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Wednesday's game didn't provide much clarity in the Knicks' starting point guard competition.

Dennis Smith Jr. was out of rhythm in his preseason debut, shooting 1-for-5 in 20 minutes. Elfrid Payton was a DNP, by design. And Frank Ntilikina defended well but didn't provide the offensive spark that David Fizdale said he's looking for in his starting point guard.

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Knicks come up short vs Hawks 00:01:44
David Fizdale, Julius Randle and Frank Ntilikina on the Knicks 100-96 pre-season loss to Atlanta

The Knicks fell to the Atlanta Hawks, 100-96, on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game...

1) David Fizdale started Dennis Smith Jr. at point guard, as the coach said before the game that he wanted to mix up the starting lineup. Smith Jr.'s night did not get off to a great start, as he quickly picked up two fouls in the first three minutes, finding himself back on the bench in a hurry. Frank Ntilikina was then called upon off the bench. Like Smith Jr. though, Ntilikina was not very impressive. The duo combined for just six points. Meanwhile, Elfrid Payton did not play. Ntilikina did come up with a pair of key defensive plays in the game's fiinal minutes. 

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New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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If you've seen LeBron James' comments on the NBA-China controversy (and the reaction to those comments), you know that the ripple effects of Daryl Morey's tweet in support of demonstrators in Hong Kong will be felt for some time. 

There's plenty to unpack with this story: free speech issues, the NBA -- and many other companies -- conducting business with a country that critics say has a history of oppressing dissent, and the potential financial fallout for the league and its players from losing revenue from the business they do in China. 

It's way too early to predict how much revenue the league may lose in the aftermath of last week's events. But the lost revenue -- if it's high enough -- will have a tangible impact on the Knicks. 

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Damyean Dotson, Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Ian Begley
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The Knicks fell to the Wizards 115-99 in their preseason home opener. >> Box Score

Six things to know from Friday's game...

1) Right off the opening tip, Julius Randle showed off his ability as a point-forward. Off of a Washington miss, Randle hauled in the defensive rebound and brought the ball up the court himself, something that Knicks fans can expect to see often this season. Randle then backed down the much smaller Ish Smith, and then kicked it out to an open Marcus Morris, who drained the three. Randle finished the night with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists.

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Fizdale announces starting five 00:01:25
David Fizdale announced his starting five ahead of the preseason matchup with the Wizards. Dennis Smith Jr. elaborated on his back injury.

New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

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Based on what we've heard from players at Knicks training camp, defense has been a priority this week. You'll get your first look at the Knicks' defense in action on Monday when they open the preseason in Washington.

Something to expect? Ball pressure. That's been a point of emphasis during camp.

"Me and all my teammates, we pay a lot of attention to pressuring the ball on defense. And not letting the opposing team be comfortable offensively," Frank Ntilikina, one of the team's top defenders, said Sunday. "So yes, you will see that from the Knicks."

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Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) dunks during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) dunks during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

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Veteran Knicks big man Taj Gibson has been impressed by Mitchell Robinson so far.

"He has a lot more to offer than what you see. He's only scratched the surface," Gibson said Friday. "He's real talented and athletic but he shows a lot more in practice. He can shoot the ball. He's a great shot-blocker. He has so much to offer. It's up to us to bring it out of him."

Robinson will likely start at center for the Knicks this year. You can argue that his progression in Year 2 -- and beyond -- is one of the Knicks' most important tasks. Robinson established himself as one of the top young shotblockers in the league this season. He plans to start shooting from the perimeter this year. If he can continue to develop on both ends of the court, the 21-year-old could give the Knicks something every NBA team covets -- a shot blocking 7-footer who can shoot threes.

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Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) is pictured during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) is pictured during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

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A few notes and observations from Knicks training camp on Thursday:

RJ Barrett spent some time talking to Hall of Famer Bernard King on Thursday.

King didn't want to reveal too much about the conversation, but he seems impressed by the Knicks' No. 3 overall pick.

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David Fizdale plans to use Julius Randle all over the floor this season. 

"I'm gonna have him handling pick-and-roll. I'm gonna have him setting pick-and-rolls. He'll post and (isolate) and I'll run pindowns for him, cross-screens and pindowns. For a guy like that with that kind of talent I wanna move him around and utilize the skillset from different parts of the floor," Fizdale said Wednesday. 

