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New York Knicks general manager Phil Jackson watches during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks general manager Phil Jackson watches during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

In an offseason in which the New York Knicks will keep player development coach Dave Bliss and part ways with assistant Josh Longstaff, team president Phil Jackson remains confident in Clarence Gaines Jr., vice president of player personnel.

"Phil has a small circle of friends,'' Walter Perrin, vice president of player personnel for the Utah Jazz, said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "He has a sense of loyalty to him, someone he's felt comfortable working with in the past.''

Gaines joined Jackson's staff three summers ago, where he started as an adviser and played a big role in the team drafting Kristaps Porzingis in 2015, according to Berman.

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General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks parted ways with assistant coach Josh Longstaff, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

Longstaff, 34, joined the Knicks in September 2014. was considered one of the hardest-working members on the Knicks staff, a source told Bondy.

Among his responsibilities included developing young players who would be used in New York's rotation, notably Willy HernangomezRon BakerLance Thomas and Langston Galloway, according to Bondy.

Last summer, he spent time with Kristaps Porzingis in Latvia to help him work on his game. Longstaff was Porzingis' favorite assistant coach, according to Bondy.

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Willy Hernangomez
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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) shoots over Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo (11) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) shoots over Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo (11) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)

While this season has been a major disappointment for the Knicks, the team's ability to develop its young players represents a glimmer of hope for the future of the franchise.

As Stefan Bondy of the Daily News points out, the Knicks coaching staff has put together several success stories. Lance Thomas joined the Knicks on a 10-day contract and eventually earned himself a spot in the starting lineup along with a $27 million deal. Langston Galloway began his career on a 10-day deal with New York, yet ended the season as an All-Rookie selection (before being signed away by the Pelicans a year later). Ron Baker went undrafted last year and is now starting and playing well for the Knicks. Willy Hernangomez was a second-round pick who has developed into an offensive weapon at just 22-years old. Undrafted rookie Chasson Randle is now starting to look like a piece of New York's future. Justin Holiday never played meaningful minutes before joining New York as a throwaway in the trade for Derrick Rose but is now averaging career-highs in every major statistical category. 

Besides Hernangomez, the rest of the players mentioned above went undrafted, while three played for the Knicks D-League team in Westchester. 

Tags: Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Willy Hernangomez
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Oct 8, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Chasson Randle (4) drives to the net between Brooklyn Nets forward Chris McCullough (1) and Brooklyn Nets forward Justin Hamilton (41) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 8, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Chasson Randle (4) drives to the net between Brooklyn Nets forward Chris McCullough (1) and Brooklyn Nets forward Justin Hamilton (41) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Year after year, young prospects head to the D-League following NBA training camp in an effort to develop notoriety for themselves. In turn, their minor league progress over the course of a basketball season adds tremendous credibility to their resume. With that in mind, players don't stick around for very long, even if an NBA deal doesn't come their way. The likes of Jimmer Fredette, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Travis Trice, Darion Atkins, and others have all flocked overseas this year following positive campaigns in Westchester.Out with the old, and in with the new.One way for the Knicks to replenish its D-League talent pool is through its training camp cuts. Both Cleanthony Early and Damien Ingles are set to be become full-time minor leaguers following time as D-League assignees last season. If the Knicks have their way, Chasson Randle will also forgo any international offers and head to Westchester as he heals from an orbital injury. Given the type of prowess he showed in training camp, he figures not to be there very long.The Knicks' efforts to build up its minor league squad continued Sunday with five new selections in the D-League Draft. While some figure to simply be training camp bodies, there are still a few intriguing names to recognize.

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Langston Galloway has agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, reports Ian Begley of ESPN New York.

He'll reportedly receive a two-year deal worth between $5 and $6 million annually that includes an opt-out for a third season, reports Marc Berman of the New York Post.

The Knicks offered Galloway roughly $3 million per year, according to Berman.

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Langston Galloway (Jennifer Stewart/USA Today Sports Images)
Langston Galloway (Jennifer Stewart/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks will make Langston Galloway a free agent after they rescinded a qualifying offer to him, ESPN's Ian Begley reports.

The move comes shortly after New York signed Brandon Jennings to a one-year deal.

