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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) leaves the court after losing to the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) leaves the court after losing to the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)

While he loves New York, Kristaps Porzingis made it clear that being in a situation that gives him a chance to win will be the most important factor for the Latvian star when deciding whether or not to re-sign with the Knicks in two years.

"Absolutely, I want to stay here all my career,'' Porzingis said about re-signing in New York, according to the English translation provided by Sporta Avize, a Latvian sports magazine. "But the thing I want most of all is winning. When the time comes, I will seriously start to think about it. Right now I just try to do my best."

Sources say Porzingis is unhappy with Phil Jackson's treatment of Carmelo Anthony. When asked about Anthony's situation with the team, the 21-year old said the media helped exaggerate the tension between Jackson and the veteran forward.

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On the final episode of TheKnicksBlog Podcast, Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton run the gamut on everything going down with the Knicks. The guys discuss Phil Jackson's struggles running the organization, Carmelo Anthony's future, Kristaps Porzingis' refusal to meet with the front office, the NBA Draft, and free agency.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during a break in action in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during a break in action in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

Kristaps Porzingis says he loves New York and still wants to be a member of the Knicks, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Porzingis will leave for Latvia on Thursday without meeting with Phil Jackson, but said blowing off his exit interview is not a sign that he doesn't want to play at Madison Square Garden next year.

"Of course," Porzingis said when asked if he wants to be a Knick next season. "I love New York. I love New York."

According to Berman, New York was not given an explanation behind the 21-year old Latvian's decision to skip the scheduled meeting with Jackson on Friday. But sources say that Porzingis is upset with the way the franchise has been run, with Jackson's poor handling of Carmelo Anthony and going all-in on the triangle offense.

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Knicks drama continues 00:05:47
The Loud Mouths talk Knicks drama, Kristaps Porzingis skipping his exit meeting with the team brass and Carmelo's break up

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On Friday, Phil Jackson dismissed the notion that his treatment of and the drama surrounding the Carmelo Anthony situation would impact his reputation or hurt the Knicks' chances with forthcoming free agents.

Prior to that happening, though, Kristaps Porzingis had reportedly skipped out on his exit meeting. Following Jackson's comments, Michelle Roberts of the NBPA released a statement calling Jackson's remarks about Anthony "inappropriate."

At 21 years old, Porzingis may have jumped the gun by being insubordinate. There are other ways to express a feeling or send a message. Nevertheless, what the young gun did was bold. In a way, his actions were an opportunity to stand up for Anthony...

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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrate a basket by Porzingis against the Charlotte Hornets during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrate a basket by Porzingis against the Charlotte Hornets during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv: Kristaps Porzingis reportedly skipped out on his exit meeting with Knicks' brass, which isn't something one would expect the leader of a team to do. The man otherwise known as the "unicorn" may already be considered the forthcoming savior by some, but Phil Jackson doesn't believe he's ready to carry the Knicks just yet.

"No I don't. He's 21 years old. That's a big load for anyone to take on," the executive said when asked if Porzingis was ready to be New York's number one option.

Such a question was posed after Jackson revealed he will look to trade Carmelo Anthony and that the forward would be "better off somewhere else."

Frustration is mounting surrounding the disarray this team is in, which would appear to explain Porzingis' absence. With Jackson ready to continue exploring deals for Anthony, it would make sense for the Knicks to go back to basics and begin building from scratch, save for say, Porzingis, Willy Hernangomez, and a few complementary role players. During this transition and Anthony's expected departure, Porzingis could be embraced and groomed as the starring attraction New York needs.

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Mar 3, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric (9) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers won 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Mar 3, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric (9) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers won 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Kristaps Porzingis declined to attend team exit meetings at the conclusion of the New York Knicks season, Ian Begley of ESPN reported on Friday night. 

Citing team sources, Begley says that the two-year veteran and former first round selection is frustrated with the team's lack of direction. The Knicks failed to make the playoffs for the fourth straight season and only notched a 30-51 record.

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Markelle Fultz (Jennifer Buchanan/USA TODAY Sports)
Markelle Fultz (Jennifer Buchanan/USA TODAY Sports)

University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz said it would be "amazing" if the New York Knicks were to draft him in June.

