Holding court before Thursday's game against the Pistons in London, Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony were asked a question from a British journo that has fortunately not really emerged as much of a deal at all, asking the two stars whose team this is, according to Marc Berman of the Post:

A British journalist brought a smile to the Knicks’ two stars when he asked a question that has grown stale in the USA: “Whose team is it, yours or Amare’s?’’

“It’s Melo’s team,’’ Stoudemire said.

Anthony laughed. “No, It’s Jim Dolan’s team.’’

“It’s not about that at all,’’ Stoudemire added. “It truly isn’t. It’s about winning and doing what we can to improve and ultimately win a championship.’ ’’

It's been rather nice how naturally this issue has worked itself out. Obviously, the simple fact of just how much better Carmelo Anthony is has sort of made any possible tension something of moot point, but I also think Stoudemire still deserves credit for how willingly he's accepted this back seat role. His injuries and the team's hot start certainly made it kind of impossible for him to do anything other than accept whatever role available to him, but it's still nice that this issue has never been allowed to be flamed by a New York media I'm sure would love nothing more than to sink their teeth into it.

Of course, it would be sort of weird if Stoudemire were somehow taking the tact of, "Sure, you're playing at an MVP level and I'm a shell of my former self, but this is still MY team, dammit!" But still, it's appreciated.

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Mar 10, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier (35) dribbles against USC Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) during the Pac-12 Tournament championship at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Mar 10, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier (35) dribbles against USC Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) during the Pac-12 Tournament championship at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Former Arizona guard Allonzo Trier has signed a two-way contract with the Knicks, and will be in New York City next week, a source close to Trier told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-5 Trier is a scoring wing who averaged 18.1 points, 3.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds last season for the Wildcats, where he played alongside eventual No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton and New York wing Rawle Alkins. Both Trier and Alkins went undrafted Thursday night.

"Allonzo is a gifted scorer at all three levels who understands the importance and urgency of working diligently on his craft daily," Arizona assistant Mark Phelps told SNY.tv. "He is an absolute professional when it comes to every aspect of the game and has an excellent broad knowledge of NBA players and teams and a genuine admiration and respect for the NBA in general...

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Mar 29, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds All-American East center Mitchell Robinson (22) dunks during the 40th Annual McDonald's High School All-American Game at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 29, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds All-American East center Mitchell Robinson (22) dunks during the 40th Annual McDonald's High School All-American Game at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson will need a major support structure around him as he begins his NBA career, and that career could begin in the NBA G League.

The book on the 7-foot-1 Robinson from multiple coaches and those close to him is that he is a talented and good kid with some major maturity issues. He hasn't played organized basketball since the McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic Games in April 2017, and opted to train on his own this past season instead of enrolling at Western Kentucky, where NBA scouts could have evaluated him. The Knicks ended up taking a flyer on him at No. 36 in Thursday's NBA Draft.

"We know we have a situation that can help embrace him, find ways for him to grow off the court and on the court," Knicks President Steve Mills said Friday when Robinson and fellow rookie Kevin Knox were introduced. "We know we have a group of coaches and an environment that will help him grow."

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks head coach David Fizdale isn't setting modest expectations for Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson.

The first-year coach says Kentucky's Knox has the potential to be similar to Celtics rookie small forward Jayson Tatum, while unproven big man Robinson can emulate Rockets standout Clint Capela. Both Tatum and Capela played key roles for their teams during their respective runs to the conference finals.

'We all like the way that kid [Tatum]'s looking up in Boston right now and I'm not putting that kind of pressure on this kid [Knox] to be him, but when you have that kind of skill set, that height at that athleticism, you can see him being a very productive player," Fizdale said of Knox, who was officially introduced at the Knicks' training facility with Robinson...

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SNY's Taylor Rooks talked to Knicks first round pick Kevin Knox about what he brings to New York and turning draft night boos into cheers.

The Knicks took Kentucky's Kevin Knox with the No. 9 pick at the NBA Draft on Thursday night, choosing him over Michael Porter Jr., Mikal Bridges, and others. Later on, they popped Mitchell Robinson. Here's what went down, in case you missed it...