The Knicks had a $2.7 million qualifying offer to Galloway, 24. The Knicks can still re-sign him, though rescinding the qualifying offer "makes it a bit more difficult," Begley notes.

Galloway averaged 7.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in 82 games with the Knicks last season. He averaged 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 45 games in 2014-15.

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 (Sam Sharpe/USA Today Sports Images)
(Sam Sharpe/USA Today Sports Images)

After agreeing to terms with Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee, the New York Knicks are trying to create more cap space by trading one of its players, ESPN's Ian Begley reports.

The Knicks have approximately $8.5 million in cap space after the two signings, according to Begley. He writes:

If the Knicks choose not to renounce Lance Thomas and keep their qualifying offer to Langston Galloway, as expected, they would have about $4.6 million in space. This number, though, presumes they rescind cap holds to their remaining free agents, including Derrick Williams, Sasha Vujacic, Lou Amundson and Kevin Seraphin.

Noah agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal, while Lee agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract. Carmelo Anthony will earn $24.5 million next season, Kristaps Porzingis $4.3 million and Derrick Rose $21.3 million, according to Basketball-Reference.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Kevin Seraphin, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Lou Amundson, Sasha Vujacic
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 (Brett Davis)
(Brett Davis)

Free agent G/F Evan Turner has agreed to a four-year deal with the Blazers worth $75 million, reports Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

The Knicks had been planning to meet with Turner, reported Ian Begley of ESPN.

Turner has played five seasons in the NBA, with the last two coming with the Celtics. He's alternated between shooting guard and small forward.

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The Knicks are reportedly working to retain Langston Galloway. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
The Knicks are reportedly working to retain Langston Galloway. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Newsday's Al Iannazzone reported league sources said the Knicks gave guard Langston Galloway a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent.

The Knicks can match any offer for Galloway, who has averaged 9.1 points and 3.8 assists in 127 games with New York. Phil Jackson has said he expects to re-sign Galloway, who is a Jackson favorite.

The free-agent negotiation period begins Friday at 12:01 a.m. The qualifying offer to Galloway was reportedly about $2.7 million.

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Derrick Rose (Kamil Krzaczynski/USA Today Sports Images)
Derrick Rose (Kamil Krzaczynski/USA Today Sports Images)

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By how I've learned Phil Jackson works, anything can happen on draft day, and the New York Knicks could look to deal further after a blockbuster trade that sent former No. 1 pick Derrick Rose to New York and Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant to the Chicago Bulls.

The buzz surrounding several draft prospects, like Brandon Ingram, Jamal Murray and Domantas Sabonis, at Wednesday's NBA Cares event at Basketball City, was that Jackson trading for Rose was a great move.

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Cleanthony Early, Jerian Grant, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez
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New York Knicks guard Langston Galloway (2) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Knicks defeated the Timberwolves 103-95. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Knicks guard Langston Galloway (2) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Knicks defeated the Timberwolves 103-95. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

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Once they officially announce Jeff Hornacek as the team's next head coach, the Knicks will have to move on to filling out the rest of its roster with players who are likely to succeed playing in his respective offense.

In addition to exploring the trade market, New York will obviously figure to be a major player in free agency this summer. With that in mind, there's a decision to be made regarding Langston Galloway.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

When Phil Jackson took over as Knicks president, he inherited a team with a somewhat murky future. The team lacked sufficient draft assets and didn't have much cap flexibility, either.

People can say what they want about Jackson, such that he's taking his sweet time hiring the Knicks' next head coach. And his efforts to change the Knicks' overall fortunates have undoubtedly been part of a very slow moving process without much proven positive results.

That said, he's been very effective in a couple of different areas. For starters, he's cleared cap space and given New York the flexibility to be big players in back-to-back summers. One could argue the talent he brought in last offseason wasn't enough to get the Knicks over the hump. But on the other hand, the team's coaching woes (decisions also spearheaded by Jackson, of course), are what truly held them back even more.

Tags: Jerian Grant, Kristaps Porzingis, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser
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Phil Jackson (Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports)
Phil Jackson (Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson will hold a meeting with interim coach Kurt Rambis and several players to go over the triangle system, according to multiple reports.

Jackson plans to review film and teach the system, which Jackson prefers to keep, with Rambis and several players, including Kristaps Porzingis, Jerian Grant, Tony Wroten, Langston Galloway and Jose Calderon, according to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola.

