Knicks Morning News (2019.04.06)

  • [NYDN] Emmanuel Mudiay wants to re-sign with Knicks, understands superstars’ decisions come first
    (Friday, April 05, 2019 5:36:34 PM)

    HOUSTON — Emmanuel Mudiay can’t say he didn’t get a chance in New York.

    After becoming David Fizdale’s favorite point guard, the 23-year-old averaged over 27 minutes and started over half the games this season. Sometimes he played well offensively, and most of the time he struggled defensively.

  • [NYDN] Limping toward finish line, Knicks now experimenting with Mario Hezonja at point guard
    (Friday, April 05, 2019 12:33:23 PM)

    HOUSTON – Limping toward the finish line, this is what the historically bad Knicks season looks like – nine available bodies, fewer practices and Mario Hezonja starting at point guard.

    Hezonja is a 6-foot-8 power forward under normal circumstances, but was thrust into the lead guard role Friday…

  • [Hoops Rumors] Knicks Notes: Jordan, Culver, DSJ, Offseason
    (Friday, April 05, 2019 10:37:27 AM)

    When the Knicks acquired DeAndre Jordan two months ago as part of the seven-player trade that sent Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas, the veteran center appeared to be destined for the buyout market along with Enes Kanter and Wesley Matthews. However, the Knicks had other plans for Jordan, keeping him in the mix despite cutting back […]

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks Takeaways from Friday’s 120-96 loss to Rockets
    (Friday, April 05, 2019 10:14:46 PM)

    The Knicks were mauled by the Rockets on Friday night, losing 120-96 down in Houston.

  • [SNY Knicks] Zion Williamson on if drafted by Knicks: ‘I would love to play for them’
    (Friday, April 05, 2019 7:32:41 PM)

    Zion Williamson was in Minneapolis at the Final Four on Friday to accept the AP National Player of the Year Award and he was still generating all the buzz.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks tell fans in letter that team’s future is ‘extremely bright’
    (Friday, April 05, 2019 7:05:00 PM)

    Steve Mills and Scott Perry address Knicks season-ticket holders with their vision for the future after a ‘difficult’ season.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks take on James Harden, Rockets on the road at 8 p.m.
    (Friday, April 05, 2019 6:30:49 PM)

    Over two months ago, the Houston Rockets needed all 61 of James Harden’s points to eke past the New York Knicks.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks to start Mario Hezonja at point guard vs. Rockets
    (Friday, April 05, 2019 2:28:18 PM)

    Mario Hezonja is being rewarded after scoring a career-high 29 points on Wednesday by getting the start, at point guard, for the Knicks on Friday vs. the Rockets.

  • [SNY Knicks] Potential Knicks pick Zion Williamson named AP Player of the Year
    (Friday, April 05, 2019 12:42:28 PM)

    If the Knicks win the NBA draft lottery and land the No. 1 pick, chances are they’ll draft Zion Williamson, who was named AP Men’s Player of the Year on Friday.

  • [NYPost] David Fizdale hints Emmanuel Mudiay’s Knicks’ days may be numbered
    (Friday, April 05, 2019 10:20:11 PM)

    HOUSTON — When David Fizdale rested sore-shouldered Emmanuel Mudiay for Friday’s 120-96 blowout loss to the Rockets, the Knicks coach made a comment that he didn’t want to do anything that might affect Mudiay’s career with his first free agency upcoming. “I think about these guys’ careers from the standpoint of, we’re not going to…

  • [NYPost] It’s official: Knicks worst in NBA despite Mario Hezonja’s heroics
    (Friday, April 05, 2019 7:08:02 PM)

    HOUSTON — Making his first Knicks start at point guard, Mario Hezonja got his first career triple-double and was feisty in the locker room against those who had mocked his emergency role. Hezonja’s milestone didn’t help the Knicks against the Rockets, who still posted an easy 120-96 runaway at Toyota Center on Friday. The Knicks…

  • [NYPost] Zion Williamson gets praise from Oscar Robertson while talking Knicks, draft
    (Friday, April 05, 2019 5:36:06 PM)

    MINNEAPOLIS — Zion Williamson is willing to play for anyone who drafts him — including the tanking Knicks. “Yes, if they draft me, I would love to play for them,” the almost-certain No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft said on Friday, after he was honored as the Oscar Robertson and Associated Press National…

  • [NYPost] Mario Henzonja’s first task as Knicks’ point guard: James Harden
    (Friday, April 05, 2019 1:18:46 PM)

    HOUSTON — First LeBron James, now James Harden. It’s gone from the absurd to the surreal as Mario Hezonja starts at point guard Friday vs. the red-hot Rockets and faces the glossy backcourt tag team of Harden and Chris Paul. The 6-9 combo forward has been switched to man the offense and defend Harden because…

  • [NYPost] Knicks execs confident in ‘two max free agents’ in letter to fans
    (Friday, April 05, 2019 12:43:40 PM)

    HOUSTON — Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry sent a letter to season-ticket holders this week, promising “an extremely bright future’’ and to “diligently” use their cap space this summer. The 279-word essay, dated April 3, marked the first time team brass specified publicly the specter of signing “two max free agents” this…