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NEW YORK -- Just a few hours before the Knicks tipped of the 2017-18 NBA season with a 19-point loss to Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Michigan State sophomore forward Miles Bridges spent time at Madison Square Garden for Big Ten Media Day.

Bridges is an explosive 6-foot-6 forward who opted to return to Michigan State for his sophomore season instead of being a likely lottery pick in this year's NBA Draft. He's now projected as the No. 6 pick in 2018 via ESPN.com.

So with Bridges in the Garden for Media Day and the Big Ten Tournament beginning Feb. 28, how would he feel about potentially being drafted by the Knicks?

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis scored 31 points, brought down 12 rebounds and recorded a block of former teammate Carmelo Anthony in Thursday's season-opening 105-84 loss at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The 22-year-old forward recorded his fourth 30-point game in his third professional season, shooting 11-of-25 from the floor and 2-of-6 from 3-point range. 

"I always have the highest expectations for myself," Porzingis said, according to the New York Post's Fred Kerber. "I'm my own critic always in situations where I'm not playing well. There's nothing I will hear that will surprise me from the fans or whatever."

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Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots the ball over New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)
Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots the ball over New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)

Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, Paul George had a team-high 28 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to a 105-84 win over the Knicks in the season opener on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. >> Read more

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis is embracing the task of guarding former teammate Carmelo Anthony on Thursday night -- and the challenge of leading the Knicks in Anthony's absence.  

"For sure, it's going to be weird," Porzingis told SNY's Adam Zagoria earlier this week. "But I'm looking forward to that game. It's in OKC, great atmosphere as always. It's going to be a good challenge for us."

"He's been in the league for 13, 14 years," Porzingis added. "I think everybody knows what he's doing but nobody can stop him. It's going to be a challenge for me. I'm going to do my best."

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

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

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

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

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

Jake Brown | Twitter |

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

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

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

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

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

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Mark J. Rebilas)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Mark J. Rebilas)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell shoots the ball against New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez in the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell shoots the ball against New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez in the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

Six Nets players scored in double figures as Brooklyn beat the New York Knicks 117-83 on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


D'Angelo Russell scored 16 points and recorded seven assists as the Nets improved to 3-0 in the preseason.

Allen Crabbe scored 14 points, while Chris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson both scored 12.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 points and recorded five turnovers and five fouls, as the Knicks lost their third straight preseason game. Kristaps Porzingis scored six points on 2-of-6 shooting, while Willy Hernangomez recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds.

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

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

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

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

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

How will point guard work out?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Five biggest Knicks questions 00:01:27
SNY.tv takes a look at the five biggest questions for the Knicks heading into the 2017-18 NBA season.

SNY.tv takes a look at the five biggest questions for the Knicks heading into the 2017-18 NBA season.

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(Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis said the team ran some triangle offense elements during practice on Tuesday, but head coach Jeff Hornacek said they were simply "basketball" actions.

"From the first practice we did now, we actually did have some stuff from the triangle,'' Porzingis said, according to the NY Post. "I saw some elements from the triangle. I think it's always good to know an offense that's worked in the past. It's always good for everybody, even if we're not playing it."

Hornacek downplayed the triangle elements.

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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis dunks over Miami Heat shooting guard Josh Richardson during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis dunks over Miami Heat shooting guard Josh Richardson during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis told the New York Daily News' Frank Isola he is confident he can take over as the face of the franchise after New York traded Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

"I am ready for the challenge," Porzingis told Isola. "I've been preparing myself for this moment."

In his first interview since returning to the United States, the Knicks' former first-round draft pick talked about what having Anthony as a teammate meant to him, discussed his relationship with head coach Jeff Hornacek and explained why he worked out on his own this offseason in Larvia.

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The Carmelo Anthony era has come to an end all the drama is done with, with the Knicks bringing Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott back to New York.

The Knicks were not going to get much better of a return than this. I don't think the Cavaliers were trading Kevin Love, and that would be the only return that was any better. Maybe the Knicks could have gotten a first round pick instead of a second round pick, but that's about it. I like the pieces the Knicks got here. 

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(Jeff Hanisch)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said he and forward Kristaps Porzingis have a "great relationship" despite a report indicating the 22-year-old forward skipped his exit interview due to him instead of former team president Phil Jackson.

"KP and I have a good relationship," Hornacek said on Friday. "Moving forward, he's going to get a lot of opportunities to grow into that lead position. We're just excited to get back to coaching him."

