Dec 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts after a turnover against the Boston Celtics during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts after a turnover against the Boston Celtics during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

We are at about the quarter-way point of the NBA season and the Knicks find themselves with the second worst record in the league and at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

At 4-17, the Knicks have fallen to new lows and are on pace to break the record they tied last season for the worst season in team history. 

Head coach David Fizdale has been in an extremely hot seat ever since Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry held a rare press conference after the team started the season 2-8. 

Since then, the Knicks have gone 2-9.

 

After failing to draw in big name free agents--specifically Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who many within the organization thought were surefire locks to come to their New York team, and not the one in the other borough--the Knicks proceeded to Plan B.

The Knicks signed the likes of Elfrid Payton, Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis, Reggie Bullock and Wayne Ellington to two-year deals with team options in all of their contracts for the second year, keeping the majority of their cap space open after this season.

However, their biggest splash came in signing Julius Randle to a three-year, $63 million deal (team option in third year) and somehow sniping Marcus Morris away from the Spurs on a one-year, $15 million deal.

Despite Plan B certainly not being the worst crop of players one could round up--plus the young talent the team already had on the roster like the newly drafted RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr. and Mitchell Robinson--this team has been shockingly bad a quarter of the way through the season. 

Morris is surprisingly the team's leading scorer at 18.7 points per game and is shooting the lights at from three at a 52.4 percent clip, but the forward isn't getting much help elsewhere. 

Randle has experienced some real struggles adjusting to his role as the No. 1 option of a team, despite coming off a big season with the Pelicans where he put up over 21 points per game on 52.4 percent shooting. 

The sixth-year forward has regressed to about 17 points per game on less than 45 percent shooting--plus a rough 25 percent from three. Watching him so often get called for offensive fouls when he leads with his shoulder as he tries to bully his way into the paint has become too common of an occurrence.

With Payton having been sidelined for most of the season with a hamstring injury, you would have hoped to see a bit more progress from Smith Jr. or Ntilikina, but neither have taken a big jump yet. 

Smith Jr. continues to shoot poorly from the field and isn't even putting up six points per game.

Ntilikina has been great on the defensive side of the ball for the Knicks, but we already knew that was a part of his game. The point guard is shooting 38.2 percent from the field and often doesn't even look to shoot--at only 3.5 assists per game, what's he even doing when the team has the ball on offense?

But the real spot to put the magnifying glass on this team is on RJ Barrett, the clear potential future star on this team--Knox has shown nothing to compete against that idea.

Barrett has certainly shown flashes--a 26 point game here, a six steal game there--but has also put up some shocking duds, like Monday night's game against the Bucks when he went 0-9 from the field and finished with two points off free throws. 

Now the Knicks got blown out in that game by 44, but you need Barrett to be able to remain a bright spot on this team even as they fail and not see his performance spiral down with them.

With tanking for the No. 1 pick now out the window with the new draft lottery system, which the Knicks learned about the hard way (CC: Zion Williamson), it will be very interesting to see where the team goes from here and how they figure out how to become the best team in New York.

Tags: Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, RJ Barrett
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As the coronavirus pandemic continues, members of the Knicks are doing whatever they can to help those in need. 

Knicks forwards Julius Randle and Bobby Portis are donating $180,000 worth of meals to help feed New Yorkers in need, while guard Dennis Smith Jr. is purchasing food vouchers for 575 first responders at Cape Fear Medical Center in his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Smith is also purchasing 32 computers to help local students learn from home while schools are closed. 

Randle and Portis are making their donation to City Harvest, New York's private response to hunger and largest food rescue organization. Along with their meal donations, Portis and Randle are each contributing another $50,000 to support City Harvest's operations. Their combined contributions will help more than 370,000 New Yorkers in need.

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Over the years, there have been plenty of villains in the world of New York sports, from Reggie Miller to Chipper Jones, and many others.

On the debut edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Eamon McAnaney and contributor Jon Hein discuss who they would choose for their lists ...

