Adam Zagoria

"Adam Zagoria sees the story behind the daily happenings." -St. Anthony Coach Bob Hurley

Adam is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv, where he covers basketball at all levels.

He is the author of two books, including "She's Got Handle," called "The 'Hoop Dreams' of the 21st Century" by The New York Times. His second book, "ULTIMATE: The First Four Decades," documents the colorful history of Ultimate Frisbee and was profiled in Sports Illustrated.

An award-winning journalist, his articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, SLAM, Basketball Times and newspapers nationwide.

A veteran Ultimate player, Adam has competed in numerous World & National Championships. His teams won the Westchester Summer League titles in 2011 & 2013 and reached the final in 2015.

He has also attended more Allman Brothers Band, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Rolling Stones shows than he cares to remember.

Adam lives in Manhattan with his wife, Jennifer, and their children, Grace and James.
 

Mar 11, 2019; Albany, NY, USA; Iona Gaels head coach Tim Cluess reacts to a play against the Monmouth Hawks during the second half in the MAAC Conference Tournament Championship game at the Times Union Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Mar 11, 2019; Albany, NY, USA; Iona Gaels head coach Tim Cluess reacts to a play against the Monmouth Hawks during the second half in the MAAC Conference Tournament Championship game at the Times Union Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

After a nasty parting of ways with Chris Mullin earlier this week, St. John's is on the clock to hire a new head men's basketball coach. New athletic director Mike Cragg needs to make the right hire, but he also needs to get someone in place relatively quickly.

The NCAA spring recruiting period starts April 26-28 and St. John's will need to have a staff out recruiting. There has already been a mass exodus off the current roster which is composed mainly of transfers.

Shamorie Ponds and Justin Simon declared for the NBA Draft, L.J. Figueroa and Bryan Trimble are expected to transfer and Class of 2019 commits PG Cam Mack and F Valdir Manuel have already decommitted.

Here are five names in the mix at St. John's. Whoever gets the gig will have a lot of work ahead to rebuild the program, which is coming off its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2015.

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Mar 14, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts after a dunk in the first half against the Syracuse Orange in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Mar 14, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts after a dunk in the first half against the Syracuse Orange in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Zion Williamson is ready for the next phase of his life and if that phase includes playing for the Knicks, he's ready for it.

"Yes, if they draft me, I would love to play for them," the 6-foot-7 Williamson said at the Final Four as he received both the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Associated Press National Player of the Year Award.

The Knicks (15-63) own the NBA's worst record and currently have a 14 percent chance of landing Williamson with the No. 1 pick, as do Cleveland and Phoenix. The NBA Draft Lottery is May 14 in Chicago, while the NBA Draft is June 20 in New York.

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Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson reacts after losing to the Michigan State Spartans in the championship game of the East Regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)
Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson reacts after losing to the Michigan State Spartans in the championship game of the East Regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Zion Williamson's college career came to an end here in the Elite Eight against Michigan State on Sunday night.

And the next game he plays will be for an NBA team.

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Mar 13, 2019; New York, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin coaches in front of guard Shamorie Ponds (2) during the first half in the Big East conference tournament against the DePaul Blue Demons at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 13, 2019; New York, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin coaches in front of guard Shamorie Ponds (2) during the first half in the Big East conference tournament against the DePaul Blue Demons at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The NCAA Tournament is here and the New York/New Jersey area will be well represented. Here's a look at who each local team is playing and what their chances of making a run are:

Syracuse (No. 8 seed, West Region)

City/Tip time: Salt Lake City, 9:57 p.m.
Thursday TV: truTV

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Feb 13, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim (right) talks to guard Tyus Battle (25) during the second half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports  (Rob Kinnan)
Feb 13, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim (right) talks to guard Tyus Battle (25) during the second half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)

The NCAA Tournament is here and the New York/New Jersey area will be well represented. Here's a look at who each local team is playing and what their chances of making a run are:

Syracuse (No. 8 seed, West Region)

City/Tip time: Salt Lake City, 9:57 p.m.
Thursday TV: truTV

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Dec 15, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim reacts to a call against the Old Dominion Monarchs during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 15, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim reacts to a call against the Old Dominion Monarchs during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

With Selection Sunday fast approaching, as many as half a dozen teams from New York State are in position to make the NCAA Tournament.

