As 2019 comes to a close, we're reminiscing about the sports moments that affected New York over the past 10 years. So we decided to rank them.

Here are the Top 10 sports moments of this decade...


10) No-Han: Johan Santana throws first no-hitter in Mets history

By: Danny Abriano

When the Mets traded for Johan Santana before the 2008 season, he was supposed to be the missing piece they needed that would help them turn the promise of 2006 and collapse of 2007 into a World Series title in 2008.

While the above didn't happen, Santana's no-no in June of 2012 -- with Gary Cohen punctuating it by exclaiming "It has happened!" -- is one of the most memorable moments in Mets history. And it was fitting that it was Santana who did it after he missed the entire 2011 season due to injury and fought back.

With pitching royalty such as Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, and Pedro Martinez having donned the orange and blue, it was insane that no Met had thrown a no-hitter until Santana pulled it off. But as anyone who lives and breathes baseball knows, it takes a little luck for it to happen.

I'd like to also take this time to debunk a false narrative. The no-hitter (and 134 pitches it took to get it) did not derail Santana's career. He was just fine in his starts following that gem until suffering an ankle injury that ended his season.

 

9) The Decision: LeBron James chooses Heat over Knicks

By: Alex Smith

"I'm gonna take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat."

With the sports world watching, LeBron James announced his decision to leave his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers and join Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Heat.

Like most of the items on this list, it's one of those times that you remember exactly where you were when LeBron ended his first run with the Cavs, the team that had selected him first overall, directly out of high school.

There were plenty of teams interested, with the Bulls, Clippers, and Nets among the possibilities, but many Knicks fans were convinced that LeBron would head for the bright lights of Broadway and become the megastar they needed to return to NBA glory.

Instead, James went to Miami, won two championships, came back to Cleveland and won another, and is now hoping to do the same with the Lakers that he could have done with the Knicks in the early 2010s -- win a title and bring one of the NBA's most notable franchises back to the top of the heap.

Meanwhile, since 2010, the Knicks have made the playoffs just three times (none since 2013), and have won just one playoff series. Oh, what could have been.

8) A-Roid: Alex Rodriguez suspended for 2014 season for PED use

By: Scott Thompson

The Biogenesis scandal. If you've paid attention to baseball even a little, you know exactly why this moment has to be on our list. 

Alex Rodriguez became the face of this dark moment in MLB history, as he was handed a 211-game ban -- the largest ever given out to a player -- for using performance-enhancing drugs under the administration of the clinic's founder in Anthony Bosch. Rodriguez wasn't the only player to be suspended -- Brewers MVP OF Ryan Braun was among the 13 players -- but his suspension was by far the biggest. Braun also received 65 games while the others got docked 50 games. 

Rodriguez would appeal the ruling, but to no avail. In turn, he missed the entire 2014 season, and his MLB legacy would be tarnished forever. That "A-Roid" nickname followed him until he officially called it quits in 2016 at age 40.

A-Rod has since cleaned up his public image, and has been doing well as a broadcaster in his post-playing days.

7) Hello, Melo: Knicks land Carmelo Anthony in blockbuster trade

By: Scott Thompson

Carmelo Anthony, already a three-time All-Star and recognized as one of the best scorers in the game, was on the trade block with the Nuggets during the 2010-11 NBA season. Many teams were interested in landing Melo, but the Knicks were at the top of the pack. 

Then, they gave Denver an offer it couldn't refuse. 

The package went like this: Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman for Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round pick among other cash and draft pick considerations. 

New York thought this was the turning point for the franchise that hadn't won an NBA title since 1973. Anthony was the man they needed leading the charge. 

However, the Knicks dysfunction continued to run its course, and they only were able to win one NBA playoff series during his time in New York. Through seven seasons, Anthony would average 24.7 points, seven rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 44.3 percent from the field in 412 career games. His time in the Big Apple would eventually end in more dysfunction with Phil Jackson finally granting his wish of a trade, which sent him to the Thunder during the 2017-18 season. 

6) Butt Ugly: Mark Sanchez' gaffe headlines awful loss to Patriots on Thanksgiving

By: Alex Smith

The third NFL game on Thanksgiving might be an afterthought for some, as most people end up napping through most of it in a post-dinner food coma. But in 2012, the Jets hosted the Patriots at MetLife Stadium in primetime, and gave the world perhaps the most disastrous play in the history of the NFL.

Already trailing the Pats 14-0 with about nine minutes to go in the second quarter, the Jets lined up in an I-formation. Mark Sanchez dropped back and looked to hand the ball off, but both backs had already sprinted out in different directions. It was a broken play, so Sanchez tried to make the most of it, sprinting back toward the line of scrimmage.

Well... you know the rest.

Sanchez ran directly into the rear end of offensive lineman Brandon Moore, the ball came loose, and Patriots safety Steve Gregory picked it up and ran it back for a touchdown.

The Patriots went on to destroy the Jets 49-19 that night, and while the game eventually came to an end, the Butt Fumble will endure forever.

