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.