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Evaluating Frank Ntilikina 00:00:56
Ian Begley addresses the strong showing from Frank Ntilikina after a good summer playing for France. Also, Dennis Smith Jr. turned heads.

A lot has changed for Knicks PG Dennis Smith Jr. this summer. And it wasn't just his jumper. 

Smith spoke to the media at practice Wednesday, and he admitted being down about 15 pounds since the end of last season. The Knicks had told him to cut weight, and he did just that. 

Of course, that came with some food sacrifices.

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Knicks hold intense practice 00:01:16
The Knicks held a very focused practice centered around defense and Mitchell Robinson let everyone know he's ready to shoot 3's.

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After working on his 3-point shot all summer, Mitchell Robinson plans to let it fly from beyond the arc this season. 

"Why work on something you're not going to use? I'm looking forward to it," the second-year center said after the first practice of Knicks training camp. 

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Mar 17, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Mar 17, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Heading into his sixth NBA season, Julius Randle is excited to be playing for the Knicks. It will be Randle's first season with New York, after signing a three-year $63 million contract with the team over the summer. He spent his first four years with the Los Angeles Lakers and the 2018-2019 season with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Randle acknowledged that he's going to be a leader with his new team, and is focused on helping center Mitchell Robinson take a leap forward in his second season in the league.

"That was one of the things I talked to Fiz about, that I was extremely excited about. Mitch has no clue how talented he is, how good he can be," Randle said. "Me being a leader of this team, I'm definitely going to push him, to try to maximize his potential. That's a kid I'm extremely excited to play with day in and day out."

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Dennis Smith Jr. (Brad Penner)
Dennis Smith Jr. (Brad Penner)

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How does Dennis Smith Jr.'s new shot look in five-on-five scrimmages?

"It's a lot better," David Fizdale said on Tuesday. "It's a lot less movement, it's more efficient. He put in a lot of time on the fundamentals this summer. But it's a process. He'll have days where it's not as great. But I think consistently now he's got a shot that has a better chance of going in."

Smith Jr. has worked extensively on his shot this summer with Knicks assistant coach Keith Smart. He shot 42 percent overall and 32 percent from beyond the arc this season. The Knicks, obviously, would like to see those percentages increase in Smith Jr.'s third NBA season.

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Breaking down Knicks practice 00:00:45
Ian Begley breaks down the Knicks first day of Training Camp. Robinson says he's ready to hit 3's while Barrett is working on everything.

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How does Dennis Smith Jr.'s new shot look in five-on-five scrimmages?

"It's a lot better," David Fizdale said on Tuesday. "It's a lot less movement, it's more efficient. He put in a lot of time on the fundamentals this summer. But it's a process. He'll have days where it's not as great. But I think consistently now he's got a shot that has a better chance of going in."

Smith Jr. has worked extensively on his shot this summer with Knicks assistant coach Keith Smart. He shot 42 percent overall and 32 percent from beyond the arc this season. The Knicks, obviously, would like to see those percentages increase in Smith Jr.'s third NBA season.

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Kevin Knox and RJ Barrett
Kevin Knox and RJ Barrett

The NBA is entering a season where there are numerous teams in contention for a championship and even more poised to push for a long playoff run. With the Knicks being perhaps the only team in the division out of contention, the Atlantic Division features some heavy hitters.

In a league built on stars, the Atlantic has All-Stars in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. There's also players on the rise and poised to eventually make an all-star team in Pascal Siakam and Jayson Tatum.

Player movement is at an all-time high, so don't expect any of these teams to look exactly the same five years from now. All five teams in the division feature interesting rosters with numerous questions about how they look currently, as well as where they will be in the next five years. 

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Former No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet is scheduled to participate in workouts with the Knicks in Westchester again this week, agent Jerry Dianis told SNY.

The Knicks may have an open spot for training camp, depending on what happens with Kris Wilkes. Wilkes had a 2-way agreement with the Knicks but, according to the New York Post, they may not end up having Wilkes on the roster.

It was first reported on Aug. 28 that Hasheem Thabeet had been participating in informal 5-on-5 scrimmages alongside Knicks players, SNY learned more about the former No. 2 overall pick's involvement with members of the team going forward.

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Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Coming into the 2019-20 season, the New York Knicks have low outside expectations. A failed bid to sign superstar Kevin Durant as well as guard Kyrie Irving forced the Knicks to alter their free agent plans. They signed a pu pu platter of mid-tier free agents to short-term contracts that will allow them to re-enter free agency next summer.

