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 gearing up to clear cap space for this summer. 

Per Marc Stein of The New York Times, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee are both indeed on the trading block and the Knicks are hoping to move them by the Feb. 7 trade deadline. 

Hardaway and Lee are both under contract for next season and moving them without taking any money on would give them the cap space to pursue a top free agent, such as Kevin Durant. 

Hardaway is due $18.2 million next season with a $19 million option for 2020-21. Lee is owed $12.8 million next season in the final year of his contract. 

The Knicks were previously reported to be "adamant" about not attaching assets to either Hardaway or Lee, making the team less likely to move them.

It is unclear if they are more willing to add assets to a trade as the deadline approaches, but if there were any doubt before about whether or not they would trade them, that appears to be gone. 

The Knicks could still clear the cap sapce this summer, but have other looming expenses, such as Kristaps Porzingis' restricted free agency and a $3.6 million option for Allonzo Trier. 

The Knicks are also attempting to trade Enes Kanter, who is playing on an expiring contract. If he is not trade, Kanter is expected to seek a buyout from the Knicks to become a free agent, per Stein. 
 

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The Knicks (2-9) faced the Bulls (4-7) for a second time in the early season, but weren't able to get the win this time around, as Chicago pulled away in the fourth quarter to take a 120-102 victory>> Box Score

Here are Five Takeaway's from Tuesday's game...

1) Just as they did in their first matchup with the Bulls, the Knicks came back from a double-digit first half deficit to make things interesting by the end of the third with things tied at 85 heading into the fourth quarter. But rookie PG Coby White just exploded in the fourth quarter, hitting seven 3-pointers to break the Bulls back out to a double-digit lead, as the Knicks just had no answer for them in the last 12 minutes of play. White set a Bulls franchise record for 3-pointers in a quarter with seven and scored a career-high 27 points.

 

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Feb 26, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) dribbles the ball against Orlando Magic forward Wesley Iwundu (25) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 26, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) dribbles the ball against Orlando Magic forward Wesley Iwundu (25) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Dennis Smith Jr. will make his return to the Knicks' lineup on Tuesday night, per The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov

Smith has been out since Oct. 26, as he has been with his family grieving the loss of his stepmother. The Knicks were giving him all the time he needed before making his return to the team. 

Smith has been back with the Knicks since last week, and it was believed that he may be able to play against the Mavericks on Friday night. However, the team wanted to make sure he was game-ready, and decided to wait until Tuesday against the Bulls. 

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Steve Mills/Scott Perry/David Fizdale (Brad Penner)
Steve Mills/Scott Perry/David Fizdale (Brad Penner)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

A few notes about where things stand with the Knicks after an awkward, uncomfortable 24 hours for the organization: 

IS FIZDALE THE FALL GUY?

Yes, the impromptu press conference from team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry on Sunday night made it clear that David Fizdale's job is under scrutiny amid New York's 2-8 start. If the Knicks continue to struggle, no one would be surprised if Fizdale were let go in the near future. 

ESPN reported on Monday that Mills was laying the groundwork internally to fire Fizdale. This could lead you to believe that Mills will not be held responsible if New York fails to meet expectations. That's not accurate though. 
 

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After a report Monday suggested that Knicks head coach David Fizdale is being set up by team president Steve Mills as the "fall guy" for the team's struggles, the coach spoke highly of team executives. 

Talking to the media at Monday's practice, Fizdale said he feels is comfortable with Mills and the front office. 

"I haven't seen anything like that," Fizdale said of the ESPN report. "They've been very supportive of me."

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May 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri answers questions during Media Day before the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports  (Dan Hamilton)
May 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri answers questions during Media Day before the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Let's start here with the Knicks: because of the team's poor record and the impromptu press conference given by president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry on Sunday, there will be speculation about the job security of David Fizdale and the Knicks' execs.

As SNY reported Sunday, there is no indication that any executive or coach is getting fired in the next few days. But an in-season firing shouldn't be ruled out if the losing and non-competitive stretches continue, people familiar with the matter say.

A factor to consider in all of this are the contracts of Mills, Perry and Fizdale.

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Steve Mills/Scott Perry/David Fizdale (Brad Penner)
Steve Mills/Scott Perry/David Fizdale (Brad Penner)

Amidst the wreckage of their disastrous start to the season, Knicks president Steve Mills is setting up head coach David Fizdale to be the "fall guy," a league source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews.