The Knicks, according to Jackson, played the Triangle more fluently when Rambis became interim coach after New York fired Derek Fisher.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jerian Grant, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Langston Galloway
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Brooklyn Nets interim head coach Tony Brown reacts against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets interim head coach Tony Brown reacts against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Langston Galloway scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-91 on Friday night to split the season series with their city rival.

Derrick Williams had 16 points in place of injured starter Kristaps Porzingis as the Knicks avoided dropping the four-game series for the second straight season. Jerian Grant, also getting a start because of injury, finished with 14 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 13.

Porzingis has a strained right shoulder and Jose Calderon is out with a deep thigh bruise. It's unclear if either will play again this season.

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic, Brook Lopez, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez, Thaddeus Young
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shoots over Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shoots over Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Langston Galloway scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-91 on Friday night to split the season series with their city rival.

Derrick Williams had 16 points in place of injured starter Kristaps Porzingis as the Knicks avoided dropping the four-game series for the second straight season. Jerian Grant, also getting a start because of injury, finished with 14 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 13.

Porzingis has a strained right shoulder and Jose Calderon is out with a deep thigh bruise. It's unclear if either will play again this season.

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic, Brook Lopez, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez, Thaddeus Young
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) argues a call with referee Justin Van Duyne (64) as Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) looks on during the second half at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) argues a call with referee Justin Van Duyne (64) as Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) looks on during the second half at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron)

On Wednesday night, the Knicks lost to an ever playoff hungry team in the Mavericks. While the defeat itself shouldn't be surprising (given that such desire is not shared by New York at this point in the year), but the nature of it sure is.

The Knicks not only looked inferior, but also disorganized. There's clearly no heart in this team, and as such, teammates are not playing together. They're not only getting agitated by themselves, but each other as well, and it shows. There's growing tension amongst them, and it shows. 

It's difficult to gauge how such a team would compete, if led by a competent coaching staff. Still, Phil Jackson has to assess the team as it is now; it's clear certain players are giving up, and that may influence his decision to (or not to) bring them back as the team regroups for next season.

Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Even with the Knicks out of contention and the season winding down, interim coach Kurt Rambis said he has no plans to adjust the starting lineup (Mar. 28).

Specifcally, Rambis said he sees no reason to give Jerian Grant any starts.

The 30-44 Knicks have eight games remaining this season.

Tags: Jerian Grant, Jose Calderon, Langston Galloway, Sasha Vujacic, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (8) is defended by Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Sacramento Kings defeated the New York Knicks 88-80. (Steven Ryan)
New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (8) is defended by Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Sacramento Kings defeated the New York Knicks 88-80. (Steven Ryan)

Another evening simply resulted in yet another defeat for the Knicks, who have proven unable to win without Carmelo Anthony this season.

To be fair, Anthony's health hasn't been as much of a concern as it has been in past seasons. Still, the team looked absolutely lost against Sacramento. A lack of fluidity on offense in the first quarter was arguably what led to the their eventual demise, putting a very quick nail in New York's coffin. 

Sacramento has a worse record than the Knicks, and at many different points in Sunday's matchup, they showed why. Much like their opponent, they too were in disarray quite often. In what may have been his last audition of sorts before the Knicks ponder signing him in free agency, Rajon Rondo had one of his sloppier games of the year, tallying just 2 points, 6 assists, and committing 4 turnovers. He didn't look to have command over the Kings' offense.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jerian Grant, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez, Keith Schlosser
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New York has lost 15 of their last 18 games. ( Adam Hunger)
New York has lost 15 of their last 18 games. ( Adam Hunger)

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As the Knicks continue to spiral out of control, things are getting rather blurry. Many of their losses are beginning to look exactly the same, largely in part because they falter again and again in all too familiar fashion.

On Tuesday, New York kept pace with the Blazers early on, but they seemed content with competing for only a portion of the contest. There was a point where the intensity just wavered; the Knicks let up, started to go easy, and from there on out, Portland took control and never looked back. This team, now losers of 15 of their last 18, has forgotten how to win. They are in a funk, and seemingly don't recall the necessary mannerisms and/or actions to carry themselves in a confident manner. There are fingers to point in plenty of directions, ranging from the players who just give up well too easily, back to the coaching staff that allows such a let up in the first place.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jose Calderon, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Knicks struggled against the Heat on Sunday night, failing to show much (or any) of the fight and effort that was on display Friday against the Magic. When watching New York on a nightly basis, it's like a tale of two teams.