The youth movement is underway in New York and many questions still remain about the direction the organization is heading in. The failure to sign any big name free agents has lowered the bar for the Knicks as a team. The need for in-house player development is more important than it has ever been for a franchise that hasn't re-signed a first round pick to a second contract since 1994 first rounder Charlie Ward.

Despite the expectations that the team will finish with one of the worst records in the NBA, there are still positives to look forward to for the upcoming season. 

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David Fizdale
David Fizdale

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Knicks training camp has some intriguing storylines.

We'll all be keeping an eye on RJ Barrett, the position battles (Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton at point guard, for one), Mitchell Robinson's progression, Frank Ntilikina's status, etc.

It will be interesting to see who starts and who comes off the bench in preseason games and who earns a spot in the regular-season rotation.

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 (Brad Penner)
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Two days after first reporting that Hasheem Thabeet had been participating in informal 5-on-5 scrimmages alongside Knicks players, SNY learned more about the former No. 2 overall pick's involvement with members of the team going forward.

Thabeet's agent Jerry Dianis told SNY's Ian Begley that the 7-foot-3 center is set to continue playing with the Knicks in New York next week.

In addition to the informal 5-on-5 scrimmages, Dianis told Begley that Thabeet will work out for a second time with the Milwaukee Bucks from Sept. 8-12.

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Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Former No. 2 overall pick Hasheem Thabeet has been participating in informal scrimmages with some of the Knicks in New York City this week and is expected to be with the club for at least the next few days, per SNY sources.

New York currently has 19 players under contract -- one fewer than the maximum of 20 for training camp. So they have room to add Thabeet, a 7-foot-3 center, to their training camp roster if they choose.

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Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports  (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

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Last week in New Jersey, several Knicks were in attendance for the NBA's Rookie Transition Program, a four-day event that the league and the NBPA put together to help rookies adjust to life as a pro athlete. Players listened to experts, ex-players and their peers discuss topics ranging from sexual health to social media.

"At the core of what we're doing is, 'How are you the best professional you can be? And how are you clear and concise in what your decision-making process is?" says Greg Taylor, the NBA's Head of Player Development. 

Second-year Knicks Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier were among the players in attendance this year. Rookies RJ Barrett and Iggy Brazdeikis were there as well. 

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Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports  (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 13, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Knicks fans received a bit of a scare on Thursday when it was learned that Mitchell Robinson has been dealing with a knee injury at Team USA World Cup training camp in Las Vegas. 

Robinson, who is playing for US Select Team which practices against Team USA's World Cup roster, reaggravated his injury during a session on Wednesday, per The Post's Marc Berman

Thanks to a video from The Daily News' Stefan Bondy, you can see Kyle Kuzma drive to the rim and Robinson looks to slip and take a fall, but quickly get up...

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Jul 9, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) dribbles during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Toronto Raptors at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 9, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) dribbles during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Toronto Raptors at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

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Knicks rookie RJ Barrett will not participate in the FIBA World Cup for Team Canada, SNY sources confirm.

Barrett suffered a mild calf strain -- not believed to be significant -- during Summer League in Las Vegas, which may have factored in to the decision.

Barrett, a Toronto native, played for Team Canada regularly as a younger player.

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Mar 9, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) backs towards the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie (20) plays defense in the second half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Mar 9, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) backs towards the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie (20) plays defense in the second half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

Bobby Portis has a lofty goal for his first season with the Knicks. 

The former first-round pick is hopeful the Knicks will win hardware as a team despite being big underdogs heading into 2019, but he's got a personal agenda as well. 

"I envision myself being a Sixth Man of the Year candidate," Portis told the New York Post." Last year I was in the running at the beginning of the season, playing well. That's in the back of my mind for sure. Naysayers will say I'm crazy. I feel it's going to come for me one day for sure. I play my role really well."

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Clyde Frazier on Knicks and Nets 00:03:07
SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley chats with Walt "Clyde" Frazier about the Knicks offseason, and the big free agents that ended up in Brooklyn.

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Knicks great Clyde Frazier was 'shocked' when Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving signed with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency. But he doesn't see those moves as a sign that the Knicks have ceded their title as the most relevant NBA team in New York. 

Frazier thinks the Knicks pivoted well after missing on Durant and their other top targets - and he doesn't see these Nets teams having more success than the Jason Kidd/Kenyon Martin Nets clubs that reached back-to-back Finals in the early 2000s. 