According to Wojnarowski and Andrews, Mills has started to lay the "internal groundwork" for the potential firing of Fizdale.

Questions about Fizdale's job status grew louder after Mills and GM Scott Perry held a postgame press conference at Madison Square Garden following the Knicks' blowout loss to the Cavaliers on Sunday -- an occurrence SNY's Ian Begley noted was extremely rare.

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Begley talks Knicks team unrest 00:02:59
SNY NBA insider Ian Begley on yet another poor performance by the Knicks at home and a surprise media appearance by the team's management

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At some point during New York's 21-point loss to Cleveland, Knicks owner James Dolan spoke to team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry about the state of the club. It's fair to assume he wasn't happy.

The Knicks dropped to 2-8 with Sunday's loss -- the fourth time they've lost a game by at least 20 points.

Afterward, Mills and Perry addressed the media -- which is extremely rare.

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Knicks management meets media 00:01:28
Knicks President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry express their disappointment with the team's poor start to the season

After the Knicks' 108-87 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden dropped New York to 2-8 on the season, president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry conducted an unexpected postgame press conference.

Before head coach David Fizdale spoke at the podium, the two executives said that they felt an obligation to address fans for the Knicks' disappointing start 10 games into the season.

Mills and Perry repeatedly cited the Knicks' lack of effort as the reasons for concern, namely after Friday's 106-102 road win over the Dallas Mavericks (6-3) and former New York star Kristaps Porzingis provided optimism until Sunday's wire-to-wire blowout defeat against the Cavs (4-5) brought the team back down.

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Knicks walloped at home 00:01:53
Knicks coach David Fizdale, Marcus Morris Sr. and Bobby Portis on the team's inability to perform at a high level consistently

The Knicks returned home to Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday after last week's two-game road trip and lost 108-87 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Sunday's game...

1) Taken by the Cavs just one spot in front of the Knicks' pick in the 2018 NBA draft, No. 8 overall selection Collin Sexton showed the Knicks what they missed out on. Sexton dropped a game-high 31 points -- also a season- and career-best scoring output -- shooting 10 of 16 from the field and going 5 for 8 on three-pointers to fuel Cleveland past New York. With the No. 9 overall pick, of course, the Knicks selected small forward Kevin Knox, who scored nine points and grabbed three rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench.

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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

David Fizdale hasn't decided yet if Frank Ntilikina will start at point guard when Elfrid Payton is healthy. But it certainly sounds like Fizdale will keep Ntilikina in the starting lineup when Payton returns -- as long as he and the Knicks are playing well. 

Here's what Fizdale said when asked on Sunday if Payton, who has missed the last six games with a hamstring injury, will start at point guard when he returns to the lineup:  

"I'm going to base it on how things are going for us at the time when he gets back," Fizdale said. "If things are going well, we'll probably stay with what we're doing. If for some reason it's not, maybe we'll look at putting him back in there. But we won't make that decision until the time comes."

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Nov 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) scores a basket against the Sacramento Kings during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) scores a basket against the Sacramento Kings during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Knicks center Mitchell Robinson is in the NBA concussion protocol and will not play the next two games, the team announced.

Robinson suffered the concussion on Nov. 6 against the Detroit Pistons, and missed the team's following game against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Knicks play the Cleveland Cavaliers at home on Sunday, and then travel to Chicago to play the Bulls on Tuesday night.

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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...


Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks

Porzingis saw his former team come to his new home grounds this past Thursday night in what turned out to be a thrilling matchup. Porzingis scored 28 points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked five shots, but fouled out late in the fourth quarter. Not having their big man out on the floor hurt the Mavs badly, as they fell to the Knicks 106-102 in what was a very close game throughout.

Porzingis missed Saturday's game against the Grizzlies, but the Mavericks were still able to pull out a win without him. Porzingis will make his long-awaited return to New York this Thursday to face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. He's averaging 20.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game in his first season with Dallas.

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Nov 8, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) shoots over Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Nov 8, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) shoots over Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale has talked about forward Marcus Morris' leadership already this season, and reaffirmed it last night after the Knicks beat the Dallas Mavericks 106-102 on Friday night.

Fizdale and Morris spoke with media after the Knicks earned their second win of the season.

