Fizdale on loss to Pacers 00:00:28
David Fizdale talks about his team's defensive breakdowns as the Knicks fell on Friday to the Indiana Pacers, 121-106.

The Knicks couldn't control the Pacers on their home floor, losing 126-106 at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) The last time Domantis Sabonis came to The Garden, he left with a perfect 12-for-12 line from the field in a monster game. He didn't produce the same rare box score this time around, but he was still the Pacers' leading scorer with 22 points on 9-of-14 from the field. He also made all four foul shot attempts. On top of that, he had a double-double with 15 rebounds and three assists.

2). Despite his quick surge in the second quarter to give the Knicks' a 46-45 lead that didn't last, Tim Hardaway Jr. had a rough game from the field. He went 4-for-11 and 2-for-6 from beyond the arc for a total 12 points. Emmanuel Mudiay was the team's leading scorer with 21 points on 8-of-17 from the field. 

3) Rookie Kevin Knox had an efficient game in 27 minutes of work. He had 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with two rebounds and two assists. Knox continues to look comfortable coming off that hot December month. 

4) Victor Oladipo was also a problem for the Knicks, as he had 19 points with six assists, four rebounds, and a steal. Oladipo was a main reason why the Pacers pulled away in the second half and never looked back. He finished a plus-17 on the floor.

5. The Knicks' struggles continue as they've now lost 10 of their last 11 games.


What's next:

The Knicks stay at home and take on Jimmy Butler and the Sixers on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Indiana Pacers, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson

Harden, D'Antoni talk Carmelo 00:01:07
Houston Rockets star James Harden respects Carmelo Anthony's impact on the game and hopes the former New York Knick can find his groove.

Former Knicks F Carmelo Anthony didn't have the time in Houston he thought he would. It only lasted 10 games before Houston made the call to part ways with the 10-time All-Star.

On Tuesday, he was traded to the Bulls, but they have no plans to keep him on the roster. Instead, they will either look to trade him before the Feb. 7 trade deadline, or waive him. 

The 34-year-old is still working hard on his own, staying game ready for whatever team wants to get him in their rotation. And though some believe his playing days might be over, a Rockets teammate in James Harden knows Anthony still has the drive and desire to make an impact.

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Fizdale discusses Enes Kanter 00:01:15
Fizdale discusses Enes Kanter and his playing time. Kanter has had a rough few weeks, but Fizdale might turn to the veteran.

Knicks' center Luke Kornet underwent an MRI that confirmed a left ankle sprain with a bone bruise, the team announced on Tuesday. Kornet is in a walking boot and will begin his rehab immediately.

Kornet will be reevaluated over the weekend, the Knicks also announced. Though this signals high hopes for a quick recovery, head coach David Fitzdale confirmed on Tuesday that Kornet will likely miss at least a couple of weeks, per The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov. Fitzdale also added he is leaning towards starting Enes Kanter to take Kornet's place.

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Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks are in full-on tank mode, which is working. Trading Tim Hardaway Jr. and/or Courtney Lee could help their quest to clear more cap space for the summer of 2019, but there might be an issue.

According to Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic, the Knicks "have been adamant about not attaching assets" to either Hardaway or Lee in order to help facilitate a trade.

Vorkunov notes, however, that the pressure of the trading deadline -- on Feb. 7 -- could potentially make an interested team blink...

Tags: Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., Danny Abriano
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Enes Kanter upset with demotion 00:01:30
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter doesn't like his diminished role with team but fan support during his issues with Turkey gives him hope.

Knicks center Enes Kanter expressed his displeasure with being demoted in the playing rotation with head coach David Fizdale wanting to prioritize playing time for younger players.

"We're competitors, and I want to go out there and play basketball, and I understand now the situation with the Knicks," Kanter said after playing just 19 minutes in Monday's 127-109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. "It's tough because they're trying to give the young guys a lot of minutes and get them better, but it's not like I'm 32, 33 years old. I'm 26 years old, and I want to go out there and compete and play basketball."

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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony watches a teammate shoot free throws during the second quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony watches a teammate shoot free throws during the second quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)

Current Rockets and former Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will be traded to the Chicago Bulls and then released, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Anthony, who hasn't played since Nov. 8, will not play for the Bulls. The Bulls plan to release him should they not trade him by the league's Feb. 7 trade deadline, according to Wojnarowski. If he is released and clears waivers, he would become a free agent.

