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Pat Riley would get the most out of players. He was a master motivator with the Knicks and with that motivation, that win at all costs bravado, came moments of severe violence. For all intents and purposes compared to Riley's Knicks that stuff was pretty tame.

Riley's game plan tarnished the Knicks as "thugs" and "punks" until Commissioner David Stern decided to finally do something about it. Their reputation for such incidents ultimately cost them in 1997 when a technicality killed their chances of cruising past Miami with their sites set on the Bulls. The Knicks were peaking as a championship team that year until P.J. Brown flipped Charlie Ward and Patrick Ewing tip toed onto the court in Miami. The 1990s Knicks, led by Riley, essentially changed the way the game was officiated and policed.

It's a brand that Knicks fans still love being a part of.

People will tell you that the Knicks didn't invent the rugged style of play, that it began in Detroit which spilled into Boston and Chicago. And those people would be right. But the Knicks thrived on it. It was the heartbeat of their game plan every single night. Anyone remember when Kevin Johnson knocked out Doc Rivers teeth during a regular season game in Phoenix because the Suns were tired of being called "soft" ?

No one will say differently around these parts. Mike Woodson has done a tremendous job coaching the team this year. Just when you thought that integrating Amar'e into the line up was challenge one, Kevin Garnett baits Carmelo Anthony into a 45 minute tirade.

Who knows what really happened, but Melo transformed into a player on the loose last night both on the court and off. It's something Knicks fans have witnessed in a very ugly and memorable way when he was in Denver. We've seen this before both with the Knicks and in New York sports. Mike Piazza tried to have a post game conversation with Guillermo Moto in Vero Beach back when for example.

For the 90s Knicks this was tame. I recall dodging bottles being flung regularly during playoff games IN BARS back then and the atmosphere last night certainly reminded you of the old Knicks/Bulls/Pacers/heat games.

Minus the actual brawling.

This game is a rivalry and a good one.The atmosphere last night gave me flashbacks to a time where fighting for a victory often included fighting. These teams hate each other. Paul Pierce continues to be this generation's Reggie Miller or Tim Hardaway, and Garnett plays every bit the part of Dennis Rodman, Davis bash brother or P.J. Brown/Zo Mourning.

But let's focus internally for a second. Mike Woodson, whose leadership has been strong these year, who wanted veterans around this group to take the team to a championship level, needs to step up. He needs to snuff this out before this becomes THE game plan to beat the Knicks.

Melo was not Melo last night when they needed him to be. The intensity didn't make him elevate his game, instead it left him out of synch, out of rhythm and basically out of his mind at the end.

That can't be the M.O. of this team. That responsibility falls directly, 100% on the coach.

Doc Rivers knows this. He knows what he is doing and I assume that was part of the game plan. It must have been for Pat Riley when they tried to get under Michael Jordan's skin, right? Of course it was folks, and fans loved it.

The game plan last night was to pressure the ball and get under the skin of the Knicks best player. Getting Melo suspended could help the Celtics close the gap on the Knicks lead. This team has to maintain focus and composure in moments like that IN THE MOMENT and the responsibility is on the coach. Riley lacked that skill with Anthony Mason and often times John Starks. He lacked that skill with Brown and Mourning. One way or another that hurt his team.

Woodson cannot let that happen to these Knicks and his best player. As we've seen in the past, it can be a hinderance on how the game is called and ultimate the outcome of big games.

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Knicks talk Fizdale 00:00:54
David Fizdale, Kevin Knox, and Mitchell Robinson talk about competition at Knicks practice, as they await the return of Kristaps Porzingis.

New Knicks head coach David Fizdale has yet to reveal his starting five. In fact, he hasn't said if any players are guaranteed starters.

All five starting jobs are up for grabs.

"Nobody's starting right now. He has no starters right now for Game 1 on Monday," rookie Kevin Knox said after Tuesday's practice. "So he's basically telling us you've got to compete and you've got to fight for your job. It's a good message for us. Now we have to come out, we gotta fight every day in practice."

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

The scene is the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Team USA and Team France were pitted against each other in basketball, and the favorite USA squad was up 15 points in the second half. 

It was four minutes threw that half that Vince Carter stole a pass from France, who was trying to run in transition. And what he did after the steal made everyone watching drop their jaw...