5) Linsanity! Jeremy Lin's incredible play spurs Knicks

By: Alex Smith

As the only non-New York area native among this trio of writers, I saw many of these moments from afar.

But I happened to be a spry college junior in the Bronx when a sweeping case of Linsanity hit New York. It felt like it was basically overnight that the name Jeremy Lin went from meaning nothing to meaning everything in the New York sports world. 

Lin was signed by the Knicks in late December 2011, but he didn't suit up for the majority of his first 21 games with the team. He got a brief six-minute run against the Celtics on Feb. 3, but Linsanity truly began on Feb. 4, when the Knicks hosted the Nets. Lin checked in midway through the second quarter and instantly started lighting up the scoreboard and electrifying the MSG crowd. He finished the night with 25 points and seven assists in 35 minutes.

That began a 10-game span in which Lin scored at least 20 points nine times. Inserted into the starting lineup, Lin led the Knicks to seven straight wins, including a seven-point victory over Kobe Bryant and the Lakers at the Garden, a game in which Lin dropped 38 points to go along with seven assists. In Lin's 12 starts prior to that year's All-Star Game, the Harvard grad averaged 22.5 and 8.7 assists per game, leading the Knicks to nine wins during the stretch.

But Linsanity eventually fizzled out, which reportedly had a lot to do with Carmelo Anthony returning from injury and wanting the offense to run through him. Though many thought the Knicks would bring Lin back at the end of the year, the Houston Rockets offered him a three-year contract worth $25 million, which the Knicks declined to match, ending Lin's run in the Big Apple.

4) The Catch: Odell Beckham Jr.'s propels him to national stage

By: Scott Thompson

This was one of those moments when you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when it happened. For me, it was waiting tables at my local pizza spot, and a catastrophe almost went down because I was so in awe of what I witnessed on the big screen in the dining room. 

In 2014 while I was carrying two pizzas, I witnessed Eli Manning launch a ball down the right sideline to Beckham with Cowboys DB Brandon Carr draped all over him. The jersey pull from Carr throws Beckham off balance, but he still has the ball in his sights. 

He, then, proceeds to reach behind his head and haul in the football with what instant replay revealed to be just three fingers and fall into the end zone for a touchdown. Like...what? 

That was my exact reaction, and in that moment, forgot I was holding the two pizzas and almost dropped them. So forget a jaw-dropping catch. If you remember where you were when Beckham vaulted himself into superstardom with the greatest catch Cris Collinsworth, Al Michaels, and the rest of the world had ever seen, you probably dropped whatever you were holding, too. 

3) Captain 3,000: Derek Jeter records his 3,000th career hit in style

By: Scott Thompson

Jeter has always had a flare for the dramatic, and you just had that gut feeling that his 3,000th career hit wasn't going to be a dribbler down the third base line that he beats out to first. 

No, this career moment was one that fit Jeter's Hall of Fame career. 

After collecting hit No. 2,999 on a single in the first inning off Rays LHP David Price during their July bout at Yankee Stadium in 2011, the big lefty hung a slider over the middle of the plate in Jeter's next at-bat and he put a fine swing on it. When Jeter tossed the bat toward the Yankee dugout and stared it down, you knew it was going out.

The camera turned and the ball continued to travel, eventually finding its way into a flower bed. The crowd went wild as Jeter rounded the bases, with Rays players tipping their cap to The Captain. Jeter was met at home plate by Jorge Posada, who embraced him with a big hug. The rest of the team followed, and Jeter paid respects to the crowd, still on its feet cheering with a memorable curtain call. 

Jeter would go on to collect three more hits, going 5-for-5 with the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the eighth that afternoon as well. Have a day, Jeet.

2) Amazin': Mets sweep Cubs to advance to 2015 World Series

By: Danny Abriano

Before the Mets dealt for Yoenis Cespedes at the 2015 trade deadline, they were plodding along. After they got him, they caught fire. And that they didn't ride that wave -- including Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard at the height of their powers -- all the way to a World Series title was both painful and surprising.

But the happy stuff first.

Cespedes and the Mets took down the Nationals to win the NL East, including a late-season sweep in Washington, D.C. to cement things. They took the Dodgers out in the NLDS in five games after Chase Utley's illegal "slide" led to Los Angeles stealing Game 2. In the NLCS, Daniel Murphy and the Mets' pitching staff ensured the Cubs had no chance as they were swept. And then came the World Series.

The Mets should've had Game 1 in Kansas City, but let it slip away. They should've had Games 4 and 5 at Citi Field and let those slip away, too. Amidst the bitterness of defeat, though, was David Wright's home run in Game 3 at Citi Field -- a moment when the new place sounded like the old place. That the 2015 season didn't end with a third World Series title in Queens will always hurt, but what a ride it was. 

1) Super Again! Giants upset the Patriots once more in Super Bowl XLVI

By: Scott Thompson

The road to Super Bowl XLVI was a tough one for the Giants, but they are no strangers to needing to win games on the road after their miraculous Super Bowl XLII run that ended in a win over the Patriots. 

New York won the NFC East at 9-7, and began its journey with the Falcons in the Wild Card Game at home. That was an easy 24-2 victory, but the challenges would unfold with the Packers on the schedule next.