Houston signed Anthony to a one-year, $2.4 million league minimum deal after he was waived following a three-team deal involving the Oklahoma City Thunder and Atlanta Hawks.

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Jan 21, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) plays the ball while being defended by New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 21, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) plays the ball while being defended by New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

After falling flat in the first quarter, the Knicks got within 15 before halftime. But a third and fourth-quarter slump saw Paul George and the Knicks pull out a 127-109 win at Madison Square Garden on Monday afternoon. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) The Knicks have lost six in a row and 14 of their last 15 games. With trouble playing in front of a home crowd, New York has dropped nine straight games at Madison Square Garden. 

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Jan 13, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports  (Wendell Cruz)
Jan 13, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The New York Knicks suffered a familiar result in unusually agonizing fashion and in a different locale Thursday. Perhaps a return home to a nearly annual tradition will help the Knicks snap out of their slump Monday afternoon, when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Knicks have been off since Thursday, when Allonzo Trier was whistled for goaltending with four-tenths of a second left to give the Washington Wizards the winning basket in a 101-100 decision in London. The Thunder last played Saturday, when Paul George converted the game-winning four-point play with five seconds left in a 117-115 victory over the host Philadelphia 76ers.

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

This summer's free-agent class will feature the likes of Kevin DurantKawhi LeonardJimmy ButlerKyrie IrvingKemba Walker and Klay Thompson, among others.

The Knicks, who currently have the third-worst record in the league, may not be the ideal destination for a free agent given their struggles, even if Shaquille O'Neal advocated for New York.

But that said, Knicks head coach David Fizdale has a message for all free agents.

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Kanter talks burgers and Turkey 00:01:17
Enes Kanter explains what really made him sick last week, and opens up about his recent chats with politicians.

Enes Kanter explains what really made him sick last week and opens up about his recent chats with politicians.

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

The Knicks are undecided about what to do with Frank Ntilikina, but if they decide to trade him, there are already some interested teams.

The Magic and Suns have inquired about Ntilikina's availability, reports Stefan Bondy of the Daily News, who adds that Knicks GM Scott Perry approached the Hawks about a potential deal for Ntilikina but was rebuffed.

Bondy adds that Ntilikina has some supporters in the Knicks' front office, but that the team is still at a crossroads regarding what to do.

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Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Knicks center Enes Kanter is not going to be intimidated from speaking out against the Turkish government. 

The outspoken 26-year-old was most recently accused by Turkish prosecutors as being a member of a terror organization and the country is seeking an international arrest warrant for the Knicks' big man. 

Kanter, however, says that the arrest warrant only further motivates him to criticize Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his regime. 

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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets officially waived forward/center Kenneth Faried on Saturday, which may expedite the process for Carmelo Anthony to be traded. 

The Houston Rockets are expected to sign Faried and insert him into the lineup immediately, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, but must open up a roster spot by 5 p.m. ET on Monday to do so. 

While Anthony has not played for the Rockets since Nov. 8, he is still under contract and Houston is "aggressively working" to trade the 34-year-old forward by that deadline, according to Wojnarowski, who also added on Saturday that they do not plan to waive Anthony. 

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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony watches a teammate shoot free throws during the second quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony watches a teammate shoot free throws during the second quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Knicks and current Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reportedly has "multiple options available" and is expected to join a new team by the Feb. 7 trade deadline, according to The Athletic's Sam Amick.

Anthony, who last played on Nov. 8, is still on Houston's payroll on a one-year, $2.4 million minimum deal he signed after he and the Atlanta Hawks agreed to a buyout over the summer.

It is unclear, according to Amick, if Anthony would be traded or would be waived and then signed.

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New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay shoots over Washington Wizards forward Troy Brown Jr. during the third quarter at The O2 Arena. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay shoots over Washington Wizards forward Troy Brown Jr. during the third quarter at The O2 Arena. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)

A few minutes earlier, Emmanuel Mudiay hit a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down to turn a two-point deficit into a one-point Knicks lead.

And with 0.4 seconds remaining, after Allonzo Trier was called for a go-ahead goaltend that gave the Washington Wizards a 101-100 lead, Mudiay was still confident in himself and his shot.

"I took that shot, so I had all confidence in that shot,'' Mudiay said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

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Knicks lose tight game in London 00:01:38
New York Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay voiced his opinion of how the Knicks faired across the pond in London against the Wizards.