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Kyrie Irving (11) Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Kyrie Irving (11) Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

He is rumored to be the Knicks' top target in free agency next offseason, but PG Kyrie Irving seems to be loyal to the Celtics for now. 

After Timberwolves G Jimmy Butler requested a trade, it was expected Irving's future in Boston was to be questioned, especially given rumors that he and Butler want to play together. New York was a preferred destination for Butler, and before getting traded to the Celtics, Irving had the Knicks on his list as well.

Being one of the best point guards in the NBA, Irving understands why these questions are coming up now with his option to test free agency after this season.

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Mitchell Robinson (26) Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson thinks 29 teams slept on him in the Draft, and he now has one of his teammates comparing him to an all-time great. 

"I got a chance to play with him in open gym, and I was shocked a little bit," Trey Burke said Monday at Knicks Media Day. "His ability to just get a rebound off of the rim, just go right back up and just dunk it, it reminded me of like a young -- and this is high praise -- it reminded me of like a young Shaquille O'Neal, just skinnier."

The 20-year-old Robinson was a double-double machine during the Summer League, throwing down vicious dunks as he and fellow rookie Kevin Knox stole the show.

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(Joe Camporeale)

The Knicks announced Tuesday they signed G Tyrius Walker.

Walker played with the Knicks during the summer league after signing an Exhibit 10 deal that could have been converted to a two-way contract, or see a $50,000 bonus if he was waived and joined the G-League Westchester Knicks. 

It is unknown what kind of deal Walker signed exactly...

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Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

With training camps underway across the NBA, ESPN released their latest power rankings. And the Knicks are at the bottom of the heap. 

The group of more than 40 reporters, insiders and editors positioned the Knicks at No. 26 heading into the new season.

It has been the stigma surrounding the Knicks this offseason, that their current rebuild state and absence of Kristaps Porzingis won't make them a competitor this season. However, the addition of rookie F Kevin Knox will be intriguing to watch from the get-go as he will get the chance to make an immediate impact on the floor.

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Knicks talk bright future 00:02:19
During New York Knicks Media Day, Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Knox, and Enes Kanter talked about rebuilding and a new future for the Knicks

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The last NBA Rookie of the Year out of Kentucky was New Jersey native Karl-Anthony Towns in 2016. Now, Knicks rookie Kevin Knox is aiming to be the latest Kentucky product to win the award.

"Yeah, I think it's definitely something that I have the chance to get," the 6-foot-9 Tampa native said Monday at Knicks' Media Day. "But winning is No. 1 on my mind right now. I don't really care about anything else right now, just trying help my teammates win, try to help myself get better and just get better throughout the year."

After averaging 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds last season under John Calipari, Knox excelled in the NBA Summer League with the Knicks. He was named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team after averaging 21.3 points. In fact, Knox remains in touch with Towns, the 7-footer with the Minnesota Timberwolves who starred at St. Joe's-Metuchen in Jersey...

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New York Knicks’ Enes Kanter of Switzerland plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (Jim Mone/AP)
New York Knicks’ Enes Kanter of Switzerland plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (Jim Mone/AP)

Enes Kanter had some interesting thoughts when asked about the possibility of the Knicks making the playoffs.

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

While he's started shooting and light running on the court while working his way back from a torn ACL, Kristaps Porzingis said Monday "there's no timetable yet" for his return to the Knicks. 

"Whenever I'm ready I'm going to be back," Porzingis said at Knicks Media Day "We've done things differently, we've been reall conservative. And at the same time, I've been killing myself working," he added, noting that there's no protocol for recovery for a player of his size. 

"I want to be back on the court as soon as possible," Porzingis noted. "But it won't happen until I'm 110 percent and medically cleared."

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks could officially finalize a buyout with center Joakim Noah as early as Monday or Tuesday, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman

New York has been likely to cut ties with Noah when the team begins training camp, and Berman reports the 33-year-old center will not be at Monday's media day.

Noah, who has two years remaining on his four-year, $72.6 million contract, could be waived through the stretch provision, but how much money the Knicks would save will depend on the terms of the buyout.

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Kevin Knox (20) Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Kevin Knox (20) Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Knicks rookie Kevin Knox knows what he wants.

