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Melo's thought process 00:04:22
Dan Graca and Jon Hein discuss what was going through Carmelo Anthony's mind as his time with the Knicks came to a close.

 

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 (Amber Searls)
(Amber Searls)

Knicks SG Tim Hardaway Jr. has been through a rebuilding process since he left New York, and now he returns with high expectations. 

The Knicks awarded Hardaway a hefty four-year, $71 million contract. With that deal, Hardaway Jr. is expected to produce on a nightly basis as he reunites with the team that drafted him back in 2013. To get to this point, though, Hardaway Jr. had to rebuild his game, and it started when he was traded to the Hawks in 2015. 

"I wanted to stay," Hardaway told Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "I wanted to improve in the offseason. I wanted to come back a better, stronger, faster player for the Knicks that next season. Just didn't happen. It was a blessing just being able to hae a team out there that wanted me and knew they could develop me into a player they wanted me to become and I wanted to become."

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony, who was traded from the Knicks to the Thunder in late-September, said he doesn't hold a grudge against the Knicks for how things transpired in New York.

Former Knicks president Phil Jackson took subtle and not so subtle shots at Anthony last season, before attempting to trade him at the deadline and again before the Draft this past April.

"When I signed back with the Knicks, I wanted to be in New York and I believed in Phil,'' Anthony told Marc Stein of the NY Times. "Then last year it went to: I was being pushed out. There were things being said about me that I didn't know where they were coming from. And I still had to go in that gym and play and practice and deal with the media, answer all those questions every day."

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Danny Abriano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Knicks' president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry visited Steelers training camp in August to learn about their operations, sources told the New York Post.  

Perry, whose father, Lowell, coached for the Steelers, wanted to bring Mills to Steelers' camp, the source said. Perry was said to be interested in learning about the way the Steelers prepare for drafts and handle their roster, among other things.

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Feb 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Feb 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Kristaps Porzingis admits it will be "weird" playing against Carmelo Anthony on opening night, and not with him.

But the 7-foot-3 unicorn is also anxious to try his hand at defending his former teammate when the Knicks open the 2017-18 season against Anthony and Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

"For sure, it's going to be weird," Porzingis said Tuesday after practice. "But I'm looking forward to that game. It's in OKC, great atmosphere as always. It's going to be a good challenge for us."

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Adam Zagoria
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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger)

Jake Brown | Twitter |

The drama-filled Knicks offseason is finally over and the actual games that count have arrived. A new era begins Thursday, when the Knicks take on an old friend who was an integral part of which direction the team would head in. Before the Knicks face Carmelo Anthony for the first time since 2010, let's take a look at five bold predictions for the 2017-2018 Knicks season...

1. Kristaps Porzingis will average a double-double

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, Frank Ntilikina, Jake Brown
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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina participating in the team's scrimmage at practice on Tuesday, per Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

Ntilikina, who has been out with a knee issue, participated in all portions of practice on Monday except the scrimmage.

"I'm back and I'm real happy and I feel good to be on the court," Ntilikina told Iannazzone after practice.

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Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and guard Jarrett Jack have been ruled inactive for Thursday's season-opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

The 27-year-old Kuzminskas, who averaged 6.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 68 games last season, has been dealing with a sore left calf, while Jack, who is recovering from a torn ACL, and Luke Kornet (left hamstring) have also been ruled out.

New York can update its roster before Thursday. Head coach Jeff Hornacek said he expects rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina to play despite dealing with a knee issue.

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Jarrett Jack, Mindaugas Kuzminskas
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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek yells at the officials during the second half at against the Cleveland Cavaliers Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek yells at the officials during the second half at against the Cleveland Cavaliers Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek admitted in a report from Newsday that the Knicks' defensive principles and concepts were difficult and confusing during his first season on New York's sideline last year.

The report mentioned that players had a tough time grasping the defensive scheme and complained that things needed to be simplified in order to succeed on that end of the floor. New York didn't have a "basic foundation" and changed things up "game to game." 