Against a quality team like Miami, many of the Knicks' weaknesses and vulnerabilities were exposed. Without Arron Afflalo -- whose knee MRI came back negative on Monday -- by Carmelo Anthony's side to create a balanced offensive attack, Melo quickly fell victim to a pestering opposing defense.

Unable to turn to anyone else to help set the scoring tone, the Knicks failed to put forth a consistent attack despite building up some momentum and attempting to narrow their deficit here and there. That same effort was simply not there throughout. This, of course, has been one of the team's biggest problems all season long. There's not enough depth to this team, and such players don't know how to fight back and/or win.

Here are more observations from the loss...

  • Dwyane Wade quietly scorched the Knicks, pouring in his points in bunches with each passing quarter. Leading his team with 26 points, the veteran shot 9-of-20 from the field and really seemed to keep Langston Galloway guessing all game long. It was one of the first contests where the defensive-minded Galloway (who got the start for Afflalo) appeared visibly inferior and clearly outmatched.
  • Carmelo Anthony played nearly 42 minutes, despite obvious struggles. He wasn't carrying the team by any means, simply because he wasn't producing enough. It wasn't necessary to play him this much, and such a misjudgment is something Kurt Rambis needs to figure out before he begins burning the star forward out, though some may argue he's already beginning to do so.
  • In addition to mismanaging Anthony's minutes, Rambis doesn't seem to have a handle on how to create and/or respond to different mismatches. There were times where the Knicks were on a run, and the coach would make premature substitutions and disrupt the team's rhythm. On the flip side, he left certain players in for too long, despite clear struggles.
  • The Garden crowd was clearly filled with Heat fans, who cheered for the opponent all game long. Amar'e Stoudemire arrived to a decent reception from the fans, and Knicks guards Jose Calderon and Sasha Vujacic were welcomed and/or escorted out by boos at multiple points.
Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser

New York Knicks guard Arron Afflalo against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks guard Arron Afflalo against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)

Kurt Rambis acknowledged Arron Afflalo is dealing with a bruised thigh.

"He's got, my understanding, a bruised thigh, which can make that thigh really tight and hard to move and hard to explode off of," Rambis said to the New York Post. "... [On Wednesday], he wasn't moving well. That is why I cut his minutes."

Rambis didn't convey just how long Afflalo had been fighting through the pain, but there's no denying the guard has gone cold as of late. Over the last three games, he's averaged 7.3 points on just 30 percent shooting from the field. 

Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser
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 (Brian Spurlock)
(Brian Spurlock)

For weeks now, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks' coaching staff have craved better overall efforts from the players around him. And while on Wednesday night, they finally seemed to receive all that and more from many contributors, Anthony himself failed to meet such a similar standard.

The Knicks caught somewhat of a break as the Pacers' Paul George got off to a very slow start. That gave them an opportunity to find their rhythm as a team and find a comfortable pace, all while keeping the game close throughout.

Once George got going, the likes of Kyle O'Quinn (19 points), Jose Calderon (20 points) and Langston Galloway (17 points) all helped keep New York afloat, but there was no doubt they were missing Anthony's contributions down the stretch to help give them that necessary extra push.

Here's a look at some other observations from the loss...

  • On a night where many things went right, the Knicks' downfall was due to their poor execution down the stretch. The three-point shot opportunities created for Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony were not very strong plays at all. One would have to think that the Knicks could have spaced the floor and created higher-percentage opportunities, especially if they chose to use Anthony as a decoy and targeted a player towards someone else with a hot hand.
  • Anthony's frustrations are clearly mounting, and this time, such pressure impacted his play on the court rather than just his demeanor afterwards. As things continued to boil over, Anthony looked discouraged (and arguably downright delirious in disbelief following the last play of the game). What's more, he let his emotions get the best of him with a poorly-timed technical late in the fourth.
  • Kurt Rambis shortened his rotation to nine players, which was a good move when hoping to get the team's core guys into more of a rhythm. But as the season continues to get away from them, it's important he roll the dice on New York's younger players like Jerian Grant, Derrick Williams, and even Jimmer Fredette. Obviously they were still trying to win that one in Indiana.
  • It's a shame O'Quinn hasn't been nearly as consistent as he was on Wednesday all season long. Obviously, 19 points marks a season-high for him, but just the idea that he could be versatile, aggressive, and knock down the occasional perimeter jumper in transition would help the Knicks tremendously.
  • The back-and-forth battle between positive contributions from Kristaps Porzngis (22 points) and Robin Lopez (4 points) continued. Lacking other strong offensive options around the perimeter, the Knicks need to figure out how to incorporate both big men to help carry them on the offensive end a bit more, especially when a guy like Anthony is ice cold.
Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez

New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) rises up to dunk during the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) rises up to dunk during the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

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On the surface, the Knicks' defeat at the hands of the Washington Wizards could simply look like more of the same of what the team has displayed all season long. A loss in the closing seconds to a superior squad equals the same result, despite a different coach in Kurt Rambis stepping up to the plate.

But digging deeper, subtle but positive changes could be found throughout the course of Tuesday's contest. Though New York fell behind early, perhaps a halftime chat from Rambis was enough to light the necessary spark. The Knicks came out of the locker room looking like a much different team. They played with energy on both ends of the floor, moved the ball better in the second half, and didn't get easily discouraged as a group. Despite trailing, they didn't just merely lay down and take the loss. The Knicks fought relatively hard for the final 24 minutes of the game.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jerian Grant, Kristaps Porzingis, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher (centre) prepares to draw up a play with assistant coaches Jim Cleamons (right) and Rasheed Hazzard durng a time out against Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)
New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher (centre) prepares to draw up a play with assistant coaches Jim Cleamons (right) and Rasheed Hazzard durng a time out against Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)

Without the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Jose Calderon, one might expect the Knicks to get blown out by a Raptors team led by two NBA all-stars on the road. 

But surprisingly enough, New York was able to hang tough throughout much of the contest. Much like their matchup with the Thunder earlier in the week, the Knicks received scrappy and gritty efforts from a number of players. Robin Lopez and Kyle O'Quinn manned the paint to the best of their abilities, but Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas was a beast on the offensive boards and fought hard to create massive second-chance scoring opportunities for his team. 

Given the weapons they had in available in their arsenal, it's impressive how close the Knicks remained, even closing the gap further at times with mini runs here and there. But in the end, they lacked the killer instinct to really attempt and get Toronto up against the wall. Players didn't seem to believe in themselves. No one or two players were confident enough to lead the charge and attack the opponent when they were teetering towards losing the lead. Gaining such a mentality comes with time together and added maturity as a team, regardless of whether or not the stars are suiting up. Just ask the Spurs.

Tags: Derrick Williams, Jerian Grant, Kyle O'Quinn, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez, Sasha Vujacic, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks shooting guard Langston Galloway (2) reacts after a game-tying three point shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Thunder defeated the Knicks 128-122 in overtime. (Brad Penner)
New York Knicks shooting guard Langston Galloway (2) reacts after a game-tying three point shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Thunder defeated the Knicks 128-122 in overtime. (Brad Penner)

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Despite failing to come up with a victory against the Thunder on Tuesday night, the Knicks had to be pleased with their overall effort. New York still managed to push OKC to its limit without Carmelo Anthony, which meant plenty of other key contributors stepped up to the plate and subsequently shined. 

Langston Galloway led six players in double-figures with a season-high 21 points, shooting 7 of 13, including four clutch daggers from long range. He was feeling it all night long. Such assertiveness is something that the Knicks have sorely missed from Galloway this season.

Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser
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Philadelphia 76ers forward Nerlens Noel defends New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during the first overtime at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
Philadelphia 76ers forward Nerlens Noel defends New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during the first overtime at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

In what has become a traditional matinee matchup for the Knicks on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the team surprisingly came out with all guns blazing to start. Unfortunately, so did their opponent, the 76ers.

Both teams were successfully firing from all cylinders as the game began. A defensive effort was nowhere to be found. Philadelphia pounded the ball inside to Jahlil Okafor (20 points) for much of the first three quarters, and the big man easily had his way with New York's front court. Ish Smith was helping his team run circles around the Knicks. After two strong middle quarters for the home team, they slowed down in the fourth, but the 76ers did not.