Here's a look at where each team stands now and what they need to do to make the Big Dance:

Syracuse

The skinny: Despite getting thrashed by Virginia 79-53 on Monday night, the Orange (19-11, 10-7 ACC) are safely into the Big Dance thanks to wins over then-No. 1 Duke in January and then-No. 18 Louisville in February. The Orange have a NET ranking of 39 and are currently a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, according to Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. Syracuse will be a top-7 seed in the ACC Tournament next week in Charlotte, N.C., and the Orange will get a first-round bye. They could help their NCAA Tournament seeding with a deep run in the ACCs.

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Feb 12, 2019; Queens, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Mustapha Heron (14) reacts in the second half against the Butler Bulldogs at Carnesecca Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Feb 12, 2019; Queens, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Mustapha Heron (14) reacts in the second half against the Butler Bulldogs at Carnesecca Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

With Selection Sunday fast approaching, as many as half a dozen teams from New York State are in position to make the NCAA Tournament.

Here's a look at where each team stands now and what they need to do to make the Big Dance:

Syracuse

The skinny: Despite getting thrashed by Virginia 79-53 on Monday night, the Orange (19-11, 10-7 ACC) are safely into the Big Dance thanks to wins over then-No. 1 Duke in January and then-No. 18 Louisville in February. The Orange have a NET ranking of 39 and are currently a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, according to Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. Syracuse will be a top-7 seed in the ACC Tournament next week in Charlotte, N.C., and the Orange will get a first-round bye. They could help their NCAA Tournament seeding with a deep run in the ACCs.

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St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds dribbles against the Creighton Bluejays in the second half at CHI Health Center Omaha. (Steven Branscombe/USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds dribbles against the Creighton Bluejays in the second half at CHI Health Center Omaha. (Steven Branscombe/USA TODAY Sports)

If the NCAA tournament began today, St. John's would be a No. 9 seed in the Big Dance, according to the latest ESPN bracketology.

The Red Storm did themselves a big favor by knocking off No. 10 Marquette on the road on Tuesday, and now play five of their next six games at home. This stretch is pivotal for the Johnnies (17-6, 5-5 Big East), who can really help their NCAA tournament chances by taking care of their home court -- both at Madison Square Garden starting with Saturday's tilt against Providence and at Carnesecca Arena.

St. John's best opportunity for another signature win during the homestand comes on Feb. 17 when they host No. 14 Villanova, which is undefeated in the Big East (10-0) entering its tilt on Saturday at Marquette.

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Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson and forward R.J. Barrett react during the second half against the St. John's Red Storm at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson and forward R.J. Barrett react during the second half against the St. John's Red Storm at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)

As the Knicks and their fans fantasize about a potential future featuring some combination of Zion Williamson, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, Williamson says it would be pretty sweet to play with those players.

"I mean, it would be dope to play with KD and Kyrie, but like I said I'm enjoying college and whichever team drafts me I'm going to be ready to play hard and work," Williamson told me in the Duke locker room after going for 29 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 blocks as No. 2 Duke beat St. John's 91-61 on Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Knicks (10-41) own the NBA's worst record and have full on "Stopped Tryin' for Zion." This week, they traded Kristaps Porzingis and nearly half their team to the Dallas Mavericks, and now have nearly $75 million in cap space to pursue two max free agents this summer, with Durant and Irving squarely in their sights.

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Dec 20, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first half of the Ameritas Insurance Classic at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Dec 20, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first half of the Ameritas Insurance Classic at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

DURHAM, N.C. -- Knicks coach David Fizdale may not be able to comment on Duke phenom Zion Williamson because of NBA tampering rules, but another high-profile New York City coach can.

In the wake of Thursday's blockbuster trade that sent Kristaps Porzingis and several other players to the Dallas Mavericks to open up cap space for the summer of 2019, St. John's coach Chris Mullin talked up Williamson, whom Knicks fans are dreaming about landing in the NBA Draft.

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Patrick Ewing and Georgetown avenged an early-season loss to St. John's with an 89-78 win at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

NEW YORK -- The chances of St. John's getting an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament may have died in a series of failed putbacks in the final minutes on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

With the Red Storm trailing Georgetown by two points with about 1:20 remaining, L.J. Figueroa made a steal at midcourt and the Garden crowd let out a tremendous roar because the home team had at chance to tie the game after trailing for much of the second half. Figueroa opted for a pull-up 3-pointer from the left arc that rimmed out, and St. John's then had one, two, three, four good looks at a putback that would've tied the game.