This season -- the second under Hornacek and the first without Phil Jackson in the front office -- the Knicks will make everything easier while stressing the importance of improvement on defense. The Knicks will have basic principles in order to maximize their efforts.

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 (Brad Mills)
(Brad Mills)

The Knicks announced they have waived three players: PG Trey Burke, SG Xavier Rathan-Mayes, and F Nigel Hayes.

Burke was signed by the Knicks on Oct. 11, and did not appear in a preseason game. The former All-Rookie First-Team selection back in 2013 averaged five points, 1.8 assists, and shot 45.5 percent from the field last season with the Wizards. 

Hayes and Rathan-Mayes were picked up by the Knicks after going undrafted back in June. The 6-foot-8 Hayes appeared in four of the team's five preseason games where he scored nine points in 33 minutes.

Rathan-Mayes appeared in three games scoring only two points in 28 minutes. 

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Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) defends against Washington Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky (31) during the first half. (Noah K. Murray)
Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) defends against Washington Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky (31) during the first half. (Noah K. Murray)

Bradley Beal scored 24 points in his best game of the preseason, helping Washington send the Knicks to a winless exhibition slate as the Wizards won 110-103 Friday at the Garden.

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Mark J. Rebilas)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Mark J. Rebilas)

With Carmelo Anthony in Oklahoma City, Kristaps Porzingis is now the face of the Knicks. And former head coach Jeff Van Gundy said this season will be a "great opportunity" for Porzingis to grow.

"I think the Knicks obviously have declared what they want to do, which is rebuild," Van Gundy said during a conference call, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. "And so much is going to be -- this season is going to be about Porzingis and (Willy) Hernangomez, their development, and Frank (Ntilikina)'s ability to learn the NBA quickly at a difficult position and get him significant minutes to grow."

Van Gundy added that he didn't think Porzingis made the expected jump last season, and that he has a chance to do that in 2017-18.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Jake Brown | Twitter |

The Knicks won't have a huge problem scoring the basketball. It's the other side of the ball that could doom them the entire 2017-18 season. Their defense is bad, and it's difficult to see enough improvement to put them in the winning column more often than not. This team is likely going to give up more than 100 points almost every night.

The Knicks' defense has been worse-than-average in 15 of the last 16 seasons. The only season they were not was the lockout-shortened season in 2011-2012. That was the year Tyson Chandler was the Defensive Player of the Year.

The last time the Knicks defense allowed fewer points per 100 possessions than the league average in a full, 82-game season was in 2000-2001, which was Jeff Van Gundy's last full season as Knicks head coach. The Knicks also ranked last in defensive rebounding percentage last season. They gave up 108 PPG, which was 23rd in the NBA, and they have already given up 113 PPG in their four preseason losses so far...

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Frank Ntilikina, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez, Jake Brown
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New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Knicks are utilizing advanced statistics and analytics more under president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry, and hired someone to work deeper with statistics, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

"I'm not sure we're [utilizing advanced statistics] as much as other teams, but I'm sure we're more than other teams," head coach Jeff Hornacek told Berman. "I heard some organizations, you can develop draft picks and starting lineups just looking at analytics."

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) drives against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) drives against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks could be without Frank NtilikinaKristaps Porzingis, and Joakim Noah in Friday's preseason game against the Wizards.

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis
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Houston Cougars guard Damyean Dotson (21) reacts after making a basket during the first half against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Hofheinz Pavilion. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Cougars guard Damyean Dotson (21) reacts after making a basket during the first half against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Hofheinz Pavilion. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie Damyean Dotson hasn't been with the Knicks for long, but he's drawing some high praise from his teammates. 

Tim Hardaway Jr. compared the 44th overall pick in this year's draft to a defensive stalwart that used to play for the Knicks. 

"Dot, when you see him out there, he's a football player,'' Hardaway said, according to the New York Post. "He guards me every day in practice. He's going to give you his all, every possession, no matter how tired he is. Built strong, athletic, takes nothing from nobody. That's what we love.

"Definitely reminds me of [Iman Shumpert]. They got that grittiness and desire to play defense.''

