson said during an appearance on CBS Sports Radio. "And at times, in New York, it could be the reverse of that. If you're making a lot of money and you're not playing up to whatever their standards, they think they can boo you, they can make it tough for you. And I've seen teammates and different people not want to go out to eat, not want to enjoy the city or enjoy your down time because they're worried about fans talking smack or looking at 'em crazed and all that.

"You have to have a thick skin to be able to deal with that. For me, I was from Chicago, so it never really mattered to me what anybody said. I legit witnessed seeing how it goes. If you're not built for it, you're not built for it."

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RJ Barrett scored a game-high 27 points in Friday's NBA Rising Stars Challenge, and said after the game he wasn't holding back just because it was an exhibition.

"I guess it's an All-Star game but I really only know how to play one way," Barrett said. "But it was a lot of fun. I didn't press too much. I just went out there and had fun. I took some opportunities when I could and tried to make some nice passes, too."

Barrett was all over the floor, adding six rebounds, five assists and three steals 'to go along with his 27 points. Though defense wasn't exactly a focal point in the 151-131 Team USA victory, Barrett wasn't going to allow his college teammate at Duke, Zion Williamson, to upstage him.

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Feb 11, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Feb 11, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Knicks have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. We'll take a look at how some of those former Knicks are performing with their new teams as the 2019-20 NBA season is underway...


Marcus Morris, Los Angeles Clippers

The Knicks' leading scorer when he was traded, Morris will take on more of a secondary role on a Clippers team featuring both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George (though George left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury). Morris played his first three games with the Clippers this week and averaged 11.0 and 5.7 rebounds. 

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Knicks rookie RJ Barrett made his NBA All-Star Weekend debut as a member of Team World during the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.

Barrett led all scorers with 27 points, despite Team World losing the game 151-131 to Team USA.

He finished the game shooting 11-for-17 from the field, and added in six rebounds, five assists, and three steals in 24 minutes of action.

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

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Leon Rose's Knicks presidency is still on track to start within the next few weeks. Rose, a player agent, is believed to be finishing up remaining obligations with CAA. Once that is completed, he'll officially take over as New York's top basketball executive.

Since we're still days - weeks? - away from Rose starting, it's too early to concretely state which coaches or executives will be joining Rose's Knicks.

But one name that several opposing execs expect to get consideration is Rich Cho.

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Feb 8, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Feb 8, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

On Friday morning ahead of the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago, Knicks rookie RJ Barrett was asked who deserves to be Rookie of the Year at the end of the season.

"A lot of people deserve [Rookie of the Year], a lot of people work hard for it," Barrett said. "I don't know. It's kind of hard not to vote for myself."

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant is currently the favorite to win, while Barrett's college teammate Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn are in the running as well.

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Jan 7, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Deandre Jordan (6) reacts in the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Jan 7, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Deandre Jordan (6) reacts in the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

DeAndre Jordan's tenure with the Knicks was short-lived, as the big man played only 19 games with the team during the 2018-19 season after being acquired in the Kristaps Porzingis trade with the Dallas Mavericks.

Jordan elected to sign with the Brooklyn Nets over the summer, joining stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant

On Thursday, Jordan joined CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco's R2C2 podcast and discussed everything from signing with the Nets to the commute players have to take to get to the Knicks' practice facility.

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Jan 2, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Jan 2, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

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Before we get to Taj Gibson's thoughts on Tom Thibodeau, let's start here: Gibson is a huge fan of Mike Miller. Gibson believes the Knicks interim head coach is thriving under difficult circumstances.

"Coach Mike, being thrown in there, you've got to give him his due (respect) because coming into a situation like this and wheeling and dealing with a bunch of young guys, he's been phenomenal," Gibson said late Wednesday night.

So when Gibson was asked about Thibodeau, he wanted to make sure to credit Miller first. In doing so, he wanted to make it clear that he wasn't suggesting that Miller didn't deserve consideration for the Knicks head coaching job for next season.