None of them went through the net, Georgetown big man Jessie Govan ended up with the ball and fed Mac McClung for an uncontested dunk on the other end.

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St. John's Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin reacts during the first half against the Georgetown Hoyas at Capital One Arena. (Scott Taetsch/USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin reacts during the first half against the Georgetown Hoyas at Capital One Arena. (Scott Taetsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Old friends and rivals Chris Mullin and Patrick Ewing with renew their rivalry on Sunday in a critical Big East game at Madison Square Garden.

St. John's (15-4, 3-4) and Georgetown (12-7, 2-4) are both under .500 in league play and need to win some games if they're going to make a push toward the NCAA tournament. Typically, Big East teams need to finish at least 9-9 in league play to make the Big Dance.

"I'm looking forward to playing my old buddy Chris one more time," Ewing, the former Georgetown and Knicks legend and current Georgetown coach, said Thursday.

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Nov 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley is embraced by guard Christian Vital (1) and guard Jalen Adams (4) after being ejected from a game against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley is embraced by guard Christian Vital (1) and guard Jalen Adams (4) after being ejected from a game against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- Hours after a tough two-point loss at Cincinnati on Saturday night, UConn head coach Dan Hurley and assistant Kimani Young arrived at a high school event in The Bronx to survey the future of the program.

Jalen Gaffney and James Bouknight, two Class of 2019 guards who have signed with UConn, both played -- and played well -- at the Empire Invitational at Mount Saint Michael Academy.

Gaffney, a 6-foot-2 point guard, took home game MVP honors after going for 26 points and 4 assists as the Westtown (PA) School beat Brewster Academy (N.H.), 79-72, in a heavyweight battle of Northeast powerhouses. 

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Jan 8, 2019; Villanova, PA, USA; Villanova Wildcats forward Eric Paschall (4) is double teamed by St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) and guard Mustapha Heron (14) during the first half at Finneran Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jan 8, 2019; Villanova, PA, USA; Villanova Wildcats forward Eric Paschall (4) is double teamed by St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) and guard Mustapha Heron (14) during the first half at Finneran Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

St. John's could easily be undefeated right now.

If it weren't for a highly controversial call at the end of the Seton Hall game and a blown lead in the final minutes at Villanova on Tuesday, the Red Storm would be 16-0 and 4-0 in the Big East.

Instead, the No. 24 Johnnies are 14-2 and 2-2 in the league, behind Villanova, Marquette and Seton Hall. They play three of their next four games at home -- beginning with Saturday against DePaul (9-5, 1-2) -- and need to take care of the home court in those games.

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St. John's lost their second game of the season 76-71 to Villanova. Tarik Turner breaks it down.

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- When St. John's and Villanova met Tuesday night at Finneran Pavilion, one team was ranked and one team was not.

It was quite the reversal of roles.

St. John's entered as the No. 24 team in the nation while defending NCAA champion Villanova is unranked. But on this night, the Red Storm learned that the Big East still runs through the Wildcats.

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Nov 20, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) reacts after scoring against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the second half of the championship game of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Nov 20, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Shamorie Ponds (2) reacts after scoring against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the second half of the championship game of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

Shamorie Ponds and Myles Powell became good friends while playing against each other on the prestigious Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit.

Ponds competed for the NY Lightning, while Powell played for the NJ Playaz.

Both guards then committed to New York-area schools within two weeks of each other in September 2015. The 6-foot-2 Powell, a Trenton, N.J. native ranked No. 81 by ESPN.com, chose Seton Hall over UConn, VCU, DePaul and Pittsburgh on Sept. 19...

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Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett puts up a shot against Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Davide Moretti in the second half of the Ameritas Insurance Classic at Madison Square Garden. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett puts up a shot against Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Davide Moretti in the second half of the Ameritas Insurance Classic at Madison Square Garden. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- For all the hype over Zion Mania on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, it might have been easy to overlook his teammate RJ Barrett.

The 6-foot-7 Barrett had far from his best game in his Garden debut, but came on strong down the stretch and finished with 16 points on 7-of-22 shooting with three rebounds as No. 2 Duke beat No. 11 Texas Tech 69-58.