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) looks to control the ball against the Brooklyn Nets in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) looks to control the ball against the Brooklyn Nets in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis (sore right hip) sat out for Wednesday's practice and still has not committed to an exact return date, he told reporters. 

"Forty percent yes, 60 percent no,'' Porzingis responded when asked if he would return Friday night, according to the New York Post. "[It] depends how I feel [Thursday] with running, shooting. We'll see. I'm lifting my leg up. It's getting better from [Tuesday]."

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 (Nicole Sweet)
(Nicole Sweet)

The Knicks are set to have another bad season as Vegas odds have them as a longshot to win this year's NBA title, per NY Daily News.

Sportsbettingdime.com has the Knicks set at 1000-1 to win the 2018 Finals, which is the largest odds of any team. The Nets are tied with the Knicks as well. 

The Hawks, Magic, and Bulls are next on the list for the worst odds. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina is impressing his new team even when he isn't on the court. 

Ntilikina has only seen one game of NBA action as he continues to nurse a sore right knee. However, that hasn't stopped him from watching the Knicks' on TV. He noticed that the team ran a few plays he didn't know of, so he went to head coach Jeff Hornacek to see what they were. 

Hornacek was thoroughly impressed...

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The Knicks have announced they signed PG Trey Burke. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Burke has played with the Jazz and Wizards over his four year career. He has averaged 10.6 points and 3.6 assists over than span. 

The Michigan product was the ninth overall pick of the 2013 draft to Minnesota before being traded to the Jazz. He was selected to to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in his first season after scoring 12.8 points per game along with 5.7 assists. 

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(Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE)

The Knicks became the latest team to add an advertisement to their uniform, announcing a partnership with Squarespace on Tuesday morning.

The Squarespace logo will begin appearing in games during the Knicks' preseason finale against the Wizards on Friday night.

Click below to see the Knicks' jersey with the new ad

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New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks remained winless in the preseason as they lost to the Houston Rockets 117-95 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


New York, which played without Kristaps PorzingisDoug McDermottFrank NtilikinaMindaugus Kuzminskas and Luke Kornet, also lost Michael Beasley for the fourth quarter due to a bruised left elbow. 

Beasley scored 17 points in 24 minutes, while Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21. Ron Baker scored five points on 2-of-7 shooting in his return from a sprained left ankle.

James Harden led the Rockets with 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, while Clint Capela recorded 19 points and nine rebounds.

Tags: Houston Rockets, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Rockets players expressed their content that former Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony finally got his trade request granted in the offseason even though it wasn't to Houston.

Anthony had previously expressed his desire to only waive his no-trade clause to the Rockets to join James Harden and Chris Paul, however the Knicks told other teams around the league that Houston didn't have assets that appealed to them.

Instead, Anthony added the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder to his list of teams he would accept a trade to, and New York dealt him to Oklahoma City to partner in late September in exchange for Enes KanterDoug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick.

"I sorta felt like he would be traded," Paul said, according to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola. "I actually hoped he would to give him peace of mind so he could be happy. And I think he's happy now."

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and guard Frank Ntilikina are among five players who will miss Monday's preseason game vs. the Houston Rockets.

Porzingis, who did not play the second half of Sunday's game against the Brooklyn Nets, met with team doctors to discuss a sore right hip. Head coach Jeff Hornacek told the New York Post's Marc Berman that Porzingis is having trouble lifting his leg.

"I'm not too concerned," Porzingis told reporters after Sunday's game. "It's just a sore right hip is what the doctor described, and it's nothing to be too concerned about. But tomorrow the doctor is going to look at it and we'll have [a] more clearer [answer]."

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas
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Oct 8, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) looks to control the ball against the Brooklyn Nets in the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Oct 8, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) looks to control the ball against the Brooklyn Nets in the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

Knicks PF Kristaps Porzingis is expected to meet with Knicks' doctors Monday regarding a sore right hip. 

Porzingis felt soreness in his right hip during Sunday's preseason matchup against the Nets where he sat out the entire second half. 

"I didn't feel anything before the game," Porzingis told Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "At halftime, when I cooled down that's when I really felt it."