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Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller coaches against the Indiana Pacers during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 7, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller coaches against the Indiana Pacers during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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When Leon Rose officially took over as Knicks president on March 2, the plan was to use the final six weeks of the season to get to know coaches, players and execs. That, presumably, would help inform Rose as he reshaped New York's roster, coaching staff and front office in the offseason. 

Obviously, that plan was altered two weeks ago when the NBA suspended its season amid the coronavirus crisis.

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Mar 2, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Georgetown Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing looks on against the Seton Hall Pirates during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 2, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Georgetown Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing looks on against the Seton Hall Pirates during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Knicks owner James Dolan and ex-Knick Charles Oakley continued their feud on Tuesday with an over-the-phone mediation that was ordered by a federal appeals court. Oakley hasn't broken his conviction in trying to get back at Dolan for ordering he be thrown out of Madison Square Garden back in 2017. 

But if it were up to one of Oakley's former Knicks teammates in Patrick Ewing, this feud would've been done a long time ago. 

Ewing has been asked about it in the past, and he always said he holds Oakley in high standards while not wanting to discuss his personal matter. However, he does want the bug squashed soon.

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Just 22 games into his second season as Knicks head coach, David Fizdale was let go after the team got off to a dismal 4-18 start. 

In one season-plus as the team's head coach, Fizdale coached the Knicks to 21-83 record, leading to his dismissal. 

On Wednesday, Fizdale was a guest on ESPN Radio, and when asked if the Knicks had a true star on the team, he pointed to rookie RJ Barrett while also saying that the Knicks need better shooters in place to help talented youngsters like Barrett and Mitchell Robinson reach their full potential.

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Feb 12, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks small forward Kevin Knox II (20) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards small forward Davis Bertans (42) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 12, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks small forward Kevin Knox II (20) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards small forward Davis Bertans (42) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

John Calipari, who coached Kevin Knox during his time at Kentucky, spoke at length about the Knicks' second-year pro on Tuesday about his adjustment to the NBA, his work ethic, and more.

Calipari, who announced Tuesday that, through The Calipari Foundation, he would be donating groceries to 400 families during the coronavirus pandemic, also implored the Knicks to not give up on Knox too soon.

On the adjustment period for Knox given his age

"He was so young. Some guys are even younger than their chronological age, which is young. And guess what? He's one of those. He was the youngest player in that draft. And he was learning about himself. And i come back to: you've got to conquer yourself before you can conquer anybody else. Being in that league, I've never heard him complain one time. How about that? That he's accepting, 'I'm responsible for me. I am what my stats say I am. I'm responsible. And I've got a ways to go.'"

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It's no secret Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari is a very good friend of Knicks new team president Leon Rose -- their relationship spans over decades. So Calipari is the perfect person to discuss how Rose is going to transform the Knicks. 

Speaking to SNY's Ian Begley during a conference call, Calipari -- who announced Tuesday that, through The Calipari Foundation, he would be donating groceries to 400 families during the coronavirus pandemic -- elaborated on his good friend, saying that Rose is just the guy the Knicks need because of one crucial quality. 

"He's a gatherer," Calipari said. "And I believe that's what the Knicks need right now, a gatherer who can bring things together and make it a culture that players want to be in because they know, 'this is about all of us.'"

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

Referring to the Knicks as "dysfunctional," Stan Van Gundy -- who said he had no interest in coaching the team -- touched on his brother Jeff's potential interest in again being New York's head coach. 

"I'm not really interested in the New York Knicks, no," Stan Van Gundy said on ESPN Radio, according to Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. "First of all there's a family history there. If anyone would be interested in that it -- and I'm not sure he is, either -- it would be my brother. And number two, I just -- I've said this, I'm different than a lot of coaches in looking at jobs. To me it's all about who you work for and who you work with. Everything I've seen over the last few years with that organization says that it's extremely dysfunctional."

Stan Van Gundy also said the Nets' job is better than the Knicks' job right now.