It was a frozen tundra in Green Bay, but the Giants had a statement 37-20 win in the end. The last step in the NFC was against the 49ers in San Francisco. An overtime muffed punt by Niners return man Kyle Williams set the Giants up for Lawrence Tynes to punch his team's ticket to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

And, of course, the Patriots would be waiting for them there, seeking revenge for the Giants ruining their perfect season the last time they saw each other in the championship game. 

It was the Giants striking the first blow, with Tom Brady having a brain fart and throwing the ball to No Man's Land while he was in the end zone. It was ruled intentional grounding thus giving the Giants two points on a safety. Victor Cruz would then make it 9-0 after his touchdown grab, but Brady would charge down the field at the end of the first half in a 9-3 game and give his team the lead with a touchdown. 

Fast forward now to the fourth quarter: the Pats are up 17-15 and the Giants are deep in their own zone with less than four minutes to go. The play of the game ensued when Eli Manning launched a ball down the left sideline into a sliver of daylight for Mario Manningham to catch it and keep two feet in. A few plays later Ahmad Bradshaw would literally sit in the end zone to give the Giants at 21-17 lead. 

Still, Brady had some time to work with before the game ended, but the Pats needed a touchdown for the victory. Brady would get his offense down the field enough for a final Hail Mary, but Rob Gronkowski couldn't haul in the deflection and the Giants stunned New England once again on the biggest stage in football. 

Manning is also your Super Bowl MVP once again after showing his late-game leadership. As we come to the end of this decade, it's also the end of an era for Manning moments like this. 

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Dec 1, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports (Harrison Barden)
Dec 1, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports (Harrison Barden)

As candidates for the Knicks head coaching job continue to spring about, Tom Thibodeau's name has now been entered into the conversation, per The Post's Marc Berman.

And he's reportedly very interested in the position.

"He really wants the Knick job, he can taste it and he may even be in the lead," a Thibodeau confidant told The Post.

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Jan 18, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright celebrates with forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (24) after the game at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Ross)
Jan 18, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright celebrates with forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (24) after the game at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Ross)

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We're still a couple of months away from the Knicks earnestly engaging in a coaching search. So it's a bit too early to say who is -- and isn't -- a significant candidate for the job.

But if the Knicks want to make another run at Villanova head coach Jay Wright this offseason, they'll need to make an extremely strong pitch to lure him out of Philadelphia.

An NCAA source said Tuesday that Wright would need to be "overwhelmed by the opportunity" to even consider leaving Villanova for another job. This echoes a report from The Athletic's Dana O'Neil, who noted Monday, "source told me Jay Wright is not going anywhere. Not to the Knicks. Not to the Sixers. Not to Oz. His house is for sale. He's not."

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There is a "strong possibility" that Villanova head coach Jay Wright could head up I-95 to be the next head coach of the Knicks, according to a report from Forbes' Adam Zagoria.

This wouldn't the first time the Knicks made a run at Wright. After firing Jeff Hornacek in 2018, the team reached out to Wright's agent to express their interest, but the 58-year-old politely turned them down. 

"It's not that you're not interested, I just don't want to leave," Wright told The Post at the time. "It's the Knicks. You love the Garden, you love New York City, you love the Knicks. I just know I don't want to leave Villanova."

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The Knicks have two first-round picks at the upcoming NBA draft, with an additional second-round selection from the Hornets as well. 

Of those picks, their own first-round lottery pick will be the highest selection and a report from the New York Post says that pick could very likely be a scoring point guard. 

Per the report, the Knicks' scouting staff has been instructed to make scouting scoring point guards their top scouting job between now and the 2020 NBA Draft. Beyond that, a scoring shoot guard reportedly follows suit in terms of priorities handed to Knicks scouts. 

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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)

Quentin Richardson, who played 241 games for the Knicks from 2005 to 2009 and one game for the team in 2012-13 before calling it a career, talked about why he believes most players don't want to play for the Knicks.

"The new generation, they want to just have their money and enjoy being in the NBA and have fun," Richardson said during an appearance on CBS Sports Radio. "And at times, in New York, it could be the reverse of that. If you're making a lot of money and you're not playing up to whatever their standards, they think they can boo you, they can make it tough for you. And I've seen teammates and different people not want to go out to eat, not want to enjoy the city or enjoy your down time because they're worried about fans talking smack or looking at 'em crazed and all that.

"You have to have a thick skin to be able to deal with that. For me, I was from Chicago, so it never really mattered to me what anybody said. I legit witnessed seeing how it goes. If you're not built for it, you're not built for it."

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RJ Barrett scored a game-high 27 points in Friday's NBA Rising Stars Challenge, and said after the game he wasn't holding back just because it was an exhibition.

"I guess it's an All-Star game but I really only know how to play one way," Barrett said. "But it was a lot of fun. I didn't press too much. I just went out there and had fun. I took some opportunities when I could and tried to make some nice passes, too."