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New York Knicks guard Ramon Sessions shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Ramon Sessions shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks turned the ball over 24 times and shot just 37.8 percent from the field as they were blown out against the Brooklyn Nets 117-83 on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 points and recorded five turnovers and five fouls, as the Knicks lost their third straight preseason game.

Kristaps Porzingis scored six points on 2-of-6 shooting, while Willy Hernangomez recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Six Nets players scored in double figures, led by D'Angelo Russell's 16 points, as Brooklyn improved to 3-0 in the preseason. Allen Crabbe scored 14 points, while Chris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson both scored 12.

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Kristaps Porzingis, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez
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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:01:29
The Knicks prepare for their season opener on Oct. 19, when they will take on Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

 

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) drives against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) drives against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Joakim Noah won't be able to play in the first 12 games of the regular season, but he's still looking forward to making positives strides when he does return. 

Noah took part in his first preseason game on Friday against the Wizards, collecting two points, five rebound and two assists. Due to his suspension for violating the NBA's substance abuse policy, the forward will not be allowed to play in the regular season until mid-November at the earliest. 

"It's been a long time away from the game," Noah told reporters Friday. "I'm still a work in progress. I'm just excited to get back on the court. I'm dealing with a lot of adversity right now. It's just where the cards fell. It's like being a rookie all over again. I got to prove myself, I got to prove myself every day. It's my challenge. It's the challenge that I put myself in. I just got to keep working every day."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

According to new Knicks GM Scott Perry, the fan base wouldn't mind if this year's squad loses as long as they "fight hard every night."

One New York team (the Jets) has already embraced that mantra, and the Knicks are similar with their own group of young players that need to develop. Perry is convinced that the fans wouldn't mind seeing a losing season if his rebuild looks promising. 

"Fans in general respect teams who compete and fight hard every night," Perry told The Post's Marc Berman. "I think fans will respect that. We'll see where that takes us. Nobody has a crystal ball, what that's going to mean for results this year. Let that play out."

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 (Amber Searls)
(Amber Searls)

 

Enes Kanter and Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks offense as they dropped their second preseason game to the Wizards, 104-100. >>Read More

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 (Mark D. Smith)
(Mark D. Smith)

Current Thunder and former Knicks SF Carmelo Anthony has quickly found a niche with his new team in Oklahoma City. 

Anthony and the Knicks struggled this offseason to reach an agreement as to where the veteran All-Star would land this season. After the Knicks asked Melo for a few more options after talks with the Rockets settled, a deal with the Thunder was made in an instant. 

At the end of the day, Anthony was looking for a playoff contender and found one with the Thunder.

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks center Joakim Noah will make his preseason deubt Friday when New York faces the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena, head coach Jeff Hornacek said.

Noah, who has 12 games remaining on his suspension from violating the league's substance abuse policy, is eligible to make is regular-season debut Nov. 13 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Entering the second year of a four-year, $72 million deal, Noah has been medically cleared after undergoing shoulder surgery in April, but did not suit up for the team's preseason opener on Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets.

The 32-year-old Noah averaged five points and 8.8 rebounds in 46 games last season.

Tags: Joakim Noah, Washington Wizards
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Mar 24, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes (10) drives to the basket against Florida Gators forward Justin Leon (23) during the second half in the semifinals of the East Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Mar 24, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes (10) drives to the basket against Florida Gators forward Justin Leon (23) during the second half in the semifinals of the East Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Knicks small forward Nigel Hayes knows he drew attention when he called New York "too big" and "dirty," and now he wants the fans to do their best to help change his mind.

 

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Kristaps Porzingis will likely play power forward more often than center thie season, head coach Jeff Hornacek explained on Thursday.

"With the roster we have, we have a lot of bigs at that position at the five, so it's natural for him to play the four. If we want, at times, maybe (playing Porzingis at center is) a weapon we can go to against some teams," Hornacek said, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. "It's probably different if we had only other center then maybe he gets more minutes there. If you look at our roster he's not going to get a ton of time there but it's an option we can go to."