Before Zion Williamson established himself as the projected No. 1 pick in the eyes of most everyone, Barrett held that position entering the season. Now, the Mississauga, Ontario, native and the son of former St. John's star Rowan Barrett has "fallen" ... all the way to No. 2 on most mock drafts.

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Steve Kerr coaching the Golden State Warriors.  (AP)
Steve Kerr coaching the Golden State Warriors. (AP)

NEW YORK -- On the day between playing the Knicks and the Nets, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said both teams are on the right track and need to add talent going forward.

Both New York teams hope to be players during free agency next summer, when Warriors star Kevin Durant -- who went off for 41 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the Warriors' 128-100 win Friday at Madison Square Garden -- will be the prized free agent.

"I think both teams are building foundations and the whole key obviously from there is, can you build up your talent base and so we'll see what happens," Kerr said Saturday after practice in Midtown Manhattan.

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Steve Kerr coaching the Golden State Warriors.  (AP)
Steve Kerr coaching the Golden State Warriors. (AP)

NEW YORK -- On the day between playing the Knicks and the Nets, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said both teams are on the right track and need to add talent going forward.

Both New York teams hope to be players during free agency next summer, when Warriors star Kevin Durant -- who went off for 41 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the Warriors' 128-100 win Friday at Madison Square Garden -- will be the prized free agent.

"I think both teams are building foundations and the whole key obviously from there is, can you build up your talent base and so we'll see what happens," Kerr said Saturday after practice in Midtown Manhattan.

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During New York Knicks Media Day, Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Knox, and Enes Kanter talked about rebuilding and a new future for the Knicks

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The last NBA Rookie of the Year out of Kentucky was New Jersey native Karl-Anthony Towns in 2016. Now, Knicks rookie Kevin Knox is aiming to be the latest Kentucky product to win the award.

"Yeah, I think it's definitely something that I have the chance to get," the 6-foot-9 Tampa native said Monday at Knicks' Media Day. "But winning is No. 1 on my mind right now. I don't really care about anything else right now, just trying help my teammates win, try to help myself get better and just get better throughout the year."

After averaging 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds last season under John Calipari, Knox excelled in the NBA Summer League with the Knicks. He was named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team after averaging 21.3 points. In fact, Knox remains in touch with Towns, the 7-footer with the Minnesota Timberwolves who starred at St. Joe's-Metuchen in Jersey...

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Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference guard Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls (21) and Eastern Conference forward Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers (2) talk during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference guard Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls (21) and Eastern Conference forward Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers (2) talk during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)

Kyrie Irving is "finally getting acclimated in Boston" and hasn't spoken to Jimmy Butler since 2016.

If you're the Knicks' braintrust -- or their fan base -- neither of these is a piece of good news since the franchise is planning on going hard after the New Jersey native during free agency next summer.

"I've been away from Cleveland officially for a year now, and I'm finally getting acclimated in Boston," Irving told ESPN.com.

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It's good news for the Knicks and their fans that Jimmy Butler lists them as one of his three preferred destinations, but the Knicks' braintrust shouldn't mortgage their future to trade for him now.

Especially not when Butler, who just turned 29, will be a free agent in the summer of 2019. If he wants to come to the Big Apple next summer, then, by all means, the Knicks should consider making it happen, especially if they could potentially pair him with New Jersey native Kyrie Irving. Of course, Kevin Durant will also be a free agent next summer, so the possibilities are endless and the future -- for now -- looks bright.

The Knicks of Phil Jackson might have made a move now for Butler, sacrificing draft picks and young assets in exchange. But the Knicks of Steve Mills and Scott Perry appear to have a solid plan in place, and the cornerstone of that plan is not sacrificing assets and picks for the future. The Knicks did that once with Carmelo Anthony, and we all know how that worked out...

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Kevin Durant made a surprise appearance here at the Nike Peach Jam on Friday. Whether he ever makes an appearance in Knicks colors remains to be seen, but former New York point guard Greg Anthony believes the team will be attractive to free agents in 2019.

"Listen, there's going to be a lot of A-list guys that are going to be available, and just like with the Lakers, New York is an incredible environment," Anthony told SNY.tv. "If you can be a star there, I'm sure those guys are all going to take that stuff into consideration."

Anthony is here supporting his son Cole Anthony, a New York prep star who will take his talents to a national high school powerhouse this year before going to college in 2019. A 6-foot-3 point guard, Cole is a projected future pro down the road...