Jake Brown | Twitter | Luckily, Jeff Hornacek isn't going to be on Maury and given a lie detector test. Peter Vecsey has been covering the NBA for a long time and I highly doubt he would just make that story up. It's hard to actually believe that the relationship was 'good' between Kristaps Porzingis and Hornacek. If it was good, it may have been because Hornacek was going through Willy Hernangomez to get to Porzingis like a game of telephone.

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(Cary Edmondson)

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- Jarrett Jack could play many roles with the Knicks this season.

Or he could play none at all.

If Jack, 33, is fully healthy after recovering from a torn ACL and meniscus in 2016 with the Nets, he could potentially be the team's starting point guard.

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(Brad Penner)

Knicks SF Carmelo Anthony is staying in touch with his teammates playing in the European Championships, including F Kristaps Porzingis. 

Though both the Knicks and Anthony seem to be on the same page of parting ways before the season, Melo is continuing to stay in contact with his current teammates for the time being.

According to David Pick, Anthony has been "sending texts of encouragement" to Porzingis, SF Mindaugas Kuzminskas, and C Willy Hernangomez who are playing with their native countries. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Denver. The Nuggets won 127-114. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Denver. The Nuggets won 127-114. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis helped lead Latvia to the Eurobasket quarterfinals on Sunday with a 100-68 win over Montenegro.

Porzingis recorded 19 points, six rebounds and three assists for Latvia, which will play Slovenia in the next round on Tuesday. If Latvia wins, they would play the winner of Spain-Germany in the semifinals on Thursday. The championship game is set for Saturday.

Porzingis' Knicks teammates Willy Hernangomez and Mindaugas Kuzminskas also competed for Spain and Lithuania, respectively.

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(Brad Penner)

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis has been the star of the Latvian national team at the European Championships, per The Post's Marc Berman.  

Latvia has been surprising teams like Russia, who they defeated in a stunner 84-69 on Tuesday to secure a 3-1 record in Group D as they head into the elimination round. 

Porzingis only played 24 minutes in Tuesday's game due to foul trouble, but still managed 11 points and four rebounds in the contest. In the other games, he has been the star of the show averaging 24 points in the first four games of the tournament. 

Fellow teammates C Willy Hernangomez and SF Mindaugas Kuzminskas are also heding to the elimination round with Spain and Lithuania respectively. Kuzminskas is the leading scorer for Lithuania as he is averaging 16.3 points per game while hitting 40 percent from beyond the arc...

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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. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
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. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez are thriving for their respective countries (Latvia and Spain) at this year's FIBA EuroBasket as they prepare for this year's NBA season. 

Porzingis notched 28 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in Monday's action against Great Britain on Monday. In a loss on Saturday, where he scored 27 points, Porzingis noted that he could to better for his team. 

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Daily News Live: Porzingis 00:03:13
The Daily News Live panel discusses the latest drama surrounding Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks this offseason.

According to former NBA TV analyst Peter Vecsey, Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis skipped his exit interview last season because of head coach Jeff Hornacek, not Phil Jackson. 

In his article published Tuesday night, Vescey explains how Hornacek dealt with how Porzingis acted on and off the court last season. 

"Porzingis' swagger swelled in direct proportion to his mounting stature with the Knicks and within the NBA," Vescey wrote. "He resented being singled out for criticism and acted out accordingly. He developed an annoying habit, for example, of parking in spots at the team's practice facility designated for management."

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Daily News Live: Porzingis 00:03:13
The Daily News Live panel discusses the latest drama surrounding Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks this offseason.

According to former NBA TV analyst Peter Vecsey, Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis skipped his exit interview last season because of head coach Jeff Hornacek, not Phil Jackson. 

In his article published Tuesday night, Vescey explains how Hornacek dealt with how Porzingis acted on and off the court last season. 

"Porzingis' swagger swelled in direct proportion to his mounting stature with the Knicks and within the NBA," Vescey wrote. "He resented being singled out for criticism and acted out accordingly. He developed an annoying habit, for example, of parking in spots at the team's practice facility designated for management."

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New York Knicks executive chairman James L. Dolan sits between Latrell Sprewell, left and Bernard King during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks executive chairman James L. Dolan sits between Latrell Sprewell, left and Bernard King during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Mallory Edens, the daughter of Milwaukee Bucks owner Wes Edens, has her eyes on the Knicks.

"I want to buy the Knicks one day," Edens recently told TMZ Sports.

"I don't need to swap (teams), my dad can keep the Bucks," Edens added.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks president Steve Mills omitted forward Carmelo Anthony when talking about the franchise's new vision in a blog post.

In a post titled "A New Day For The Knicks -- The Journey Begins," Mills said the team plans to build around young players Kristaps PorzingisWilly Hernangomez, first-round pick Frank Ntilikina and the recently-signed Tim Hardaway Jr., but made no mention of Anthony, who has requested a trade to the Rockets despite having two years and $54 million remaining on his contract.