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

The latest in the feud between Knicks owner James Dolan and ex-Knick Charles Oakley will be a mediation over telephone, which was ordered by a federal appeals court. 

In a legal document obtained by The Athletic's Daniel Wallach, the call between Dolan and Oakley is set for March 31 at 10 a.m., and both must appear. 

Mediation has been an option in the past to settle this civil suit that began because Oakley was dragged out of Madison Square Garden by security at the order of Dolan back in 2017. That led to Oakley getting banned from The Garden -- the place he called home for most of his playing days. Here are more details on the suit and incident.

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The latest edition of SNY's "Out of Office Replies" has contributor Kazeem Famuyide talking about new Knicks president Leon Rose's biggest challenge, where he sees the Nets going with Kevin Durant working with Kyrie Irving next season, and even some wrestling content...

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Knicks center Mitchell Robinson has a very valid question: Is he the new record holder for highest field-goal percentage in NBA history? 

While the NBA is working hard to figure out how to resume play once it is safe to do, the Knicks still hold a 21-45 record and sit as a 12 seed in the Eastern Conference. Though games were obviously left on their schedule, a revised NBA season could just jump right into playoffs. 

If that's the case, Robinson would have ended his sophomore campaign with a 74.2 field goal percentage after making 253 of his 341 field goal attempts...

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Feb 10, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; A NBA basketball rests on the floor during a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 10, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; A NBA basketball rests on the floor during a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

In a memo sent on Thursday, the NBA has informed teams that they should shutter their facilities due to the coronavirus situation, SNY's Ian Begley confirmed.

Teams had been cautious during workouts with players prior to the ban. Several teams had limited workouts to 20 minutes per player. Some teams didn't want the coach working with the player to touch the ball the player was shooting with, instructing the player to use a shooting machine rather than having the coach rebound. With team facilities now closed, players will have to work out on their own while following the league guidelines around social distancing.

The NBA had recently informed teams that players were allowed to travel out of market, but that the preference of the league was that players remain in the cities they play.

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Knicks rookie RJ Barrett
Knicks rookie RJ Barrett

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If this Knicks season is over, RJ Barrett will finish with averages of 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steal per game.

Those numbers may not put Barrett in the Rookie of the Year conversation, but they've left a strong impression with some NBA evaluators.

"Everyone is going to talk about Ja (Morant) and Zion (Williamson), for obvious reasons," one Western Conference executive said. "But I like RJ a lot. I think he can have a long, successful career in this league if he stays healthy."

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With every pro sports league shut down due to coronavirus concerns, the NBA announced on Wednesday that it will be unlocking all of its League Pass content until April 22. 

With full-length replays and classic games at every basketball fans' disposal, this is a perfect tool to use to hold you over until the league resumes play, which they're working on as we speak

So, until that happens, here are a few League Pass suggestions that Knicks fans in particular might want to relive, starting with this season:

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Feb 16, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a press conference at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)
Feb 16, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a press conference at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday that he's holding out hope that a portion of the NBA season can be salvaged amid the coronavirus crisis.

"We're gonna try by every means we can to play basketball again," Silver said in an interview with ESPN. "But I say that the safety and health of our players is first, and our fans, which is why I don't want to speculate more on that.

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A general view of Madison Square Garden before a Knicks game (Adam Hunger)
A general view of Madison Square Garden before a Knicks game (Adam Hunger)

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The NBA and NBPA defended the testing of their players for Covid-19 amid criticism from New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and others.

"There's nothing irresponsible -- if you've got that information [that you've been exposed] -- about trying to get the tests," NBPA executive director Michele Roberts said in an interview with ESPN on Wednesday. "The problem that more of us can't get the tests -- and I'm not apologetic about saying it -- in my view, that rests at the foot of the federal government. They were responsible for making sure we were protected in that regard, and I think they failed.

"We shouldn't be fighting about this now ... but once this is done and we get through it, and we will, let's figure out who screwed up and fix that."