Barrett was all over the floor, adding six rebounds, five assists and three steals 'to go along with his 27 points. Though defense wasn't exactly a focal point in the 151-131 Team USA victory, Barrett wasn't going to allow his college teammate at Duke, Zion Williamson, to upstage him.

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Feb 11, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Feb 11, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Knicks have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. We'll take a look at how some of those former Knicks are performing with their new teams as the 2019-20 NBA season is underway...


Marcus Morris, Los Angeles Clippers

The Knicks' leading scorer when he was traded, Morris will take on more of a secondary role on a Clippers team featuring both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George (though George left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury). Morris played his first three games with the Clippers this week and averaged 11.0 and 5.7 rebounds. 

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Knicks rookie RJ Barrett made his NBA All-Star Weekend debut as a member of Team World during the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.

Barrett led all scorers with 27 points, despite Team World losing the game 151-131 to Team USA.

He finished the game shooting 11-for-17 from the field, and added in six rebounds, five assists, and three steals in 24 minutes of action.

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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)

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Leon Rose's Knicks presidency is still on track to start within the next few weeks. Rose, a player agent, is believed to be finishing up remaining obligations with CAA. Once that is completed, he'll officially take over as New York's top basketball executive.

Since we're still days - weeks? - away from Rose starting, it's too early to concretely state which coaches or executives will be joining Rose's Knicks.

But one name that several opposing execs expect to get consideration is Rich Cho.

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Feb 8, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Feb 8, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

On Friday morning ahead of the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago, Knicks rookie RJ Barrett was asked who deserves to be Rookie of the Year at the end of the season.

"A lot of people deserve [Rookie of the Year], a lot of people work hard for it," Barrett said. "I don't know. It's kind of hard not to vote for myself."

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant is currently the favorite to win, while Barrett's college teammate Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn are in the running as well.

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Jan 7, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Deandre Jordan (6) reacts in the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Jan 7, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Deandre Jordan (6) reacts in the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

DeAndre Jordan's tenure with the Knicks was short-lived, as the big man played only 19 games with the team during the 2018-19 season after being acquired in the Kristaps Porzingis trade with the Dallas Mavericks.

Jordan elected to sign with the Brooklyn Nets over the summer, joining stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant

On Thursday, Jordan joined CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco's R2C2 podcast and discussed everything from signing with the Nets to the commute players have to take to get to the Knicks' practice facility.

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Jan 2, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Jan 2, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

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Before we get to Taj Gibson's thoughts on Tom Thibodeau, let's start here: Gibson is a huge fan of Mike Miller. Gibson believes the Knicks interim head coach is thriving under difficult circumstances.

"Coach Mike, being thrown in there, you've got to give him his due (respect) because coming into a situation like this and wheeling and dealing with a bunch of young guys, he's been phenomenal," Gibson said late Wednesday night.

So when Gibson was asked about Thibodeau, he wanted to make sure to credit Miller first. In doing so, he wanted to make it clear that he wasn't suggesting that Miller didn't deserve consideration for the Knicks head coaching job for next season.

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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)

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NBA agent Todd Ramasar has been through plenty of trade deadlines. The founder and CEO of Life Sports Media and Entertainment, Ramasar represented his first player (Baron Davis) when he was 23.

Now 40, Ramasar has five NBA clients and 36 overseas, including Toronto's Pascal Siakam and Washington's Thomas Bryant

Below, Ramasar discusses life as an agent during trade season (the conversation, which took place two days before last Thursday's deadline, has been edited):

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All season long for the Knicks, there have been questions about the team's focus on developing young players versus playing more of their veteran signings to try to win games.

Those questions seemed to reach a fever pitch once the team fired head coach David Fizdale and later parted ways with team president Steve Mills.

On Wednesday night, the Knicks dropped their second straight game, falling to 17-38 on the year, and interim head coach Mike Miller was once again asked about the team's development of the roster's young players.

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Jan 18, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Jeff Van Gundy before a game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Jan 18, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Jeff Van Gundy before a game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

While the Knicks look for a new head coach after Dec. 6's firing of David Fizdale, interim head coach Mike Miller could be an option. And the way Jeff Van Gundy sees the situation, the Knicks should provide Miller with a fair shot to earn the permanent job.

Appearing on SiriusXM NBA Radio with Frank Isola and Mitch Lawrence, Van Gundy sounded off, endorsing Miller as a candidate for the gig -- one he might be in the mix for himself. Sources told SNY's Ian Begley that the way Miller has handled things on and off the court since taking over for Fizdale in the acting role has impressed people within the organization.

Although the Knicks could pursue Van Gundy, who Begley reported in April 2018 was open to discussing the job with New York before Fizdale ultimately landed the gig, he shared what was on his mind Wednesday by lobbying for Miller. Van Gundy's comments came after Knicks branding consultant Steve Stoute indicated on ESPN's First Take that the organization would "bring a new coach" in.