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The Knicks entered the summer with major aspirations and a blank checkbook, coming out the other side without their franchise-altering superstar but a deep roster of legitimate NBA talent. Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson, Marcus Morris, Elfrid Payton, Reggie Bullock and Wayne Ellington signed via free agency, while R.J. Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis were picked up in the draft, joining a young core of Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith Jr. and others. 

This crop of developing players showed their worth over the past few weeks at Las Vegas Summer League, and are key to New York's continued rebuild. However, the dearth of more established contributors will make getting everybody their due minutes difficult.

These veterans were signed to build up their own and the organization's reputation through their play and to potentially be moved on their flexible deals. Here's how the Knicks may be able to accomplish that while still allowing their inexperienced pieces enough burn to grow. 

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Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Kenny Wooten (41) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports  (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Kenny Wooten (41) looks on during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Kenny Wooten was one of the real positive surprises for the Knicks during their Summer League schedule.

As a result, the 6-foot-9 center has agreed to terms on an Exhibit 10 contract with the Knicks, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

With his Exhibit 10 deal, Wooten will receive an invite to Knicks training camp. The deal is non-guaranteed and does not count towards the Knicks salary cap, and if Wooten is waived, he can earn up to $50,000 if he spends at least 60 days with the Knicks G-League affiliate in Westchester. 

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Apr 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale and guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale and guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Emmanuel Mudiay has faith in the Knicks. 

The 22-year-old guard may no longer be on the team, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Utah Jazz this summer, but Mudiay believes New York should be excited about some of the pieces the organization has, starting with head coach David Fizdale. 

"This year wasn't the year to judge him for his work, but he's taken teams to the playoffs before," he told Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News. "So I think it's only a matter of time. If they keep putting the right people around him, then he'll flourish."

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Which Robinson?: Nate or Mitch 00:01:02
Former New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson has fun choosing whether he or Knicks center Mitchell Robinson are better at certain things.

Former Knicks point guard and three-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Nate Robinson stopped by the SNY studios to play a little game we like to call "Which Robinson?"

The current Robinson on the Knicks is the exact opposite of Nate -- C Mitchell Robinson. So we tested Nate's knowledge with a few questions that pertain to either him or Mitch. 

Not only does Nate believe he's the better dunker, but he even proved that he's a better singer than Mitch...

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Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) dunks during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) dunks during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

The Knicks ended their Vegas Summer League schedule with a 103-87 win over the Wizards in Saturday's consolation game.

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) Mitchell Robinson had perhaps his best game of the Summer League schedule. The second-year pro came up with big plays on both ends of the floor, ending his afternoon with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and three blocks

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The NBA completely reshaped itself in a little over a week's time, shifting the balance of power in dramatic ways for years to come.

Gone are the days of the unbeatable Golden State Warriors, ditto for the Russell Westbrook-led Oklahoma City Thunder and fledgling Los Angeles Clippers. The Knicks have seen similar changes in their own neighborhood, as the splash the Brooklyn Nets made in free agency has made the Atlantic Division no walk in Central Park. 

Here are the starting lineups each team in the revamped Atlantic Division could roll out come October, ranked, and how the Knicks stack up:

 

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Team LeBron forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Team LeBron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics during NBA All-Star Game practice at the Bojangles Coliseum. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Team LeBron forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Team LeBron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics during NBA All-Star Game practice at the Bojangles Coliseum. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA completely reshaped itself in a little over a week's time, shifting the balance of power in dramatic ways for years to come.

Gone are the days of the unbeatable Golden State Warriors, ditto for the Russell Westbrook-led Oklahoma City Thunder and fledgling Los Angeles Clippers. The Knicks have seen similar changes in their own neighborhood, as the splash the Brooklyn Nets made in free agency has made the Atlantic Division no walk in Central Park. 

Here are the starting lineups each team in the revamped Atlantic Division could roll out come October, ranked, and how the Nets stack up:

 

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Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

We'll never know if the Knicks were interested in trading for Russell Westbrook. They never had the chance to make an offer. 

The Rockets and Thunder stunned the league on Thursday by agreeing to a deal that moved Westbrook to Houston in return for a package that included Chris Paul and first-round picks, per ESPN. 

The Knicks didn't have the money to match salaries in a Westbrook trade at the moment. They would have had to wait until Dec. 15 to include the free agents they signed the summer in a deal.