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The Knicks released a statement on Wednesday night explaining that all of the players on the team are asymptomatic and therefore none have been tested for Covid-19.

The full statement reads: "We have been following the recommendations of local and national health officials and continue to monitor our players closely. As of now, with our players remaining asymptomatic, none of them have been tested for Covid-19. We will remain in close contact with health officials and the NBA."

One week ago, the Knicks played their final game before the NBA season was officially suspended, topping the Atlanta Hakws 136-131 in overtime. That same night, the NBA suspended the season as it was revealed that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.

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Dec 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) advances the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Dec 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) advances the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Less than a week ago, the NBA's regular season was still in full swing.

But now, with the season suspended amidst the coronavirus outbreak that has put the entire sports word on hold, all NBA arenas are silent.

To pass some of the time until basketball returns, many NBA players have turned to social media to either post highlights of themselves, or just share some laughs and show off their creative sides.

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Feb 12, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood (35) reacts as he dunks over Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) during the first half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 12, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood (35) reacts as he dunks over Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) during the first half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Regardless of what happens with the salary cap amid the coronavirus crisis, we know the Knicks are going to have money to spend in free agency. 

While it's way too early to know who they'll target, it's worth noting that some in the Knicks' front office are enamored with Detroit's Christian Wood

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The NBA and NBPA agreed to suspend random player drug testing during the current moratorium to address concerns regarding the proximity of drug testers amid coronavirus fears and the sensitivity of drawing blood, SNY sources confirmed. 

Players are customarily subjected to random drug testing over the course of the year, as part of the collective bargaining agreement. 

Typically, a player will be tested roughly six times over the course of the year. 

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Feb 10, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; A NBA basketball rests on the floor during a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 10, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; A NBA basketball rests on the floor during a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

After a CDC report recommending that no gatherings of 50 or more people take place for the next eight weeks was released on Sunday night, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that a number of NBA owners and executives increasingly believe a best case scenario is a mid-to-late June return to play -- with no fans.

This may not come as such shocking news to some, with Adam Silver saying on TNT's Inside the NBA only just a few days ago, that the season would be suspended for at least 30 days and "of course it's possible" that the season as a whole gets canceled.

A return to basketball in mid-to-late June would mean the NBA Finals wouldn't take place until August -- something the league is already looking into by scouting possible arena dates that late into the year.

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Mar 8, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) and Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood (35) battle during a jump ball during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 8, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) and Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood (35) battle during a jump ball during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks may have more coronavirus concerns than they thought.

Pistons' big man Christian Wood, who played 33 minutes against the Knicks on Sunday, tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Wood went up against the Utah Jazz the day prior. Two members of the Jazz - Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell - tested positive for the virus on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively

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

It seems as though the Knicks are joining the list of pro teams vowing to continue paying hourly employees during the coronavirus outbreak, or at least they're in the process of doing so.

According to Marc Berman of The Post, steps have already been taken to put a plan in place to keep compensating hourly workers who are missing shifts at Madison Square Garden due to the cancellation of the Big East Tournament and the suspended NBA and NHL seasons.

"We've already taken immediate action this week and are working on a longer-term plan,'' a Garden source told The Post.

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Rick Pitino is making his return to college basketball.

Pitino will become the next head coach of the Iona Gaels, the school announced on Saturday.

Former Iona head coach Tim Cluess announced on Friday that he was stepping down from the position after 10 seasons to focus on health concerns, though he is staying with the program in an advisory role.

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Feb 23, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley, left, attends the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Feb 23, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley, left, attends the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Charles Oakley continues to rip the Knicks.

Oakley recently had his lawsuit against Madison Square Garden settled last month, but that's not stopping him from ripping his former team.

The former Knick appeared on the "Knicks Fan TV" podcast on Wednesday and took his time out to say the Knicks should stay away from Jeff Van Gundy and Patrick Ewing in their head coaching search, while also saying the Knicks are "years" away.