This led to the evaporation of an 18-point lead. The Knicks were in dire straits, but luckily, a seemingly still-hampered-by-injury Carmelo Anthony bailed them out with a game-tying 3-pointer. Two overtimes later, and New York came out victorious, 119-113. Here's a look at some more observations from the Knicks.

- Jose Calderon had a lot of trouble slowing down Smith. Though the opposing guard was overzealous with his own shot, his 16 assists brought out the best in his teammates. Once the Knicks made a key switch that saw Langston Galloway defending him instead, they were able to maintain a lead and control the tempo a bit more.

- It's up for debate whether or not Derek Fisher should be credited with making key substitutions down the stretch. Did he time them correctly, or were they made simply out of desperation? The Knicks lacked respective injections of offense and defense when they needed to mix things up. Galloway and Lou Amundson, among others, eventually came up with huge plays and stops with the game on the line.

- Anthony was clearly still hampered by his nagging injury, despite playing an intense 49 minutes. He was grimacing throughout, hesitating to attack the basket. His shot was way off, despite his clutch make in the fourth. The Knicks should consider sitting him again against the Jazz on Wednesday.

- Nonetheless, as Anthony served as a bit of a decoy, Arron Afflalo stepped up in his stead. The guard is a very efficient scorer who is a near perfectionist at pushing off defenders and cashing in on off-balance jumpers. He led New York with 25 points, whereas Anthony had seven assists.

- New York was against the ropes at different points in this contest, but free throw shooting was a big difference maker in a game where both teams were otherwise strong offensively. The Knicks shot 83 percent to the 76ers' 52 percent, as the loser fell short of converting on clutch opportunities late in the game. New York did not.

Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony, Jose Calderon, Langston Galloway, Lou Amundson, Keith Schlosser

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Carmelo Anthony returns as the Knicks take on the 76ers on Monday at Madison Square Garden at 1 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • New York is 2-0 against Philadelphia this season and owns a 13-4 record against the 76ers since the beginning of the 2011-12 season. That is the Knicks' best record against a single opponent in that span.
  • The Knicks lost both games of their two-game road trip, including a 103-95 loss at Memphis Friday. However, New York has won four straight games at home, their longest home winning streak of the season.
  • In his first start of the season, Langston Galloway recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds Saturday at Memphis. Galloway started 41 games last year but came off the bench in the Knicks' first 41 games of 2015-16.
  • Philadelphia capped a six-game homestand with a win against Portland Saturday, 114-89. The 25-point victory was the 76ers' largest since the 2013-14 season (25-point win March 29, 2014 vs. Detroit).
  • Jahlil Okafor led the Sixers with 25 points and 10 rebounds against the Trail Blazers. His 6 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds are the most by a Sixers rookie since Clarence Weatherspoon in 1992-93 (also six).
  • Nerlens Noel tallied four steals and four blocked shots Saturday against Portland. He now has five career games with at least four steals and four blocks, the most by any NBA player since the beginning of last season.
Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Langston Galloway

 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Knicks have been hurting without Carmelo Anthony, though a return home and a matchup with the NBA's worst team could provide a remedy.

With Anthony hopeful to return, the Knicks look to end a two-game losing streak in Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Knicks recorded a fourth straight win at Madison Square Garden but lost Anthony to a sprained right ankle in Tuesday's 120-114 victory over Boston. They've since dropped two straight on the road with the star forward out of the lineup to fall to 0-4 when Anthony hasn't played.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Langston Galloway
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New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher talks to his team from the sidelines during the first half of an NBA game against the Chicago Bulls at United Center. (Kamil Krzaczynski)
New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher talks to his team from the sidelines during the first half of an NBA game against the Chicago Bulls at United Center. (Kamil Krzaczynski)

An hour long film session following the Knicks New Year's Day loss to Chicago has sparked New York's current three-game winning streak, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post (Jan. 8).

The Knicks were outscored 31-8 in the fourth quarter of their 108-81 loss to the Bulls. Head coach Derek Fisher decided the team needed to go back to the drawing board as he held his longest film session of the year in which he held the players accountable.

"He was upset with us,'' Langston Galloway said. "And most guys were upset with themselves, too because we didn't play up to our level. He probably knows what we can do and the level we can get to. Seeing that game brought back old memories."