"It's close to home, my family can come out. This is the greatest place to play, really," Fultz told the New York Post's Zach Braziller while watching Sunday's Knicks-Raptors game. "Big [arena], a lot of good fans. ... This is a legendary place."

Fultz, who is considered to be one of the top picks come June, averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds in 25 games as an 18-year-old freshman for the Huskies.

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New York Knicks forward Maurice Daly Ndour (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Maurice Daly Ndour (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Without Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and (unexpectedly) Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks could only muster three quarters of contention and fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 88-101. 

Despite lacking all of it's starpower, New York kept it close for the majority of the game. However, the playoff-bound Grizzlies began to pull away in the game's final stage.

 

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Mar 3, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric (9) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers won 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Mar 3, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric (9) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers won 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Kristaps Porzingis offered a blunt assessment of the Knicks' season on Thursday, saying the team "didn't do it from the beginning the right way."

The 21-year-old noted that a lack of fundamentals was a key reason for the Knicks' struggles this season. "We didn't have real fundamentals as a team," Porzingis said. "I think from the beginning, it worked for us because we played based off our talent and based off of good energy, and once things got a little tougher, we just didn't have the fundamentals as well."

Porzingis also responded to head coach Jeff Hornacek's comment that the club would work on fundamentals in training camp later this year. 

 

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(AP)

Jeff Hornacek hinted to reporters on Monday that the Knicks will be working on upgrading their defense during the offseason.

"I think if you look at our defense this year, we can use some more defensive players," Hornacek told Ian Begley of ESPN. "[Management] will look at that. [General manager] Steve [Mills] and [president] Phil [Jackson] and those guys will look at whatever can help us out. We know we need some help there."

New York has been in the bottom third of the NBA on defense throughout the entire season, which was a significant factor in the team missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season. However the Knicks will have a top-10 pick in this year's draft, and can have nearly $25 million in cap space to spend in free agency, depending on their decision on the future of Derrick Rose with the franchise.

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Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Derrick Rose scored 27 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 25 and the New York Knicks handed the Detroit Pistons another damaging defeat with a 109-95 victory Monday night.

Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence due to a sore left knee and added 21 as the Knicks snapped a five-game losing streak and avoided playoff elimination.

Marcus Morris scored 20 points but Detroit dropped its fourth straight and fell 1 1/2 games behind Miami for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Ish Smith had 15 points while former starting point guard Reggie Jackson didn't play.

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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Knicks C Willy Hernangomez has been a soild offensive contributor but knows he needs to improve defensively.

"I have to be way more focused on defense," Hernangomez said Saturday, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday. "I think from the beginning of the season right now I improved my defense, but it's not enough. One of the biggest things I have to work this summer is going to be my defense so next year I can defend [centers] and [power forwards]."

Hernangomez scored a career-high 24 points on Saturday while grabbing 13 rebounds in 36 minutes. He is averaging 7.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 63 games this season, during what is his rookie campaign.

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said Hernangomez needs to be more assertive, citing a couple of plays from Saturday night's game...

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Kansas Jayhawks guard Josh Jackson (11) reacts during the second half in the semifinals of the midwest Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. (Jay Biggerstaff)
Kansas Jayhawks guard Josh Jackson (11) reacts during the second half in the semifinals of the midwest Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. (Jay Biggerstaff)

With the NBA Draft just a few months away, the Knicks are reportedly interested in drafting Kansas combo forward Josh Jacksonaccording to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

While this year's draft is considered to be one of the best point guard drafts in years, the Knicks have identified Jackson as a player with a triangle skill set because of his superb passing ability.

The Knicks could also use Jackson as a potential replacement for Carmelo Anthony should the team decide to trade their star player this offseason.

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Mar 22, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the first quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Mar 22, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the first quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

The Knicks continue their road trip with a matchup against the Trail Blazers at the Moda Center on Thursday night at 10 p.m.  

