Knicks Morning News (2018.09.30)

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks Notes: Porzingis, Mudiay, Fizdale
    (Saturday, September 29, 2018 10:31:54 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis has been part of the Knicks training camp despite the fact that he continues rehabbing from a torn ACL he suffered last February. Despite his physical limitations, Porzingis remains an involved presence for New York, Steve Popper of Newsday writes. â??Heâ??s on our staff now,â? head coach David Fizdale said jokingly. â??Heâ??s helping […]

  • [SNY Knicks] Fizdale ready to let Knicks play through mistakes
    (Saturday, September 29, 2018 9:50:32 AM)

    Knicks head coach David Fizdale has told his players not to dwell on turnovers.

  • [NYPost] Why ESPN’s Doris Burke is so excited about Knicks’ future
    (Saturday, September 29, 2018 11:51:42 PM)

    Once in a while, Doris Burke lets slip on the air about her Knicks fandom. Born on Long Island and raised on the Jersey Shore in Manasquan, Burke hears about it. “We’re not supposed to root, and I don’t root when I’m calling the games,’’ Burke told The Post. “I am a New Yorker. My…

  • [NYPost] Scrimmage shows Knicks rookies going in opposite directions
    (Saturday, September 29, 2018 2:07:42 PM)

    Kevin Knox looked right on schedule. Fellow Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson looked as if he may be on his own schedule — as the project everyone figured he would be when the center was drafted in the second round. The Knicks staged an intrasquad blue-gray scrimmage at the Garden on Saturday before an estimated 7,000…

  • Knicks Morning News (2018.09.29)

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks Notes: Trier, Porzingis, Hezonja, Kyrie
    (Friday, September 28, 2018 1:11:27 PM)

    The Knicks are currently carrying rookie guard Allonzo Trier using one of their two-way contract slots, but promoting him to the 15-man regular season squad isn’t out of the question, writes Marc Berman of The New York Post. Trier has made a good early impression on head coach David Fizdale, who called the former Arizona standout […]

  • [NYPost] Knicks trying to keep up with David Fizdale’s speed-ball vision
    (Friday, September 28, 2018 3:18:21 PM)

    Trey Burke has never played in a faster system in his first five seasons. Every coach likes to talk about running more, but Knicks first-year coach David Fizdale isn’t paying lip service to this goal. It’s happening in Tarrytown, and players are trying to keep up. “It’s a little fast right now, still getting adjusted…

  • [NYPost] Two reasons to believe Mudiay is ready for Knicks’ breakout
    (Friday, September 28, 2018 1:04:15 PM)

    Less turnovers. Less pounds. That’s been point guard Emmanuel Mudiay’s modus operandi during the first week of Knicks training camp. First-year coach David Fizdale said Mudiay has the lowest turnover rate of anyone during the first week of scrimmages. Mudiay’s loss of 10-15 pounds since the regular season finale has helped with stamina and adjusting…

  • Knicks Morning News (2018.09.28)

  • [NYPost] Kevin Knox is looking different against real NBA players
    (Thursday, September 27, 2018 1:16:39 PM)

    Kevin Knox isn’t in Las Vegas anymore. Knicks coach David Fizdale acknowledged the lottery pick has had a tougher go during training camp than he did during his dominant summer-league showing that had the team’s fan base agog. Nevertheless, Fizdale has seen improvement since Day 1. Knox, who just turned 19 and was the second-youngest…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ long shot has one LeBron quality giving him roster chance
    (Thursday, September 27, 2018 12:40:29 PM)

    Knicks coach David Fizdale said rookie shooting guard Allonzo Trier is on the radar for making the 15-man roster — and even cited LeBron James’ rare knack for chase-down blocks. The undrafted Trier is on a two-way G-League contract, meaning he can only spend a maximum of 45 days with the Knicks and the rest…

  • [NYPost] Doctors aren’t sure about Kristaps Porzingis’ height hesitation
    (Thursday, September 27, 2018 9:07:11 AM)