"[Ntilikina], Porzingis and Hardaway, along with Hernangómez and Ron Baker will exemplify a new defensive mindset that puts a premium on making stops," Mills wrote. "Only from there can a productive offense flow. We will emphasize ball movement, body movement, spacing and screening, while understanding that these changes will be a work in progress. We may not be there at first, but that's the brand of ball our players will aspire to fulfill."

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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)

As Kristaps Porzingis continues his training in an effort to improve before the 2017-18 season begins, he's adding in a new workout regimen to his plan. 

Porzingis tweeted out a video of him working on some MMA-style moves in a gym this week. 

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LeBron James in New York? 00:01:25
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR reacts to Blake Griffin's comments about LeBron James joining the New York Knicks.

LeBron James didn't kill the idea that he could look toward the Knicks as a possible destination if he were to become a free agent next season.

In an interview with TMZ, the Cavs forward didn't have a response to comments that Clippers' F Blake Griffin said about James going to New York before L.A.

Jake Brown | Twitter |

Blake Griffin is taking a guess here with nothing being told to him from LeBron James. Madison Square Garden is still a magical place even if the team playing in it is lousy -- there's no doubting that. And the Knicks will probably be one of the teams LeBron thinks about going to. The problem is he's got a home in Los Angeles. He's also got two options there in the Lakers and Clippers, along with Hollywood...

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JRSportBrief: Kyrie for Kristaps 00:01:36
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why the Knicks should refuse to trade Kristaps Porzingis for Kyrie Irving.

There is no scenario where the Knicks would trade Kristaps Porzingis to the Cavaliers for guard Kyrie Irving, reports Fred Kerber of the New York Post.

Sources tell Kerber that the Knicks have not been drawn to any trade request that involves sending the forward to Cleveland.

Adrian Wojnarowksi of ESPN had reported earlier that the Cavs had considered Porzingis a "primary target" in a potential deal for Irving.

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

The New York Knicks picked up the 2018-19 team option on forward Kristaps Porzingis, according to Real GM's Keith Smith.

Porzingis, 22, scored 18.1 points and averaged 7.2 rebounds in 66 games in his second year in the league last season. As a rookie, the former No. 4 pick averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds.

The Knicks had until Oct. 31 to pick up team options for the 2018-19 season, according to Smith.

Porzingis will earn $4.5 million this season and $5.7 million next season. The Knicks can offer him a $7.5 million qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season, according to Spotrac.

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Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis and Dallas Mavericks legend F Dirk Nowitzki both exchanged positive words about each other's game, per NBA.com's Shaun Powell. 

Both playing for Team World at the NBA Africa Game in Johannsburg on Saturday, they were teammates for the first time, and Porzingis took advantage of the opportunity by picking his role model's brain. 

"He's a guy I've always looked up to," Porzingis said. "It's not fair for me to be compared to a legend like him." 

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Carmelo trade wait 00:01:25
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR checks in on Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks, and says the team should wait Melo out.

After a turbulent offseason involving trade rumors, Kristaps Porzingis is excited to get things started this year with the Knicks. 

"So far it's been tough in New York, but my journey is only beginning and I hope to stay there my whole career, so as a city we can have some fun and win some games and do something big," Porzingis told Shaun Powell of NBA.com. "For me, it's now home."

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Knicks F Mindaugas Kuzminskas says Kristaps Porzingis has made peace with the team and is happy to be a Knick.

Kuzminskas' Lithuania and Porzingis' Latvia will face each other in an exhibition game this weekend in route to the European Championship. The two have been working out together this offseason as Kuzminskas spent time with Porzingis in Latvia where he also attended his kids camp. 

The 6-foot-9 Kuzminskas is certain that Porzingis has buried the hatchet, and is happy with being in New York. 

"I don't think it was something personal against the club," Kuzminskas told The Post's Marc Berman. "If there [were] some problems I think they solved everything. No doubt he wants to be a Knick and he's said that."

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving handles the ball during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the Finals for the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving handles the ball during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the Finals for the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks are among six teams who have already made an offer to the Cleveland Cavaliers for guard Kyrie Irving, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Approximately 20 teams, according to Wojnarowski, have inquired about Irving since he reportedly requested to be traded out of Cleveland, however the Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat are the only teams to make an offer for the 25-year-old former No. 1 pick.

The Knicks and Cavaliers have been in trade talks that focused on swapping Irving for Carmelo Anthony with a potential third team being involved, however the Cavaliers, according to Wojnarowski, are seeking a return of young players and draft picks similar to what the Denver Nuggets acquired from the Knicks in exchange for Anthony in 2011.