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Feb 12, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle (30) controls the ball against Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28) during the second 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 power forward Julius Randle (30) controls the ball against Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi (28) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks were outscored by 22 points in the second half on Wednesday, falling to the Wizards 114-96. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks and Wizards went back and forth in the first half of action from the Garden, with neither team jumping out to a big lead. But the story for the first 24 minutes was the Knicks defense, as they held the Wizards, who had scored 110+ points in nine of their last 10 games, to just 46 first-half points. The Knicks led by four points at the break.

In the third quarter, the Knicks led by as many as six points, but the Wizards fought back to lead by as many seven, taking a 77-73 lead into the fourth. In the final quarter, the Knicks stumbled, playing sloppy basketball and turning not executing on offense. As a result, the Wizards jumped out to a 14-point lead with less than five minutes to play.

Overall, the Knicks were just 3-for-23 from the three-point arc, while turning the ball over 20 times.

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Prior to Wednesday's tip-off with the Washington Wizards, Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller addressed the recent remarks made by branding consultant Steve Stoute on ESPN's First Take.

During his appearance, Stout spoke about change coming to the Knicks in the near future, hinting at a coaching overhaul

When asked about Stoute's comments, Miller said that while he was aware of them, his focus remains zeroed in to what the Knicks are doing on the court.

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Rich Kleiman, Kevin Durant's manager and business partner with Thirty Five Ventures, was among a group of guests at the Museum of the City of New York Tuesday to honor NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Before checking out the new New York City basketball exhibition at the museum, Kleiman took a few minutes to speak with SNY about Durant, the Nets, Leon Rose, his name being linked to the Knicks presidency, Steve Stoute and his Stephon Marbury documentary.

'The Q&A has been lightly edited for length. Abdul-Jabbar received the museum's Gotham Icon Award at the event.

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Knicks consultant Steve Stoute said on Tuesday that he'd "love" owner James Dolan and ex-Knick Charles Oakley to reconcile, and for Oakley to return to Madison Square Garden. 

"Listen, I would love to see that thing. As a New York fan, as a friend of Charles Oakley, as somebody a part of the Knicks organization, of course I would love to see that subsided and bring that back," Stoute said on ESPN's First Take on Tuesday. "Charles Oakley is a very big part of New York. He's a fabric of what the New York Knicks have stood for for many years -- that toughness, resourcefulness, by-any-means-necessary attitude."

Stoute and his company, Translation, were hired to help redefine the team's brand and their ties to the fan base. He has been influential with Dolan since being hired. Stoute, who admittedly overstepped his bounds when talking about the Knicks coaching situation on Tuesday, said he's known Oakley for years. 

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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)

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A few notes on the Knicks' coaching situation: before Steve Mills was removed as team president, there was support within the organization to keep Mike Miller in the fold -- even if New York hired a new head coach for next season. 

In the wake of Mills' reassignment, some prominent people at Madison Square Garden remain in support of giving Miller a role within the organization regardless of what happens with the coaching search this offseason, per SNY sources. 

Entering Friday's game against Washington, the Knicks are 13-19 under Miller. The interim head coach has also been forced into the role of team spokesman under some difficult circumstances, including the firing of David Fizdale and Mills. (No members of the Knicks front office have been made available to answer questions about either situation).

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CAA's Leon Rose (Yeshiva University YouTube)
CAA's Leon Rose (Yeshiva University YouTube)

Despite some exploratory discussion of bringing William "World Wide Wes" Wesley into the front office alongside NBA agent Leon Rose, sources have told Shams Charania of the Athletic that the idea is no longer expected to come to fruition.

Wesley, who has had a longstanding partnership with Rose over the years, has also been involved in multiple ventures that worked closely with the league.

However, Wesley's many ventures would make it difficult for him to take on a formal title with the Knicks, despite the team "surely" having a position within their front office available for him should he want one, according to Charania.

A source told SNY's Ian Begley that Wesley's decision was unrelated to anything regarding Steve Stoute and First Take. A role for Wesley was discussed internally, a source confirmed to Begley. Meanwhile, a lack of a formal role doesn't preclude Wesley from advising/assisting Rose in his role as Knicks president. 

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With everything the Knicks have gone through in the past few months, from missing out on the superstar free agents in the summer, to David Fizdale's dismissal, to Scott Perry's ousting as team president, somehow the playoffs aren't completely out of the picture just yet.

Thanks in part to the Knicks' recent four-game winning streak - one that came to a heartbreaking end on Sunday in Atlanta - New York is just six games back of the Orlando Magic for the eighth seed in the East.

The bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture may not be anything to write home about, and the Knicks are still 20 games under .500, but they've already equaled last season's win total, and interim head coach Mike Miller believes they're heading in the right direction.

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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)

In a Forbes report Tuesday, research showed that NBA franchise values are up 14 percent from last season, with an average team coming in at being worth $2.12 billion -- back in 2011, not one team was worth $1 billion.

And somewhat surprisingly -- but then again, not so surprisingly -- at the top of this list are the New York Knicks, who have been valued at $4.6 billion, just one of three teams (the Los Angeles Lakers ($4.4 billion) and Golden State Warriors ($4.3 billion)) to be worth over $4 billion.