    Two medical experts believe an extremely tall player such as Kristaps Porzingis could have a normal recovery and rehab while returning from an ACL tear — citing a lack of evidence to the contrary. “Porzingis’ height should not play a role in the speed of recovery and rate of success,” Dr. Armin Tehrany, founder of…

  • [NYPost] Kyrie Irving delivers early blow to Knicks’ hopes
    (Thursday, September 27, 2018 6:29:20 AM)

    It won’t stop the speculation, but it will settle Celtics fans’ stomachs for now. Kyrie Irving, who surely will be hounded all season about his future as he plays through the last year of his contract, tried to parry that conjecture in an interview published Wednesday. Of course, Irving did not commit to Boston, did…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Enes Kanter ready to mentor Mitchell Robinson
    (Thursday, September 27, 2018 8:50:07 PM)

    Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson continues to get praise from teammates, the latest coming from Enes Kanter.

  • Knicks Morning News (2018.09.27)

  • [NYDN] David Fizdale says he has total autonomy to decide Knicks’ starting lineup
    (Wednesday, September 26, 2018 11:25:00 AM)

    In his quest to determine the winners of an open competition for all five positions, David Fizdale said he has total autonomy and will not be swayed by contract or draft status.

    “No one is promised a starting position. I got the freedom from my bosses over there,” Fizdale said, pointing at the…

  • [Hoops Rumors] Trade Exceptions Expire For Grizzlies, Clippers, Knicks
    (Wednesday, September 26, 2018 11:04:29 AM)

    Three teams had modest traded player exceptions expire this week, as the Grizzlies, Clippers, and Knicks declined to use their respective TPEs. The exceptions ranged in value from $1.58MM (Clippers) to $3.41MM (Grizzlies), with the Knicks’ $2.38MM TPE falling in the middle. As we explain in our glossary entry on the subject, traded player exceptions […]

  • [SNY Knicks] Kevin Knox thinks Knicks can win an NBA title ‘in the next five years’
    (Thursday, September 27, 2018 1:09:16 AM)

    Knicks’ 2018 first-rounder F Kevin Knox is all about winning, and he has made that known before stepping foot on the Madison Square Garden court

  • [SNY Knicks] T-Wolves G Jimmy Butler reportedly has Heat as top trade destination
    (Wednesday, September 26, 2018 10:11:19 AM)

    Timberwolves G Jimmy Butler reportedly has a new top trade destination in the Miami Heat.

  • [NYTimes] Jack McKinney, N.B.A. Coach Trailed by a ‘What if?’ Dies at 83
    (Wednesday, September 26, 2018 11:00:02 PM)

    With Magic Johnson he brought “Showtime” to the Lakers in 1979, but he missed their glory years after a calamitous bicycle accident.

  • [NYPost] Tim Hardaway Jr. glad Fizdale’s not giving him special treatment
    (Wednesday, September 26, 2018 8:26:54 PM)

    Tim Hardaway Jr. said he believes coach David Fizdale will make the right call on starters and won’t play favorites. Fizdale has opened up the competition for all five spots. On the surface, Hardaway has an advantage, having known Fizdale for longer than any other Knick. Fizdale was first Miami’s video coordinator in 1997-98 when…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis’ energy at camp is starting to infect Knicks
    (Wednesday, September 26, 2018 2:46:35 PM)

    Enes Kanter didn’t know what to expect from Kristaps Porzingis in training camp. After all, once he tore his ACL last Feb. 6, Porzingis became a ghost, doing his own thing. Though Porzingis spent all of his five-month offseason in Europe rehabbing, fellow European Kanter stayed in the US, touring the country. For the second…

  • [NYPost] There’s no one safe from David Fizdale’s roster free-for-all
    (Wednesday, September 26, 2018 10:15:01 AM)

    David Fizdale got fired up when a reporter asked the first-year Knicks coach if his starting-lineup choices will be influenced by politics and big contracts. Enes Kanter and Tim Hardaway Jr., both starters last season, make significant salaries. Kanter will make $18.6 million in his final year and Hardaway Jr. has three years and $54…