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The front office also hopes the pick of Knox makes them attractive to free agents in 2019 >> READ MORE

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 (Nam Y. Huh)
(Nam Y. Huh)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks went out on a limb and selected Mystery Man Mitchell Robinson with the No. 36 pick in the NBA Draft.

The 7-foot-1 Robinson hasn't played a meaningful game since the Jordan Brand Classic in New York City in April 2017, where he scored 15 points on 7-for-7 shooting.

The Louisiana native originally committed to Texas A&M, and then chose Western Kentucky but never played there. He withdrew from Western Kentucky last summer, and said he would train for the NBA Draft instead. However, he skipped the recent NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, which raised more questions about his NBA readiness.

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Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier shoots as Buffalo Bulls guard Wes Clark defends in the second half during the first round of the 2018 NCAA tournament at Taco Bell Arena. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier shoots as Buffalo Bulls guard Wes Clark defends in the second half during the first round of the 2018 NCAA tournament at Taco Bell Arena. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks reportedly agreed to a two-way deal with former Arizona guard Allonzo Trier, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

Trier, who went undrafted Thursday, averaged 18.1 points, 3.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds with the Wildcats as a junior last season. He averaged 17.2 points and 5.3 rebounds as a sophomore and 14.8 points as a freshman.

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Jeane Coakley and Ian Begley discuss NBA draft night and how Kevin Knox fits with the Knicks on GEICO SportsNite.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Kevin Knox was booed at Barclays Center by the same young man who booed Kristaps Porzingis three years ago at the NBA Draft.

Some Knicks fans chanted "We want Porter" for embattled Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. And that only served to motivate Knox -- the same way it propelled Porzingis toward a sensational rookie season in New York when he averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds.

"That's just motivation," the 6-foot-9 Knox said. "A lot of people want [Porter] to get to the Knicks, but I mean, it's all good with me. I'm ready to get to work. I'm ready to get to work and ready to prove people in Summer League and prove people in the NBA...

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Kevin Knox greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number nine overall pick to the New York Knicks in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Kevin Knox greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number nine overall pick to the New York Knicks in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Knicks picked small forward Kevin Knox with the No. 9 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. The pick didn't make too many Knicks fans (at least at Barclays Center) very happy. One Knicks legend was optimistic.

"I remember seeing him play. He didn't have a particularly good game, but I see that he had a lot of confidence in his ability. I'm glad they took a forward," Knicks legend and NBA Hall of Famer Earl 'The Pearl' Monroe told me Thursday at the "A Night Among The Legends" charity event in Manhattan. "I really didn't like the idea of them going for a guard. I think you went for a guard last year, but even (Trey) Burke this past year, I think he really proved himself of what he can be and do. I thought they should have showcased his game from the beginning of the year as opposed to just the end of the year."

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Knicks GM on Kevin Knox 00:00:53
New York Knicks GM Scott Perry meets the media and discusses why the team chose Kevin Knox with the ninth pick in the NBA Draft.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- In drafting freshman wing Kevin Knox with the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft, Knicks' brass fell in love with his talent, upside, and Kentucky pedigree.

The Knicks could have selected Villanova's Mikal Bridges or Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. -- who some fans cheered for, booing Knox in the process. But, instead, they zeroed in on the 18-year-old Knox to fill their void on the wing. The Tampa, Fla., native will be officially introduced at the Knicks' facility on Friday.

"Kevin is a young man that we did extensive research on, we like the talent," Knicks GM Scott Perry said. "He fits what we're going to be about. What we've talked about from the very beginning, he's long, he's athletic, he can play multiple positions. I think he has tremendous upside."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks drafted Kentucky's Kevin Knox with an eye toward making the franchise "attractive" to free agents in 2019 -- most notably New Jersey native Kyrie Irving.

The Knicks' brass hopes that a young core of the 18-year-old Knox along with Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina, and other promising pieces will attract free agents like Irving a year from now.

"Yeah, our goal is to make this an attractive place," Knicks President Steve Mills said when I asked him about potential free agents.