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A general view of Madison Square Garden before a Knicks game (Adam Hunger)
A general view of Madison Square Garden before a Knicks game (Adam Hunger)

In response to the coronavirus outbreak that has gripped the world -- with 1,701 known cases and 40 deaths in the United States as of Friday morning -- Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, and the National Basketball Association were among the major sports leagues to suspend/pause operations over the last 48 hours.

Here's how the back pages in New York City reacted on Friday...

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Oct 23, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the press during the 2023 NB All-Star announcement at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports (Chris Nicoll)
Oct 23, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the press during the 2023 NB All-Star announcement at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports (Chris Nicoll)

On Wednesday night, the NBA became the first of the four major American sports league to suspend its season, with the NHL and MLB later following suit.

The announcement shocked the sport world, as the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder were about to tip-off from Oklahoma City when it was revealed that Jazz center Rudy Gobert had tested positive for coronavirus. 

After Wednesday's slate of games (which included two cancellations), the league officially suspended the 2019-20 season, doing what is best for team and fan safety.

On Thursday night, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver joined the Inside the NBA on TNT crew to discuss the timeline of the events that led to the suspended schedule and whether or not there's a possibility that the rest of the season will eventually be cancelled. 

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Feb 8, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) guard Allonzo Trier (14) (Raj Mehta)
Feb 8, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) guard Allonzo Trier (14) (Raj Mehta)

Amid the NBA's announcement that the season has been suspended, SNY's Ian Begley says one source in touch with a Knicks player said the mood among the team is "surprised, worried, but like everyone else, hoping for the best."

Utah Jazz C Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, which led to the NBA's announcement. Because the Knicks played the Jazz last Wednesday night, sources confirmed to Begley that players were under the impression they would be self-quarantined. 

The Knicks are not the only teams to self-quarantine after learning about Gobert's contraction of the virus. According to SI's Chris Mannix, the Raptors -- who were playing in Utah on Monday night -- were all tested for coronavirus. The team has been told to isolate themselves for the next two weeks.

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Maurice Harkless
Maurice Harkless

The 2020 trade deadline was an opportunity for the Knicks to acquire some assets. The Knicks had an attractive trade chip in Marcus Morris and ended up dealing him to the Clippers at the deadline.

The primary focus of the deal was the draft pick compensation that the rebuilding Knicks secured for the free-agent-to-be. An afterthought in the deal was Moe Harkless. An eight-year veteran, Harkless' time with the Knicks since the deal has been a mixed bag.

The Queens-bred Harkless has started the last ten games, but has seen his minutes fluctuate. In the team's most recent back-to-back before the NBA suspended action, Harkless saw just 12 minutes against the Wizards before recording 41 minutes of action in New York's overtime victory against the Hawks.

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Late Wednesday night, Knicks players were under the impression that they'd be self-quarantined because they'd recently played Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz, SNY sources confirmed. 

Gobert reportedly tested positive for the coranavirus just before Wednesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Without naming Gobert, the NBA announced Wednesday night that the season was suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Gobert and the Jazz played against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 4, and the Jazz played Detroit on March 7, a day before the Pistons played the Knicks at MSG. 

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In an unprecedented moment for the NBA, the league announced that it has suspended the 2019-20 season following the conclusion of Wednesday night's games due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The announcement came from the league as the Knicks were in action in Atlanta. The Knicks went on to beat the Hawks 136-131 in overtime, but after the game, all of the talk was about what comes next for the Knicks given the season's uncertain outlook.

"At this point, we're just going to trust what our medical team is telling us and then be very conscious and aware if anybody would happen to have symptoms, and then we know what we do from there," interim head coach Mike Miller told reporters in Atlanta after the game.

"Obviously, I appreciate the diligence, the work that has gone into it. I have completely trusted our medical team and what the NBA is doing, because I know that their first concern is the safety of everybody. It goes way beyond players and coaches. There are so many people that are included in that. So I trust what they're telling us and I continue to just get the information as it comes in and then we'll do as we're instructed to make sure that everybody remains safe."