"We follow him. Marcus Morris is our leader," Fizdale said. "He embodies toughness. He embodies team. He really cares about these guys. I think he likes playing for us. He's the guy that hits me up in the middle of the night asking me if I need anything. I've never had a player like that before that just really cares so much."

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Porzingis praises Knicks 00:01:44
Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis had kind words about Frank Ntilikina and the Knicks team after suffering a 106-102 loss

From an individual standpoint, Kristaps Porzingis' first game against his former team was a success, but his strong effort wasn't enough, as the Knicks topped the Mavs 106-102 on Friday in Dallas.

Porzingis fouled out of the game with 30 seconds to play, but overall he showed exactly why the Knicks selected him with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, scoring 28 points while adding nine rebounds and five blocks.

After the final whistle, Porzingis spoke with his former head coach David Fizdale near center court.

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Knicks edge Mavericks 106-102 00:01:39
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina praises his teammates support which helped lead to his big performance against the Dallas Mavericks.

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DALLAS - Kristaps Porzingis' first game against the Knicks turned into a coming out party for Frank Ntilikina

The 21-year-old had 14 points, six rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks in New York's win over Dallas. 

"This was his best game since he's been in the league," David Fizdale said after the win. "Just what he's been doing is getting better and better. Every game he becomes more confident. I'm really happy for the kid."

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Knicks must build on Dallas win 00:01:23
SNY Insider Ian Begley analyzes the Knicks 106-102 win over Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas Mavericks and what they can build on.

The Knicks held on to beat the Mavericks 106-102 on Friday night in their most impressive overall performance of the season. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Friday's game...

1) The Knicks seemed to find a rhythm offensively against the Mavs, as their hot shooting saw them out to a 12-point lead late in the third quarter. The Mavs answered back, though, and with 5:44 to go the game was tied at 92-92. But thanks to some timely offense and some smothering defense, the Knicks built their lead back up to 99-92 with under three to play. Down the stretch, the Knicks made just enough of their free throws to maintain a three-point lead, and with under 30 seconds to go, a Luka Doncic three with a foot on the halfcourt logo was off the mark, and the Knicks went on to win the game.

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Oct 26, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) drives to the basket as Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams (12) defends during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 26, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) drives to the basket as Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams (12) defends during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Smith Jr. will be inactive for the Knicks Friday night as they face Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavericks in Dallas.

Smith Jr, who was a part of the trade that sent Porzingis to Dallas, hasn't played for the Knicks since Oct. 26, after suffering the loss of a family member that same night. Smith Jr. returned to the team earlier this week after being absent to mourn with his family.

Between Smith Jr.'s absence and Elfrid Payton's hamstring injury, Frank Ntilikina has been starting at the point guard position for the Knicks. Although the lineups haven't been released for Friday's game, Ntilikina should be expected to start.

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Oct 23, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris (13) blocks out San Antonio Spurs forward Trey Lyles (41) during the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports (Daniel Dunn)
Oct 23, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris (13) blocks out San Antonio Spurs forward Trey Lyles (41) during the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports (Daniel Dunn)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

DALLAS - Marcus Morris says he's going to spend some time guarding Kristaps Porzingis on Friday night. 

He's six inches shorter than the Mavs forward, but he plans to use his strength as an advantage. 

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David Stern threw some shade at the NBA's last-place team earlier this week. 

The former NBA commissioner spoke with Newsday's Neil Best and gave his take on a number of topics going on within the league, including what's going on with the Knicks, who are 1-7 entering Friday's game with the Mavericks.

Stern, who held the position for 30 years from 1984-2014 and was born in New York, was asked if "the Knicks would ever be good again." And he said this: "I do. I do. I tell everyone they're only one player away, and someone yelled out to me, 'Who?' And I said, 'Michael Jordan in his prime."

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Kristaps Porzingis (Kevin Jairaj)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

DALLAS - David Fizdale was asked on Thursday about the Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis trade. He said it's too early to fully judge the transaction.

"Well, we don't know what Dennis Smith is going to be. He's 21 years old. At the end of the day we've still got two first-round picks out of that," Fizdale said a day before the Knicks face Porzingis and the Mavs in Dallas. "Who knows who that's going to be? We won't know exactly what comes out of that for a year or two."

The Knicks essentially received Smith Jr., cap space and two future first round picks from the Mavericks.

