Knicks Morning News (2019.03.31)

  • [Hoops Rumors] Kyrie Irving May Prefer Nets Over Knicks
    (Saturday, March 30, 2019 6:37:39 PM)

    There have rumors for months that Kyrie Irving will consider coming to New York when he opts out of his contract this summer. But Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News suggests the Knicks may not be his destination. Bondy writes that “some sources around the league” believe Brooklyn would be Irving’s preferred choice […]

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks Expected To Shop Frank Ntilikina
    (Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:10:50 AM)

    Frank Ntilikina made a three-pointer against the Nuggets in the first quarter of the road loss last week and that bucket may be his last as a member of the Knicks. Ntilikina, who has nursed a groin injury for the majority of 2019, has been shut down for the season, and according to Stefan Bondy of […]

  • [NYTimes] N.B.A. Roundup: Kristaps Porzingis, Former Knicks Star, Is Accused of Sexual Assault
    (Sunday, March 31, 2019 4:13:42 AM)

    Porzingis, traded to the Dallas Mavericks in January, has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his home last season while he was with the Knicks.

  • [NYPost] Knicks will be starting Mitchell Robinson for rest of season
    (Sunday, March 31, 2019 12:10:13 AM)

    Knicks coach David Fizdale has finally reinstalled shot-blocking rookie Mitchell Robinson as his starting center for the remainder of the season. With seven games left, including Saturday night’s 100-92 loss to the Heat, Fizdale also started using second-year man Luke Kornet at starting power forward, as the Knicks decide whether the former Vanderbilt big man…

  • [NYPost] Knicks accommodating hosts as Dwyane Wade wins final game at MSG
    (Saturday, March 30, 2019 6:20:07 PM)

    Dwyane Wade Night at the Garden ended in predictable fashion. With Garden fans roaring wildly and Chiefs star quarterback Pat Mahomes on hand for the retiring Heat star in his last arena appearance, Miami trounced the Knicks in the fourth quarter and posted a 100-92 victory Saturday. Wade, afforded a video tribute late in the…

  • [NYPost] NYPD probing rape claim against former Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis
    (Saturday, March 30, 2019 3:09:54 PM)

    Hours after suffering a devastating knee injury at Madison Square Garden last year, former Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis came home and allegedly raped a neighbor he had invited to his luxury Manhattan penthouse, the woman told police, according to law-enforcement sources. The woman made her stunning allegation against the 23-year-old player on Thursday afternoon —…

  • [NYPost] Dwyane Wade is rooting for Knicks’ success in free agency
    (Saturday, March 30, 2019 11:36:36 AM)

    Here comes Dwyane Wade for his final night at the Garden on Saturday, with one last ode to the mecca and one last assurance coach David Fizdale’s acumen will eventually get the job done with the Knicks. The retiring Wade, 37, who called the Garden his favorite spot outside Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena, worked with Fizdale…

  • [SNY Knicks] Why Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson is a building block, not a trade chip
    (Saturday, March 30, 2019 11:26:40 PM)

    The Knicks’ roster could look very different by this summer, but no matter what happens, they should view standout rookie center Mitchell Robinson as someone to build around.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks Takeaways from Saturday’s 100-92 loss to Heat
    (Saturday, March 30, 2019 9:59:56 PM)

    The Knicks gave the Heat a good battle, but Miami came out with a 100-92 victory in Dwyane Wade’s final game at The Garden on Saturday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] NYPD investigating rape claim against former Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis accused of rape: report
    (Saturday, March 30, 2019 8:14:57 PM)

    The NYPD is reportedly investigating a claim by a woman who says former Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis raped her merely hours after he suffered his torn ACL against the Bucks back on Feb. 7, 2018.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks host Dwyane Wade for final time at 7:30 p.m.
    (Saturday, March 30, 2019 5:45:57 PM)

    The Miami Heat, whose comeback win on Thursday landed them in playoff position — for the moment at least — hit the road on Saturday to play the New York Knicks, who have the worst record in the NBA at 14-61.

  • [SNY Knicks] Dwyane Wade hopes Knicks land top free agents this summer
    (Saturday, March 30, 2019 4:05:14 PM)

    Dwyane Wade plays his last game at Madison Square Garden on Saturday but the Heat guard wants to see success in the Knicks’ future.

  • [ESPN] Report: Porzingis accused of rape in New York
    (Saturday, March 30, 2019 8:00:56 PM)

    The New York Post is reporting that a woman told police this week that ex-Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis raped her last year. Porzingis’ attorney say they “unequivocally deny the allegations.”