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The Knicks defeated the Atlanta Hawks 136-131 on Wednesday night in what could be the last game they play in the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus outbreak. >> Box score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks commanded Wednesday night's game from start to nearly the finish, but they let a huge lead crumble in the fourth quarter. Trae Young carried the Hawks with a whopping 27 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Knicks led by as many as 23 points on the night, but the Hawks were able to fight back to send the game into overtime. The Knicks were able to hold on for the win. 

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On Tuesday night, Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina scored a career-high 20 points and added 10 assists in the team's loss the Washington Wizards. 

Ntilikina has had a very up-and-down start to his NBA career, but the flashes of excellence have certainly been there.

Is Ntilikina on the verge of taking a big jump?

The crew from Wednesday's edition of The Thread discussed that very topic …

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

With the NBA reportedly exploring the possibility of games either being played without fans in attendance or even possibly putting the season on hiatus, the Knicks seem to have other ideas.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks are the only NBA team that "wanted to keep status quo until a governmental/public mandate dictated change" with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Wojnarowski reported earlier on Wednesday that the NBA's board of Governors shared a consensus to play games without fans in the arena, and that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is expected to move forward that way in an announcement on Thursday.

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Frank Ntilikina (Geoff Burke)
Frank Ntilikina (Geoff Burke)

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Mike Miller sees a subtle difference lately in Frank Ntilikina's approach: 

"Before, when he had a defender in front of him, he made the pass to Mitchell [Robinson] or Bobby [Portis] or whoever. And now he's seeing open lanes to the basket, and he's going," Miller said Tuesday. 

That change is significant for Ntilikina, who scouts had seen as too passive on offense in his first two seasons. 

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, RJ Barrett, Ian Begley
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Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks have postponed their 50th anniversary celebration of the 1969-70 championship team due to concerns about the coronavirus.

The celebration was scheduled to take place on March 21.

According to SNY's Ian Begley, players from that season's team had concerns about traveling to New York for the weekend due to the outbreak. All of that season's members are over the age of 70, and according to the CDC, the elderly are most vulnerable to the virus.

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Feb 21, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Feb 21, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks have lost nine of their last 12 games after falling to the Washington Wizards 122-115 on Tuesday. >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) Tuesday's game was full of big runs. The Wizards opened up the game on an 18-4 run, with interim head coach Mike Miller calling two timeouts in the game's first four minutes. From then until the end of the first half, the Knicks outscored the Wizards 66-36. The Knicks' largest lead of the night was 18 points, but Bradley Beal's 20 third-quarter points outscored the entire Knicks roster (17). The Wizards outscored the Knicks 64-39 in the final 21:46 of the game.

Tags: Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina
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The Nets moved on from head coach Kenny Atkinson this past weekend in a bit of a surprising move. In a less than shocking thought, the Knicks are a team that needs a new direction. 

With the Knicks' vacant post for a full-time head coach and Atkinson's experiences building a strong foundation for the Nets, could he be a fit to lead New York's other franchise in Madison Square Garden? SNY's Loud Mouths break that idea down. 

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Knicks president Leon Rose (Treated Image by SNY)
Knicks president Leon Rose (Treated Image by SNY)

Leon Rose finally made his long-awaited debut as the Knicks' new president last week, officially joining a select group of former agents who left their positions to join big franchises.

In fact, another New York sports front office member, Brodie Van Wagenen, was in the same boat as Rose less than two years ago.

Van Wagenen, now the GM of the Mets, was an agent running CAA's baseball division. Rose had been doing the same for CAA, just on the basketball side of things.

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

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Over the last few years, Knicks fans have seen owner James Dolan get into public spats with fans, Charles Oakley and -- most recently -- Spike Lee.

When the Houston Rockets were in town earlier this week, former Knick Tyson Chandler shared a story that showed a different side of the controversial owner.