According to STATS:

  • Portland is 7-2 in its last nine games against the Knicks, though the Trail Blazers lost on November 22 in New York (107-103), and lost their last time hosting the Knicks (112-110 on December 12, 2015).
  • The Blazers are 8-3 (.727) in March, tied for third best in the NBA. They had a three-game win streak snapped with Tuesday's 93-90 home loss to the Bucks.
  • The Knicks dropped their third straight game last night in Utah, 108-101. New York is 3-10 (.231) when playing on the second of back-to-back days this season.
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(David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said he isn't sure whether the current roster can work within the Triangle and get the team to the playoffs next season.

"You never know how these things will fit," he said, according to the NY Post. "Maybe a second year is helpful for us. I thought we got off to a decent start this year, then we had little injuries and lost close games and it piled on in confidence, got a little out of control. I don't know. It's something we're going to really look at.''

Hornacek added that his idea of injecting a more modern system to go along with the Triangle wasn't the best, and that he isn't sure which players should remain when the team implements the more classic system.

Of the core players, the Knicks are expected to again explore a trade of Carmelo Anthony, and Derrick Rose will be a free agent.

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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony sat out the entire fourth quarter on Monday night during the team's loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles.

"Coach is starting to realize - he mentioned today he's going to start shortening minutes,'' Anthony said, according to the NY Post. "I've been understanding with the situation. I understand.''

"All the young guys, it's an opportunity to get that experience instead of getting practice experience, individual workouts - actually getting it live and direct in a game against top-level opponents," Anthony continued. "It's best to take advantage of that and for me to help them.''

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek reacts against the LA Clippers during the first half of a NBA basketball game at Staples Center. (Richard Mackson - USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek reacts against the LA Clippers during the first half of a NBA basketball game at Staples Center. (Richard Mackson - USA TODAY Sports)

Jeff Hornacek agreed with Kristaps Porzingis' notion from last week that the Knicks did not play like a team this season, and felt that the team's downfall was because his players were not unselfish enough on the offensive end.

"You see teams - open guys always end up with the ball,'' Hornacek told Marc Berman of the New York Post at Monday's morning shootaround before the Knicks faced the Clippers at Staples Center. "Here we do it in spurts. Then we have spurts where it sticks. One guy will take a shot that maybe he can move it on for a better shot. That's probably the biggest key is we get the good shots. We don't get the great shots. If we make one extra, we'll get a great shot. You see the good teams out there, they pass it up for better ones.''

Hornacek hinted that the offensive skill level of New York's trio - Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, and Derrick Rose - may have acted as a double-edged sword, as it led to them constantly looking to take shots instead of making the extra pass.

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(AP)

Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick Rose each scored 18 points, but it wasn't enough as the Knicks lost in blowout fashion to the Los Angeles Clippers, 114-105, on Monday night at the Staples Center. 

Porzingis also had 11 rebounds and two steals to complete a double-double. Carmelo Anthony notched 16 points to go along with four rebounds. Ron Baker impressed with eight points and two steals in 20 minutes played, while Justin Holiday continued his good play of late with a 11-point performance.

The Knicks were outscored, 34-19, in the third quarter as the Clippers' bigs caused problems down low. Blake Griffin finished with 30 points and six rebounds. >> Read more...

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks lose 00:01:23
Brook Lopez, Kenny Atkinson and Jeff Hornacek react to the Nets' 121-110 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Brook Lopez scored a game-high 24 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Nets defeated the Knicks for the second time in five days, 121-110, Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Brooklyn defeated New York 120-112 on Sunday at the Barclays Center.

The Nets trailed by seven at halftime and were down 67-58 with 9:53 left in the third. Brooklyn finished the third quarter on a 34-20 run to take a 92-87 lead into the final period.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis will miss the Knicks' game against the Nets on Thursday night with a left thigh contusion.

The 21-year-old suffered the injury during Tuesday's win over the Pacers.

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek predicted that Porzingis would return when the team begins a West Coast trip on Monday against the Clippers.

Porzingis is averaging 18 points and 7.2 rebounds in 58 games this season.