The former Kentucky star is intent on bringing a winning tradition to the Knicks, a foreign climate to the team over the last two decades.

"I just want to win. I feel like that's something, in New York, they haven't seen in a while," Knox told ESPN. "So that's something that we hopefully can bring back this year, win some games. Get to the playoffs and stuff like that."

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Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference guard Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls (21) and Eastern Conference forward Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers (2) talk during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference guard Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls (21) and Eastern Conference forward Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers (2) talk during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)

Kyrie Irving is "finally getting acclimated in Boston" and hasn't spoken to Jimmy Butler since 2016.

If you're the Knicks' braintrust -- or their fan base -- neither of these is a piece of good news since the franchise is planning on going hard after the New Jersey native during free agency next summer.

"I've been away from Cleveland officially for a year now, and I'm finally getting acclimated in Boston," Irving told ESPN.com.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis may be the face of the franchise, but he won't be getting paid like one anytime soon.

During a press conference on Thursday, Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry made it known that Porzingis won't be given the max $158 million extension he can be awarded.

They say Porzingis is on board with this mindset, as the Knicks want to make a run at prized free-agent options next offseason, and this extension would take up cap room. 

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(Brad Rempel)

The Timberwolves are telling teams that inquire on the availability of Jimmy Butler that they intend to keep him, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

Butler, who has been unhappy with his situation in Minnesota, recently requested a trade, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, with Wojnarowski reporting the Knicks, Nets, and Clippers are Butler's preferred destinations. 

Wojnarowski added that the Clippers are where Butler is "most determined" to land if a trade is to go down. 

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Columbia Lions forward Jeff Coby dunks the ball as Miami Hurricanes forward Kamari Murphy looks on during the second half at Watsco Center. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
Columbia Lions forward Jeff Coby dunks the ball as Miami Hurricanes forward Kamari Murphy looks on during the second half at Watsco Center. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks signed former Columbia forward Jeff Coby, according to Sportnado's Nicola Lupo.

Coby, 24, played for two teams in Spain last season and is also a member of the Haitian national team.

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It's good news for the Knicks and their fans that Jimmy Butler lists them as one of his three preferred destinations, but the Knicks' braintrust shouldn't mortgage their future to trade for him now.

Especially not when Butler, who just turned 29, will be a free agent in the summer of 2019. If he wants to come to the Big Apple next summer, then, by all means, the Knicks should consider making it happen, especially if they could potentially pair him with New Jersey native Kyrie Irving. Of course, Kevin Durant will also be a free agent next summer, so the possibilities are endless and the future -- for now -- looks bright.

The Knicks of Phil Jackson might have made a move now for Butler, sacrificing draft picks and young assets in exchange. But the Knicks of Steve Mills and Scott Perry appear to have a solid plan in place, and the cornerstone of that plan is not sacrificing assets and picks for the future. The Knicks did that once with Carmelo Anthony, and we all know how that worked out...

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Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference guard Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls (21) and Eastern Conference forward Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers (2) talk during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference guard Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls (21) and Eastern Conference forward Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers (2) talk during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)

In the wake of Jimmy Butler demanding a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves and listing the Knicks as one of his three preferred destinations, the Knicks are not preparing to deviate from their plan.

"Our plan is not to use draft picks as assets (in trades)," Knicks president Steve Mills said Thursday, adding that the team won't skip steps when it comes to their rebuilding plan.

New head coach David Fizdale echoed Mills' sentiments, saying he's "locked in" to the idea of patience.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks brass has been in touch with Kristaps Porzingis all summer and feel good about how the rehab process is going. But the team is still not ready to put a firm timetable on his potential return date. 

"As he meets certain milestones, we'll continue his rehab process all towards the direction of when he feels 100 percent comfortable and we feel 100 percent comfortable -- and we're not taking any risks with him -- then he'll be ready to come back," Knicks president Steve Mills said Thursday.

Knicks owner James Dolan said in May that Porzingis could miss the entire 2018-19 season, with the earliest potential return date being December.  