Despite seven consecutive losing seasons and no single superstar on their roster, the Knicks still remain at the top of the list almost entirely because of New York City and Madison Square Garden. In the last year, the Knicks value has risen by 15 percent.

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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)

Last month, the Knicks had hired Steve Stoute and his company, Translation, to help redefine the team's brand and their ties to the fan base. Stoute had an endorsement by NBA superstar LeBron James, but no one really knew who he was and what exactly he was going to be doing for the Knicks. 

Well, he got a chance to explain all of that on ESPN's First Take on Tuesday. And in doing so, Stoute may have confirmed what many have been thinking when Steve Mills was gone: a new head coach would be coming into New York.

The only problem here, though, is that Stoute doesn't speak on behalf of Knicks basketball operations, something that the team made abundantly clear when they issued a statement just hours after Stoute's TV appearance.

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As rumors swirl on who the next Knicks head coach will be after this season, one name that's come up is Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

However, his former player and current Knicks forward Kevin Knox believes that Calipari will stay in Kentucky.

"When Cal says he's not going to do something, he's pretty solid that he's not going to do it," Knox said Tuesday at Knicks practice. "...He runs that state, the fans love him there. He's got the basketball program on lock there."

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John Calipari (Mark Zerof)
John Calipari (Mark Zerof)

David Falk has an interesting perspective on NBA teams hiring agents as team presidents/general managers. He was one of the league's most successful agents in the 1990s and early 2000s. Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Dikembe Mutombo were among Falk's star-studded list of clients.

So Falk's opinions on the Knicks' decision to hire Leon Rose as team president are noteworthy. 

Falk offered some thoughts on Rose and the Knicks in an interview on the Beningo and Roberts Show on Friday. Below are some of the highlights: 

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Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

After a 4-18 start in his second year as the Knicks bench boss, David Fizdale was fired by the team earlier this season. 

Since that decision came down on Fizdale in December, he's had time to reflect on what happened in New York.

What could have been different? What would he change? 

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Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) reacts with fans after hitting a three point shot in the second overtime against the New York Knicks at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)
Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) reacts with fans after hitting a three point shot in the second overtime against the New York Knicks at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)

As interim head coach Mike Miller noted after Sunday's game, the Knicks missed out on opportunities to put the Hawks away at State Farm Arena, where New York ran out of gas in Sunday's 140-135 double-overtime loss to Atlanta.

Still, the Knicks (17-37) fell victim to quite the personal performance from the Hawks (15-39).

Second-year point guard Trae Young dropped a game-high 48 points on 13-of-30 shooting, going 6-for-13 from behind the three-point arc and sinking all 16 free throws he attempted, to thwart the Knicks' comeback bids and lift the Hawks.

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Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) shoots against Atlanta Hawks center Damian Jones (30) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)
Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) shoots against Atlanta Hawks center Damian Jones (30) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)

After coming back late in Sunday's game against the Hawks, the Knicks had multiple chances to polish off what once ballooned to a 16-point deficit. But from the end of regulation to overtime, New York was unable to finish Sunday at State Farm Arena in Atlanta and saw a four-game winning streak get snapped with a 140-135 double-overtime loss.

Not putting away the Hawks (15-39) did the Knicks (17-37) in once the second overtime rolled around. Despite six double-figure scorers, including power forward Julius Randle's monster double-double with a team-best 35 points and game-high 18 rebounds, the Knicks could not keep up with Hawks point guard Trae Young's 48-point outburst.

When Miller looked back on the Knicks' performance against the Hawks, a common theme to come up throughout the first half of the 2019-20 season resurfaced.

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Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) dribbles against Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (12) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)
Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) dribbles against Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (12) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)

The Knicks led by 15 and trailed by 16, coming back late and forcing overtime, but New York ultimately fell in two overtimes at the end of Sunday's 140-135 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) The Knicks jumped out to a 31-20 lead after the first quarter, but gave up 41 points to the Hawks in the second quarter. They maintained a two-point lead at the half -- 63-61. Julius Randle had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the first half for the Knicks, while Hawks big man John Collins had 20 points in the half as well. The Knicks shot 54.2 percent from the field, as Reggie Bullock chipped in 13 points and Bobby Portis had 11 points.

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Feb 3, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) during the first half at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Feb 3, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) during the first half at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

After the Knicks' 95-92 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night, forward Bobby Portis made his intentions to stay with the team for the rest of the season clear.

"I'm 24 years old," Portis said. "I'm not doing a buyout. I'll make as much money as I can for my family. (I'm) 24. Not even thinking about a buyout at 24. I'll probably set a record for as the first guy to do a buyout at 24. It's just not even in the equation."

In his first season with the team after signing a one-year, $15 million contract over the summer, Portis is averaging 9.4 points in 20.9 minutes per game.

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After the New York Knicks fired president of basketball operations Steve Mills, all signs point to the Knicks hiring former player agent Leon Rose as Mills' replacement. Rose has been an elite agent, currently representing the likes of Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid. A former agent of LeBron James, Rose also had a major impact in growing CAA as one of the top sports agencies. 