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Adam Zagoria
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SNY's Taylor Rooks talked to Knicks first round pick Kevin Knox about what he brings to New York and turning draft night boos into cheers.

Kevin Knox is coming to The Garden.

The Knicks tabbed the 18-year-old Kentucky forward with the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center.

Along with Knox, Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. and Villanova's Mikal Bridges were among the players on the board.

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

The Knicks selected former McDonald's All-American center Mitchell Robinson with the No. 36 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Robinson, a 7-footer from Pine Forest High School (Fla.), enrolled at Western Kentucky in July 2017 but left the school without suiting up for the Hilltoppers. He would have been forced to sit out the 2017-18 season to transfer, so Robinson decided to leave WKU and prepare for the draft.

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(Brad Penner)

Franchise altering decisions, fun suits and Knicks fans booing their team's selection: just a few NBA Draft Day constants.

Of course, Knicks fans held up their end. Before the team selected F Kevin Knox, fans at the Barclay's Center were chanting for F Michael Porter Jr. 

"Unbelievable, man. I can't believe they did this," one fan said. 

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Kevin Knox (5) Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Kevin Knox (5) Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Knicks selected F Kevin Knox with the 9th overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night. Here's how Twitter has reacted to the news.

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(Jim Halley / USA Today Sports)

The Knicks have selected Kentucky F Kevin Knox with the 9th pick of the 2018 NBA Draft. Here's his scouting report....

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Kevin Knox (Kentucky) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Kevin Knox (Kentucky) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks have selected Kentucky forward Kevin Knox with their No. 9 overall pick at the 2018 NBA Draft. 

Knox has been coined a versatile forward that has the ability to score on both the perimeter and inside the paint. Here's a look at what the Knicks expect the 6-foot-9 Knox to do on the Madison Square Garden court next season...

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What will the Knicks do? 00:00:49
SNY's Taylor Rooks and Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic set the scene at the NBA Draft and drop a final prediction on what the Knicks will do.

With the 2018 NBA Draft upon us, let's take a tour through the final NBA mock drafts around the sports media landscape to see who the Knicks might be taking with the 9th pick. 

ESPN, NY PostNY Daily NewsThe AthleticKevin Knox, Kentucky, F

The most popular Knicks selection is Knox...

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Kristaps Porzingis (6) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Kristaps Porzingis (6) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

It is a big night for Knicks team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry as they make their first NBA Draft picks. Each pick from here on out will be crucial in the development of this young Knicks squad, and looking at New York's past selection, Mills and Perry better hope their choice works out. 

Let's take a look at the Knicks' past first-rounder and how they panned out at Madison Square Garden (it is worth noting the Knicks didn't have a first-round pick in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016)...

2009, No. 8 overall: Arizona PF Jordan Hill

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Mikal Bridges, Michael Porter Jr, Kevin Knox, and Lonnie Walker talk about the potential of playing for the Knicks and coach David Fizdale.

While much of the talk leading up to the Knicks' pick in the NBA Draft has centered around Kentucky's Kevin Knox, Villanova's Mikal Bridges, and Alabama's Collin Sexton, Miami guard Lonnie Walker IV could be an option as well.

The 6-foot-4 Walker worked out for the Knicks and a league source said the team was very "intrigued with his two-way abilities."

"It was a great workout, they were very happy," Walker said Wednesday. "I had some film with the head coach [David Fizdale] and we went back and forth about it. It was very positive. They were happy to see how mentally tough I was and my athleticism and aggression while I was playing so it was all positive energy."

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Jan 22, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns forward Mohamed Bamba (4) reacts against the Iowa State Cyclones during the second half at the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns won 73-57. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports (Brendan Maloney)
Jan 22, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns forward Mohamed Bamba (4) reacts against the Iowa State Cyclones during the second half at the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns won 73-57. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports (Brendan Maloney)

Head coach David Fizdale met Wednesday with Harlem native Mohamed Bamba, but the Knicks are unlikely to trade up to get the 7-foot shot-blocking sensation, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Multiple reports indicated Memphis is looking to trade the No. 4 pick. Bamba is currently projected to go No. 5 to Dallas, per ESPN.com.