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Mar 28, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; McDonalds All-American West forward Nassir Little (10) defends East forward Zion Williamson (12) in the second half of the McDonalds High School All American Game at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Mar 28, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; McDonalds All-American West forward Nassir Little (10) defends East forward Zion Williamson (12) in the second half of the McDonalds High School All American Game at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The 2018 NBA Draft has just ended, so it's never too early to look ahead to 2019.

With a return date for Kristaps Porzingis still a major question mark given his ACL injury, the Knicks figure to be in the lottery again in 2019.

Given the loaded top of that draft, thats a good thing.

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Mar 10, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier (35) dribbles against USC Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) during the Pac-12 Tournament championship at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Mar 10, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier (35) dribbles against USC Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) during the Pac-12 Tournament championship at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Former Arizona guard Allonzo Trier has signed a two-way contract with the Knicks, and will be in New York City next week, a source close to Trier told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-5 Trier is a scoring wing who averaged 18.1 points, 3.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds last season for the Wildcats, where he played alongside eventual No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton and New York wing Rawle Alkins. Both Trier and Alkins went undrafted Thursday night.

"Allonzo is a gifted scorer at all three levels who understands the importance and urgency of working diligently on his craft daily," Arizona assistant Mark Phelps told SNY.tv. "He is an absolute professional when it comes to every aspect of the game and has an excellent broad knowledge of NBA players and teams and a genuine admiration and respect for the NBA in general...

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Mar 29, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds All-American East center Mitchell Robinson (22) dunks during the 40th Annual McDonald's High School All-American Game at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 29, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds All-American East center Mitchell Robinson (22) dunks during the 40th Annual McDonald's High School All-American Game at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson will need a major support structure around him as he begins his NBA career, and that career could begin in the NBA G League.

The book on the 7-foot-1 Robinson from multiple coaches and those close to him is that he is a talented and good kid with some major maturity issues. He hasn't played organized basketball since the McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic Games in April 2017, and opted to train on his own this past season instead of enrolling at Western Kentucky, where NBA scouts could have evaluated him. The Knicks ended up taking a flyer on him at No. 36 in Thursday's NBA Draft.

"We know we have a situation that can help embrace him, find ways for him to grow off the court and on the court," Knicks President Steve Mills said Friday when Robinson and fellow rookie Kevin Knox were introduced. "We know we have a group of coaches and an environment that will help him grow."

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks head coach David Fizdale isn't setting modest expectations for Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson.

The first-year coach says Kentucky's Knox has the potential to be similar to Celtics rookie small forward Jayson Tatum, while unproven big man Robinson can emulate Rockets standout Clint Capela. Both Tatum and Capela played key roles for their teams during their respective runs to the conference finals.

'We all like the way that kid [Tatum]'s looking up in Boston right now and I'm not putting that kind of pressure on this kid [Knox] to be him, but when you have that kind of skill set, that height at that athleticism, you can see him being a very productive player," Fizdale said of Knox, who was officially introduced at the Knicks' training facility with Robinson...

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks went out on a limb and selected Mystery Man Mitchell Robinson with the No. 36 pick in the NBA Draft.

The 7-foot-1 Robinson hasn't played a meaningful game since the Jordan Brand Classic in New York City in April 2017, where he scored 15 points on 7-for-7 shooting.

The Louisiana native originally committed to Texas A&M, and then chose Western Kentucky but never played there. He withdrew from Western Kentucky last summer, and said he would train for the NBA Draft instead. However, he skipped the recent NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, which raised more questions about his NBA readiness.

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Jeane Coakley and Ian Begley discuss NBA draft night and how Kevin Knox fits with the Knicks on GEICO SportsNite.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Kevin Knox was booed at Barclays Center by the same young man who booed Kristaps Porzingis three years ago at the NBA Draft.

Some Knicks fans chanted "We want Porter" for embattled Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. And that only served to motivate Knox -- the same way it propelled Porzingis toward a sensational rookie season in New York when he averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds.

"That's just motivation," the 6-foot-9 Knox said. "A lot of people want [Porter] to get to the Knicks, but I mean, it's all good with me. I'm ready to get to work. I'm ready to get to work and ready to prove people in Summer League and prove people in the NBA...