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Langston Galloway, Tim Reilly
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 (Jaime Valdez )
(Jaime Valdez )

As Isaiah Thomas helped lift the Celtics over the Knicks on Sunday, he gave New York a glimpse into the type of player they need at point guard. But what appears to have been forgotten as of late is that the Knicks actually employ a young player with many of the same tools: Langston Galloway.

The 26-year-old Thomas is quick to react and often makes good decisions as he pushes the pace. He can penetrate, finish strong at the basket, and hit the occasional jumper as well. At 5'9", he's still a pesky defender. While Thomas is still turnover prone, it only appears due to his eagerness to get his teammates involved as he makes the transition to becoming more of a facilitator.

Such versatility from Galloway would make things easier for New York's other players. 

Tags: Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser
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Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara)
Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara)

The Knicks suffered their fourth straight loss on Sunday night, falling to the Celtics. The nature of such a defeat is becoming all too familiar for New York, as team intensity continues to waver as the players perform lethargically. 

Though the team started last season going 5-36, this 14-18 squad doesn't look much different right about now. How does a squad with so many personnel changes look so similar? In this case, the coach is the culprit. On Saturday night against Atlanta, Coach Derek Fisher messed with the team's rhythm early on, even as they were finding success. On Sunday in Boston, he instead fell asleep at the wheel, failing to make the substitutions necessary to ensure the Knicks met the Celtics' level of intensity.

Despite being led by the ever pesky Isaiah Thomas on the offensive end, defensively is where Boston shined. Paced by the likes of Jae Crowder and Amir Johnson, the hometown team's physical brand of defense overwhelmed the Knicks. Spacing was limited as ample ball pressure was applied. Jose Calderon struggled on Thomas, but Langston Galloway quietly did a decent job, at least through three quarters. The Knicks could have overcome his late game heroics, if the rhythm Carmelo Anthony and Co. seemed to find in the third quarter (they outscored the Celtics 26-23) lasted all game long. Building a consistent effort seems to be a difficult thing to do right now. Here are more observations from the loss:

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Boston Celtics, Derrick Williams, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser
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 (Russell Isabella)
(Russell Isabella)

Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said after Wednesday's loss to the Jazz that he might change the starting lineup.

The Knicks, who have lost four games in a row, have been using Kristaps Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon, and Arron Afflalo.

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jose Calderon, Kevin Seraphin, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez, Keith Schlosser
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 (Russell Isabella)
(Russell Isabella)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Gordon Hayward scored 24 points and the Utah Jazz bullied the New York Knicks from start to finish in a 106-85 victory Wednesday night.

Hayward was aggressive from the opening tip and shot 9 for 14 from the field, including four 3-pointers, to go along with four rebounds and five assists.

The Jazz led 70-37 early in the third quarter for their largest lead in any game this season.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Jose Calderon, Langston Galloway
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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis drives the ball against Houston Rockets power forward Terrence Jones. (Gregory Fisher)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis drives the ball against Houston Rockets power forward Terrence Jones. (Gregory Fisher)

No Carmelo Anthony proved to be no problem for the Knicks on Sunday night. Taking on the Rockets as their star sat out with an illness, New York shot an impressive 58 percent from the field and saw five players score in double-figures. Four players dished out 4 assists. The ball movement was there, and so was the efficiency. Stepping up for Anthony, Arron Afflalo was assertive, attacking the basket and knocking down a plethora of jumpers from the corners en route to scoring 31 points. Kristaps Porzingis wasn't far behind with 20, but he was even more impressive as he crashed the boards and manned the paint. He gave the Knicks a very strong interior presence against the likes of Dwight Howard and Clint Capela.

Their offensive effort helped the Knicks jump out to a commanding lead, but their defensive effort wasn't bad, either. New York held James Harden, the league's second-leading scoring, to just 36 percent from the field. They made him work for his points, and kept him at bay pretty much until he finally began to persevere with the game on the line.

Alas, much of this would make it sound like New York went home with a victory. But this wasn't the case. The game came down to a few last minute poor decisions down the stretch, including some missed timeout opportunities, poorly run plays, and an inability to keep up the same type of effort from start to finish. Here's a look at some more observations from the game.

Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Derrick Williams, Houston Rockets, Kevin Seraphin, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser
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Taking a one-point lead into the second quarter against the league-leading Warriors, the Knicks arguably had one of their best opening?quarters of the entire season.

They kept up with Golden State, trading buckets and maintaining a certain tempo in the early goings. From there, the home team picked up the pace even more. The Knicks' defense was spread too thin, as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson nearly single-handedly sunk New York. They each knocked down six daggers from deep a piece.

From there on out, things got back to normal for New York. Nevertheless, despite the loss, there were still some takeaways worth making note of, especially as the team continues to explore different players as potential fits for next season's roster. See below for more observations.

Tags: golden state warriors, Klay Thompson, Knicks, Langston Galloway, New York Knicks, stephen curry, warriors, Keith Schlosser
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Earlier this season, the Knicks struck gold as they plucked Langston Galloway from the NBA D-League. The rookie guard has had some ups and downs so far, and his shooting is streaky, but he's nevertheless shown plenty of promise for an undrafted player. In 21 games, Galloway has averaged 11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.1 steals.

Such success, moderate as it may be, was enough to earn him a partially guaranteed contract toward next season. This season, the Knicks have ridded themselves of Amar'e Stoudemire, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, and Pablo Prigioni. Carmelo Anthony is out for the year, and Jose Calderon is currently sidelined. Needless to say, there's nothing competitively at stake for the rest of the campaign. One might think that would give the Knicks an opportunity to explore different talents and take chances on young guns and/or potential diamonds in the rough. Instead, they've filled out the roster with the likes of eight-year vet Lou Amundson, Lance Thomas (with his third team in four seasons), and 26 year-old Alexey Shved. They've also neglected to utilize the vacant spot on the roster. All three players, experienced as they are, will be free agents at the end of the season. In other?words, they'll all be available for the taking in the summer, if the Knicks are so inclined and have that much interest. What's more, each player has already proven a fair amount in their careers. What you see is, more or less, what you get. A league source recently told TheKnicksBlog.com?and SNY.tv that the Knicks appear hesitant to pull the trigger on some of the younger and/or more inexperienced players available, perhaps including others in the D-League. The final weeks of the season seem to be the most opportune time to do so. The Knicks have nothing to lose, yet so much more to gain. Employing veteran players at this point is the safe bet. There's nothing wrong with that; that's why it's considered "safe." Such players have come together in recent weeks to provide New York with some rare bright spots this season. Should such progress be attributed to the fact that similar success has been difficult to come by this season, or do these new additions actually deserve praise? Nevertheless, the players the Knicks are choosing to depend and/or rely upon in the final weeks don't exactly have high ceilings. They may be consistent, but that's about as it good as it'll get. Should the team instead choose to focus on developing potential contributors, the possibility?for those players to make a more substantial impact in years to come, as the team?continues to build, may turn out to be greater. Just look at Galloway's steady progress thus far as proof.
Tags: Knicks, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser

As Phil Jackson prepares to put his own stamp on the Knicks and build from the ground up this coming summer, he and the rest of the team's brass will use the rest of this season to evaluate and examine which?of New York's current players may be worth holding onto.

Of course, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Hardaway Jr., Pablo Prigioni, and Jose Calderon are among those currently under contract for next season. Langston Galloway is owed a partial guarantee. Other options include Lance Thomas and Travis Wear.

In Wear's case, the forward turned heads following Summer League and training camp, impressing just enough, not only to sneak onto the opening night roster, but also earn his full guaranteed salary after managing to stick around past January.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, david wear, jose calderson, Knicks, lance thomas, Langston Galloway, LeBron James, New York Knicks, Pablo Prigioni, Phil Jackson, reno bighorns, sacramento kings, travis wear, Keith Schlosser
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UConn (28-8) vs. Iowa State?(28-7)

When: 6:17 p.m. EST

Tags: Langston Galloway, Men's Basketball, UCONN, UConn
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UConn (27-8) vs. Villanova (29-4)

When: 9:40 p.m. EST

Tags: Langston Galloway, Men's Basketball, UCONN, UConn
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UConn (26-8) vs. St. Joseph's (24-9)

When: 6:55 p.m. EST

Tags: Langston Galloway, Men's Basketball, UCONN, UConn
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