Porzingis and Fizdale a match? 00:00:47
The DNL panel discusses recent talks between Kristaps Porzingis and Knicks head coach David Fizdale, as they attempt to establish a rapport.

The Unicorn is pumped.

Kristaps Porzingis tweeted his excitement after having a conversation with new Knicks head coach David Fizdale on Thursday.

 

 

Fizdale said last week that he was looking forward to building a special relationship with Porzingis.

"Step-by-step. I won't skip a step," Fizdale said on ESPN's Draft Combine Show. "I'll spend a ton of time with he and his family. I want to hear their experience and what they see going forward for Kristaps and how I can interject and help him in any way become what I think he can be, which is an MVP-caliber player. Part of that goes along with winning. And I know that's what he's ready to do."

Fizdale will be the fourth head coach for the 22-year-old Porzingis. In 48 games before his season-ending injury, Porzingis averaged 22.7 points and 6.6 rebounds en route to his first All-Star selection. 

Porzingis, who has been rehabbing his surgically-repaired ACL in Spain with Real Madrid, is progressing well. 

"Things are moving on as expected," GM Scott Perry said earlier this month. "We're looking forward to monitoring him throughout the summer."

Perry added that the Knicks would like have a better timetable for Porzingis' return by the start of the new season.


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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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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.

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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 sees improvement 00:01:02
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)
(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. 

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Golden State Warriors, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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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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Durant talks Knox and Knicks 00:01:07
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.

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Portland Trail Blazers, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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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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Knicks look to build on win 00:00:53
The Knicks beat the Lakers and now look to string two in a row as they take on the Trail Blazers.

Having just played two tough games against Western Conference contenders Oklahoma City and Houston, the Trail Blazers would seem to be stepping down in competition Monday night when they play host to the New York Knicks in Portland.

That's not the way the Blazers say they are looking at it, however.

"We won't overlook (the Knicks)," Portland point guard Damian Lillard said. "We're not one of those teams that can afford to do that. We have to be a certain way mentally. We have to play a certain way on the floor to win games."

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Portland Trail Blazers
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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)

Enes Kanter's battle with the Turkish government also includes former NBA player Hedo Turkoglu

Turkoglu, now a chief adviser to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan after a 16-year career in the NBA, was critical of the Knicks center on Monday in response to Kanter's comments that he was not flying to London with the team due to fears he could be murdered by Turkish spies. 

"Kanter can't enter the UK not because of fears for life as he claims but due to passport and visa issues," the former NBA player said in a statement via Twitter. "This being the long-known truth, he is trying to get the limelight with irrational justifications and political remarks. 

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina warms up prior to the game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina warms up prior to the game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina will miss an undetermined amount of time, beginning with Monday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers with a strained left ankle, head coach David Fizdale said, according to The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov.

Ntilikina suffered the injury in the first quarter of Friday's 119-112 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. X-rays came back negative on Friday night.

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Nov 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dunks the ball against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dunks the ball against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Enes Kanter may not have requested a trade, but that doesn't mean teams haven't called the Knicks about the big man.

According to The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov, the Knicks are already seeing interest on Kanter, and they are listening. However, no deal appears imminent at the moment. 

Kanter didn't ask for a trade, but he voiced his frustration with his playing time this season. After being the team's starting center when the season kicked off, Kanter has reverted to a bench role, and he clearly isn't happy about it...

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Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) answers questions at Knicks Media Day in Greenburgh, NY, USA; at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) answers questions at Knicks Media Day in Greenburgh, NY, USA; at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Courtney Lee is not bothered with the Knicks 2-13 record over their last 15 games and is taking an optimistic approach to the development of the Knicks' young talent.

"Being in this league for a while you understand that's the best direction to go in, especially having a young core," Lee said in a report from Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. "And then just to look at the record it's not what anybody wanted it to be right now, so one thing you can do to take a positive out of that is just developing the young guys. If you put yourself first, it's very difficult. But I understand it's for the betterment of the team."

Lee has not played over the last three games. His last appearence was Dec. 27 in the Knicks 112-96 loss at the Milwaukee Bucks where he scored nine points in 23 minutes of action. 

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It is not often the Knicks win a game these days. 

What is even more rare is for owner James Dolan to be there for a road game, sitting courtside and celebrating with the team in the locker room afterwards. 

But that is exactly what happened when the Knicks snapped an eight-game losing streak against a LeBron James-less Lakers team with a 119-112 victory on Friday night. 

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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)

Enes Kanter will not travel with the Knicks to London for their regular season game against the Bucks on Jan. 16 because, he says, his life would be in danger. 