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  • [NYDN] Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina is out for the remainder of the season with groin injury
    (Friday, March 29, 2019 9:58:53 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina’s wasted season is officially over.

    The Frenchman was ruled out for the remaining six games Friday because of his troublesome groin injury, as coach David Fizdale continued to endorse Ntilikina as a part of New York’s future — if only logistically.

    “He’s on the roster, isn’t he?”…

  • [YahooSports] Why Scottie Pippen doesn’t believe Kevin Durant will leave Warriors for Knicks
    (Friday, March 29, 2019 11:03:35 PM)

    Why Scottie Pippen doesn’t believe Kevin Durant will leave Warriors for Knicks originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com If you’re of the opinion that it would be crazy for Kevin Durant to leave the Warriors this summer to join the New York Knicks, you now have Hall of Fame company. As you probably know, the two-time NBA Finals MVP has the option to opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer. A number of teams – including the Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers – are expected to pursue Durant, and many believe the 30-year-old star will say goodbye to the Bay Area in order to try and bring a title to the Big Apple.

  • [Newsday] Why Scottie Pippen doesn’t believe Kevin Durant will leave Warriors for Knicks
    (Friday, March 29, 2019 11:03:35 PM)

    Why Scottie Pippen doesn’t believe Kevin Durant will leave Warriors for Knicks originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com If you’re of the opinion that it would be crazy for Kevin Durant to leave the Warriors this summer to join the New York Knicks, you now have Hall of Fame company. As you probably know, the two-time NBA Finals MVP has the option to opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer. A number of teams – including the Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers – are expected to pursue Durant, and many believe the 30-year-old star will say goodbye to the Bay Area in order to try and bring a title to the Big Apple.

  • [TheRinger] Why Scottie Pippen doesn’t believe Kevin Durant will leave Warriors for Knicks
    (Friday, March 29, 2019 11:03:35 PM)

    Why Scottie Pippen doesn’t believe Kevin Durant will leave Warriors for Knicks originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com If you’re of the opinion that it would be crazy for Kevin Durant to leave the Warriors this summer to join the New York Knicks, you now have Hall of Fame company. As you probably know, the two-time NBA Finals MVP has the option to opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer. A number of teams – including the Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers – are expected to pursue Durant, and many believe the 30-year-old star will say goodbye to the Bay Area in order to try and bring a title to the Big Apple.

  • [ESPN] Knicks shut down Ntilikina (groin) for season
    (Friday, March 29, 2019 1:03:58 PM)

    Knicks second-year point guard Frank Ntilikina has been shut down for the remainder of the season after aggravating a groin injury earlier this week.

  • [NYPost] It’s time for Dwyane Wade’s MSG farewell
    (Saturday, March 30, 2019 1:44:49 AM)

    The last time Dwyane Wade graced the Garden floor, on Jan. 27, Carmelo Anthony sat baseline and a slew of Heat fans flooded the arena. They thought it might be his last game at the Garden. As it turned out, with eighth-place Miami (37-38) in a life-and-death struggle for the playoffs, Wade is still playing…

  • [NYPost] Knicks nearing best lottery odds, but snagging Zion far from lock
    (Friday, March 29, 2019 10:58:18 PM)

    One more Knicks loss Saturday against Miami and you can start doing your 14 percent, Zion King lottery dance. Either a Knicks defeat or a Chicago victory over Toronto on Saturday ensures the Knicks a bottom-3 regular-season finish, which will officially grant them a 14 percent chance of winning the NBA draft lottery on May…

  • [NYPost] Knicks shut down Frank Ntilikina as they begin to consider his future
    (Friday, March 29, 2019 9:15:55 AM)

    Whether Frank Ntilikina has played his final game as a Knick is unclear but he’s played his final game of his alarmingly poor second season in the NBA. The Knicks announced Frank Ntilikina will miss the final seven games with his re-aggravated groin, leading to questions on whether he should have played last Sunday. The…

  • [SNY Knicks] Possible Knicks draftee Zion Williamson leads Duke to Sweet 16 win over Virginia Tech
    (Saturday, March 30, 2019 12:30:21 AM)

    Zion Williamson can’t be stopped. He put in another impressive performance as Duke squeaked by Virginia tech Friday night, 75-73, to advance to the Elite Eight.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ David Fizdale excited to witness Dwyane Wade’s final Garden game
    (Friday, March 29, 2019 10:44:53 PM)

    Dwyane Wade’s “One Last Dance” is coming to New York, and Knicks head coach David Fizdale couldn’t be more honored to be a part of his final game at Madison Square Garden.