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New York Knicks GM Scott Perry meets the media and discusses why the team chose Kevin Knox with the ninth pick in the NBA Draft.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- In drafting freshman wing Kevin Knox with the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft, Knicks' brass fell in love with his talent, upside, and Kentucky pedigree.

The Knicks could have selected Villanova's Mikal Bridges or Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. -- who some fans cheered for, booing Knox in the process. But, instead, they zeroed in on the 18-year-old Knox to fill their void on the wing. The Tampa, Fla., native will be officially introduced at the Knicks' facility on Friday.

"Kevin is a young man that we did extensive research on, we like the talent," Knicks GM Scott Perry said. "He fits what we're going to be about. What we've talked about from the very beginning, he's long, he's athletic, he can play multiple positions. I think he has tremendous upside."

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks drafted Kentucky's Kevin Knox with an eye toward making the franchise "attractive" to free agents in 2019 -- most notably New Jersey native Kyrie Irving.

The Knicks' brass hopes that a young core of the 18-year-old Knox along with Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina, and other promising pieces will attract free agents like Irving a year from now.

"Yeah, our goal is to make this an attractive place," Knicks President Steve Mills said when I asked him about potential free agents.

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Adam Zagoria
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Mikal Bridges, Michael Porter Jr, Kevin Knox, and Lonnie Walker talk about the potential of playing for the Knicks and coach David Fizdale.

While much of the talk leading up to the Knicks' pick in the NBA Draft has centered around Kentucky's Kevin Knox, Villanova's Mikal Bridges, and Alabama's Collin Sexton, Miami guard Lonnie Walker IV could be an option as well.

The 6-foot-4 Walker worked out for the Knicks and a league source said the team was very "intrigued with his two-way abilities."

"It was a great workout, they were very happy," Walker said Wednesday. "I had some film with the head coach [David Fizdale] and we went back and forth about it. It was very positive. They were happy to see how mentally tough I was and my athleticism and aggression while I was playing so it was all positive energy."

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Jan 22, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns forward Mohamed Bamba (4) reacts against the Iowa State Cyclones during the second half at the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns won 73-57. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports (Brendan Maloney)
Jan 22, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns forward Mohamed Bamba (4) reacts against the Iowa State Cyclones during the second half at the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns won 73-57. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports (Brendan Maloney)

Head coach David Fizdale met Wednesday with Harlem native Mohamed Bamba, but the Knicks are unlikely to trade up to get the 7-foot shot-blocking sensation, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Multiple reports indicated Memphis is looking to trade the No. 4 pick. Bamba is currently projected to go No. 5 to Dallas, per ESPN.com.

"I was told late [Wednesday] night [the Knicks] have not yet asked Bamba's people to get his medical information," Wojnarowski said Thursday morning on ESPN's 'Get Up!' "That's a steep price to move up that high in the draft to No. 4. You're going to have to give up a lot. You're probably going to have to give up a future first [-round pick]. You're going to be digging into his medicals right now. They did talk to him yesterday and that goes on the week of."

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Mikal Bridges Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Mikal Bridges Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

NEW YORK -- Of all the prospects in this year's NBA Draft, it's possible that nobody has a greater appreciation for Madison Square Garden and New York City than Villanova wing and potential Knicks target Mikal Bridges.

After all, Bridges has already enjoyed a lot of success at the Garden and in the Big Apple.

The 6-foot-7 wing scored 25 points to help lead eventual NCAA champion Villanova to the Big East Tournament championship over Providence in March -- a game that Knicks owner Jim Dolan, President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry all watched from their courtside seats...

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The Knicks will pick... 00:00:23
ESPN Knicks reporter Ian Begley makes his prediction of who the Knicks will pick Thursday night with the 9th selection of the NBA Draft.

NEW YORK -- Kevin Knox is intrigued by the idea of playing for the Knicks and compared his experience at Kentucky to potentially playing in the Big Apple.

"It's kind of where everything happens, Madison Square Garden, so I think this is a big stage, great opportunity to be here," the 6-foot-9 Kentucky forward said Wednesday on the eve of the NBA Draft.

He added in reference to the huge media contingents covering the respective teams: "Kentucky is basically the New York Knicks of college basketball."