The 26-year-old center is a wanted criminal in Turkey because of his criticism against their president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and had his passport revoked by the Turkish government the last time he traveled overseas. 

He fears "spies" could target him in London. 

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The New York Knicks snapped their eight game losing streak against a LeBron-less Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Friday. The impressive team effort included hot starts from Tim Hardaway Jr and Kevin Knox and a statement return from Mario Hezonja who was a key factor down the stretch. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) Tim Hardaway Jr led all scorers with 22 points and made it known he was a threat after draining three shots from behind the arc in the game's first six minutes. Hardaway Jr recently mentioned how he was not a fan of the team's losing ways, and looked like he put an emphasis on snapping the eight game losing streak tonight. 

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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors 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 Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Frank Ntilikina left Friday's game against the Lakers after registering just one minute of action following a left ankle strain in the first quarter. X-rays came back negative, but the sophomore point guard will not return to action. Ntiliknia grabbed one rebound and had one turnover before exiting. 

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Before the Knicks take the Staples Center court on Friday to face off against the Lakers, let's flashback to last season for a moment. 

The Lakers began the year with a lot of change to their team makeup. Two rookies -- PG Lonzo Ball and F Kyle Kuzma -- joined Brandon Ingram as the young core of the team, while Brook Lopez and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were also fresh faces to round out the starting five for LA. They were led by Luke Walton, who was in his second year with the team after coming over from the Warriors.

As many expected, there wasn't much success as the rebuilding project spearheaded by Magic Johnson continued to roll along. Now, there were spurts where the Lakers would beat opponents like the Rockets, Celtics, and Sixers. But most of the time, they tallied their games in the loss column.

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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)

Kevin Knox and the Knicks face the Lakers on Friday at 10:30 p.m. And though LeBron James won't be playing due to a groin injury, Knicks head coach David Fizdale hopes to arrange a meeting between New York's rookie and the three-time NBA champion.

"Just tell Kevin don't get too high or too low with all of the scrutiny that comes with it," Fizdale said about what he hopes James can teach Knox, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "Cause he's been through all of that stuff, all of the highs of winning and losing and the criticisms that come with all of that stuff. So any of the guys that I've coached that I could utilize I'm going to try and steal them."

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Dec 12, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks center Bol Bol (1) shoots a basket over San Diego Toreros forward Yauhen Massalski (25) during the second half at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks beat the Toreros 65-55. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Wayrynen)
Dec 12, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks center Bol Bol (1) shoots a basket over San Diego Toreros forward Yauhen Massalski (25) during the second half at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks beat the Toreros 65-55. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Wayrynen)

Knicks 2019 draft target C Bol Bol he has a left foot injury that will end his freshman year at Oregon, per The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Bol is a projected Top 10 pick in the draft next year, with Tankathon's latest mock draft having him selected sixth overall to the Wizards. The 19-year-old will begin his rehab process in preparation for the draft immediately. 

Bol, the son of former NBA C Manute Bol, was having a tremendous year at Oregon. He was averaging 21 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game, while shooting 56.1 percent from the field. But the craziest stat produced by the 7-foot-2 center was his 52 percent shooting from beyond the arc (13-for-25). 

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Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell (21) 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 forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell (21) during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After a breakout month of December, Knicks F Kevin Knox was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month.

Knox had a slow start to the season, averaging 8.2 points and 2.4 rebounds over about 18.3 minutes per game. But, when head coach David Fizdale ramped up his minutes by putting him in the starting five, Knox found his groove.

The 19-year-old led all rookies in scoring with 17.1 points per game, three-pointers made with 33, and was second in rebounds with six per game. Over 14 games (nine starts), he recorded double-digit points 12 times, with six of those games scoring 20 or more points. 

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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)

Forget about Kevin Durant or any other big-time free agents, the Knicks need to be careful they do not lose Kristaps Porzingis this offseason. 

Per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, re-signing the 23-year-old is no sure thing and the Nets could potentially be the team to pry him away. 

Because the Knicks decided to forgo an early contract extension with Porzingis last year, he will become a restricted free agent this summer. 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter sitting on the bench during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Rob Ferguson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter sitting on the bench during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Rob Ferguson/USA TODAY Sports)

Enes Kanter may be frustrated with his current role on the team, but he is willing to stick it out. 

The frustrated Knicks center said after Tuesday's 115-108 loss to the Nuggets that he recently had a conversation with GM Scott Perry over his status with the team, but he did not ask for a trade at any point. 

"I did not say that. I like it here a lot," Kanter, a free agent at the end of the season, told reporters. "I probably wouldn't say it to Scott's face, 'I want to be traded.' No. Because I like it here a lot."

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