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Apr 28, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in game one of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports  (Jeff Hanisch)
Apr 28, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in game one of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

The Knicks' pursuit of Marcus Morris has reportedly paid off. 

League sources confirmed to SNY's Ian Begley that Morris plans to sign a one-year deal with the Knicks worth roughly $15 million. 

Begley reported earlier on Thursday that the Knicks believed that obtaining Morris as a free agent and re-working Reggie Bullock's deal was a likely scenario, per SNY sources.

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Robinson key in Knicks future 00:00:46
Ian Begley discusses how Mitchell Robinson was one of a few players off limits in Anthony Davis trade talks for the Knicks.

The 2019 Summer League has come and gone for the Knicks (not counting a consolation game this Friday or Saturday), who squeezed out a win after dropping their first three games. There were high and low points, an earthquake-shortened game, and plenty of Twitter GM's labeling RJ Barrett a bust.

Despite the 1-3 record, there certainly were bright spots. Mitchell Robinson impressed again, averaging 3.5 blocks and 11 rebounds across the four games, while Barrett improved significantly in games three and four.

Aside from Robinson and Barrett, Jud Buechler's squad got quality production from a number of players.

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With an influx of free agent talent joining the young Knicks' roster, Kevin Knox knows that his playing time will be hard-fought.

"We're going to have to earn our minutes and fight for playing time on the court," Knox said to Marc Berman of the New York Post. "Training camp is going to be brutal. I know I got to earn my minutes this year because we brought in a lot of great guys."

The Knicks are in line to sign Marcus Morris, whose primary position is small forward. That's Knox's best spot, too. Despite the imminent playing time crunch, though, Knox is already taking a positive approach...

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Jul 9, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) is pictured during the first half of an NBA Summer League game against the Toronoto Raptors at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 9, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) is pictured during the first half of an NBA Summer League game against the Toronoto Raptors at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

The Knicks Summer League squad blew out the Lakers 117-96 on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

Five things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) RJ Barrett had some struggles shooting again, but he got himself going by getting to the free-throw line. Barrett ended the night with 21 points, shooting 6-17 from the field. He was also a beast on the boards for the Knicks, pulling in 10 rebounds.

2) Kevin Knox led the Knicks in scoring again, notching 25 points on 7-12 shooting. Like Barrett, the Knox did a lot of his damage from free-throw line, knocking down nine of his 12 attempts from the charity stripe.

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The Knicks Summer League squad dropped Tuesday's game against Toronto by a final score of 85-73.

Five things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) RJ Barrett scored 17 points for the Knicks, including five in the first quarter. He also showed off his ability as a playmaker in the open court, tallying six assists. He also added 10 rebounds, having his best overall game to date.

2) The Knicks were without Allonzo Trier in Tuesday's game. According to the game broadcast, Trier was dealing with an illness, causing the Knicks to sit him.

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Knicks forward Kevin Knox (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks forward Kevin Knox (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks faltered late in the second half and fell to 0-2 in the Las Vegas Summer League as they lost to the Phoenix Suns 105-100 in overtime on Sunday.

Five things to know about Sunday's game

1) Knicks rookie RJ Barrett struggled from the floor again, making just 3 of 15 field goals. He scored eight points and committed eight turnovers. Through two games, he has 23 points on 7-of-33 shooting.

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Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

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Unless they want to renege on agreements with their new free agents, the Knicks can't complete a trade for Russell Westbrook prior to December 15. They only have $4 million in cap space, not close to enough to absorb the $38.5 million he's scheduled to make next season. 

It would be incredibly damaging to the Knicks' relationships with agents if they reneged on free-agent agreements to acquire Westbrook, so you can forget about that option. 

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SNY's Ian Begley reports on Dennis Smith Jr.'s improved jump shot and RJ Barrett's debut

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LAS VEGAS - RJ Barrett isn't going to make too much of his shooting in the Knicks' first Summer League game. 

"I haven't played a game in three months. I was fine. Shots didn't fall, but I'm good," the Knicks' No. 3 overall pick said on Saturday. 

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Mar 20, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle (30) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 20, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle (30) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Kawhi Leonard signing with the Clippers makes it official: the Knicks have missed out on all of their top targets in free agency. But the biggest free agent they landed, Julius Randle, believes that fans will grow to appreciate the 2019-2020 team. 

