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 (Amber Searls)
(Amber Searls)

Knicks SG Tim Hardaway Jr. has been through a rebuilding process since he left New York, and now he returns with high expectations. 

The Knicks awarded Hardaway a hefty four-year, $71 million contract. With that deal, Hardaway Jr. is expected to produce on a nightly basis as he reunites with the team that drafted him back in 2013. To get to this point, though, Hardaway Jr. had to rebuild his game, and it started when he was traded to the Hawks in 2015. 

"I wanted to stay," Hardaway told Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "I wanted to improve in the offseason. I wanted to come back a better, stronger, faster player for the Knicks that next season. Just didn't happen. It was a blessing just being able to hae a team out there that wanted me and knew they could develop me into a player they wanted me to become and I wanted to become."

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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...

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Frank Ntilikina, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez, Jake Brown
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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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Houston Cougars guard Damyean Dotson (21) reacts after making a basket during the first half against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Hofheinz Pavilion. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Cougars guard Damyean Dotson (21) reacts after making a basket during the first half against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Hofheinz Pavilion. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie Damyean Dotson hasn't been with the Knicks for long, but he's drawing some high praise from his teammates. 

Tim Hardaway Jr. compared the 44th overall pick in this year's draft to a defensive stalwart that used to play for the Knicks. 

"Dot, when you see him out there, he's a football player,'' Hardaway said, according to the New York Post. "He guards me every day in practice. He's going to give you his all, every possession, no matter how tired he is. Built strong, athletic, takes nothing from nobody. That's what we love.

"Definitely reminds me of [Iman Shumpert]. They got that grittiness and desire to play defense.''

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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 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.

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Kristaps Porzingis, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez
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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.

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Kristaps Porzingis, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez
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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...

Tags: Courtney Lee, Frank Ntilikina, Jarrett Jack, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez
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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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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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(Ken Blaze)

Knicks president Steve Mills justified G Tim Hardaway Jr.'s pricey contract saying the team had to be "aggressive," per Newsday's Al Iannazzone. 

Many bashed the Knicks for giving Hardaway a four-year, $71 million contract being that he has never been a starter in his career, and spent time in the Hawks' development system. However, Mills defended the deal saying they couldn't pass up on a young guard with his potential.

"We watched him, in our opinion, grow over his time in the player development program that they had in Atlanta," Mills said. "So we decided he was a target."

"We felt like there are not that many opportunities in free agency that you have the opportunity to go after a 25-year-old. We made the decision that if you want to pry a restricted free agent away from the incumbent team, you have to be aggressive. So we made a decision to be aggressive."

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Back when I was in high school, C- was still a passing grade. But when you're being judged on an offseason worth of free-agent signings, trades and the NBA Draft, it's not as flattering.

Sports Illustrated handed the New York Knicks a C- grade for the offseason, one in which the team acquired Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih, Jeremy Tyler, Tim Hardaway Jr. and C.J. Leslie, and also re-upped with J.R. Smith, Pablo Prigioni and Kenyon Martin.

According to Rob Mahoney, the Knicks retained some necessary pieces and enjoyed some bargain signings, but re-signing Smith comes with its question marks, while trading for Bargnani did not address the team's needs.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, andrea bargnani, beno udrih, C.J. Leslie., Carmelo Anthony, j.r. smith, Jeremy Tyler, Kenyon Martin, Knicks, metta world peace, Pablo Prigioni, tim hardaway jr., Sam Spiegelman
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J.R. Smith has been a focal point of the New York Knicks offseason, and for obvious reasons.

The Knicks re-signed the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year to the tune of a two-year deal worth nearly $18 million, including a player option for a third year.

Smith posted career-highs in both points (18.1) and rebounds (4.5) in 2012, and told KnicksNow.com there was never a question about whether or not he wanted to remain with his hometown team.

Tags: andrea bargnani, beno udrih, j.r. smith, Knicks, metta world peace, paul piece, tim hardaway jr., Sam Spiegelman
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