  • Knicks Morning News (2018.09.26)

  • [Newsday Sports] On the first day of training camp, #Knicks coach David Fizdale assured those who have been starters that nothing is assured and for the newcomers, there are no limits | @StevePopper https://nwsdy.li/2DwtR09 pic.twitter.com/MQ3YrEoVF9
    (Tuesday, September 25, 2018 7:56:03 PM)

    On the first day of training camp, coach David Fizdale assured those who have been starters that nothing is assured and for the newcomers, there are no limits | https://nwsdy.li/2DwtR09 

  • [Newsday Sports] Injured #Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis comes to first day of training camp and lends a hand | @StevePopper https://nwsdy.li/2QYLWXm pic.twitter.com/O7Pns0jQlb
    (Tuesday, September 25, 2018 7:24:03 PM)

    Injured star Kristaps Porzingis comes to first day of training camp and lends a hand | https://nwsdy.li/2QYLWXm 

  • [NYDN] Nobody is guaranteed a starting spot on David Fizdale’s #Knicks roster right now. Every player will have to work for it, including their top draft pick: https://nydn.us/2Oby2CI  @SBondyNYDNpic.twitter.com/XKDeynKEtv
    (Wednesday, September 26, 2018 9:30:08 AM)

    Nobody is guaranteed a starting spot on David Fizdale’s roster right now. Every player will have to work for it, including their top draft pick: https://nydn.us/2Oby2CI 

  • [NYDN] We found him! #Knickspic.twitter.com/1fSI3mvRiE
    (Tuesday, September 25, 2018 6:50:12 PM)

    We found him!

  • [NYDN] David Fizdale’s attempt at reconciliation fails as Joakim Noah is absent from @nyknicks practice https://nydn.us/2DsjGte  @SBondyNYDNpic.twitter.com/Kng4ST36Jl
    (Tuesday, September 25, 2018 6:17:12 PM)

    David Fizdale’s attempt at reconciliation fails as Joakim Noah is absent from practice https://nydn.us/2DsjGte 

  • [NYDN] New @nyknicks coach David Fizdale says all 5 starting spots are up for grabs https://nydn.us/2DtF55x  @SBondyNYDNpic.twitter.com/G5J0cq8hKO
    (Tuesday, September 25, 2018 5:21:02 PM)

    New coach David Fizdale says all 5 starting spots are up for grabs https://nydn.us/2DtF55x 

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks Sign Tyrius Walker To Exhibit 10 Contract
    (Tuesday, September 25, 2018 11:28:41 AM)

    SEPTEMBER 25: The Knicks have officially signed Walker, the team announced today (via Twitter). New York now has a full 20-man camp roster. SEPTEMBER 19: After playing for the Knicks during the Summer League in July, former Morehouse standout Tyrius Walker is joining New York on an Exhibit 10 contract, according to his agency You […]

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Can LeBron James Bring Back Showtime in Year 1? Don’t Bet Against Him
    (Tuesday, September 25, 2018 4:18:01 PM)

    With an unproven Lakers lineup around him, James faces a tough uphill climb to the playoffs in Los Angeles.

  • [SNY Knicks] T-Wolves G Jimmy Butler reportedly has Heat as top trade destination
    (Wednesday, September 26, 2018 10:11:19 AM)

    Timberwolves G Jimmy Butler reportedly has a new top trade destination in the Miami Heat.

  • [SNY Knicks] Fizdale: All five Knicks starting jobs are open
    (Tuesday, September 25, 2018 8:37:33 PM)

    New Knicks head coach David Fizdale has yet to reveal his starting five. In fact, all five starting jobs are up for grabs.