"We've got dogs. We've got dudes who don't back down, who have killer mentalities. And that's what we need," Randle said on Friday night. "Getting back to the old school. Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, all of those guys. Toughness. A fight breaking every night. So, we're excited about that. That's our identity of our team, not backing down from nobody."

Randle offered his thoughts on several topics in a chat with reporters in Las Vegas: 

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SNY's Ian Begley reports on the earthquake that occurred during the Knicks Summer League game in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- RJ Barrett didn't shoot the ball well in his Summer League debut, but Knicks Coach Jud Buechler had a simple message for the rookie after the game: don't stop shooting.

"There were ups and downs in the game for him, which you expect out of a rookie. We saw a lot of things we liked," Buechler said, via the Knicks, after Barrett missed 14 of his 18 shots in 25 minutes against Zion Williamson and the Pelicans. "We will continue to encourage him to keep shooting and aren't worried about his shot not falling."

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Things are not all that bad for the Knicks. 

Despite missing out on big free agents and Zion Williamson in the NBA Draft, many are still high on the Knicks' young nucleus -- at least for the NBA Summer Leauge. 

According to the sportsbook oddsportal.com, the Knicks are the betting favorites to win the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which begins Friday night at 9:30 p.m. between New York and the New Orleans Pelicans.

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac in the first half of the game at Staples Center. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac in the first half of the game at Staples Center. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks center Mitchell Robinson's talent continues to get recognized. 

The 21-year-old 7-footer was invited to join the Select Team at USA Basketball training camp this summer, SNY's Ian Begley confirmed. 

The Select Team consists of 10 up-and-coming players in the league who will train under head coach Gregg Popovich alongside 18 veteran NBA players already on the Team USA roster ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup, which will take place in September. 

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NBA Summer League, how you've been missed.

The Knicks will get things started this Friday in Las Vegas when they face off against Zion Williamson and the new-look New Orleans Pelicans. New York's squad will be coached by Jud Buechler, an assistant on head coach David Fizdale's staff.

Fizdale and Co. will get to see RJ Barrett's first shot against NBA competition, as well as the start of Mitchell Robinson and Kevin Knox's second seasons. Fans will also get their first look at the team's second round pick, Ignas Brazdeikis

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Knicks rookie Kevin Knox (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks rookie Kevin Knox (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Kevin Knox has worked on his strength, efficiency and passing, among other things, so far in the offseason. And he's eager to get on the court in Summer League following a few weeks of training.

"I just feel so much more comfortable on the court now. I just feel stronger, have a (better) head on my shoulders," Knox said of playing in Summer League after going through his first NBA season. "Just having a year underneath my belt, I can watch a lot of film of what I need to work on and what I need to get better at. I just feel a lot stronger, a lot better on the court, a lot more confident, and more of a leader so I'll be able to talk and help the other guys out."

Knox, 20, said he's spent time in the weight room to add strength to his frame. The 6-foot-9 forward weighed 215 pounds at the start of last season.

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The major moves of the 2019 New York Knicks' offseason are, in all likelihood, behind us. The roster is beginning to resemble one of a competent NBA team, with perhaps the best talent sitting in the frontcourt. 

Last season, Mitchell Robinson emerged as a clear steal in the previous summer's draft, breaking records and making the All-Rookie Second Team. He could have made a case for Rookie of the Year had he performed all season like he did post-All-Star break.

Joining him to start at power forward is Julius Randle, a 24-year-old southpaw with many a trick in his bag. That's a major influx in talent to be sure, but how the two will mesh has yet to be seen. Here's how it may work out... 

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The Knicks were extremely active in picking up free agents for next season, though the players may not have been want the fans wanted to see. 

Yes, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving -- the desired combo -- came to New York, but decided to sign with the Nets instead of the Knicks. With other top free agents like Jimmy Butler (Heat), Klay Thompson (Warriors), and Kemba Walker (Celtics) signing elsewhere, New York pivoted to lower-tier players and six signings ensued. 

The best part about these deals is the Knicks not locking themselves into long-term money for these players, which means the focus will still be on developing the young core of RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, and the other neophytes on the squad. At the same time, though, head coach David Fizdale gets a more competitive group to work with this season...

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Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) and Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) fight for a rebound during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) and Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) fight for a rebound during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mitchell Robinson will look a little different this season. 

The second-year Knicks center has decided to change his number from 26 to 23 -- which is the number he wore in high school. 

Last season, in a Q&A with Steve Serby of The Post, Robinson explained why he wore No. 23 in high school. 

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