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR discusses why it'll be difficult for the Knicks to land the Cavs' Kyrie Irving.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR discusses why it'll be difficult for the Knicks to land the Cavs' Kyrie Irving.

The 25-year-old Irving requested a trade from the Cavs last week, listing the Knicks, Spurs, Timberwolves, and Heat as his preferred destinations.

The Knicks were reportedly in serious discussions with the Cavs on Friday about sending Carmelo Anthony to Cleveland as part of a deal for Irving.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Denver. The Nuggets won 127-114. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Denver. The Nuggets won 127-114. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis believes New York gives him the best opportunity to win, per The Post's Marc Berman. 

The quote came from a question posed by a camper rather than a reporter. Porzingis attended a Latvian basketball camp of about 250 kids, and he told the group why he doesn't want to leave the Knicks. 

"I feel that it is the best place to win. And if you win in New York, you are king," Porzingis said in his native language. "For the last two years, I have had so many positive emotions here that this is where I want to stay and that this is where I want to win."

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After news broke that Kyrie Irving has requested a trade, the guys discuss if this news gives the Knicks an opening to move Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks and Cavaliers are in serious trade talks focusing on swapping F Carmelo Anthony and PG Kryie Irving with a potential third team involved, reports Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz

ESPN's Ian Begley reports the Knicks are not willing to deal F Kristaps Porzingis, but they would be willing to send future first-round picks with Anthony for Irving. 

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Irving has requested a trade from the Cavs, and the Knicks are one of his preferred destinations, along with the Spurs, Timberwolves, and Heat.

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Knicks GM Scott Perry, coach Jeff Hornacek, and president Steve Mills share their vision for the team under the new front office structure.

Knicks president Steve Mills and new GM Scott Perry highlighted the team's young core and stressed the importance of defense during Perry's introductory press conference on Monday.

Mills singled out Kristaps Porzingis, the recently-signed Tim Hardaway, Jr., first-round pick Frank Ntilikina, and Willy Hernangomez as the Knicks' young core.

"Player development will be a focus of our organization," said Mills, who noted that he and Perry will "work in tandem in making sure we have a first-class operation."

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ESPYs host, future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning, took some shots at the Knicks in his monologue Wednesday night.

Manning didn't have just one joke about the Knicks, but rather several that focused on their debacles from the Charles Oakley incident to Phil Jackson's firing.

"Kristaps Porzingis couldn't believe how dysfunctional it is at Madison Square Garden, and that dude grew up in Latvia," Manning said. "What a terrible year for the Knicks: They had to escort a former legend out of the builidng for acting like a crazy person, and then there was that whole thing with Charles Oakley.

"Phil Jackson's Knicks are the most embarrassing thing to happen to New York sports, and that includes the time Mark Sanchez ran full steam up his teammate's anus and fumbled a football." 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) high fives Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) high fives Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis and Courtney Lee will both suit up for Team World in the second-ever NBA Africa Game, the league announced. 

The game, which will take place on Aug. 5 in South Africa, will pit Team World vs. Team Africa. Dirk Nowitzki and Kemba Walker will be captain Team World, while team Africa will be led by Luol Deng and Thabo Sefolosha

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and head coach Jeff Hornacek (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and head coach Jeff Hornacek (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

While former New York Knicks president Phil Jackson was reportedly shopping forward Kristaps Porzingis prior to the NBA Draft, head coach Jeff Hornacek said he believes the team will hang onto the former No. 4 pick.

"I think it was out there that Phil was listening, but he wasn't out shopping KP," Hornacek told ESPN's Ian Begley on Sunday after a Summer League game. "We love KP and what he does so I don't see him going anywhere."

Jackson alluded to trading Porzingis prior to the draft after the 21-year-old forward skipped his exit meetings at season's end. The Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics were among the teams that expressed interest.

"You know as much as we value Kristaps," Jackson said in an interview with MSG, "and what he's done for us, but when a guy doesn't show up to an exit meeting, everyone starts speculating on his duration or movability from a club. We're listening, but we're not intrigued yet at this level. But as much as we love this guy, we have to do what's good for our club."

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis holds the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis holds the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek believes Kristaps Porzingis is prepared to take a more significant role in the team's offense, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

"That's his next steps in his growths as a player, to be able to handle some of that," Hornacek said, according to ESPN. "He's going to have to take that next step of taking over. I think he's probably ready for that."

Hornacek's comments came just days after the departure of team president Phil Jackson.

Porzingis, 21, played in 66 games last season in his second NBA season. He averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1.5 assists per game.

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