In 2014, Chandler's mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. Chandler said doctors believed she had three-to-six months to live. As you'd imagine, Chandler was stunned when he first learned of the diagnosis.

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Mar 8, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton (6) dribbles the ball against the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 8, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton (6) dribbles the ball against the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Some notes from the Knicks' win over the Pistons...


Kevin Knox had two blocks against Detroit, tangible evidence of what Mike Miller has been talking about for weeks: the young Knick is improving on the defensive end.

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The Knicks got back on track in Sunday's 96-84 win over the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) Julius Randle came to life in the second half, tying for a game-high 22 points with a big chunk coming via the third and fourth quarters. The power forward added a game-high 13 rebounds, going 7 for 15 from the floor and making 2 of 3 three-pointers in 32-plus minutes. 

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Oct 11, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; A general view of the NBA logo on the stanchion prior to the game between the Charlotte Hornets and the Boston Celtics at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Oct 11, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; A general view of the NBA logo on the stanchion prior to the game between the Charlotte Hornets and the Boston Celtics at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

The NBA is reportedly taking precautionary measures to increase teams' preparedness for the spread of coronavirus.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, team doctors and trainers have a conference call set for Monday morning to discuss the next steps.

Meanwhile, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that the league has asked all teams to have guidelines in place by March 10, including an arrangement with an infectious disease specialist, a testing facility, and a plan to limit team and arena staff.

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Mar 28, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Mar 28, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

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With the Nets' mutually parting ways with Kenny Atkinson, does his availability impact the Knicks' coaching search?

Atkinson checks several boxes that are important to some in the Knicks organization when it comes to the next head coach:

He can develop young players. 

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With reports of the Knicks "gathering intel" on Thunder point guard Chris Paul surfacing this week, Paul entered Madison Square Garden with his Oklahoma City teammates for Friday's tip-off with the Knicks.

While walking up the tunnel, Paul was heard speaking about those recent Knicks rumors, saying "They're trying to take some of that attention away from that Spike Lee stuff." 


Mar 6, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) grabs a rebound against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 6, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) grabs a rebound against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks made just four three-pointers in their 126-103 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. > Box Score

Five things to know from Friday's game

1) Chirs Paul led the Thunder with eight points in the first quarter, while former Knick Danilo Gallinari added in seven points as OKC took a 27-20 lead over the Knicks. Elfrid Payton had five points, five rebounds, and four assists for the Knicks, who went 0-for-7 from three as a team in the first quarter.

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Dec 13, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)
Dec 13, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)

The Knicks are headed for another season out of the playoff picture and another year in the lottery. The team has a sizable collection of veterans, however, the franchise's focus should center on their young core of recent draft picks.

The team is in for another massive rebuild, and there is a lot to look at for new president of basketball operations Leon Rose. Though much is made of who the Knicks can pursue in free agency or the draft, the focus right now should be the evaluation of New York's prospects already on the team.

There is talent, but there are major questions. Is Kevin Knox a lost cause? Is Damyean Dotson a keeper? Can you build around RJ Barrett? Here's a look at the Knicks' top prospects based on their value...

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Damyean Dotson, Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, RJ Barrett
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Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell grew up in Westchester County, rooting for the Knicks. Like most Knicks fans, Mitchell was surprised to see Spike Lee on First Take Tuesday morning talking about being 'harrased' by owner James Dolan. 

"I don't know exactly what happened. But I just reacted to what I saw. And from what I saw, that's the way I reacted the way I did," Mitchell said Wednesday after leading the Jazz to a win over the Knicks. 

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It's been an eventful week for the Knicks.

On Monday, Spike Lee had a run-in with Madison Square Garden personnel and ultimately with James Dolan regarding using the wrong entrance.

On Wednesday, a group of fans started a 'sell the team' chant, and while there were conflicting reports about whether or not that group was escorted out of the arena, SNY's Ian Begley spoke with one of those fans to learn exactly what happened.

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