Jake Brown | Twitter | While Porzingis is the tallest player on the Knicks, he should not be playing center. He has a unique game that doesn't make him a center -- he's a power forward and always will be. It's the same with Dirk Nowitzki...

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

Knicks rookie PG Frank Ntilikina (contused right knee) is out for Friday night's preseason game against the Wizards.

According to The Record's Steve Popper, head coach Jeff Hornacek said Ntilikina will likely be out for Saturday's matchup against the Nets as well. 

Head coach Jeff Hornacek said Ntilikina banged knees with Enes Kanter, and said this knee issue is unrelated to the one Ntilikina dealt with during the summer.

Ntilikina, who has also been dealing with a groin issue, played in the Knicks' preseason opener against the Nets on Tuesday.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite many teams in the NFL and NBA expressing their willingness to sit or take a knee during the national anthem, the Knicks decided they would all stand in unity during Tuesday's preseason opener. 

However, Enes Kanter said he would have done the opposite if he had been given the opportunity. Kanter, who is originally from Turkey, had his passport revoked this spring and was nearly arrested by Turkish police after the government claimed he was part of a terrorist organization. His father was arrested this summer for criticizing the Turkish president. 

"If they would've left it up to me, yes, I would've taken a knee," Kanter said. "But as a team, we decided not to take a knee. The most important thing in America is equality and justice. If you don't see these two things in America, I feel really bad, I feel really sad inside."

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New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and forward Kristaps Porzingis react after scoring a basket against the Detroit Pistons during first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray-USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and forward Kristaps Porzingis react after scoring a basket against the Detroit Pistons during first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray-USA Today Sports Images)

Voting on various categories in the NBA.com GM Survey, decision makers voted that Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis has a good chance for a breakout season. 

Fourteen percent of GMs voted that Porzingis is likely to make a big leap this season, which was second on the list behind Karl-Anthony Towns of the Timberwolves. Seven percent of GMs also said Porzingis is the best international player in the entire league. In his sophomore season, Porzingis tallied 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. 

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Pittsburgh Panthers forward Jamel Artis (1) advances the ball during the first half against the Virginia Cavaliers during the ACC Conference Tournament at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Pittsburgh Panthers forward Jamel Artis (1) advances the ball during the first half against the Virginia Cavaliers during the ACC Conference Tournament at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks have waived forward Jamel Artis, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.

Artis, who signed as an undrafted free agent this summer after playing with the University of Pittsburgh, tallied five points in 11 minutes during one preseason game with the Knicks. He also was on New York's Summer League team this year. 

However, according to Ian Begley of ESPN, Artis might not be completely leaving the organization due to a clause in his contract with the club. 

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Are Knicks hopeful or helpless? 00:01:22
Jon and Marc debate whether the Knicks are hopeful or helpless in light of all the recent roster moves and the direction of the team.

The Knicks have been put in bad light on New York City subways due to an ad campaign from FS1.

Ads depicting the "hopeless" Knicks have been seen on the shuttle from Times Square to Grand Central. It shows Tim Hardaway Jr. and Joakim Noah on the outside of the train while the seats inside ask riders to, "Sit here if you blame Phil," "Sit here if you blame Melo," and "Sit here if you blame Dolan." Knicks owner James Dolan was reportedly "furious" about the ads, reports Adam Zagoria

However, FS1 re-evaluated the advertisement and decided to pull it off of the shuttle, the network said in a statement Tuesday night.

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Oct 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

D'Angelo Russell scored 19 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 115-107 win in the preseason opener on Tuesday night. >>Read more. . .


 

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Brooklyn Nets' Brook Lopez, left, is defended by New York Knicks' Joakim Noah during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)
Brooklyn Nets' Brook Lopez, left, is defended by New York Knicks' Joakim Noah during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)

Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina will play in the team's preseason game against the Nets on Tuesday night, the team announced.

Coach Jeff Hornacek said Joakim Noah, Ron Baker, Luke Kornet, and Mindaugas Kuzminskas will not suit up.

Ntilikina will make his NBA preseason debut after being drafted eighth overall in the first round of the draft in June. The 18-year-old was the MVP of the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship last year.