"I was told late [Wednesday] night [the Knicks] have not yet asked Bamba's people to get his medical information," Wojnarowski said Thursday morning on ESPN's 'Get Up!' "That's a steep price to move up that high in the draft to No. 4. You're going to have to give up a lot. You're probably going to have to give up a future first [-round pick]. You're going to be digging into his medicals right now. They did talk to him yesterday and that goes on the week of."

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Jan 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jahlil Okafor (4) defends against New York Knicks center Kyle O'Quinn (9) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jan 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jahlil Okafor (4) defends against New York Knicks center Kyle O'Quinn (9) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Knicks C Kyle O'Quinn is looking for more this offseason, as he opted out of his contract to play in New York for the 2018-19 season, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

O'Quinn, a Queens native, was set to make $4.2 million with the Knicks next season. However, after posting 7.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, and shooting 58 percent from the field in his bench role, he will search for a better deal in free agency. 

The 28-year-old is one of two Knicks that had a player option for this upcoming season. Starting center Enes Kanter still has a decision to make on his $18 million player option that must come by the end of June. 

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Mikal Bridges Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Mikal Bridges Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

NEW YORK -- Of all the prospects in this year's NBA Draft, it's possible that nobody has a greater appreciation for Madison Square Garden and New York City than Villanova wing and potential Knicks target Mikal Bridges.

After all, Bridges has already enjoyed a lot of success at the Garden and in the Big Apple.

The 6-foot-7 wing scored 25 points to help lead eventual NCAA champion Villanova to the Big East Tournament championship over Providence in March -- a game that Knicks owner Jim Dolan, President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry all watched from their courtside seats...

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The Knicks will pick... 00:00:23
ESPN Knicks reporter Ian Begley makes his prediction of who the Knicks will pick Thursday night with the ninth selection in the NBA Draft.

NEW YORK -- Kevin Knox is intrigued by the idea of playing for the Knicks and compared his experience at Kentucky to potentially playing in the Big Apple.

"It's kind of where everything happens, Madison Square Garden, so I think this is a big stage, great opportunity to be here," the 6-foot-9 Kentucky forward said Wednesday on the eve of the NBA Draft.

He added in reference to the huge media contingents covering the respective teams: "Kentucky is basically the New York Knicks of college basketball."

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Michael Porter Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Michael Porter Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

NEW YORK -- Michael Porter Jr. hasn't worked out for any NBA teams because of his back and hip ailments, but met with Knicks brass in Chicago and said they are intrigued by his talent.

"They were there and I talked to them for a brief moment after the workout," Porter Jr. told SNY.tv at NBA Draft media day on Wednesday in midtown Manhattan.

"They like me, obviously," the 6-foot-10 Porter added. "I think they were looking to maybe move up. Honestly, they just showed interest in me, but I don't know too [many] details."

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Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) Bradley Beal (3) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) Bradley Beal (3) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Knicks will be traveling overseas next season for a regular season game in London against the Wizards, the NBA announced on Wednesday. 

The game, which is the ninth regular season game in London, will take place on January 17, 2019 at The O2 Arena. This is the third time the Knicks have played in London, as they played games in 2013 and 2015. 

With another game in London, the NBA is continuing its initiative to bring their league to a global audience. NBA senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Benjamin Morel, said the London game has become a highly anticipated event every season. 

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

NBA draft prospect Trae Young said he got "a good feel and vibe" with the Knicks when he met coach David Fizdale and members of the team's front office.

"For sure, I definitely enjoyed meeting him as well," Young said on Sirius XM's Mad Dog Sports Channel with Adam Schein on Tuesday. "It was great to meet coach Fizdale and going out to dinner to meet the whole front office."

The Knicks have the ninth overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.

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Ice Cube and Gary Payton discuss year two of the Big3 league and a potential one-on-one game between James Dolan and Charles Oakley.

Ice Cube and Gary Payton discuss year two of the Big3 league and a potential one-on-one game between James Dolan and Charles Oakley.