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Michael Porter Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Michael Porter Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

NEW YORK -- Michael Porter Jr. hasn't worked out for any NBA teams because of his back and hip ailments, but met with Knicks brass in Chicago and said they are intrigued by his talent.

"They were there and I talked to them for a brief moment after the workout," Porter Jr. told SNY.tv at NBA Draft media day on Wednesday in midtown Manhattan.

"They like me, obviously," the 6-foot-10 Porter added. "I think they were looking to maybe move up. Honestly, they just showed interest in me, but I don't know too [many] details."

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Mar 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Kevin Knox (5) attempts a shot against the Kansas State Wildcats in the semifinals of the South regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Mar 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Kevin Knox (5) attempts a shot against the Kansas State Wildcats in the semifinals of the South regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Knicks are projected to take Kentucky small forward Kevin Knox in the latest ESPN mock draft, which previously had them taking Alabama point guard Collin Sexton.

Knox recently worked out for the Knicks and impressed the team's brass.

The 6-8 Knox, only 18, is a scoring wing who is among the latest one-and-dones at Kentucky. He averaged 15.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game en route to SEC co-Freshman of the Year honors.

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Kenrich Williams (34) Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)

Former TCU wing Kenrich Williams will take part in a group workout with the Knicks on Wednesday, a league source told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-7 Williams averaged 13.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists last season at TCU, while making 40 percent of his three-pointers.

Williams, 23, is currently projected as the No. 58 pick in the Draft, per ESPN.com, but his stock is rising. The Knicks own the No. 36 pick as well as No. 9.

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Mar 16, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) shoots against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Mar 16, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) shoots against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry will travel to Chicago on Friday to meet with Missouri freshman forward Michael Porter Jr., a league source told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-10 Porter Jr. is expected to meet in Chicago with all of the top teams in the draft lottery, the league source said. He held his Pro Day last Friday in Chicago, and Knicks scouts Walker Russell and Fred Cofield attended, per a league source.

Porter Jr. missed most of his only season at Missouri after having microdiscectomy surgery of the L3-L4 spinal discs in November, but he could turn out to be one of the best pros in this Draft.

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IMG Post Grad National guard Anfernee Simons shoots a free throw against Vermont Academy during Game 3 Sunday as some of the top high school basketball teams in the country compete at the Hoophall Classic. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
IMG Post Grad National guard Anfernee Simons shoots a free throw against Vermont Academy during Game 3 Sunday as some of the top high school basketball teams in the country compete at the Hoophall Classic. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

A former Knicks coach is mentoring a player who could be one of their future guards.

Rick Pitino, the Long Island native who coached the Knicks in the late 1980s, has been helping Anfernee Simons with the NBA Draft process.

The 6-foot-3 Simons is a point guard who was named after former NBA star and new University of Memphis coach Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway. He initially committed to Louisville when Pitino was the coach, but then decommitted after the FBI investigation into college basketball ensnared Louisville last fall, ultimately costing Pitino his job there.

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 (Adam Zagoria)
(Adam Zagoria)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Wendell Carter Jr. may not last until the Knicks pick at No. 9 in the NBA Draft on June 21, but the one-and-done forward from Duke wanted to work out for the franchise anyway.

The 6-foot-10 Carter Jr. is projected to go to Orlando at No. 6, per the latest ESPN.com mock draft, but he's well aware of the Knicks' storied history.

"The Garden is a very historic place," he said Friday after his workout with the Knicks. "A lot of different things have happened there. Playing for Duke, Coach K got his 1,000th win [there]. I already have a few memories there so to come here and play in the Garden, that would just be an honor."

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Mikal Bridges on playing in NY 00:00:43
Former Villanova forward Mikal Bridges talks about the prospect of playing with Kristaps Porzingis in New York.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Mikal Bridges has already enjoyed a lot of success at Madison Square Garden.

The 6-foot-7 wing scored 25 points to help lead eventual NCAA champion Villanova to the Big East Tournament championship over Providence in March -- a game that Knicks owner Jim Dolan, President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry all watched from their courtside seats.

"The Garden's a special place," Bridges said Thursday after working out for the Knicks at their facility. "I love the Garden. I had my best games in college at the Garden this year...The Garden, a lot of great things happen at the Garden. It's beautiful, I love it."

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As the Knicks ramp up workouts with potential lottery picks, they will host Miami's Lonnie Walker IV, Kentucky's Kevin Knox, and Texas A&M's Robert Williams in the coming days and weeks.