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Carmelo still wants to play 00:00:24
Former Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony says he '2000%' still wants to play in the NBA and is surprised that he's not on a roster.

Ten-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony last played for the Houston Rockets in 2018, where after just 10 games he was traded to the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 22, 2019 before being waived on Feb. 1.

After the rest of the 2018-2019 season went by, many thought Anthony would have signed with a team over the summer and already be back on an NBA court this season. But strangely enough, the 2013 NBA scoring champion is still a free agent.

On Thursday at the 25th Annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit by the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter, Anthony was in attendance as an honoree and expressed his desire to get back in the NBA when asked by media.

"2000 percent. Make that the headline," Anthony said.

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Porzingis on facing Knicks 00:01:49
Kristaps Porzingis is about to face his former team for the first time. Porzingis wants to move on, only talking about facing the Knicks.

Kristaps Porzingis spoke on Thursday about his ugly end with the Knicks, calling it "part of the business," but also reflected on some mistakes he made after the fact and whether things could've been fixed before it all ended so messily.

"I don't know," Porzingis half-joked when asked if he wanted to clarify what happened on his way out. "I'll probably get in more trouble if I start talking about that stuff, you know? It is what it is. It wasn't ideal. But now I'm in a new place, I'm looking forward to the future. I don't want to go back too much and bring that stuff up. It is what it is. It happened, it's part of the business. It just ended up that way."

Repeatedly trying to deflect the questions back to the present (he's with the Mavericks, Friday is just another game, etc.), Porzingis said he didn't need any "extra juice" to excel against the Knicks.

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Odell Beckham Jr./Kristaps Porzingis/Bill Belichick
Odell Beckham Jr./Kristaps Porzingis/Bill Belichick

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Every New York sports fan has their one favorite player or coach, past or present, that they absolutely love. They've given years of service to help your favorite team win, and they've done so while playing or managing at the highest level. 

But not every marriage has come to a happy ending in the Big Apple. 

While this city has had its fair share of legends on every team, there have also been some pretty bad breakups throughout each league. And, as agents of chaos in this case, we're here to remind you of some of the ugliest divorces that your favorite teams have seen in recent years. 

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Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) drives past Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) and shoots a layup during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) drives past Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) and shoots a layup during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Mitchell Robinson has been ruled out of Friday's contest against the Mavericks after sustaining a concussion on Wednedsay against the Pistons, the team announced

Doctors observed Robinson on Wednesday night in Detroit and cleared him to fly with the Knicks to Dallas. Robinson first felt concussion symptoms when he looked into the light following a dunk in the second quarter and was immediately removed from the game.  

Since he's in concussion protocol, it's uncertain when Robinson would be able to return to practices or games.

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Knicks need to start winning 00:02:14
SNY Insider Ian Begley doesn't see anything imminent but if the Knicks underachieve more, owner James Dolan could make front office changes.

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The Knicks are in Dallas to play Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavs on Friday for the first time since the trade. So there will be plenty written and said about the deal over the next couple of days. 

Below, let's try to separate fact from opinion: 

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The Knicks fell to the Pistons, 122-102, on Wednesday night, and a familiar face awaits them next.

On Friday, the Knicks will be in Dallas for a meeting with the Mavericks, where they'll face off against former Knick Kristaps Porzingis.

The Latvian native had a quiet night in the Mavs' 107-106 win over the Magic on Wednesday, shooting just 4-of-14 from the floor. He finished the night with 10 points, eight rebounds, and one assist, as the Mavs improved to 5-2 on the season.

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The Knicks (1-7) dropped their fourth straight game on Wednesday night, falling to the Pistons 122-102 in Detroit. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game...

1) The Knicks led by three points about midway through the first quarter, but the Pistons answered right back on their next possession, and they held onto the lead for the rest of the game. In a game that featured only two lead changes, the Pistons controlled things for most of the night. Andre Drummond was a problem inside for the Knicks all night long, as he finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds. The Pistons as a team, meanwhile, shot 55.7% from the floor. What was just a five-point game at the half ended up becoming a 20-point win for the Pistons.

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Nov 6, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) gets defended by Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Nov 6, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) gets defended by Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

Already down against the Pistons in Wednesday night's game at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, the Knicks suffered another blow when they lost one of their key contributors.

In the second quarter, Mitchell Robinson went to the locker room and did not return.

The Knicks later revealed that the second-year center exited with concussion-like symptoms.