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Butler to Knicks? 00:02:55
The Daily News Live crew discusses All-Star guard Jimmy Butler's trade request and if the Knicks are in the mix to acquire him

All-Star G Jimmy Butler has reportedly requested a trade from the Timberwolves, and he even gave them a list of preferred destinations. Among those desired landing spots was the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, joining the Knicks. 

But would the Knicks be willing to make it happen? Knicks president Steve Mills has already made it clear this week that he won't partake in anything that "jeopardizes the future" of the franchise. Butler is also set to be a free agent at the end of the season, unless he is dealt and signs an extension.

So, with that in mind, a talent like Butler already engrained on the team could be extremely attractive to other potential free agents once the season ends. 

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Apr 15, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) dribbles the ball in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Apr 15, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) dribbles the ball in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Jimmy Butler, who has been unhappy with his situation in Minnesota, has requested a trade, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic, with Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reporting the Knicks, Nets, and Clippers are Butler's preferred destinations. 

Wojnarowski reports that "for now" Timberwolves president and head coach Tom Thibodeau has "no interest" in trading Butler. Wojnarowski adds that the Clippers is where Butler is "most determined" to land if a trade is to go down. 

Darren Wolfson reported in July that Butler turned down a 4-year, $110 million contract extension with the Timberwolves.

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Dec 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) drives the ball during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) drives the ball during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Amid reports indicating that Courtney Lee is seeking to be traded to a contender, the 32-year-old told ESPN that he does not want to be traded and is happy to remain with the team.

The New York Post reported, citing sources, that Lee is preferring to go to a playoff team or contender if the Knicks opts to trade him.

The Knicks have sought suitors for the 32-year-old in an effort to trade him and free up cap space for the 2019 season, per the New York Post. The 76ers have interest in Lee, who was close to being traded to Philadelphia in 2016 before he nixed the deal. 

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Frank Ntilikina (11) Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen Lew)

The Knicks and new head coach David Fizdale want to see more from PG Frank Ntilikina this upcoming season. He had a so-so year in his rookie campaign, showing flashes of what he can give on the offensive end while providing the stellar defense he was known to possess. 

To up his game entirely, Fizdale wants the young guard to be more aggressive and physical. In turn, Ntilikina hit the weights. 

During the Knicks' town hall event on Monday, GM Scott Perry said that Ntilikina added 10-15 pounds of muscle during his summer workouts, per ESPN's Ian Begley

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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis and Chicago Bulls power forward Lauri Markkanen fight for position during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis and Chicago Bulls power forward Lauri Markkanen fight for position during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks president Steve Mills is focused on rebuilding the franchise, and that means being cautious with All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis and their draft picks from this year and the future.

At a team town hall, Mills said he wants to play the long game in having the Knicks return to being a contender.

"We're not going to take shortcuts," Mills said, according to The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov. "We're not going to trade our draft picks. Really, we believe New Yorkers will live with a plan and buy into a plan as long as we articulate it. ... We're not going to trade away assets for a guy we can get on our own later."

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(Joe Camporeale)

It was a smack in the face for Knicks team president Steve Mills.

New York had a 20-point loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles last season, and the Lakers weren't one of the best teams out West. On the bus ride to the airport, Mills knew what his team needed to do for that not to happen again. 

"We just kept looking at each other and we said the Lakers weren't particularly good at that point, but the athleticism differential when you watched our team play their team is alarming," Mills told Newsday's Steve Popper. "If we want to compete and build something we have to get more athletic. It was so glaring."

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 104-100. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 104-100. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

The Knicks remain likely to cut ties with C Joakim Noah before training camp begins later this month, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley of ESPN had reported on Aug. 8 that the Knicks parting ways with Noah before training camp was likely 

Although Noah has two years remaining on his contract, the Knicks will utilize the waive-and-stretch provision to secure his release if they are unable to trade him, sources told ESPN at the time.

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Kyrie Irving (11) Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

The rumors continue to swirl around the Knicks' plans for this upcoming offseason, and Celtics G Kyrie Irving is right in the middle of them. In fact, he may be the most important piece.

NBC Sports Boston's A. Sherrod Blakely spoke on NBC Sports Chicago's "Bulls Talk" podcast on Wednesday, and he divulged what he is hearing about the Knicks' intentions with Irving in 2019. 