  • [SNY Knicks] WATCH: How high is Knicks center Mitchell Robinson’s ceiling?
    (Friday, March 29, 2019 8:29:21 PM)

    After Mitchell Robinson posted career-highs on Thursday with 19 points and 21 rebounds, the crew on SNY’s The Thread discuss the potential of the 20-year-old rookie.

  • [SNY Knicks] David Fizdale hints at Frank Ntilikina’s key strength that could keep him with Knicks
    (Friday, March 29, 2019 3:43:38 PM)

    The Knicks will shut down Frank Ntilikina for the rest of the season after he re-aggravated his groin injury last Sunday.

  • [SNY Knicks] How David Fizdale’s plan for ‘positionless’ Knicks can impact free agency
    (Friday, March 29, 2019 11:54:48 AM)

    With the roster David Fizdale has now, he is trying to work on his players’ versatility, given the Knicks could soon have an abundance of players at one position depending on how the draft and free agency shake out.

  • [NYTimes] Avenatti’s Client: The Basketball Club Coach Caught Up in a Federal Case.
    (Friday, March 29, 2019 8:01:24 PM)

    Former players and those who worked with him knew Gary Franklin Sr. as someone who followed the rules of youth basketball.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: ‘They’re Going to Boo Me.’ Jimmy Butler Prepares for His Return to Minnesota.
    (Saturday, March 30, 2019 4:26:27 AM)

    The rare N.B.A. star willing to lean into his role as a villain, Butler, briefly back in the city he scorned, is ready to absorb fans’ anger.

  • Toronto Raptors 117 – New York Knicks 92 – Game Recap

    It occurs to me I’ve never exactly told you about my Clark Kent job. I don’t know if there’s such a profession in the USA; but my trade is essentially facility management for condos, accounting for expenses for common areas, negotiating between home owners, and generally acting as the guy you call if you’re an home owner and you’re having some sort of building-related problem. In short, I’m sort of a commissioner of condos. At the end of the year, you have to report in a public meeting with the owners about expenses, works in progress, etc.

    Historically, in Italy there have been two ways to do this sort of job: treading water, with minimum effort, and bullshitting your way through every meeting, thinking that the owners will easily be manipulated by the guy they feel is in a position of authority, or being very meticulous and transparent, putting as much effort as possible into making data available to every owner in real time so that by the time of the meeting your work is almost entirely done and you just have to negotiate the disputes between owners.

    After a new law about condos was approved in 2013, the first category has seen its ranks slowly but steadily depleted, while new blood (like me) has been inserted in the profession with both eyes towards transparency and accountability. That’s all well and good until you actually have a guy from the first category managing your condo (by law, every condo has to have one of such managers). When that happens, it’s amazing to see how a lot of people fall for their bullshit (“Mr. Rossi, but why did we spend 6k euros just for the cleaning service when last year we spent 3k?” “Eh, you see, growing interest rates have an effect on cleaning materials, so the company has to charge more to every customer, also Mr. Bianchi on the second floor has a dog who suffered from diarrhoea all year and your building needed a lot of extra services”) without even blinking an eye. That’s at the same time discouraging for honest guys and mesmerizing to watch in real time. Of course, as soon as one of the owners sees through the blatant lies, the “bad” manager knows his days are numbered, but ignorance and fear of the “supposed” authority makes it so that “bad” managers last a few years more than they should.

    I think you know where we’re headed.

    Listening to Fizdale lament a lack of defensive players and attribute the many defensive shortcomings to that, and seeing for the umpteenth time a starting five that clearly doesn’t care at all for defense, I couldn’t take my mind off the thought that he actually makes up things on the go. “Oh god, I have the press conference, I have to survive this, what can I say? Yeah, defense! Even if I don’t pay that much attention to gameplan or rotations, those fools will certainly fall for it again!”.

    I mean, Toronto is a really good team, and the standings speak for themselves. But there’s no need to make things easy for them by playing from the start two atrocious defenders in Knox and Mudiay and a very suspect one in Hezonja, while forsaking (at least for the moment) our best available defenders in Kadeem Allen and Mitchell Robinson. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we started the game falling behind by 13 (25-12) before Knox and Mudiay got subbed out of the game. By the time Mudiay came back in to the game in the second quarter, Knicks had cut the deficit to seven and the team was humming playfully, with a clear monster performance in the making by Mitch. The second quarter went on to end with the Knicks behind by 19, and there was the game. I don’t think we would have had a chance even with Kadeem running the show from the beginning (especially because tonight he was particularly turnover- and foul- happy) and Mitch and Lance (!) playing from the start, but at least we wouldn’t have been subjected to this dreadful start for the umpteenth time this season. I’m tired of watching no-defense ballhogs and chuckers play freely without any kind of dungeon in sight. We’re near the end, but I can’t help thinking about how there were chunks of this season that were lost due to the fact that we didn’t really put our money where our mouth was, as the full moniker of Stratomatic has been suggesting for a few months.