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Steve Mills/Scott Perry/David Fizdale (Brad Penner)
Steve Mills/Scott Perry/David Fizdale (Brad Penner)

Despite the Knicks' stumble out the gate of the 2019-20 season's first two weeks, second-year head coach David Fizdale feels support from New York's higher-ups.

Before the Knicks (1-6) tipped off with the Pistons (3-5) Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET from Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Fizdale told reporters during the team's shootaround that the likes of president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry have maintained optimism.

Fresh off Sunday's 113-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings (2-5) Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York, the Knicks entered the midweek game against the Pistons with the Eastern Conference's worst record.

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New York Knicks center Amar'e Stoudemire adjusts his glasses during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee),  (Wilfredo Lee/AP)
New York Knicks center Amar'e Stoudemire adjusts his glasses during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee), (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

During the offseason leading into the 2010-11 season, the Knicks were looking to spend some money on a big ticket free agent, and the market was stocked with them. 

Of course, the biggest signings were that of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade creating the first superteam by signing with the Heat. But New York didn't leave free agency empty handed when they landed a 28-year-old Amar'e Stoudemire, an already five-time All-Star. 

Years later, Stoudemire explained how that all went down with The Players' Tribune's podcast "Knuckleheads," which features another free agent that year in Quentin Richardson. Stoudemire actually had his mind on signing an extension with the Suns -- the team that drafted him ninth overall back in 2002.

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Oct 11, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards guard Justin Robinson (5) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 11, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards guard Justin Robinson (5) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Through the past two games, Knicks head coach David Fizdale has given Frank Ntilikina the start at point guard. And it doesn't look like he has a choice yet again against the Pistons on Wednedsay night. 

Elfrid Payton has been dealing with a hamstring injury, and he has already been ruled out during this two-game road trip in Detroit and Dallas. Also, Dennis Smith Jr. has yet to return as he continues to be with his family following the passing of his stepmother. 

So Ntilikina should get the start against the Pistons. But, no matter the loss of the other point guards in the system, how long should Fizdale keep him in that role? 

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Oct 23, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) runs up the court during the first half of the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports (Daniel Dunn)
Oct 23, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) runs up the court during the first half of the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports (Daniel Dunn)

RJ Barrett and Daniel Jones have both made the jump from being star players at Duke to being under the bright lights of New York as first-year pros.

"I'm really happy and really excited to see that he's doing well," Barrett told Forbes in September.

"As a team we went to a Duke football game," Barrett said of his time with the Blue Devils. "I would love to go to a Giants game."

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Fizdale going back to Robinson 00:01:47
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale will go back to starting Mitchell Robinson at center especially against Pistons' Andre Drummond

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Mitchell Robinson will start at center on Wednesday against Detroit. The Knicks want Robinson defending Pistons big man Andre Drummond. This will be the fifth different starting lineup for New York in eight games. 

Some of the lineup shifts are due to injury (Elfrid Payton) and others are the result of David Fizdale and his staff trying to figure out New York's optimal player groupings. 

Experimenting with different lineups during the season isn't ideal. In a perfect world, teams have lineups and rotations set coming into the season. But that's rare in today's NBA, where there's so much roster turnover every summer. Depending on the night, the Knicks (1-6) could have six players in their rotation who weren't on the team last season.

Tags: Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina, Mitchell Robinson, Ian Begley
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Myles Powell/Cassius Winston
Myles Powell/Cassius Winston

Yes, it is still early in the season, but it's safe to say that the Knicks will find themselves high in the NBA Draft lottery at the end of the year.

Though they had the worst record in the NBA last season, they didn't land the No. 1 pick, with it falling to the Pelicans instead. Still, the Knicks chose third to select one of the best players coming out of the NCAA in Duke G RJ Barrett.

Well, another college basketball season is upon us, and Knicks fans may want to pay attention to some of the best, young players that could find themselves in a blue and orange uniform next season.

Here's who to watch:

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Knicks overusing RJ Barrett 00:01:39
SNY Insider Ian Begley cites lack of ball movement and overuse of RJ Barrett's minutes as a couple of the Knicks' many glaring issues.

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Depending on how you view these things, you may have found value in RJ Barrett playing late in the Knicks' blowout loss to Sacramento, or you may have found it absurd. 

Barrett, as you'd imagine, didn't have a problem with it. 