"I can tell you right now, the New York Knicks, he is their No. 1 target," Blakely said.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

As the new NBA season creeps closer and closer by the day, Sports Illustrated began to release their Top 100 players for the 2018-19 season. And one New York Knicks player has fallen on the list. 

Kristaps Porzingis came in at No. 52 on the list after a 2017 season that had some big ups, and ultimately, a season-ending down. 

"If healthy, Porizingis (22.7 PPG, 6.6 RPG) would have had a strong case as a top-20 player," SI wrote. "By record and point differential, the 2017-18 Knicks were a playoff bubble team with the Latvian big man on the court. After he suffered a season-ending ACL tear in early February, though, New York was pitiful, ranking No. 28 in winning percentage and No. 26 in net rating. Porzingis was on track to solidifying his reputation as a franchise player, and his unfortunate injury was the difference for the Knicks between being competitive and noncompetitive, relevant and irrelevant, watchable and unwatchable."

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Jason Kidd delivers a pass to Carmelo Anthony on Saturday. (Michael Baron/SNY.TV)
Jason Kidd delivers a pass to Carmelo Anthony on Saturday. (Michael Baron/SNY.TV)

On Friday night, former Knicks PG Jason Kidd will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. And the hall will be getting one of their best floor generals of all time enshrined forever. 

Kidd will enter the hall with the second-most assists in NBA history with 12,091, and he dished them out in almost every way possible. So, it is only right that we honor all those assists with some of the best dimes of his career...

The Bounce Pass

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January 18, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter (11) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35), guard Stephen Curry (30), and center JaVale McGee (1) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Thunder 121-100. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
January 18, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter (11) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35), guard Stephen Curry (30), and center JaVale McGee (1) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Thunder 121-100. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Knicks C Enes Kanter has trash-talked Kevin Durant, but he also has been his teammate -- and now he hopes they can team up again in New York next year.

Durant signed a two-year deal with Golden State, but he is able to opt out after the first year. Kanter said he will "try to recruit" Durant once that time comes.

"I've been hard on him the last two years," Kanter said on Sirius XM Radio. "As soon as I learned he's becoming a free agent, he's my best friend. I can't say enough of the guy. He's the best scorer to ever play the game. Who wouldn't want KD to wear a New York uniform?"

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Kevin Knox (20) Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Knicks rookie Kevin Knox mentioned earlier this offseason that he believes his new team has the potential to make the playoffs this year. And that mindset hasn't wavered. 

Appearing on ESPN's First Take, Knox didn't discuss the numbers he projects for himself this season. Instead, he has an idea of how many wins the Knicks need to get to be a playoff contender.

"Just to win," Knox said. "I feel like this is something you've got to do in New York, you've got to be able to win games. 

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Dec 27, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) and New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) go for a loose ball during the first quarter at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)
Dec 27, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) and New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) go for a loose ball during the first quarter at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)

Knicks legend and broadcaster Walt Clyde Frazier was brutally honest when discussing the team's outlook this season.

Frazier believes New York is doomed without Kristaps Porzingis, who has been rehabbing his torn ACL overseas and the Knicks do not have a timetable for his return.

"The reality is without KP, man, we're going nowhere," Frazier told Sirius XM this week. "Without Porzingis, he's our future. The worst thing that could have happened to the Knicks did happen. This guy blew his knee out mid season. Supposedly he's coming back in January, but who knows. If the Knicks don't get him back to his former grandeur things are looking pretty bleak for them."

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New York Knicks' Metta World Peace during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)  (Morry Gash/AP)
New York Knicks' Metta World Peace during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) (Morry Gash/AP)

Two weeks ago, Metta World Peace made his Eastern Conference finals prediction by saying the Knicks would face the Pacers.

On Friday, he updated his prediction: the Knicks will make the NBA Finals and lose to the Lakers.

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

With many of the NBA's highest-profile players heading to the Western Conference, Knicks C Enes Kanter gave a hot-take comparison between both conferences. 

"East and West, look at the East," he told ESPN's Royce Young. "East is like AAU teams, and the West is like, the league."

The biggest addition to the Western Conference was LeBron James, who joined the Lakers. There is also the super-team Warriors that is comprised of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and now, DeMarcus Cousins

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(Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks Gaming topped Heat Check Gaming twice on Saturday to win the inaugural 2K League championship.