The London Game looked to be in the bag for the Knicks, but a fourth-quarter slump saw the Wizards pull out a 101-100 win that came down to the buzzer on Thursday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) After Noah Vonleh buried a nifty hook shot to go up 100-99, the Wizards had 3.3 seconds to work with. They inbounded the ball to a wide open Thomas Bryant in the middle, and as he rose for a layup, Allonzo Trier was called for goaltending which gave the Wizards the lead. With 0.4 seconds left, the Knicks didn't draw up the right play as Emmanuel Mudiay threw up a shot that didn't connect at the buzzer.

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Kevin Knox
Kevin Knox

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Most NBA rookies, even the great ones, hit a wall at some point. Kevin Knox got that out of the way early.

Three games into his rookie season with the Knicks, Knox suffered an ankle sprain that sidelined him for two weeks. Upon returning, he struggled in all areas of the game, as he felt his way into a consistent role.

Now, with those early growing pains out of the way, Knox has turned a corner. At the changing of the calendar year, he was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for a December campaign, in which he averaged 17.1 points and six rebounds per game while shooting 38.4 percent from three-point range.

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Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale coaches against the Milwaukee Bucks during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale coaches against the Milwaukee Bucks during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After several days of sightseeing, charitable events and team dinners, the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards will get down to business Thursday at London's O2 Arena.

Playing in the London game means obligations and opportunities beyond the court as the two teams, though not among the NBA's elite, are representing the league on the world stage.

The Knicks (10-33), in fact, are playing their third game in London since 2013.

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and forward Khris Middleton during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and forward Khris Middleton during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie center Mitchell Robinson is ready to play for the first time in over a month from a sprained ankle and strained groin.

Robinson is available for Thursday's game in London against the Washington Wizards after he practiced on Wednesday and went through Thursday morning shootaround, according to Newsday's Steve Popper.

"I expect rust, but we got to get it off of him," head coach David Fizdale said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "He's missed a big chunk of the season -- a very important chunk for his development. The faster we can get it off of him and get him playing, the better."

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Knicks cross The Pond to London 00:01:33
The Knicks crossed The Pond earlier this week and will face the Wizards on Thursday at 3 PM E.T. for the NBA London game

The Knicks crossed The Pond earlier this week and will face the Wizards on Thursday at 3 p.m. for the NBA London game.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts after the first overtime against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter reacts after the first overtime against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks center Enes Kanter is being accused by Turkish prosecutors of membership in a terror organization. The nation is seeking an international arrest warrant for Kanter, according to a report by the Associated Press

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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis looks on during a second half time out against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis looks on during a second half time out against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Perhaps there is a chance Kristaps Porzingis will indeed play this season. 

The Knicks forward did not travel with the team to London this week as he continues to work on his rehab and prepare himself to play this season. 

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Oct 13, 2018; London, United Kingdom; General overall view of the entrance to the O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Oct 13, 2018; London, United Kingdom; General overall view of the entrance to the O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Knicks may have caught only a couple hours of sleep on their flight to London Tuesday, but they weren't thinking about the hotel beds when they landed at 10:30 a.m. They were ready to hit the London streets.

The team has an agenda for their trip to Europe to face the Wizards on Thursday, and head coach David Fizdale made it a point to include some tourist time for his squad.

"We'll try to do it in a way that doesn't have them on their feet a lot," Fizdale told The Post's Marc Berman. "But they gotta see all of that. They gotta experience it. The whole beauty of this is learning about new culture, new food, new everything. You gotta open up your mind...

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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving reacts during the first half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving reacts during the first half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Kyrie Irving has recently expressed his dissatisfaction with his Celtics teammates. And though he has said he plans to re-sign with Boston, some fans in New York don't believe that will be the case.

Brooklyn fans, specifically.

Though Irving did not play in Monday's 109-102 loss to the Nets, a game in which the Celtics trailed by as many as 27 in the fourth quarter, Nets fans chanted "Kyrie's leaving!" as Boston's Daniel Theis readied for a free throw.

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Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson and forward R.J. Barrett reacts after a basket by Williamson during the first half against the Syracuse Orange at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson and forward R.J. Barrett reacts after a basket by Williamson during the first half against the Syracuse Orange at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)

Potential Knicks draft target and star Duke freshman Zion Williamson scored a career-high 35 points in his eighth double-double of the season as the top-ranked Blue Devils lost to unranked Syracuse 95-91 in overtime on Monday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The electric freshman, who was playing without Cam Reddish, also recorded four blocks but missed a go-ahead free throw in the closing seconds of regulation with the game tied at 85.