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Former New York Knicks player Walt Frazier prior to the game between the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks at EnergySolutions Arena. (Russell Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)
Former New York Knicks player Walt Frazier prior to the game between the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks at EnergySolutions Arena. (Russell Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Knicks and current MSG Network color commentator, Walt "Clyde" Frazier, knows exactly what New York needs to do in the Draft on Thursday. 

Frazier would likely wish the Knicks had the position to select Arizona C Deandre Ayton, who he worked alongside on Monday promoting the newest version of Puma Clyde sneakers at a pop-up shop across from Barclays Center. But Ayton is the probable first overall selection to the Suns. 

That doesn't mean Frazier can't dream about uniting two unicorns in Ayton and Kristaps Porzingis...

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Kevin Knox (5) Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Kevin Knox (5) Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

With only two days until the 2018 NBA Draft, the Knicks are locking up their draft board as they pinpoint the potential prospects they want to select with their No. 9 overall pick. 

Rumors that have been swirling around leading up to the draft have placed players like SF Mikal Bridges and PG Trae Young among the top candidates to be selected by New York.

However, Kentucky PF Kevin Knox has gained some traction since his joint workout for the Knicks -- so much so that his father, Kevin Knox Sr., believes the Knicks are definitely considering the 6-foot-9 forward with their first-round choice. 

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Mar 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) during the practice day before the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Mar 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) during the practice day before the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

In their latest mock draft, ESPN sees Oklahoma PG Trae Young going to the Knicks at No. 9 overall.

Young, known for his ability to score from virtually anywhere on the floor, comes out of Oklahoma with Freshman of the Year honors after leading the NCAA in points (27.4) and assists (8.7). Though ESPN's Kevin Pelton believe he has defense needs work, his offensive capabilities makes him too enticing for the Knicks as he falls down the draft board. 

"I've alerady passed a couple of times on Young, the third-ranked prospect in my projections," Pelton wrote. "But this point in the draft, however, any concerns about how he'll hold up defensively are more than outweighed by Young's massive offensive potential. Mikal Bridges is the only other player I'd consider here, and Young is an easy choice over him."

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Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Knicks C Enes Kanter learned Monday that his father, Dr. Mehmet Kanter, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, per Bleacher Report's Yaron Weitzman.

There has reportedly been an arrest warrant issued for Dr. Kanter, and when he returns to Istanbul, he is likely to be brought into custody. It is unknown what exactly he is being charged with, but Kanter believes it is the latest comeback from his government for his public criticism of the Turkish government, more specifically of president Recep Erdogan.

Because of his public comments, Kanter has not been in contact with his family overseas. But, even with the sentencing of his father, Kanter isn't going to stop being a voice for those back home.

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Mar 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Kevin Knox (5) attempts a shot against the Kansas State Wildcats in the semifinals of the South regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Mar 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Kevin Knox (5) attempts a shot against the Kansas State Wildcats in the semifinals of the South regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Knicks are projected to take Kentucky small forward Kevin Knox in the latest ESPN mock draft, which previously had them taking Alabama point guard Collin Sexton.

Knox recently worked out for the Knicks and impressed the team's brass.

The 6-8 Knox, only 18, is a scoring wing who is among the latest one-and-dones at Kentucky. He averaged 15.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game en route to SEC co-Freshman of the Year honors.

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Mar 3, 2018; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) warms up before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Mizzou Arena. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
Mar 3, 2018; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) warms up before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Mizzou Arena. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

In NY Post's latest NBA mock draft, the Knicks get lucky: talented Missouri F Michael Porter Jr. falls to them at no. 9, where Scott Perry and Steve Mills can't pass up the potential.

Before the collegiate season began, Porter Jr. was expected to be a top pick in this year's draft but the one-and-done star didn't get a chance to shine at Missouri due to a back injury limiting him to a total of just three games...

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The Loud Mouths and Michael Rapaport discuss the report of Kawhi Leonard's alleged desire to leave the Spurs and join the Lakers.

With reports swirling that Spurs F Kawhi Leonard wants to play elsewhere next season, the fit with the Knicks sounds enticing. 