The Knicks won Game 1 69-66 and then Game 2 74-71 to end the first season of the 2K League.

Seventeen teams competed in the season and the Knicks were the 8-seed entering the postseason. They upset the top-seeded Blazers team last weekend to start off their title game run.

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Jan 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jan 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

In order to better prepare for his second season with the Knicks and his first under new head coach David Fizdale, point guard Frank Ntilikina told the French outlet l'Equipe he won't play for Team France in the FIBA World Cup qualifying.

"At the dawn of my second NBA season with the New York Knicks," Ntilikina said in a statement in French, "the timing appears very complex with a start of regrouping the team planned in early September and a new cycle to come with a new coaching staff. It is with great regret that I will not be able to finally join the group for this campaign."

The 20-year-old Ntilikina, who averaged 5.9 points, 3.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 78 games as a rookie with New York last season, studied film with Fizdale earlier this summer and said he learned a lot from Fizdale, the former Grizzlies coach who replaced Jeff Hornacek.

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Tri State player co-captain Nate Robinson drives against the Ball Hoggs during a BIG3 3-on-3 basketball league game at the United Center. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
Tri State player co-captain Nate Robinson drives against the Ball Hoggs during a BIG3 3-on-3 basketball league game at the United Center. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Knicks Nate Robinson and Amar'e Stoudemire aim for a top-three finish in the BIG3.

Alongside teammate Jermaine O'Neal and with coach Julius Erving, Tri-State will play the 3-Headed Monsters on Friday at 6 p.m. at Barclays Center in the BIG3 third-place game.

Tri-State also features David Hawkins, Robert Hite and Bonzi Wells, while the 3-Headed Monsters boast Rashard Lewis, Reggie Evans, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Jamario Moon and Kwame Brown, among others, and are coached by Gary Payton.

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Michael Rappaport and Jon Hein discuss what kind of culture new coach David Fizdale will be bringing to this year's Knicks squad.

Once again, the New York Knicks are in a state of rebuild. And once again, they've got a plan to turn it all around.

This time, though, their plan is more organic and appaers to be more dependable than "we'll sign the best free agents next summer!" This time, the organization isn't planning on skipping steps and is looking to build a young core through the draft.

"It's already happening," Fizdale told NBC's Bruce Beck of the Knicks' revival. "Kristaps will come back healthy. He was already having a big-time season last year when he got knocked down. We had an awesome draft with Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier - our two-way player."

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Mitchell Robinson (26) Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

The Knicks are working hard this summer as they prepare for the upcoming season. Lots of hard work and long days come out of those offseason training session, which means players need to rest up whenever they can. 

Most of the time, that comes on bus or plane rides, and Knicks' second-rounder Mitchell Robinson was caught snoozing by his teammate G Allonzo Trier on Monday. 

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Nov 25, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; A New York Knicks fan watches warm up before the Knicks play against the Houston Rockets a-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Nov 25, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; A New York Knicks fan watches warm up before the Knicks play against the Houston Rockets a-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

You can find almost anything your heart desires on eBay, but this latest bid from a Knicks fan is definitely out of the box. 

One Knicks fan is trying to actually sell his fanhood after saying he "reached my absolute breaking point" over the past few years. The total price for the bid is $1,973.

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Jul 10, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) dribbles inside Los Angeles Lakers center Moritz Wagner (15) during the first half at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 10, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) dribbles inside Los Angeles Lakers center Moritz Wagner (15) during the first half at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

ESPN came out with its predictions for where each NBA team will finish in their respective conference. And let's just say they don't agree with Metta World Peace

Instead, they see the Knicks at the bottom of the heap, finishing tied 13th with the Chicago Bulls. 

Why? The absence of Kristaps Porzingis certainly goes into determining their projected 28-54 record. He is still rehabbing a torn ACL, and the Knicks said a more definitive timetable on when he would be back will come sometime in the beginning of the season. 

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The Loud Mouths wonder whether the Knicks will win 35 games in 2019 and whether Carmelo Anthony will come off the bench for the Rockets.

Former Knick Carmelo Anthony officially signed with the Rockets on Monday. And though he may be a 10-time All-Star, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said to expect Melo to come off the bench for his new squad. 