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Mar 28, 2018; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kadeem Allen (45) warms up prior to the game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Mar 28, 2018; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kadeem Allen (45) warms up prior to the game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

The Knicks signed G League guard Kadeem Allen to a two-way NBA deal on Monday, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. 

Allen, who turns 26 on Tuesday, is averaging 13.7 points, 5.7 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game in 25 games with the Westchester Knicks in the G League this season. 

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Former Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal speaks during a NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Staples Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Former Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal speaks during a NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Staples Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Shaquille O'Neal played for six teams in his 19-year Hall of Fame career, but none of them were the Knicks.

But according to him, if he was a young superstar in 2019, New York would be a destination.

"I never understood why top-name players wouldn't want to come here," O'Neal told TMZ. "If I was a youngster, Madison Avenue would be turning into Shaq Avenue."

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Knicks fall to Sixers 00:01:05
Rookie Kevin Knox scored a career-high 31 points but it wasn't enough as the Sixers edged the Knicks, 108-105

The Knicks hung in there after getting blitzed early in the first quarter by the 76ers, but lost, 108-105, on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) After trailing by as many as 24 points, the Knicks made a furious third quarter comeback to draw within 83-82 entering the fourth quarter. But the sixers scored the first 11 points of the quarter to put the game out of reach. 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks have reportedly spoken with the Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings about a trade that would involve center Enes Kanter, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

New York has engaged with the Bulls about a trade that would involve Kanter and Bulls forward Jabari Parker, however they also looked to include a third team in a possible deal.

While the Kings were an option to be that third team, New York and Sacramento have had separate talks for a trade including Kanter, however the Knicks, according to Bondy, want a "sweetner" to a deal, like a second-round pick, as opposed to swapping expiring contracts.

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Kyrie Irving (11) Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Kyrie Irving (11) Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

The Celtics are struggling, and pending free agent Kyrie Irving isn't happy.

"The young guys don't know what it takes to be a championship-level team," Irving told reporters on Saturday after the Celtics' latest loss. "What it takes every day. And if they think it is hard now, what do they think it will be like when we're trying to get to the Finals?"

Irving said last year that his plan was to re-sign with the Celtics when he hits free agency after the season, but it's fair to wonder if his unhappiness amidst the Celtics' struggles could change that plan.

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New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Philadelphia 76ers missed Joel Embiid's impact in clogging the paint and experienced a night to forget against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, especially in the final seconds.

Embiid missed the game because of a sore right ankle, injured in Wednesday night's loss to Washington, but the 76ers hope to have him back Sunday afternoon when they visit the New York Knicks.

Without him for the third time this season, the Sixers allowed 62 points in the paint, got outrebounded 44-30 and took a 123-121 home loss. Mike Muscala started at center but hardly could compensate for Embiid's team-leading 26.9 points and 13.5 rebounds.

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Feb 8, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale during the second half against the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Phoenix Suns 110-91. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)
Feb 8, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale during the second half against the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Phoenix Suns 110-91. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)

Following yet another rout on his home floor Friday night against the Pacers, Knicks head coach David Fizdale was asked what is wrong with his team's defense. He had a very definitive, but simple answer. 

"All of it," he told NorthJersey.com's Chris Iseman.

The Knicks are second-to-last in defensive rating in the NBA this season at 113.5, and it isn't hard to believe with the team's 10-32 record. And Fizdale doesn't believe it's lackadaisical play from his squad, but rather it is the system that he is trying to run. 

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Jan 12, 2019; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Duke Blue Devils players celebrate after winning the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Donald L. Tucker Center. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports (Melina Myers)
Jan 12, 2019; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Duke Blue Devils players celebrate after winning the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Donald L. Tucker Center. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports (Melina Myers)

In what was an ACC thriller in Tallahassee, Duke's R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish were crucial in turning an upset into a big road win against the No. 13 ranked Florida State Seminoles. 

Normally we highlight Zion Williamson's performance, but the project No. 1 overall draft pick didn't play the second half due to an eye injury he sustained in the first. He finished his day 5-for-10 from the field for 11 points and eight rebounds.

With Williamson out, it was Barrett who took over in the second half. He had a game-high 32 points on 10-of-19 shooting, including four three-pointers. He also had three rebounds and two steals.

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Fizdale on Kristaps Porzingis 00:00:39
David Fizdale talks about the current health of Kristaps Porzingis, and how he is looking forward to getting him back on the court.