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Mar 12, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) and center Willy Hernangomez (14) block a shot against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Mar 12, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) and center Willy Hernangomez (14) block a shot against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

The Knicks host the Nets at Madison Square Garden tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Knicks have made at least 10 three-pointers in each of their last six games against the Nets in Madison Square Garden and have won the last three contests (won, 110-96, on November 9 earlier this season).
  • The Nets have allowed at least 100 points in 42 consecutive road games dating back to last season, the longest streak since the Denver Nuggets did so in 49 straight games (1989-90 to 1991-92).
  • The Knicks tied their lowest scoring output of the season, but still defeated the Pacers on Tuesday, 87-81. New York has only lost twice this season when its opponent scores 100 points or less (11-2).
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End for Jeff Hornacek? 00:02:45
The Daily News Live panel discusses if this is the end of the road for Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek.

Latest Update (Mar. 16)

9:10AM: Despite all of the issues the Knicks have dealt with this season, along with the team's brutal record, Phil Jackson will not fire Jeff Hornacek, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

According to Berman's source, Jackson "can't afford to fire" Hornacek and hire a new coach.

Hornacek has done well in communicating and maintaining a strong rapport with Jackson and associate head coach Kurt Rambis, something Derek Fisher was unable to do which eventually led to his dismissal.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis missed the team's practice on Wednesday after suffering a deep thigh bruise, the club said.

Porzingis sustained a contusion to his left thigh after running into the Pacers' Monta Ellis during the Knicks' 87-81 win at the Garden Tuesday night. 

The 21-year-old scored 11 points in 24 minutes prior to leaving the game.

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Dec 7, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. 
		 (Anthony Gruppuso (USA Today))
Dec 7, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso (USA Today))

Kristaps Porzingis said he still plans on working out with Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks this offseason, reports Marc Berman of the NY Post.  

Porzingis has often had his style of play compared to that of Nowitzki.

"I'm sure it will help me out and improve my game, hopefully, unless Mark Cuban says no,''Porzingis said. "Dirk is a guy who can really help my game. Hopefully I'll have a chance to work with him, a few days to get on the court with him and pick his brain."

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(Erik Williams)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

At this point in the year, Knicks basketball is difficult to watch. The team doesn't appear to know which direction they are headed. Built like a squad hoping to compete sooner than later, the failures are abound.

However, the front office simply cannot afford to change this roster around yet again. There will be returning pieces, and New York should use the rest of the season as a trial period for those who intrigue them. They should prepare for next season so they can move away from this one's struggles.

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Porzingis frustrated? 00:03:38
Jon Hein and Sal Licata discuss whether or not the Knicks should worry about a frustrated Kristaps Porzingis in 2017.

After fouling out late in the fourth quarter of New York's 120-112 loss to the Nets, Kristaps Porzingis noted "confusion" on both ends of the court as a big factor towards the team's recent struggles.

"There's a lot of confusion," Porzingis told Marc Berman of the New York Post. "A lot of times it's basically one-on-one. Whoever, me, myself, Carmelo [Anthony], Courtney [Lee], we try to make something happen, and that's not how it's supposed to be."

The Knicks fell to 26-41 and a season-worst 15 games under .500 on Sunday, clinching its fourth consecutive non-winning season. 

"We've been switching things up because never at any point this season, we played like we wanted to," said Porzingis. "Maybe this will work. So we are looking for stuff. The coaching staff obviously is trying to do the best job they can to give us the information, but we never got it all together."

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New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) brings the ball down court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) brings the ball down court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)

Courtney Lee scored 18 points, Lance Thomas added 17 and the New York Knicks used a big fourth quarter to rally past the Orlando Magic, 113-105 on Monday night.

Willy Hernangomez had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Kristaps Porzingis scored 14 points for the Knicks, who stopped a two-game losing streak. Kyle O'Quinn sparked the comeback with 11 points and eight rebounds, all in the fourth quarter.

Elfrid Payton had his first triple-double of the season with 16 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds. Evan Fournier led Orlando with 25 points and Aaron Gordon had 17 in the Magic's third loss in four games.

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New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose controls the ball against Golden State Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose controls the ball against Golden State Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose is playing through an eye issue after injuring it in Sunday's game against the Golden State Warriors, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

Rose said he had blurry vision and a headache in Sunday's loss and saw a specialist after the game when it swelled, according to Berman.