  • [SNY Knicks] On This Date: Vince Carter almost started a war with France
    (Tuesday, September 25, 2018 3:07:39 PM)

    Vince Carter stole a pass from France, who was trying to run in transition. And what he did after the steal made everyone watching drop their jaw.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ potential free-agent target Kyrie Irving knows Celtics will fight for him
    (Tuesday, September 25, 2018 11:07:14 AM)

    He is rumored to be the Knicks’ top target in free agency next offseason, but PG Kyrie Irving seems to be loyal to the Celtics for now.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks teammate compares Mitchell Robinson to ‘young Shaquille O’Neal, just skinnier’
    (Tuesday, September 25, 2018 11:05:07 AM)

    Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson thinks 29 teams slept on him in the Draft, and he now has one of his teammates comparing him to all-time great Shaquille O’Neal.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks sign G Tyrius Walker
    (Tuesday, September 25, 2018 11:46:16 AM)

    The Knicks announced Tuesday they signed G Tyrius Walker.

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis showing a different commitment to Knicks
    (Wednesday, September 26, 2018 1:11:48 AM)

    As David Fizdale’s first training-camp practice as Knicks head coach ended Tuesday, Kristaps Porzingis ran from the sidelines and joined the group huddle. That wasn’t seen near the end of last season, when Porzingis stayed away from ex-coach Jeff Hornacek and teammates after suffering a catastrophic ACL tear on Feb. 6 against Milwaukee. Now, Porzingis…

  • [NYPost] The Knicks’ ‘skinny Shaq’ is stunning David Fizdale, too
    (Tuesday, September 25, 2018 2:46:27 PM)

    Rookie center Mitchell Robinson continues to prove to teammates and the Knicks coaching staff he’s not raw and he’s not a project. It’s too early to label him the steal of the 2018 draft after being taken by the Knicks at No. 36 overall in the second round, but it may go down that way….

  • [NYPost] Fizdale opens camp with Knicks surprise: Starter free-for-all
    (Tuesday, September 25, 2018 12:08:29 PM)

    Knicks coach David Fizdale conducted his first official practice and created a frenzy with a message to his team. For Monday’s preseason opener in Washington, he has no starters yet. Fizdale told the players he will evaluate them this week to determine those spots against the Wizards. His first official mantra, Fizdale observed, caused “a…

  • Knicks Morning News (2018.09.25)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks near bottom of the barrel in ESPN’s latest power rankings
    (Monday, September 24, 2018 4:34:17 PM)

    With training camps underway across the NBA, ESPN released their latest power rankings. And the Knicks are at the bottom of the heap.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Kevin Knox has one goal in mind: ‘Winning is No. 1 on my mind right now’
    (Monday, September 24, 2018 3:01:23 PM)

    Knicks rookie Kevin Knox is aiming to be the latest Kentucky product to win the Rookie of the Year Award.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Enes Kanter: “When I think about the playoffs, my nipples get hard”
    (Monday, September 24, 2018 1:30:40 PM)

    When Enes Kanter thinks about the Knicks making the playoffs, his nipples get hard.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis has started shooting and light running
    (Monday, September 24, 2018 12:05:58 PM)

    While he’s started shooting and light running on the court while working his way back from a torn ACL, Kristaps Porzingis said Monday “there’s no timetable yet” for his return to the Knicks.

  • [NYPost] Frank Ntilikina’s improvement is a game of inches
    (Monday, September 24, 2018 8:14:47 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina, with his newly sculpted body, believes he has more versatility to guard different positions. The Knicks are officially listing Ntilikina at 6-foot-6 — up from 6-foot-5 as a rookie last season. They may want to add a position for Ntilikina, too: forward. “I’ve been working a lot this summer on my body. I…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis needs to play for Knicks this season
    (Monday, September 24, 2018 6:53:09 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis wore his white Knicks uniform Monday, sitting on a dais on media day, deflecting questions about when he will don his jersey in a game. “There is no timetable yet,’’ Porzingis said. “It won’t happen until I’m 110 percent and medically cleared.’’ Could he miss the season? “It’s really hard to say,’’ Porzingis…

  • [NYPost] It sounds like David Fizdale has already overhauled Knicks’ culture
    (Monday, September 24, 2018 5:49:54 PM)