David Fizdale could not even bear to look at Kristaps Porzingis in the gym. 

No, it is not because he dislikes the 7-foot-3 forward, nor was it because he did not like what he saw.

Quite the opposite, actually. 

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Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Knicks C Enes Kanter might be really sick after that cheat meal.

Kanter had to miss practice on Thursday with what the team called an illness, and it will extend to tonight's matchup against the Pacers where he will be inactive.

This illnes came after a Wednesday night cheat meal that could have fed a family. 

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Mario Hezonja (8) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mario Hezonja (8) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Indiana Pacers are feeling the absence of center Myles Turner in the low post as opponents have been constantly getting to the rim in the past three games.

Turner has been ruled out again (sore right shoulder) for Friday's visit to the New York Knicks. The Pacers are hoping to solve some recent defensive issues despite his absence at center in the finale of their season-high five-game road trip.

Turner was already dealing with a broken nose and wearing a facemask after getting hit by Atlanta's John Collins on Dec. 31. He played 26 minutes last Friday when the Pacers opened the trip with a 119-116 overtime win at Chicago on Victor Oladipo's game-winning 3-pointer. >> Read more

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New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis has missed 69 games since tearing his ACL last season. Friday's matchup against the Indiana Pacers will be Game No. 70, and that will impact his qualifying offer that could be his only route of becoming an unrestricted free agent sooner.

In missing his 42nd game of the 2018-19 season, Porzingis' qualifying offer would drop from $7.5 million to $4.5 million, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.

The reason for the drop in Porzingis' qualifying offer is because Porzingis would need to meet the NBA's starter criteria, which requires any top-14 draft pick to play in at least 41 games or 2,000 minutes of that player's rookie contract.

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

Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina said he is making progress from an ankle injury he suffered last week but is still feeling some pain and unsure exactly when he will return.

The second-year guard, whose injury was changed to a left ankle sprain after the team initially ruled it a strain, ruled himself as "doubtful" for Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers.

"As a player and a competitor, you hate missing games," Ntilikina said, according to the New York Post's Greg Joyce. "You hate being on the side of the court and not being able to help your teammates. Obviously you're doing the job of cheering and giving advice as much as you can do on the side of the court, but you want to be on the court."

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter looks to pass as Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews and forward Dwight Powell defend during the first half at American Airlines Center. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter looks to pass as Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews and forward Dwight Powell defend during the first half at American Airlines Center. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks center Enes Kanter told CNN he has received "hundreds and hundreds of death threats, almost every day" over his comments regarding the Turkish government and him not traveling to London for fear of his life.

Kanter will not be flying to London for the Knicks' matchup with the Washington Wizards next week because he said he feared "spies" could target him, saying, "There's a chance that I can get killed out there."

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Hezonja's playing time has increased the last few games. He's making the most of it and say sitting out helped him see the bigger picture.

For the past month, Knicks F Mario Hezonja hasn't seen the hardwood much as head coach David Fizdale moved him out of the rotation. But that was until the team's surprising win over the Lakers on Jan. 4. 

Hezonja played just 14 minutes in that contest, but he was more than ready to make an impact. He scored 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting and 3-of-6 from the charity stripe. He also had two assists. 

And since that game, Hezonja has received more time from Fizdale -- 31 minutes against Portland on Monday and 25 minutes against the Warriors on Tuesday...

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant between plays against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant between plays against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks currently sit in the depths of the NBA standings, and with an early Kristaps Porzingis return likely out of the question, there's little hope for a miracle run at the postseason.

There's plenty to look forward to with young players like Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier impressing, a high draft pick on the way and, perhaps most importantly, a shot at a major free agent come July. It's no secret the Knicks are going to pursue a franchise-alterer like Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard.

But what if they say no?

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter controls the ball against Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter controls the ball against Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Trade talks for Knicks center Enes Kanter continue to gain traction. 

On Wednesday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Knicks and Kings have been engaged in talks that would exchange Kanter for Zach Randolph, but nothing is close yet. 

Kanter and Randolph -- the latter of which has not played this season -- both have expiring contracts and the Kings reportedly are looking to deal more expiring contracts and a third team could potentially get involved. 

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(Thanasis Petrakis/YouTube)

A look back at how Kevin Durant's 66-point game at Rucker Park in 2011 made him a New York City hoops hero.