The injury occurred when teammate Kristaps Porzingis elbowed him.

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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis during warmups before a game against the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis during warmups before a game against the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Effort was not the problem for the Orlando Magic in their 101-90 loss to the New York Knicks last Wednesday. Something else was off about the team.

With three days at home between their last game -- a stellar 18-point win over the Atlanta Hawks -- the Knicks seemed poised to build some positive momentum. Then the Knicks came and seemed to pull the rug from underneath them in a loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

What seemed like a turning point for the Knicks last week has instead become a blip on an otherwise difficult season. New York hopes a return to Orlando on Monday at the Amway Center can get the team back on the right track.

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New York Knicks shooting guard Ron Baker (31) drives against Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)
New York Knicks shooting guard Ron Baker (31) drives against Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

With the release of Brandon Jennings and a likely season-ending injury to Joakim Noah, Knicks have a newfound freedom to explore what this team could be like next season. There's room to acquire somewhat of a taste. Noah figures to be around, but his inability to play big minutes leaves a question mark around his pending impact. As for Jennings, New York had seen enough after signing him to a one-year deal. This simply wasn't the right fit for him.

Win or lose, New York needs to continue examining which of their already in place pieces are worth keeping moving forward. That's what the next month plus should be about. There's an opportunity to answer questions regarding the future. Will this stay of execution past the trade deadline prove Carmelo Anthony can take somewhat of a backseat and play a supporting role to Kristaps PorzingisDerrick Rose still leaves something to be desired on the court, but does do some positive things. Can he still fit and be retained at a reasonable price this offseason? Which of the team's youngsters have the potential to flourish in an expanded roles? Here's a look at some opportunities that could prove to be small stepping stones for this team as they plan ahead.

Balanced point guard play: With Jennings in town, the Knicks had two offensively minded floor generals who both looked to score. He and Derrick Rose simply weren't the best match, despite how talented each one was. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks lose 00:01:23
Jeane Coakley breaks down all the action and player reactions from the Knicks' 112-105 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Stephen Curry broke out of a shooting slump with 31 points and moved into the top 10 on the NBA's career 3-point list, and the Golden State Warriors bounced back from consecutive losses to beat the New York Knicks 112-105 on Sunday.

Klay Thompson added 29 points to help the Warriors end their first regular-season losing streak in nearly two years.

The Splash Brothers had dried up as Golden State dropped two in row following Kevin Durant's knee injury, but they regained their touch Sunday. Curry hit five 3-pointers, passing Chauncey Billups for 10th place, and added eight rebounds and six assists.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks face the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center. Kristaps Porzingis will start at center with Willy Hernangomez (ankle) out.

According to STATS:

  • Both games between in this series this season have been one-point contests decided by a game-winning shot in the final :01; T.J. McConnell hit a jumper at the buzzer in the 76ers' 98-97 win and Carmelo Anthony drained a shot with 0.3 left in New York's 110-109 victory. Since at least 2002-03, no teams have played three straight one-point games against each other in the same season with the game-winning shot coming in the final :01 of the contest.
  • With their victory over the Magic on Wednesday, the Knicks improved to 9-2 this season when holding their opponent to fewer than 100 points.
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers, both amid dismal seasons, tend to bring out the best in each other.

They meet for the third time this year on Friday in Philadelphia, after seeing their two earlier games come down to the wire.

The Sixers (22-38) prevailed 98-97 on Jan. 11, on a jumper at the buzzer by second-year point guard T.J. McConnell, while the Knicks (25-36) outlasted Philadelphia 110-109 on Carmelo Anthony's jumper with 0.3 of a second left on Feb. 25.

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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) looks up after a play during the first half against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) looks up after a play during the first half against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

With little to no lingering effects of the orbital and plantar fasciitis injuries he's battled this season, Lance Thomas is finally playing at the level the Knicks knew he was capable of. Averaging 10.8 points on 58% shooting and 5.5 rebounds over his last four games, the forward is simply making the right plays that help New York on both ends of the floor. They've gone 2-2, with one of those losses being a last second heartbreaker to Toronto. The team is playing at an elevated level and Thomas has been a big part of that.