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General view as the New York Knicks are introduced before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
General view as the New York Knicks are introduced before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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NBA agent Todd Ramasar has been through plenty of trade deadlines. The founder and CEO of Life Sports Media and Entertainment, Ramasar represented his first player (Baron Davis) when he was 23.

Now 40, Ramasar has five NBA clients and 36 overseas, including Toronto's Pascal Siakam and Washington's Thomas Bryant

Below, Ramasar discusses life as an agent during trade season (the conversation, which took place two days before last Thursday's deadline, has been edited):

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All season long for the Knicks, there have been questions about the team's focus on developing young players versus playing more of their veteran signings to try to win games.

Those questions seemed to reach a fever pitch once the team fired head coach David Fizdale and later parted ways with team president Steve Mills.

On Wednesday night, the Knicks dropped their second straight game, falling to 17-38 on the year, and interim head coach Mike Miller was once again asked about the team's development of the roster's young players.

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox
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Jan 18, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Jeff Van Gundy before a game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Jan 18, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Jeff Van Gundy before a game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

While the Knicks look for a new head coach after Dec. 6's firing of David Fizdale, interim head coach Mike Miller could be an option. And the way Jeff Van Gundy sees the situation, the Knicks should provide Miller with a fair shot to earn the permanent job.

Appearing on SiriusXM NBA Radio with Frank Isola and Mitch Lawrence, Van Gundy sounded off, endorsing Miller as a candidate for the gig -- one he might be in the mix for himself. Sources told SNY's Ian Begley that the way Miller has handled things on and off the court since taking over for Fizdale in the acting role has impressed people within the organization.

Although the Knicks could pursue Van Gundy, who Begley reported in April 2018 was open to discussing the job with New York before Fizdale ultimately landed the gig, he shared what was on his mind Wednesday by lobbying for Miller. Van Gundy's comments came after Knicks branding consultant Steve Stoute indicated on ESPN's First Take that the organization would "bring a new coach" in.

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Feb 12, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle (30) controls the ball against Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 12, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle (30) controls the ball against Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks were outscored by 22 points in the second half on Wednesday, falling to the Wizards 114-96. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks and Wizards went back and forth in the first half of action from the Garden, with neither team jumping out to a big lead. But the story for the first 24 minutes was the Knicks defense, as they held the Wizards, who had scored 110+ points in nine of their last 10 games, to just 46 first-half points. The Knicks led by four points at the break.

In the third quarter, the Knicks led by as many as six points, but the Wizards fought back to lead by as many seven, taking a 77-73 lead into the fourth. In the final quarter, the Knicks stumbled, playing sloppy basketball and turning not executing on offense. As a result, the Wizards jumped out to a 14-point lead with less than five minutes to play.

Overall, the Knicks were just 3-for-23 from the three-point arc, while turning the ball over 20 times.

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Prior to Wednesday's tip-off with the Washington Wizards, Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller addressed the recent remarks made by branding consultant Steve Stoute on ESPN's First Take.

During his appearance, Stout spoke about change coming to the Knicks in the near future, hinting at a coaching overhaul

When asked about Stoute's comments, Miller said that while he was aware of them, his focus remains zeroed in to what the Knicks are doing on the court.

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Rich Kleiman

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Rich Kleiman, Kevin Durant's manager and business partner with Thirty Five Ventures, was among a group of guests at the Museum of the City of New York Tuesday to honor NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Before checking out the new New York City basketball exhibition at the museum, Kleiman took a few minutes to speak with SNY about Durant, the Nets, Leon Rose, his name being linked to the Knicks presidency, Steve Stoute and his Stephon Marbury documentary.

'The Q&A has been lightly edited for length. Abdul-Jabbar received the museum's Gotham Icon Award at the event.

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Charles Oakley (Jerome Miron)
Charles Oakley (Jerome Miron)

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Knicks consultant Steve Stoute said on Tuesday that he'd "love" owner James Dolan and ex-Knick Charles Oakley to reconcile, and for Oakley to return to Madison Square Garden. 