The 6-foot-4 Walker IV is currently projected to go No. 13 to the Clippers, the 6-10 Williams is predicted to go No. 14 to the Nuggets and the 6-8 Knox is projected at No. 15 to the Wizards, per the latest ESPN.com mock draft.

The Knicks, who pick at No. 9, have already worked out Oklahoma's Trae Young and will also work out Villanova's Mikal Bridges.

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Mikal Bridges to NYK at No. 9? 00:00:34
SNY takes a look at former Villanova forward and one of the top prospects in the NBA Draft, Mikal Bridges.

Villanova SF Mikal Bridges will work out for the Knicks on Thursday as the team continues looking at players it might take at No. 9 in the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-7 Bridges worked out for the Hornets and the Bulls this week, and he told ESPNChicago.com he will also work out for the Knicks and Sixers.

The Knicks have long been intrigued with Bridges -- a two-way player with a 7-foot-2 wingspan who helped Villanova win its second NCAA championship in three years. He could be a more attractive option to the wing-starved Knicks than a guard such as Trae Youngwho worked out on Tuesday.

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Will Knicks pick Young at 9? 00:00:33
SNY takes a look at one of the top prospects in the NBA Draft, guard Trae Young.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Oklahoma point guard Trae Young, considered by some the second coming of Stephen Curry, had his first private workout with the Knicks on Tuesday and said he would love to play at Madison Square Garden.

It remains unclear if the 6-foot-2 floor general will be around for the Knicks when they pick at No. 9 in the Draft, but he ended up working out for them first.

"I wanted to come here and get a workout in," said Young, who led the nation in scoring at 27.4 points per game and assists at 8.7 per game. "They really wanted me to work out for them. I'm not doing too many workouts but I wanted to do this one."

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Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) reacts against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) reacts against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Former Oklahoma point guard Trae Young will have a private workout with the Knicks, a league source confirmed to SNY.tv. Last month, SNY.tv reported that Young was expected to work out for the Knicks.

"Of course," Rayford Young, the player's father, said then.

The Knicks own the No. 9 pick in the June 21 NBA Draft at Barclays Center, and ESPN.com currently projects Young going No. 6 to Orlando.

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New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Knicks are focusing on selecting a wing or a big man with the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft on June 21, and are unlikely to take a point guard even if Oklahoma's Trae Young or Alabama's Collin Sexton fall, a league source told SNY.tv.

The latest ESPN.com mock draft has the Knicks taking Sexton at No. 9.

"I'd be shocked if they took a guard at 9," the league source told SNY.tv. "I'd be shocked." The Knicks have a glut of point guards in Trey Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Frank Ntilikina, all of whom worked out at the team's Tarrytown facility earlier this week...

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 (Raj Mehta)
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Back in October, Michigan State star Miles Bridges told me he would be "extremely happy" to play for the Knicks.

Now, his coaches seem to feel the same way.

"I hope they have a big interest, I'd like to see him go there, personally," Michigan State associate head coach Dwayne Stephens told SNY.tv by phone of the Knicks.

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Knicks officially hire Fizdale 00:04:12
The Daily News Live panel discusses the Knicks officially naming David Fizdale their next head coach and what he can bring to the franchise.

NEW YORK -- David Fizdale won the press conference. There can't be much doubt about that as he hit all the right notes in meeting and greeting the New York media -- and several of his new players -- at Madison Square Garden on a bright and sunny Tuesday afternoon.

But Fizdale is the 11th coach to helm the Knicks since Jeff Van Gundy's resignation in 2001. Just how realistic is it to expect him to change the culture of a team that has seven 50-loss seasons in the last 11 years, and has won exactly one playoff series -- one -- since 2001?

Here are five questions facing Fizdale as he moves forward...

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Mar 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK -- Trey Burke anticipates a healthy battle for the starting point guard spot under new coach David Fizdale.

The Knicks have three lead guards in Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Frank Ntilikina, and Fizdale will have to sort it all out once training camp begins this fall.

"I figured that it was going to be a fight," Burke said at Fizdale's introductory presser, which he attended along with Mudiay, Lance Thomas and Kyle O'Quinn. "That's how I look at it anyway, it's going to be competition, it's going to be a battle. And that's what all three of us like, so we can't do nothing but grow from it and get better from it."

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