A playoff team just four of the past 18 seasons, the Knicks are looking to find success with a different model. Expected to join Rose is William "World Wide Wes" Wesley. Wesley is known as a consultant and power broker with ties to many of the NBA's elite. 

Hiring a player agent has become a recent trend in the NBA. There have been a handful of former agents to transfer over to the basketball operations side of the negotiating table, resulting in varying degrees of success. 

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Dec 11, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) drives the ball against Golden State Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell (0) during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports  (Stan Szeto)
Dec 11, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) drives the ball against Golden State Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell (0) during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

Although the Knicks eventually sent Marcus Morris to the Clippers in a three-team trade, the Knicks talked through a few specific trade scenarios with the other Los Angeles team.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers were willing to give up Kyle Kuzma and Danny Green in a deal the Knicks rejected. 

After that, the report said "the Knicks then countered with a deal centered around Kuzma, Avery Bradley, DeMarcus Cousins and at least one second-round pick," which also didn't work out.

SNY's Ian Begley previously reported the Knicks and Lakers had touched base about a Kuzma trade but that a two-team deal would be complicated. 

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On paper, going from the Clippers to the Knicks doesn't sound like a dream, but don't tell that to Moe Harkless

The 26-year-old went from the second-place team in the West to the third-worst team in the East. Aside from that, he's happy about coming to the Knicks. 

That's because the Queens native is happy to be home. 

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Feb 8, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown (6) drives to the basket as New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) defends during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Feb 8, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown (6) drives to the basket as New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) defends during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

The Knicks trailed by as many as 13 points, but came back to win their fourth straight game, beating the Detroit Pistons 95-92. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Saturday's game

1) The Knicks started Saturday's game very slowly as a team. In the first quarter, New York shot just 35.0 percent from the floor, while turning the ball over seven times. The Pistons, meanwhile, finished the quarter on an 8-0 run and took a 28-17 lead into the second. The Pistons increased their lead to 13 points in the second quarter, but the Knicks closed the second on a 14-7 Knicks run to get back within two points at half time.

In the second half, the two sides continued to trade blows, but the Knicks scored the final six points of the quarter to tie the game at 67-67 heading into the fourth. In the final period, the Pistons pushed out to an 84-77 lead with 6:23 to go, but the Knicks refused to go down quietly, as Wayne Ellington tied the game with a three-ball with 4:43 on the clock. With the game tied entering the final two minutes, Elfrid Payton and Julius Randle made a couple of big buckets down the stretch to give New York the win.

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

Just before Thursday's deadline, the Knicks traded Marcus Morris to the Clippers, losing a leader both on the court and off of it. 

And while they got back Moe Harkless, the rights to Issuf Sanon and a package of draft picks via a three-team deal with the Clippers and Wizards, they also created more cap flexibility, in hopes of signing a superstar in the future.

According to Chris Iseman of NorthJersey.com, the Knicks created a $3.9 million trade exception by dealing Morris.

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After missing nine games with a high ankle sprain, RJ Barrett returned to the Knicks' lineup on Thursday, scoring 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench.

Following the trade of leading scorer Marcus Morris, Barrett should see his role in the offense increase even more once he gets to 100 percent. The Duke product is now one of just two Knicks averaging in double-figures this season, along with Julius Randle.

On SNY's The Thread Friday, the panel discussed what the reasonable expectations for the third-overall pick should be over the final 30 games of the season, and whether or not he could be the face of the franchise in the future.

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Jan 5, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) defends a shot by New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 5, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) defends a shot by New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. We'll take a look at how some of those former Knicks are performing with their new teams as the 2019-20 NBA season is underway...


Marcus Morris, Los Angeles Clippers

The newest former Knick played just 43 games in New York, but quickly turned into a fan favorite, along with becoming a well-respected member in the team's locker room. His trade to the Clippers on Thursday was the only deal the Knicks made at the deadline.

The Clippers will take on the Timberwolves on Saturday, but the Los Angeles Times reports that while Morris hasn't been ruled out, "it was considered a challenge for him to be ready"

Tags: Courtney Lee, DeAndre Jordan, Emmanuel Mudiay, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Mario Hezonja, Noah Vonleh, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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There's so much we don't know about the Leon Rose era at Madison Square Garden. We don't know who the general manager is going to be. We don't know who the head coach is going to be. We don't know who is going to stay from the previous regime and who isn't. 

So it's too early to analyze how things will look under Rose, who is expected to complete a deal with the Knicks and be named president in the near future. 

But at least one exec who has worked and the Garden and who knows Rose well believes the CAA player agent will be successful at the Garden. 

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On Friday at his press conference, University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari spoke about potentially being linked to the Knicks head coaching job under Leon Rose.

"Let me say this: first of all, I haven't talked to Leon, so I don't know if it's done, if he's doing it," Calipari said. "I have no idea. But let me tell you about him: I've known him for 25 years -- dear friend. In a rough-and-tumble business -- really, that business he was in was a sport, too, like body-to-body contact, it is -- and I've never heard anyone in 25 years say anything bad about Leon Rose. He's a gatherer, he's a culture-builder. I'd help him in any way I could, being a resource. You want to call and ask me about college players, my own players, I'm here. It just wouldn't be to coach."