After a dismal campaign to this point, suddenly making a playoff push (being 4 games out with 21 left) still doesn't seem so much out of the realm of possibility. Carmelo Anthony is playing at a high level, Kristaps Porzingis has returned from injury, Thomas is filling his role, and Joakim Noah's season-ending injury may prove to be a blessing in disguise because it allows other players to be given deserved opportunities. Thomas is included in that conversation, especially because the Knicks had settled into a comfortable rotation with him on the sidelines. Noah's absence should continue to open things up. 

Everyone wants to win. Just about every player has the hunger to compete. Unfortunately, fighting tooth and nail to break in to the postseason as an eighth seed (only to get swept right out) isn't what's best for the long term future of the franchise. Coincidentally so, keeping Thomas past this year might not be, either

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives past Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives past Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)

While many seem to criticize the style of offense, Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis is a fan of the triangle and believes the Knicks should have been stressing it from the start of the season.

"We're starting to learn it now the way we should [and] we should have been playing from the beginning of the season," Porzingis told Al Iannazzone of Newsday. "So we're a little behind. But every game we're getting a little better. Hopefully, I don't know when, we can start using it properly and making some impact playing it."

The Knicks have been utilizing more of the triangle offense since returning from the All-Star break last week, and their 7-foot-3 big man, who the team considers to be their center piece to build around moving forward, is happy about the change.

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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots over Denver Nuggets small forward Wilson Chandler and Denver Nuggets point guard Jameer Nelson during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots over Denver Nuggets small forward Wilson Chandler and Denver Nuggets point guard Jameer Nelson during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis will return Wednesday night against the Magic, head coach Jeff Hornacek said.

Willy Hernangomez (ankle) and F Maurice Ndour (ankle) are out.

Porzingis had missed two consecutive games due to a sprained ankle.

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek during second half against Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek during second half against Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

As hope of competing for a postseason spot fades away, the Knicks' focus will become making evaluations and building for next year. When management reflects upon this season's shortcomings, a failure to execute the triangle offense properly figures to always be a topic of conversation with Phil Jackson running the show.

Jackson's third full season as Knicks executive is nearing its end. He's had plenty of opportunities to make judgement calls and usher in the players he believes best fit his desired system. At some point (perhaps the team has already reached it), he won't be able to point fingers anymore. Should players be poor fits or not be producing, that says more about Jackson than it does them. It's a reflection upon his inability to put together a successful team. It's time to look in the mirror.

Such a mentality is also worth noting, not only as he evaluates his players, but the coaching staff as well. With a 24-36 record, the Knicks are currently worse off now than they were at this point in the season last season. Jeff Hornacek is not at fault.

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek instructs Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek instructs Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden (Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

By the time NBA All-Star Weekend came to a close, there was refreshing optimism in the air surrounding the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony and Willy Hernangomez were late additions to the festivities. Kristaps Porzingis went home a winner after snagging the trophy at the Skills Challenge. Following the passing of the trade deadline, New York stood pat. After a spirited Cleveland loss and an exhilarating win against the 76ers, signs led to the Knicks wanting to remain competitive, for better or worse.

But alas, reality has begun to set in. Waiving Brandon Jennings may be the domino effect for the tone of the rest of the season. The dust probably hasn't cleared. More changes could be on the way. It's time to look towards the future, build towards the draft, embrace and explore more youthful talent, etc. With that in mind, here's a look at the Knicks will face in the week ahead and beyond.

Defensive Communication: The Knicks' defense has been a raw source of frustration for this team all season long. Frankly, it's a bit strange to see a squad that added players like Joakim NoahCourtney Lee, and Willy Hernangomez in the offseason struggle on that end of the floor. Clearly, putting up a consistent effort on defense had been an initial priority. Such a plan hasn't come to fruition.

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Is Porzingis frustrated? 00:01:41
Kristaps Porzingis took to Twitter with a cryptic message Thursday night.

Kristaps Porzingis (sprained right ankle) and Joakim Noah (hamstring) will not play Saturday night against the 76ers, head coach Jeff Hornacek said.

"There's a lot of swelling, but I can walk around no problem, and the swelling is going down, too, so it's getting better," Porzingis said of his injury. "No ligament damage, just a sprained ankle, swelling."