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January 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
January 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The Knicks were no match for the star-studded Warriors, who put New York away with ease in a 122-95 victory on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Tuesday's game

1. The Knicks appeared to be holding their own against the Warriors early, taking a 49-48 lead over Golden State with 3:02 remaining in the first half. However, the Warriors flipped a switch and went on a 13-1 run to close out the half with a 61-49 lead. 

2. The Knicks had no answers for Klay Thompson, who had a game-high 43 points and shot 7 of 16 from beyond the arc. The Warriors as a team shot 14 of 45 from three-point range which the Knicks could not compete with, hitting just 6 of 24 three-point attempts. 

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Jan 8, 2019; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) goes up for a shot against Wake Forest Demon Deacons guard Sharone Wright Jr. (2) in the second half at Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Jan 8, 2019; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) goes up for a shot against Wake Forest Demon Deacons guard Sharone Wright Jr. (2) in the second half at Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

As expected, the No. 1-ranked Duke Blue Devils took down Wake Forest in dominant fashion -- an 87-65 rout on the road. And though this has been the norm for this Duke team this season, what Zion Williamson posted on the stat sheet was historic.

The Demon Deacons were no match for Williamson, as he posted 30 points -- a career high -- on 13-of-16 shooting from the field. But that wasn't it. Williamson had a double-double with 10 rebounds, and he tallied five assists, four steals, and one block on the night. 

This performance, according to ESPN Stats & Info, made Williamson the only DI player to post a 30-10-5-4 line with 80 percent shooting from the field in the past 20 years. Sixers PG Ben Simmons posted the same line back when he was a freshman at LSU, but he didn't shoot 80 percent or better from the field...

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Does Kevin Durant tip his hand about possibly coming to New York and joining the Knicks?

It has been nearly three years since Kevin Durant first dubbed Kristaps Porzingis a "unicorn," but the Warriors forward will not be getting the chance to go up against the Knicks' mythical creature when they square off on Tuesday. 

Instead Porzingis continues to recover from his ACL surgery, which he had 11 months ago, but Durant offered some words of encouragement for the 23-year-old during Tuesday's morning shootaround. 

"I hope he recovers from his injury and gets to play the game that he loves," Durant said. "The fans in New York and his teammates love having him out there. I know how tough injuries are. Being away from the game so long can be tough ... hopefully he gets back on the court."

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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) controls the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) controls the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Two teams with losing streaks at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., clash at the venue Tuesday night when the New York Knicks duel the Golden State Warriors.

The Knicks (10-30) will be making the final stop on a six-game trip highlighted by a 119-112 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night but that has seen the Knicks lose four games, including Monday night at Portland, 111-101.

That loss to the Trail Blazers came despite double-doubles from Enes Kanter (18 points, 14 rebounds) and Noah Vonleh (16 points, 14 rebounds). >> Read more

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Dec 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

James Dolan believes the Knicks need some star power. 

The owner of both the Knicks and Rangers spoke with reporters on Monday, and as the Knicks dropped to 10-31 with a 111-101 loss to the Trail Blazers, he said the difference between the two teams he owns is that the Rangers have a star in Henrik Lundqvist.

"If the Knicks had a Henrik, they'd probably be competing for a playoff spot," he said, per Stefan Bondy of the Daily News. "No Henrik, no playoff spot."

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New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh drives to the basket against Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins and forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first quarter at the Moda Center. (Steve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh drives to the basket against Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins and forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first quarter at the Moda Center. (Steve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks followed their road win against the Los Angeles Lakers with a 111-101 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1. Since their 8-16 start, the Knicks have lost 14 of their last 16 games and have the third-worst record in the league. They snapped their eight-game winning streak on Friday at Staples Center.

2. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored just five points on 2-of-12 shooting, while New York was outshot 47.1 percent to 40.4 percent. Enes Kanter scored 18 points and brought down 14 rebounds off the bench.

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson is helped off of the court after suffering an apparent ankle injury during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. (Sam Sharpe/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson is helped off of the court after suffering an apparent ankle injury during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. (Sam Sharpe/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie center Mitchell Robinson is looking to return from a sprained ankle. He now has to deal with a strained groin, too.

While practicing for the first time since he last played on Dec. 14, Robinson slipped and strained his groin.

"I slipped, really. My shoes don't have grip because they're new. And the court that we were on was a little bit slippery," Robinson said, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "I was trying to play defense and I was running back on the court, and I stopped myself. And I just slipped."

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