"Listen, I would love to see that thing. As a New York fan, as a friend of Charles Oakley, as somebody a part of the Knicks organization, of course I would love to see that subsided and bring that back," Stoute said on ESPN's First Take on Tuesday. "Charles Oakley is a very big part of New York. He's a fabric of what the New York Knicks have stood for for many years -- that toughness, resourcefulness, by-any-means-necessary attitude."

Stoute and his company, Translation, were hired to help redefine the team's brand and their ties to the fan base. He has been influential with Dolan since being hired. Stoute, who admittedly overstepped his bounds when talking about the Knicks coaching situation on Tuesday, said he's known Oakley for years. 

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Feb 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy watches the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs at the American Airlines Center. The Spurs defeat the Mavericks 116-90. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy watches the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs at the American Airlines Center. The Spurs defeat the Mavericks 116-90. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

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A few notes on the Knicks' coaching situation: before Steve Mills was removed as team president, there was support within the organization to keep Mike Miller in the fold -- even if New York hired a new head coach for next season. 

In the wake of Mills' reassignment, some prominent people at Madison Square Garden remain in support of giving Miller a role within the organization regardless of what happens with the coaching search this offseason, per SNY sources. 

Entering Friday's game against Washington, the Knicks are 13-19 under Miller. The interim head coach has also been forced into the role of team spokesman under some difficult circumstances, including the firing of David Fizdale and Mills. (No members of the Knicks front office have been made available to answer questions about either situation).

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CAA's Leon Rose (Yeshiva University YouTube)

Despite some exploratory discussion of bringing William "World Wide Wes" Wesley into the front office alongside NBA agent Leon Rose, sources have told Shams Charania of the Athletic that the idea is no longer expected to come to fruition.

Wesley, who has had a longstanding partnership with Rose over the years, has also been involved in multiple ventures that worked closely with the league.

However, Wesley's many ventures would make it difficult for him to take on a formal title with the Knicks, despite the team "surely" having a position within their front office available for him should he want one, according to Charania.

A source told SNY's Ian Begley that Wesley's decision was unrelated to anything regarding Steve Stoute and First Take. A role for Wesley was discussed internally, a source confirmed to Begley. Meanwhile, a lack of a formal role doesn't preclude Wesley from advising/assisting Rose in his role as Knicks president. 

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With everything the Knicks have gone through in the past few months, from missing out on the superstar free agents in the summer, to David Fizdale's dismissal, to Scott Perry's ousting as team president, somehow the playoffs aren't completely out of the picture just yet.

Thanks in part to the Knicks' recent four-game winning streak - one that came to a heartbreaking end on Sunday in Atlanta - New York is just six games back of the Orlando Magic for the eighth seed in the East.

The bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture may not be anything to write home about, and the Knicks are still 20 games under .500, but they've already equaled last season's win total, and interim head coach Mike Miller believes they're heading in the right direction.

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Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In a Forbes report Tuesday, research showed that NBA franchise values are up 14 percent from last season, with an average team coming in at being worth $2.12 billion -- back in 2011, not one team was worth $1 billion.

And somewhat surprisingly -- but then again, not so surprisingly -- at the top of this list are the New York Knicks, who have been valued at $4.6 billion, just one of three teams (the Los Angeles Lakers ($4.4 billion) and Golden State Warriors ($4.3 billion)) to be worth over $4 billion.

Despite seven consecutive losing seasons and no single superstar on their roster, the Knicks still remain at the top of the list almost entirely because of New York City and Madison Square Garden. In the last year, the Knicks value has risen by 15 percent.

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

Last month, the Knicks had hired Steve Stoute and his company, Translation, to help redefine the team's brand and their ties to the fan base. Stoute had an endorsement by NBA superstar LeBron James, but no one really knew who he was and what exactly he was going to be doing for the Knicks. 

Well, he got a chance to explain all of that on ESPN's First Take on Tuesday. And in doing so, Stoute may have confirmed what many have been thinking when Steve Mills was gone: a new head coach would be coming into New York.