    After that, the game was just a cool Mitch showreel and a reminder that Pascal Siakam is everything you should want in a player.

    Onto some notes:

    – Let’s start with the huge plus from this game: Mitch blew a chance to nab his first career 20/20 Nick Andersoning two free throws with 3.6 seconds to go, but his box score was still more than majestic: 19 points, 21 rebounds, 2 blocks (I counted 4, but whatever) and a steal in 31 minutes of play. For reference, I give you the full list of rookies who reached those thresholds: Mutombo, Mourning, Shaq, David Robinson, Terry Cummings (guy was good for a while), Hakeem, DeJuan Blair (huh), Ralph Sampson, Derrick Coleman, Greg Anderson, Clark Kellogg, Bill Walton and Earl Williams. It’s not entirely a murderer’s row and Mitch registers the lowest scoring performance, but I think it’s something else to add to his impressive resume. He’s also the third youngest ever to post such numbers. He’s also rocking the second highest WS/48 in the list. Right now he’s posting the sixth highest ever WS/48 season for a rookie. He surpassed MJ. I really, really, really don’t get why he doesn’t start. It makes no sense.

    – But, well, in a game like this maybe not starting was a boon, since he didn’t have to play with Mudiay a lot. Mudiay is like Mitch’s kryptonite, on behalf of the fact that he never passes the ball like it’s supposed to. Late in the fourth, Kornet and Ellenson were able to find Mitch twice in the low post. Result: a bucket and a foul. If Luke freaking Kornet is able to do that, shouldn’t everyone be encouraged to do the same? Isn’t “pass the ball to the tall, high jumping guy” a good enough strategy, if we’re trying to keep things simple?

    – About Mudiay’s night and the general shortcomings of our lead guards: tonight the Knicks recorded as many assists as turnovers. You know who led the team in assists? You’ve guessed wrong right (I guess, by this paragraph and at this point): DeAndre Jordan, with 4 assists in 20 minutes. Tied at 2 apiece after DAJ there are Kadeem, Mario and Kornet. This team is soooo bad.

    – I saw the Knox-as-Novak gain some traction in the comments in the last days (and some weird speculation about trying to foresee how good a player will be based on the number of threes taken in his rookie season – but I think we need team optimism more than ever, so it’s ok), and I stand by it. Shooting open threes is probably the only real NBA skill Knox has. It’s not much, but it’s something. Also two blocks and a steal today! But don’t let them fool you: he played defense like my mom would if I put in her hands a NBA2K controller for the first time and didn’t explain her which button does what.

    – I didn’t like Kadeem’s performance that much, but at least he was scoring efficiently (18 points on 9 shots) and trying on defense. These days, it’s enough, even with his 4 turnovers.

    – Fiz tried to play Jordan and Mitch together. While I commend the fact that we’re trying weird things, it’s evident from the fact that they tried to defy the principle of bodies compenetration in a few offensive possessions, where they both stood in the same exact area under the rim, that they aren’t receiving even a modicum of effective coaching. That’s, uh, not how you should play, you know? At least one has to stand a bit further from the rim.

    – DSJ came back and was terrible. Not Mudiay terrible, but still terrible. 7 points on 11 shots and just one assist are horrible numbers, but he looked like he was playing with a bit of fire on defense.

    – How is it even possible to airball a layup and a 5-footer in the same game? Well, the Knicks were able to do that, thanks to DAJ (layup) and Lance (5-footer). Veteran leadership, yay!

    So, I think I won’t be able to recap Saturday’s game because I have a friend’s graduation party incoming and we’re planning on getting real wasted, but who knows, I might surpise myself and not wake up with a tremendous headache just to watch Knicks basketball!

    See you guys!