For one, the Knicks were interested in going after Leonard when he becomes a free agent in 2019, per The Post's Marc Berman. However, now that Leonard wants to leave San Antonio a season early, they may not be the right fit because of one reason: Kristaps Porzingis

To acquire a player with Leonard's caliber, an even return would need to be in place for the Spurs. That means Porzingis would likely be mentioned in any deal if the Knicks wished to be a contender for Leonard. 

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Dec 12, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in action during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Spurs 95-89. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 12, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in action during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Spurs 95-89. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio, and the disgruntled Spurs forward reportedly has the Knicks on his wish list.

"People close to Leonard" have expressed a desire for him to play for the Knicks, reports Ian Begley of ESPN

Leonard has also been linked to the Lakers and Clippers -- who he has near the top of his list, and the Celtics -- who would be interested in engaging the Spurs if they make Leonard available, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks fans continue to sift through every vague update they can find on the health of star Kristaps Porzingis. The player himself spoke about his timetable while catching ACB basketball in Spain. 

The answer, as it has been since he tore his ACL against the Bucks in February, is that there is no answer yet. Porzingis doesn't have an exact date that he should be ready.

"I have to be smart. And I have a team that will help me figure that out," Porzingis told a Spanish television station, via Ian Begley of ESPN.

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Michael Porter Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Michael Porter Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Knicks Draft target Michael Porter, Jr. has cancelled his second Pro Day -- which was to take place on Friday -- due to a hip injury.

Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry had been set to travel to Chicago to meet with the Missouri freshman, a league source told SNY contributor Adam Zagoria last week.

While the injury may scare off some teams, an NBA executive told Zagoria that he doesn't think Porter will fall to the Knicks at No. 9.

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Knicks SG Damyean Dotson loves what he has seen so far from new head coach David Fizdale. 

Fizdale was brought in by GM Scott Perry and team president Steve Mills to change the culture of the team. Though the season hasn't started yet, Dotson can already feel a change. 

"Coach is a great guy," he told The Post's Marc Berman. "He knows what he is talking about. Very detailed and makes sure everyone is on the same page, feedling off each other and together. He's big into making sure we come together, play together and believe in each other. That we produce, play hard and scrappy. All the things that you want a coach to do. He inherited that mindset from [Pat] RIley and [Erik] Spoelstra. He has instilled a great culture in himself and wants to put that into our team."

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Kyrie Irving talks free agency 00:00:30
With Kyrie Irving set to become a free agent in 2019, here are five reasons why that could be good news for the New York Knicks.

Maybe seeing All-Star PG Kyrie Irving in a Knicks uniform isn't fantasy after all.

The Celtics superstar said Tuesday that he won't be signing an extension with the team this offseason, which means he will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season, per the Daily News' Stefan Bondy. 

"Contractually, financially, it just doesn't make any sense (to sign an extension with the Celtics)," he told reporters on Tuesday...

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Kenrich Williams (34) Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)
Kenrich Williams (34) Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)

Former TCU wing Kenrich Williams will take part in a group workout with the Knicks on Wednesday, a league source told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-7 Williams averaged 13.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists last season at TCU, while making 40 percent of his three-pointers.

Williams, 23, is currently projected as the No. 58 pick in the Draft, per ESPN.com, but his stock is rising. The Knicks own the No. 36 pick as well as No. 9.

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Mar 16, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) shoots against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Mar 16, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) shoots against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry will travel to Chicago on Friday to meet with Missouri freshman forward Michael Porter Jr., a league source told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-10 Porter Jr. is expected to meet in Chicago with all of the top teams in the draft lottery, the league source said. He held his Pro Day last Friday in Chicago, and Knicks scouts Walker Russell and Fred Cofield attended, per a league source.

Porter Jr. missed most of his only season at Missouri after having microdiscectomy surgery of the L3-L4 spinal discs in November, but he could turn out to be one of the best pros in this Draft.

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UCLA Bruins guard Aaron Holiday shoots against Southern California Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin during the first half at Galen Center. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
UCLA Bruins guard Aaron Holiday shoots against Southern California Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin during the first half at Galen Center. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks will host a workout with UCLA point guard Aaron Holiday next Monday, according to SNY contributor Adam Zagoria.