The only problem here, though, is that Stoute doesn't speak on behalf of Knicks basketball operations, something that the team made abundantly clear when they issued a statement just hours after Stoute's TV appearance.

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As rumors swirl on who the next Knicks head coach will be after this season, one name that's come up is Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

However, his former player and current Knicks forward Kevin Knox believes that Calipari will stay in Kentucky.

"When Cal says he's not going to do something, he's pretty solid that he's not going to do it," Knox said Tuesday at Knicks practice. "...He runs that state, the fans love him there. He's got the basketball program on lock there."

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John Calipari (Mark Zerof)
John Calipari (Mark Zerof)

David Falk has an interesting perspective on NBA teams hiring agents as team presidents/general managers. He was one of the league's most successful agents in the 1990s and early 2000s. Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Dikembe Mutombo were among Falk's star-studded list of clients.

So Falk's opinions on the Knicks' decision to hire Leon Rose as team president are noteworthy. 

Falk offered some thoughts on Rose and the Knicks in an interview on the Beningo and Roberts Show on Friday. Below are some of the highlights: 

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Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

After a 4-18 start in his second year as the Knicks bench boss, David Fizdale was fired by the team earlier this season. 

Since that decision came down on Fizdale in December, he's had time to reflect on what happened in New York.

What could have been different? What would he change? 

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Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) reacts with fans after hitting a three point shot in the second overtime against the New York Knicks at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)
Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) reacts with fans after hitting a three point shot in the second overtime against the New York Knicks at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)

As interim head coach Mike Miller noted after Sunday's game, the Knicks missed out on opportunities to put the Hawks away at State Farm Arena, where New York ran out of gas in Sunday's 140-135 double-overtime loss to Atlanta.

Still, the Knicks (17-37) fell victim to quite the personal performance from the Hawks (15-39).

Second-year point guard Trae Young dropped a game-high 48 points on 13-of-30 shooting, going 6-for-13 from behind the three-point arc and sinking all 16 free throws he attempted, to thwart the Knicks' comeback bids and lift the Hawks.

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Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) shoots against Atlanta Hawks center Damian Jones (30) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)
Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) shoots against Atlanta Hawks center Damian Jones (30) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)

After coming back late in Sunday's game against the Hawks, the Knicks had multiple chances to polish off what once ballooned to a 16-point deficit. But from the end of regulation to overtime, New York was unable to finish Sunday at State Farm Arena in Atlanta and saw a four-game winning streak get snapped with a 140-135 double-overtime loss.

Not putting away the Hawks (15-39) did the Knicks (17-37) in once the second overtime rolled around. Despite six double-figure scorers, including power forward Julius Randle's monster double-double with a team-best 35 points and game-high 18 rebounds, the Knicks could not keep up with Hawks point guard Trae Young's 48-point outburst.

When Miller looked back on the Knicks' performance against the Hawks, a common theme to come up throughout the first half of the 2019-20 season resurfaced.

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Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) dribbles against Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (12) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)
Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) dribbles against Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (12) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)

The Knicks led by 15 and trailed by 16, coming back late and forcing overtime, but New York ultimately fell in two overtimes at the end of Sunday's 140-135 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) The Knicks jumped out to a 31-20 lead after the first quarter, but gave up 41 points to the Hawks in the second quarter. They maintained a two-point lead at the half -- 63-61. Julius Randle had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the first half for the Knicks, while Hawks big man John Collins had 20 points in the half as well. The Knicks shot 54.2 percent from the field, as Reggie Bullock chipped in 13 points and Bobby Portis had 11 points.

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Feb 3, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) during the first half at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Feb 3, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) during the first half at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

After the Knicks' 95-92 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night, forward Bobby Portis made his intentions to stay with the team for the rest of the season clear.

"I'm 24 years old," Portis said. "I'm not doing a buyout. I'll make as much money as I can for my family. (I'm) 24. Not even thinking about a buyout at 24. I'll probably set a record for as the first guy to do a buyout at 24. It's just not even in the equation."

In his first season with the team after signing a one-year, $15 million contract over the summer, Portis is averaging 9.4 points in 20.9 minutes per game.

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