But that wasn't the biggest Knicks news around. On Sunday, Knicks first-rounder Kevin Knox commented on Vegas setting his team's win total at over/under 29 for the season. He wasn't too happy with the number.

"I saw that," he told The Post's Marc Berman. "People are sleeping on us with the 29 wins. I think we definitely can win at least 35 and get in that playoff talk. That's my personal opinion. Everyone has their own opinion. But the whole team, I'm pretty confident we're really good this year, that we have a chance to make the playoffs."

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter and guard Courtney Lee defend against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter and guard Courtney Lee defend against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

After Metta World Peace predicted the Knicks would make the Eastern Conference Finals, the Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie expressed his displeasure by saying they weren't even the best team in the state.

And Knicks center Enes Kanter wasn't happy with that.

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New York Knicks' Metta World Peace during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)  (Morry Gash/AP)
New York Knicks' Metta World Peace during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) (Morry Gash/AP)

The 76ers, Celtics and Raptors appear to be the three favorites to be Eastern Conference champions.

But not to Metta World Peace.

He has an interesting prediction for who makes the conference finals, and it includes two of his former teams.

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Knicks F Carmelo Anthony has traveled to Houston, and is expected to officially sign a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Rockets on Monday, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

It has been an ongoing story all offseason as to where Anthony would land. The Hawks initially traded the Thunder for him, but was never going to keep him on the roster. Instead, they would buyout his contract, and allow the 34-year-old veteran to choose where he wanted to play next season. 

The Rockets always seemed like the destination, and it is expected to be official after the completion of Anthony's physical today. Wojnarowski is also reporting that Houston intends to bring Melo off the bench. It will likely be PJ Tucker or Gerald Green who gets the start at small forward. 

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The Knicks 2018-19 schedule was released, and they will host rookie PG Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks to kick off the new year on Oct. 17. 

Other than the home opener, New York will have two holidays games as well. The Bucks will come to town on Christmas Day, and the Thunder will be their opponent on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 21). 

The Knicks will also have 15 back-to-back games this season, which makes them one of three teams to have that schedule setup. It is the most for any team in the NBA. 

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The Loud Mouths attempt to describe the Knicks' plan to use the stretch provision on Joakim Noah if they are unable to trade him.

The Knicks plan to move on from C Joakim Noah before training camp begins, reports Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley of ESPN.

Although Noah has two years remaining on his contract, the Knicks will utilize the waive-and-stretch provision to secure his release after Sept. 1 if he cannot be traded, sources told ESPN.

The Knicks had not yet made up their mind about Noah's future with the team when they hired coach David Fizdale in June.

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Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss whether the Knicks playing on Christmas Day is something to look forward to.

The NBA released it's annual Christmas Day schedule, and the Knicks have once again are among the teams playing. The Bucks are slated to come to town as one of the five NBA matchups for the holiday. 

But do the Knicks deserve to continually play on Christmas considering their rebuilding process?

For the past few seasons, the Knicks have not been up to par with the other NBA teams that play on Christmas Day. Just look at last season when the Sixers -- who were one of the best teams in the East -- handed them a 105-98 loss on their home court. The Celtics won 119-114 the season before as well.

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony has agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets, reports Yahoo Sports.

Anthony told the Rockets of his decision upon his return from a trip to South Africa, according to the report. 

Melo was previously traded from the Oklahoma City to Atlanta in a three team deal that involved Philadelphia as well. The plan was always for Atlanta to waive Carmelo while taking on his final year of his contract. Carmelo is set to join Chris Paul and James Harden in Houston as they look to avenge their seven game Western Conference Finals loss to the Warriors. 

He is coming off of his worst season of his career in Oklahoma City and looks to bounce back from his astounding 16.8 points per game in the regular season. The Syracuse product dipped from his regular season total and scored 11.8 points per game throughout the postseason. 

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Charles Oakley Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

Former Knicks star Charles Oakley will not see jail time after he allegedly cheated at a Las Vegas casino in July, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.

Oakley pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from the July 7 incident and was fined $1,000.

Oakley's arrest came after he allegedly may have added or reduced his wager on a game when he already knew the outcome.

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