Hornacek added Porzingis could play Monday.

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Feb 23, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) greets New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after the game during at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs won 119-104. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Feb 23, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) greets New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after the game during at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs won 119-104. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James recorded his 48th career triple-double and Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 119-104 victory over the New York Knicks, who hung on to superstar Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose at Thursday's trade deadline.

James scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds with 15 assists for his sixth triple-double of the season.

Anthony, the subject of trade rumors because of a strained relationship with Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson, scored 20 points, going 9 of 25 from the field.

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New York Knick forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts after winning the skills challenge during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Smoothie King Center. (Bob Donnan)
New York Knick forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts after winning the skills challenge during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Smoothie King Center. (Bob Donnan)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

With the NBA still coming off its All-Star Weekend, the Knicks have not played since losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder last Tuesday. But alas, the late additions of Carmelo Anthony and Willy Hernangomez to the weekend's festivities gave the team's fan base a little bit more to be excited about and invested in as things went on in New Orleans. 

When just about everyone in the NBA world collides for a few days, talk about the Knicks is never too far away. Speculation regarding the team's future, especially with the trade deadline steadily approaching, is running ramped as we speak. With that in mind, here are three things to ponder around this team in the week that follows.

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Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knick forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrates winning the three-point contest during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knick forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrates winning the three-point contest during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Kristaps Porzingis dribbed around obstacles, passed the ball, shot 3-pointers and more en route to victory in the 2017 NBA Skills Challenge, defeating Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz.

Porzingis, participating in his second All-Star Weekend, first eliminated Nikola Jokic of the Nuggets before knocking out Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins

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Feb 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; U.S. Team center Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers (33) and World Team forward Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks (6) go for a loose ball during the Rising Stars Challenge at Smoothie King Center. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; U.S. Team center Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers (33) and World Team forward Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks (6) go for a loose ball during the Rising Stars Challenge at Smoothie King Center. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Kristaps Porzingis helped lead Team World to victory over Team USA in the Rising Stars Challenge, as he scored 24 points and collected 10 rebounds. 

In 33 minutes on the floor, Porzingis shot 11-of-16 from the field and was 1-of-4 for from the free-throw line. His 24 points were third on the team after Buddy Hield (28) and Jamal Murray (36). 

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Boom or Bust: Knicks 00:04:32
Jon Hein and Marc Malusis play Boom or Bust for Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson and Kristaps Porzingis.

Jon Hein and Marc Malusis play Boom or Bust over Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson, and Kristaps Porzingis. 

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The Long Goodbye 00:02:51
The DNL crew discusses if Wednesday's game against the Thunder was Carmelo Anthony's last game as a member of the Knicks.

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

Carmelo Anthony is is headed to the All-Star Game. As the oldest participant, he's still holding his place amongs the league's best players. Both Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez (New York's biggest assets for the future) will take part in the weekend's festivities as well, participating in the Rising Stars Challenge. The Knicks have representation with feel-good stories to follow. All seems well, at least for a few days.

The next time the Knicks play, however, will be after the NBA trade deadline has passed --- five hours later, to be exact. Coincidentally, they'll face the Cavaliers. Will Anthony be in town suddenly donning a different uniform? 

Kevin Love's injury may make that difficult for the teams to accomplish. As it is, Love and his current contract isn't exactly the ideal return value for the Knicks. If and when they deal Anthony, New York needs flexibility, assets, future building blocks, etc. Love doesn't exactly fit that bill.

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Willy Hernangomez has been named as an injury replacement to the Rising Stars Challenge that will take place during NBA All-Star Weekend, reports Marc Berman of the NY Post.

Hernangomez joins teammate Kristaps Porzingis on the World Team roster.

Hernangomez, 22, is averaging 6.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 48 games this season...

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 (AP)
(AP)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV:

The news of Kevin Love's injury may put a wrench into a potential deal between the Knicks and Cavaliers surrounding Carmelo Anthony, but it also opens the door back up for Anthony and/or Kristaps Porzingis to once again receive All-Star Game consideration.