Tags: RJ Barrett, Ian Begley
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Kyrie Irving (Nicole Sweet)
Kyrie Irving (Nicole Sweet)

Kyrie Irving is once again trolling the Knicks. But, this time, he didn't have to say anything. 

At the corner of Madison Square Garden is a giant billboard displaying a Nike ad with Irving's face on it. The text next to him reads, "In my heart, I knew I always wanted to play at home."

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

Knicks PG Elfrid Payton will miss Wednesday's game against the Pistons and Friday's game against the Mavericks as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury, the team said Tuesday.

Payton has missed the Knicks' last three games -- against Orlando on Oct. 30, against the Celtics on Friday, and Kings on Sunday. 

The 25-year-old Payton has started at point guard multiple times this season, with Frank Ntilikina and Allonzo Trier also getting starts -- though Trier was paired in the backcourt with RJ Barrett and wasn't technically acting as a point guard. 

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Frank Ntilikina
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Nov 1, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks center Julius Randle (30) drives to the basket while Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Nov 1, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks center Julius Randle (30) drives to the basket while Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

The Knicks are asking Julius Randle to take on some new responsibilities. 

In addition to scoring, New York wants Randle to defend, make his teammates better and help lead a young group. 

"It's a lot that we're asking of him," David Fizdale said last week. "(Previously in his) career all he's been asked to do - for the most part - is score. And so now he's juggling (the additional responsibilities) and trying to figure it out. And I think step-by-step, he'll get there."

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Nov 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts to play against the Sacramento Kings during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts to play against the Sacramento Kings during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Early in the third quarter of the Knicks' blowout loss to Sacramento, the home crowd grew restless. There were boos. Loud ones. There was even a brief chant for the team to fire head coach David Fizdale.

If you ask Marcus Morris, though, none of the blame for the Knicks' slow start rests with Fizdale.

"At the end of the day, Fiz is putting us in the best position to be successful," Morris said on Sunday night after scoring 28 points in the Knicks' loss. "I think it's us, we've got to execute the game plan better. He's been nothing but a great coach for us, he's been giving us what we need. Just today, we didn't hit many shots. They were the better team."

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Ian Begley
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Nov 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) fouls trying to defend against New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) fouls trying to defend against New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

David Fizdale is tired of questions about RJ Barrett and load management.

The second-year head coach of the Knicks had a simple response for a reporter Sunday when asked about the rookie guard's minutes after the team's 113-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

"He's got the day off tomorrow," Fizdale said.

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Knicks routed by Kings 00:01:16
Knicks coach David Fizdale and forward Julius Randle on the team's "crappy" effort in a 113-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings

The Knicks fell to 1-6 on the 2019-20 season after Sunday's 113-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden in New York. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game...

1) Knicks head coach David Fizdale went with Bobby Portis over Mitchell Robinson at C and the move backfired. Portis posted two points on 1-of-6 shooting with six rebounds and an assist, and simply did not look like himself off the bench. On the other hand, Robinson gave 10 points and did not miss on four shots, plus two free throws. Robinson, who posted a plus-five result, also grabbed four rebounds.

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Mitchell Robinson, RJ Barrett
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Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) reacts after a play against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) reacts after a play against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Knicks plan to start Bobby Portis at center on Sunday against the Sacramento Kings in place of Mitchell Robinson, according to SNY's Ian Begley.

Head coach David Fizdale wanted to try out a lineup of Julius Randle and Portis, hoping to open the floor up for Randle on offense.

"This is much more about seeing if that combination (Randle and Portis) can continue to grow," Fizdale said.

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Fizdale likes Frank's growth 00:01:43
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale was impressed with Frank Ntilikina's play on Friday and may start him again against the Kings.

The Knicks fell to the Celtics in a close game on Friday night, but one of the biggest bright spots for the team was the play of point guard Frank Ntilikina.

Since getting just over three combined minutes in the Knicks' first three games of the season, the former lottery pick has been seeing more and more playing time as of late, and in 37 minutes on Friday, the 21-year-old scored a season best 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting, knocking down a pair of three-pointers as well. He also had three rebounds, three steals, and two assists.

"Obviously he put a lot of work in his game, and it showed in the summer in FIBA and now it's carrying into the season, and like I've said, I've really been happy with him," head coach David Fizdale said of Ntilikina on Saturday.