    Knicks Morning News (2019.03.29)

  • [NYTimes] Who is Gary Franklin Sr., the Club Coach Caught Up in the Avenatti Case?
    (Friday, March 29, 2019 9:00:15 AM)

    Former players and those who worked with him knew Franklin as someone who followed the rules of youth basketball.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: ‘They’re Going to Boo Me.’ Jimmy Butler Prepares for His Return to Minnesota.
    (Thursday, March 28, 2019 7:50:46 PM)

    The rare N.B.A. star willing to lean into his role as a villain, Butler, briefly back in the city he scorned, is ready to absorb fans’ anger.

  • [NYTimes] What Better Muse than James Harden’s Beard?
    (Thursday, March 28, 2019 10:54:36 PM)

    Filip Perai? needed a career boost. He found one by drawing Harden, the Houston Rockets guard, in profile over and over and over again.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks Takeaways from Thursday’s 117-92 loss to Raptors
    (Thursday, March 28, 2019 10:11:09 PM)

    Rookie Mitchell Robinson had a career night, but it was the same old story for the Knicks, who lost Thursday night to the Raptors, 117-92.

  • [SNY Knicks] Dennis Smith Jr. returns as banged-up Knicks host Raptors at 7:30 p.m.
    (Thursday, March 28, 2019 5:56:03 PM)

    Dennis Smith Jr. (back) and Kevin Knox (ankle) will both be available for the Knicks on Thursday night as they host the Raptors at 7:30 p.m.

  • [SNY Knicks] Dennis Smith Jr. hopes to return to Knicks this season
    (Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:55:39 PM)

    Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. said he hopes to return this season from a back injury that has forced him to miss New York’s last six games.

  • [NYPost] David Fizdale wasn’t in a positive mood after Knicks’ blowout loss
    (Thursday, March 28, 2019 6:18:00 PM)

    Kevin Knox returned to action for the Knicks without missing any time after spraining his ankle Sunday and Dennis Smith Jr. played for the first time in more than two weeks after suffering a back injury. Neither provided a spark and the Raptors didn’t even need their resting superstar Kawhi Leonard, punishing the frigid Knicks…

  • [NYPost] Knicks duo rave about forgotten lottery stud Darius Garland
    (Thursday, March 28, 2019 10:40:33 AM)

    Knicks reserves John Jenkins and Luke Kornet haven’t had much to brag about regarding their alma mater, Vanderbilt, this season. The Commodores became the first SEC team since 1954 to go winless in conference action. Jenkins and Kornet represent the first time Vandy has had two NBA players on the same squad. And now a…

  • Knicks Morning News (2019.03.28)

  • [NYDN] David Fizdale: Knicks defense will be great … once better players arrive
    (Wednesday, March 27, 2019 2:05:23 PM)

    David Fizdale believes his system — while unrecognizable with this roster — will work with better players.

    Navigating the third-worst defensive-rated team in the NBA, the Knicks coach acknowledged his scheme is designed with the summer additions in mind.

    “Our defense won’t really, really get to…

  • [NYDN] Dennis Smith Jr. returns to Knicks practice and reveals he had two displaced discs in his back
    (Wednesday, March 27, 2019 11:58:08 AM)

    Speaking for the first time since a back injury forced him out of six straight games, Dennis Smith Jr. said an MRI uncovered some displaced discs and inflammation but he doesn’t seem concerned about the long-term outlook.

    The 21-year-old, who was recouped from Dallas in the trade for Kristaps Porzingis,…

  • [NYTimes] What Better Muse than James Harden’s Beard?
    (Thursday, March 28, 2019 1:03:00 AM)

    Filip Perai? needed a career boost. He found one by drawing Harden, the Houston Rockets guard, in profile over and over and over again.

  • [SNY Knicks] David Fizdale knows schemes won’t work until help arrives for Knicks
    (Wednesday, March 27, 2019 10:29:21 PM)

    David Fizdale wants to be aggressive on both ends of the floor, but with the group he has now, he just can’t make it happen. Free agency can change that.

  • [SNY Knicks] Latest on Knicks target Kevin Durant: Bill Simmons would ‘bet the house’ he lands in NY
    (Wednesday, March 27, 2019 4:31:26 PM)

    Warriors star Kevin Durant can be a free agent after the season, and the idea that he could team up with fellow free agent Kyrie Irving on the Knicks this summer has picked up steam since the Kristaps Porzingis trade cleared two max slots for New York. Here are the latest rumors…

  • [NYPost] David Fizdale: Knicks need to add players who can defend
    (Wednesday, March 27, 2019 6:56:15 PM)

    David Fizdale, after failing to get the Knicks to defend with consistency this season, vowed the club will add more defensive-minded players in the offseason. It just so happens Kevin Durant’s most underrated attribute is his length and effectiveness on the defensive end, but Fizdale knows the overall mindset is to add defenders. Ironically, Fizdale…