    The buzzword of the day was “culture,” how it’s supposedly changing around this downtrodden Knicks franchise. Almost every player who spoke to reporters on media day addressed it, some unprompted. There were many topics covered, from cornerstone Kristaps Porzingis’ rehabilitation from a torn ACL to the development of the team’s young players to the belief…

  • [NYPost] Enes Kanter’s nipples and optimism steal the Knicks’ show
    (Monday, September 24, 2018 3:25:12 PM)

    Enes Kanter made his way to the podium with a large grin. He greeted the team’s beat writers and spent his time on the mic cracking jokes, praising his young teammates and new coach — and vowing to make the Knicks great again. Oh, and the jovial center offered this meme-worthy one-liner: “When I think…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ stunning hype for their other rookie: ‘skinnier’ Shaq
    (Monday, September 24, 2018 1:37:54 PM)

    Kevin Knox stole the show in Las Vegas, immediately wowing his new Knicks teammates with his shot-making prowess and athleticism in the NBA’s summer league. The team’s other rookie, raw big man Mitchell Robinson, has stood out in fall workouts, drawing through-the-roof praise from potential starting point guard Trey Burke. How impressive has Robinson been?…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ free-agent gamble has a second chance and new protégé
    (Monday, September 24, 2018 1:21:56 PM)

    Knicks newcomer Mario Hezonja has a new French protégé. As Hezonja attempts to prove he belongs with the franchise long term, the 23-year-old Croatian forward has become close with fellow lottery pick Frank Ntilikina, and will attempt to show the 20-year-old Ntilikina how to avoid the pitfalls of the NBA. Hezonja’s career has been rocky…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis is very careful discussing Knicks return
    (Monday, September 24, 2018 10:37:37 AM)

    Kristaps Porzingis is encouraged by everything he’s seen in the Knicks’ new power structure and by the young players the organization is surrounding him with, but it may be some time until he’s ready to join them on the floor. The 7-foot-3 Latvian, coming off a torn ACL, declined to reveal a timetable for his…

  • [NYTimes] LeBron James Puts On a Lakers Uniform, and a Stoic Mask
    (Tuesday, September 25, 2018 1:30:57 AM)

    James, donning purple and gold, revealed little during his first news conference with the Los Angeles Lakers: “My expectation is to try to get better every single day.”

  • [NYTimes] Spencer Dinwiddie’s Jersey Says Brooklyn. For Now.
    (Monday, September 24, 2018 10:43:46 PM)

    Last year’s breakout star for the Nets spent the off-season enduring trade rumors, and just because training camp is starting doesn’t mean he’s here to stay.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Kristaps Porzingis Isn’t Saying No to Rehab
    (Tuesday, September 25, 2018 12:46:24 AM)

    The Knicks star has been out injured for months, but he vows to be patient — the key word for New York basketball as a new N.B.A. season begins.

  • Knicks Morning News (2018.09.24)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks, Noah could reportedly finalize buyout as early as Monday
    (Sunday, September 23, 2018 8:45:36 PM)

    The Knicks could officially finalize a buyout with center Joakim Noah as early as Monday or Tuesday.

  • [NYPost] Ex-coach says everyone should cool it with Kevin Knox hype
    (Sunday, September 23, 2018 7:58:47 PM)

    George Karl says the media may want to put the brakes on the runaway hype for Knicks rookie Kevin Knox. The legendary coach told The Post he’s seen summer-league studs come back to Earth once fall arrives and the NBA’s regular season starts. Karl was in Albany on Saturday for the screening of the new…

  • [NYPost] Joakim Noah on the verge of ‘heartbreaking’ Knicks split
    (Sunday, September 23, 2018 10:37:44 AM)

    Knicks center Joakim Noah won’t be at Media Day on Monday as the Knicks center is still on the verge of being waived through the stretch provision, according to sources. According to sources, the buyout should finally become official either Monday or Tuesday, and the Knicks’ exact cap savings will depend on how much Noah…