"How can you not like Frank Ntilikina? That's how I look at it. His personality, the kid's a great kid, his personality, he's a class act, and he competes. Hopefully we can get back in front of our own crowd and he can have a good game."

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Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) drives to the basket as Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) defends during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) drives to the basket as Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) defends during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale compared rookie RJ Barrett to some big company. 

On Friday. Fizdale said before the Knicks' 104-102 late loss to the Celtics that the rookie reminds him of Clippers star Kawhi Leonard

"He's really put together. There's times he's not sweating and I'm like, 'Are you going hard?'" Fizdale said "He is. He's playing really hard. The only other guy I saw who I've coached against that doesn't look like is breaking a sweat is Kawhi. Kawhi doesn't look like he's breathing (hard). RJ has that same act where he's out there, his face doesn't change and he's going about his business.''

Tags: Enes Kanter, RJ Barrett
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Knicks remain positive in defeat 00:00:45
SNY NBA insider Ian Begley on the Knicks optimism despite a tough loss in Boston

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

BOSTON - The Knicks are 1-5. That's not the start that anyone - from management on down - was hoping for coming into the season. But several players said after Friday's loss in Boston that they believe the on-court success will come.

"Once we figure out the offense, teams are in trouble," point guard Elfrid Payton said in an interview with an SNY late Friday.

Tags: Mitchell Robinson, Ian Begley
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Nov 1, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Nov 1, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Marcus Morris had a big night for the Knicks on Friday against his former team. 

The Celtics came away with a 104-102 victory, but Morris did all he could to keep the Knicks in the game, dropping a season-high 29 points while knocking down five of his eight three-point attempts. 

He also came up huge for the Knicks in the fourth quarter, dropping 15 points in the fourth quarter alone, including a three-pointer to tie the game with 4.7 seconds left.

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Oct 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) controls the ball against Chicago Bulls point guard Coby White (0) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) controls the ball against Chicago Bulls point guard Coby White (0) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After coming off the bench in three games this season, Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina got his first start of the season on Friday night on the road against the Boston Celtics.

With point guard Elfrid Payton out with a right hamstring injury and guard Dennis Smith Jr. out due to the death of his stepmother, it opened the door for Ntilikina to start.

Playing 37 minutes against the Celtics, the No. 8 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting and recorded three rebounds, three steals, two assists, one block and one turnover in the team's 104-102 loss. 

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Knicks lose heartbreaker 00:01:55
Knicks coach David Fizdale, RJ Barrett, Frank Ntilikina and Marcus Morris Sr. on Jayson Tatum's last second shot that beat them in Boston

The Knicks fought hard all night long, but a Jayson Tatum jumper gave the Celtics a 104-102 win on Friday. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Friday's game...

1) After a scrappy first three quarters, the Celtics entered the fourth with a slim 75-74 lead. As both teams continued to go back and forth, the Celtics maintained an 84-82 lead with seven minutes to play. Later, after the Celtics pushed out to a four-point lead, Marcus Morris hit a clutch three to bring the Knicks back within one with under four to go. Then, Kemba Walker, the Bronx native, hit a huge three of his own to swing the momentum back to the Celtics. Morris would quickly answer with a three of his own.

In the final minute, Morris knocked down yet another big three to tie things up at 102-102. He finished with 29 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. With 4.7 seconds left, the Celtics inbounded the ball to Jayson Tatum, who knocked down a fall-away two-pointer to give the Celtics a 104-102 victory.

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Mitchell Robinson
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Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Al-Farouq Aminu (2) drives to the basket against New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Al-Farouq Aminu (2) drives to the basket against New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Over his nine year career, Marcus Morris has gotten a reputation for being one of the tougher players in the NBA. The No. 14 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft out of Kansas even made headlines earlier this season when he said he wants to bring the "old school Knicks" mentality to the team.

Before the Knicks' game against the Boston Celtics on Friday night, head coach David Fizdale spoke about Morris' leadership and what he does for the team.

"His leadership has been unbelievable," Fizdale said. "I just didn't know that about him going into it. I knew he was a tough guy, and I knew he could play. The way he's been leading has just been really unbelievable. One of the better leaders I've been around in this game. The way he approaches the guys, the way he never goes off on the guys, he just always kind of calls it for what it is. He never does it where he's pointing fingers. He always owns it first and then tries to make sure he's leading the group."

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