The Knicks have yet to make the hiring official, but Rose is expected to be the team's next president, replacing the recently fired Steve Mills. It's known that William 'World Wide Wes' Wesley is expected to join the organization along with Rose, and both have ties to Calipari.

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D'Angelo Russell
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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

A few post-trade deadline notes: 

News of the Knicks agreeing in principle with new team president Leon Rose broke hours before Thursday's trade deadline. It's unclear how, if at all, that impacted the Knicks' approach at the deadline. But the firing of ex-team president Steve Mills certainly changed their thinking. 

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Frank Ntilikina, Ian Begley
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Nov 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Knicks knocked off the Orlando Magic 105-103 on Thursday night, and the win was impressive for a number of reasons. 

The team erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, winning their third straight game as a result. But it was also the first game since Marcus Morris, the team's leading scorer, was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers at the trade deadline. 

After the trade became official, interim head coach Mike Miller and some of the players in the locker room addressed what Morris meant to this Knicks group.

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After missing the previous nine games due to a high ankle sprain, rookie RJ Barrett made his return to the floor on Thursday as the Knicks defeated the Magic 105-103.

It was a successful return for the Duke product, as he scored 12 points (shooting 50 percent from the floor), while adding three rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes off the bench.

Barrett was asked after the game how he felt in his first game back since January 16.

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Feb 6, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle (30) controls the ball against Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz (20) and power forward Aaron Gordon (00) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 6, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle (30) controls the ball against Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz (20) and power forward Aaron Gordon (00) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks erased a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to win their third straight game, defeating the Orlando Magic 105-103. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Thursday's game

1) Defense was the name of the game for the Knicks in the first half. In the first quarter alone, The Knicks forced seven turnovers, coming up with six steals and blocking three shots. As a result, the Knicks led 30-19 after one. The Knicks' maintained a 54-47 lead at halftime, but the third quarter was all Magic, as Orlando outscored New York 36-22.

In the fourth quarter, with Orlando up by as many as 10, the Knicks stormed back, thanks in part to hot shooting from Wayne Ellington, coupled with strong play by Elfrid Payton. A 14-point swing put the Knicks up 100-96 with under four minutes to play. With the Knicks leading by two in the final moments, Payton's eighth steal of the game sealed the win.

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RJ Barrett
RJ Barrett

After Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller said that rookie RJ Barrett might be getting minutes during the game against the Magic, the Knicks officially announced that Barrett is available to play.

The third overall pick was not announced as a starter, though, meaning any minutes would come off the bench.

Barrett has missed the last nine games with a sprained ankle, but said at practice Wednesday that he was aiming to be back "tomorrow."

"Tomorrow is a possibility, but nothing's for sure yet," he said

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Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Thibodeau (Treated Image by SNY)

The Knicks have yet to make the hiring official, but all signs seem to be pointing to former player agent Leon Rose as the team's next president, replacing the recently fired Steve Mills.

Rose, an agent with CAA, certainly has his connections within the NBA world, including an impressive list of clientele. But Rose is also connected to a number of people who could potentially be candidates for the Knicks head coaching job, should Mike Miller not be retained after the season.

Here's a look at some of the names that Rose has been connected to, according to SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley ... 

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Before the NBA trade deadline passed on Thursday, the Knicks completed a three-team trade that sent veteran F Marcus Morris to the Clippers. Morris has easily been the Knicks' best player this season, and after signing a one-year deal this past offseason, a playoff contender was aggressive in trying to land him. 

But, while Morris will travel out west to fight for an NBA title now, his time in New York may not be done forever. Unless the Clippers figure something out before the end of the season, Morris is still set to be a free agent this summer. 

So could a reunion with the Knicks be in play? 

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The Knicks have agreed to trade Marcus Morris to the Clippers, SNY's Ian Begley confirmed on Thursday.

The full deal is actualy a three-team trade with the Wizards. Here are the details from Begley on what the Knicks received:

Moe Harkless, the Clippers' 2020 first-round pick, the right to swap a 2021 first-rounder with the Clippers, the rights to Ukrainian point guard Issuf Sanon, and a Clippers 2021 second-round pick via Detroit.

The Knicks were interested in Landry Shamet, but Begley reported earlier that the Clippers were unwilling to have him in any trade package.

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Jan 8, 2020; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; New York Knicks guard Wayne Ellington (2) attempts to pass the ball behind the back of Utah Jazz center Tony Bradley (13) during the first half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Jan 8, 2020; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; New York Knicks guard Wayne Ellington (2) attempts to pass the ball behind the back of Utah Jazz center Tony Bradley (13) during the first half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

According to SNY's Ian Begley, there is a possibility of the Knicks entering buyout conversations with veteran Wayne Ellington if he isn't moved by the trade deadline, per SNY sources.

This comes after the Knicks sent forward Marcus Morris to the Los Angeles Clippers before Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline.

Ellington, 32, has played just 24 games with the Knicks this season after signing a two-year, $16 million deal with the team over the summer.

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