  • [NYPost] Dennis Smith nears return as Ntilikina experiment hope is dying
    (Wednesday, March 27, 2019 11:41:40 AM)

    Dennis Smith Jr. was back to practice and back to talking. In his first public comments since throwing his back out and missing six straight games, Smith revealed an MRI exam showed a disk issue. Indicating he’ll need further rehab to correct the malady, the 21-year-old Smith believes he will be back on the court…

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  • [Sports Illustrated] Report: Knicks Tried to Send Kristaps Porzingis to Kings for De’Aaron Fox
    (Tuesday, March 26, 2019 3:05:41 PM)

    The Knicks reportedly tried to trade Kristaps Porzingis to the Kings in exchange for De’Aaron Fox ahead of the 2018 NBA draft. 

  • [Sports Illustrated] Silver Linings for the Lakers, Knicks and More Non-Playoff Teams
    (Tuesday, March 26, 2019 7:38:00 AM)

    Your favorite team might be out of the playoff picture but that does not mean that you should lose hope for your franchises’ future. Sports Illustrated presents silver linings for every eliminated team.

  • [Newsday] Report: Knicks Tried to Send Kristaps Porzingis to Kings for De’Aaron Fox
    (Tuesday, March 26, 2019 3:05:41 PM)

    The Knicks reportedly tried to trade Kristaps Porzingis to the Kings in exchange for De’Aaron Fox ahead of the 2018 NBA draft. 

  • [Newsday] Silver Linings for the Lakers, Knicks and More Non-Playoff Teams
    (Tuesday, March 26, 2019 7:38:00 AM)

    Your favorite team might be out of the playoff picture but that does not mean that you should lose hope for your franchises’ future. Sports Illustrated presents silver linings for every eliminated team.

  • [NYDN] Calamity gives Enes Kanter chance he once begged Knicks for
    (Tuesday, March 26, 2019 8:24:47 PM)

    No more time to smooch the center court logo.

    Former Knicks fan favorite Enes Kanter will likely be thrust into Portland’s starting lineup Wednesday night and beyond, as the playoff-bound Trail Blazers begin their venture without center Jusuf Nurkic.

    Gone for the season is Nurkic, who underwent…

  • [TheRinger] Calamity gives Enes Kanter chance he once begged Knicks for
    (Tuesday, March 26, 2019 8:24:47 PM)

    No more time to smooch the center court logo.

    Former Knicks fan favorite Enes Kanter will likely be thrust into Portland’s starting lineup Wednesday night and beyond, as the playoff-bound Trail Blazers begin their venture without center Jusuf Nurkic.

    Gone for the season is Nurkic, who underwent…

  • [NYTimes] Cal Ramsey, Knicks Broadcaster and Community Representative, Dies at 81
    (Wednesday, March 27, 2019 3:20:15 AM)

    A standout player at N.Y.U., he had a brief N.B.A. career but made his mark as a color commentator and the team’s link to the youth of New York.

  • [NYPost] What the Knicks’ Damyean Dotson has riding on the NCAAs
    (Tuesday, March 26, 2019 5:06:50 PM)

    Damyean Dotson’s alma mater is in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 — a sweet capper to his resurgent second season. Nobody is more proud to be from Houston than Dotson, who has remained close to the University of Houston program and runs a children’s charity in his hometown. It was a natural he and rookie…

  • [NYPost] Frank Ntilikina’s Knicks season might officially be a waste
    (Tuesday, March 26, 2019 10:36:47 AM)

    While there is hope rookie Kevin Knox returns Thursday against Toronto without missing any action, Knicks coach David Fizdale could not commit to Frank Ntilikina coming back this season. Knox, the Knicks’ 2018 lottery pick, was limited in practice Tuesday. That was the only thing that could be good news coming out the team’s workout…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks won’t officially put Frank Ntilikina’s sophomore season to rest
    (Tuesday, March 26, 2019 6:56:12 PM)

    Frank Ntilikina was not seen at practice on Thursday, and while his Knicks season — and future — is up in the air, Kevin Knox was limited in his participation after his ankle injury.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks dangled Kristaps Porzingis to Kings for De’Aaron Fox before NBA Draft: report
    (Tuesday, March 26, 2019 12:56:14 PM)

    The Knicks reportedly were interested in acquiring De’Aron Fox prior to last year’s NBA Draft and included Kristaps Porzingis in the proposed deal.