Whereas Anthony has been a mainstay at the midseason event for nearly a decade, Porzingis is just starting to knock down the door that leads to association with the game's top talents. As demonstrated in the fan, player, and media voting, the 21-year-old has increasing popularity.

As the ever-quickly budding centerpiece and potential superstar of this hungry Knicks squad, Porzingis has plenty of things going in his favor, including an injury to 76ers big man Joel Embiid...

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NBA television personality Greg Anthony during pre-game broadcast of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Center. (Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE)
NBA television personality Greg Anthony during pre-game broadcast of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Center. (Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Knick Greg Anthony, who spent four seasons in New York as a teammate of Charles Oakley, believes players will look at the Knicks in a different light because of the recent treatment of Oakley and Carmelo Anthony.

"It sure as hell ain't gonna help..." said Anthony in an interview with Business Insider. "It's one thing to have your struggles on the court, but this is kind of becoming a domino effect where everything that can go wrong is going wrong for the organization. And it creates a tremendous distraction for the players that are still battling and fighting and figuring out a way to get into the postseason."

The Knicks are facing a rebuild, something the franchise has historically not done slowly through the draft. This past offseason, New York traded for Derrick Rose, while committing over $120 million to Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee in an attempt to improve the team quickly. Anthony believes the situation involving Oakley will not do the team any favors in trying to attract free agents in the future.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez (Sam Sharpe/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez (Sam Sharpe/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets host the Memphis Grizzlies at Barclays Center at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • Memphis has won its last four games against the Nets, by an average of 12.3 points. The teams are meeting tonight for the first time in 2016-17.
  • The Grizzlies gave up a season-high 122 points in Friday's 122-107 home setback versus the Warriors. Memphis is 1-12 this season when allowing 110 or more points.
  • Brooklyn dropped its 12th straight game -- and 23rd of its last 24 -- with Friday's 108-99 loss versus the Heat. It is the franchise's longest losing streak since the Nets lost their first 18 games of the 2009-10 campaign.
  • Trevor Booker is averaging career highs of 10.0 points and 8.7 rebounds, while his 15 double-doubles are 10 more than he had in any of his previous six NBA seasons.
  • Brook Lopez and Marc Gasol are two of five NBA players with at least 75 blocked shots and 75 three-pointers this season. The others are Kevin DurantKristaps Porzingis, and Serge Ibaka.
  • Mike Conley is averaging 20.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting in road games this season, compared to 17.9 points on 40.9 percent shooting at home.
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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrate a basket by Porzingis against the Charlotte Hornets during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrate a basket by Porzingis against the Charlotte Hornets during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.tv

On pace to miss the NBA postseason for the fourth straight season, Carmelo Anthony knows what losing is all about. Since the Knicks won the Atlantic Division title back in 2012-13, Anthony has slowly but surely seen all of the talented veterans from that successful squad depart the Big Apple. In turn, the spotlight casts its shadow more and more on the star forward. Anthony has been unable to deliver since then.

Things are finally appearing to come to a head with New York shopping Anthony more aggressively than ever before. The team is motivated to deal him, as the vision with him leading the Knicks back to the promise land hasn't come any closer to fruition. As Anthony watches his closest friends and NBA counterparts chase and successfully capture NBA titles, he's arguably as far as he's ever been from one. This means it's time for a change all around. Nevertheless, Phil Jackson hasn't done himself or the team any favors. This organization has a negative vibe around it and the executive's recent comments and respective actions certainly haven't made things any easier for Anthony. 

Unfortunately for the Knicks' future, Anthony may not be the only one suffering from this lack of positive culture. New York is motivated to shop Anthony, not only because things haven't worked out, but because they have a beacon of light in Kristaps Porzingis to turn to next. Still, this slow transition and negative atmosphere can't be doing the budding superstar any good. Anthony obviously has more experience with this by now, but Porzingis too is getting used to losing. Through a season and a half, the young gun's Knickerbockers have gone 54-82. He's already been mentored by three head coaches. Teams have been known to change players from one season to the next: it's relatively normal. Nevertheless, after drastically changing the makeup of last year's squad, the revolving door would appear likely to keep swinging, given this season's shortcomings. More changes are coming.

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