Holiday has dinner Tuesday night with the Clippers in advance of a workout Wednesday, a league source told Zagoria. 

Holiday, who averaged 20.3 points and 5.8 assists as a junior for the Bruins, is the younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday and Chicago Bulls guard Justin Holiday.

A 6-foot-1, 185-pound guard, Aaron Holiday averaged 10.3 points and 4.0 assists as a freshman and 12.3 points and 4.4 assists as a sophomore.

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LeBron James (23) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

With Cavaliers F LeBron James thinking about whether or not to enter free agency yet again this offseason, former NBA All-Star and current TNT analyst, Reggie Miller, believes the Knicks could be a viable option. 

James must notify the Cavs by June 29 that he wants to stay with them next year at a price of $35 million, or take his talents elsewhere for the 2018-19 season. Teams have already been discussed like the 76ers and Lakers as potential destinations for James. 

However, the Knicks remain an option as well. Miller believes New York could land James if they pick up some other pieces in the offseason as well.

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Knicks to pick Walker at No. 9? 00:00:34
SNY takes a look at former University of Miami guard, and one of the top prospects in the 2018 NBA Draft, Lonnie Walker.

The Knicks will host a private workout for Miami guard Lonnie Walker on Wednesday, reports SNY contributor Adam Zagoria.

Walker was named to the ACC All-Freshman team after averaging 11.5 points, 1.9 assists, and shot 41.5 percent from the field last season. 

The Knicks like the potential the 19-year-old has based off his athleticism. His assistant coach at Miami, Chris Caputo, said Walker's skills on and off the court make him worth of a top 10 pick. 

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IMG Post Grad National guard Anfernee Simons shoots a free throw against Vermont Academy during Game 3 Sunday as some of the top high school basketball teams in the country compete at the Hoophall Classic. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
IMG Post Grad National guard Anfernee Simons shoots a free throw against Vermont Academy during Game 3 Sunday as some of the top high school basketball teams in the country compete at the Hoophall Classic. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

A former Knicks coach is mentoring a player who could be one of their future guards.

Rick Pitino, the Long Island native who coached the Knicks in the late 1980s, has been helping Anfernee Simons with the NBA Draft process.

The 6-foot-3 Simons is a point guard who was named after former NBA star and new University of Memphis coach Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway. He initially committed to Louisville when Pitino was the coach, but then decommitted after the FBI investigation into college basketball ensnared Louisville last fall, ultimately costing Pitino his job there.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks C Enes Kanter seems to believe LeBron James must play in New York to be the greatest of all time.

"If you want to be the one and only GOAT then you gotta win in New York," Kanter told SNY's Taylor Rooks. "You want to be king of New York that bad, then come and prove it"

Within minutes of the Warriors' NBA Finals-clinching game four win, various NBA players quickly sent out tweets imploring James to join their team. Kanter was one of them.

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Feb 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving (11) controls the ball against New York Knicks point guard Trey Burke (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving (11) controls the ball against New York Knicks point guard Trey Burke (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

When Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers last offseason, the Knicks were one of the teams he preferred to be sent to. 

Of course, the Knicks were never a realistic landing spot due to their lack of assets, especially with Danny Ainge and the Celtics in on the bidding. So, he was sent to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's 2019 draft pick. 

But Irving's contract is up after next season and the Celtics are genuinely concerned that he might bolt in free agency, according to Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports. The Knicks are a realistic destination...

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(Adam Zagoria)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Wendell Carter Jr. may not last until the Knicks pick at No. 9 in the NBA Draft on June 21, but the one-and-done forward from Duke wanted to work out for the franchise anyway.

The 6-foot-10 Carter Jr. is projected to go to Orlando at No. 6, per the latest ESPN.com mock draft, but he's well aware of the Knicks' storied history.

"The Garden is a very historic place," he said Friday after his workout with the Knicks. "A lot of different things have happened there. Playing for Duke, Coach K got his 1,000th win [there]. I already have a few memories there so to come here and play in the Garden, that would just be an honor."

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