Noah, who was plagued by injuries and a suspension in his first season with the Knicks, is eligible to play during the preseason and has been practicing with the team. He has 11 games remaining on his suspension.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Jake Brown | Twitter | The preseason opener is tonight, with the Knicks' first test coming against the Brooklyn Nets. The results of the games obviously don't matter, but playing their crosstown rival should give them a little extra motivation. Head coach Jeff Hornacek has a brand new roster with a whole new outlook now that Carmelo Anthony is gone. He's got a lot of tough decisions to make and that all begins tonight. Let's take a look at what we should watch for.

How will point guard work out?

There is a decent chance Frank Ntilikina won't play tonight due to a sore groin. If he still has the groin issue, there's no point in the Knicks throwing him out there in a meaningless game. What this does mean, though, is that there is going to be a small chance that the rookie starts the season opener against Melo and the Thunder in Oklahoma City...

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(Bob Donnan)

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is scrapping the East vs. West format for its All-Star Game and will have captains pick teams this season.

The league said Tuesday that the leading vote-getter from each conference will choose teams from the pool of players who were voted as starters and reserves.

The change will begin with this season's game in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.

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Feb 27, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Michael Beasley (9) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Feb 27, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Michael Beasley (9) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Knicks SF Michael Beasley believes that his talent is at the same caliber as LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

Beasley has averaged only 12.6 points and 23.5 minutes in his nine-year career, but he is convinced he can size up anyone in the world let alone James and Durant. 

"[It's] mostly perception. As far as talent-wise, I match up with Kevin [Durant], LeBron, I match up with the best guys in the world," Beasley told Bleacher Report. "I'm not being cocky; it's just always how I felt. But I got into trouble as soon as I got into the NBA, and it left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths." 

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Knicks C Joakim Noah spoke on Monday about the issue of gun violence, the morning after the deadliest mass shooting in United States history took place at a country music festival on the Las Vegas strip.

"It's very sad and condolences to everybody who is affected," Noah said, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. "It's a tragedy. Just the wrong people with their hands on automatic weapons."

"When you start talking about gun violence, you're just a liberal idiot, you know? It is an issue," Noah said. "There's nothing wrong with being critical about your country. Especially when you love your country, this country's done so much for me. I love this country a lot but there's nothing wrong with being aware and understanding that there's definitely some issues."

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Frank Ntilikina and Jeff Hornacek speak to the media following reports that Ntilikina was held out of practice Monday with a sore groin.

Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina may miss the team's preseason opener due to soreness in his left groin, per Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

Ntilikina was pulled from practice on Monday for "precautionary" measures after feeling the groin problem. The Knicks will re-evavluate their first-round draft pick on Tuesday. 

The 19-year-old wants to see his first NBA action against the Nets at the Garden on Tuesday, but he is more concerned about being healthy for the Knicks' season opener. 

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Knicks big man Joakim Noah speaks to the media and sets his expectations as he comes off a disappointing campaign last season.

 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis is feeling better after bruising his knee in practice Thursday, but he and the Knicks will take a safe approach as he looks to get back to 100 percent. 

Porzingis hurt his knee during the end of Thursday's practice and was eventually removed from the workout.

"Just bumped knees and just to be cautious, they pulled me out the last 15 minutes of the practice," Porzingis told reporters, according to Newsday. "But today, I felt good. It's already getting better. Just a bruised knee."

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New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and forward Kristaps Porzingis react after scoring a basket against the Detroit Pistons during first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray-USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and forward Kristaps Porzingis react after scoring a basket against the Detroit Pistons during first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray-USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis is focused on training camp and did not want to comment on the status of his agency ASM Sports. 

"Honestly I'm not informed enough to talk about (that),'' Porzingis said Friday to The Post. "I'm not sure what's going on, really. I'm in a similar situation right now -- I want to focus on training camp right here. However that comes out, we'll go from there.''

The offices of ASM Sports were raided earlier this week, as former agent Christian Dawkins was named in FBI documents in relation to an ongoing NCAA corruption scandal.

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