Jan 12, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles the ball during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 12, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles the ball during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Celtics star Kyrie Irving is one of the prizes of free agency, and the idea that he could team up with fellow free agent Kevin Durant 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...


June 28, 9:30 AM:

With the Lakers able to fit one max free agent under the cap now that they've completed the Anthony Davis trade, Kyrie Irving remains at the top of their list along with Kawhi Leonard, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times, who says the Lakers are "swinging for the fences."

June 12, 8:13 PM:

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Irving has decided to part ways with agent Jeff Wechsler, who has represented him since his rookie season. He is expected to partner with Roc Nation, which, of course, was founded by New York native Jay-Z. Interestingly enough, though, Roc Nation's president Michael Yormark is the twin brother of Nets CEO Brett Yormark, and Caris LeVert is another Roc Nation client.

Reports circulated earlier in the day that Irving will opt out of his current contract with the Celtics. Now, just 18 days from when free agents can begin meeting with teams, Irving has changed his representation.

June 12, 11:56 AM:

It looks like Irving has made his decision. 

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Irving will not opt back into his $21.3 million deal for next season with the Celtics. He will now become a free agent, where NBA teams including Boston can sign him to a new deal. 

This move was an expected one from Irving. He had an option date on Thursday.

The Nets are currently the most likely destination for Irving, per SNY Ian Begley's sources.

June 4, 7:46 PM:

According to ESPN's Stephen A. SmithKyrie Irving has "given every indication" to the Brooklyn Nets that he prefers to go there instead of the New York Knicks. SNY's Anthony Puccio reported on May 25 that there was mutual interest between Irving and the Nets.

May 14, 4:05 PM:

After Marc Stein said (with the caveat that it was "third-hand stuff") that he heard that Durant and Irving would look just as hard at the Nets as the Knicks, Stephen A. Smith (during his show) interjected and said the following:

"I heard that about Kyrie, not about KD. Kyrie and his folks -- his folks are trying to convince him to look heavily at the Nets."

Smith then reiterated what he said earlier this week -- there is a "95 percent chance" Durant and Irving sign with the Knicks. 

 

May 14, 10:57 AM:

After a frustrating season, Terry Rozier shed some light Tuesday on what it's like to play with Kyrie Irving while admitting that it was "very difficult" to adjust to his role with Irving back in the mix.

"He's a great guy, great leader," Rozier said on ESPN's "Get Up!" "You just have to adjust to his style. Whatever Kyrie wants done, he's gonna show it. That's what he wants done. You have to adjust to his style of play and how he goes about every game and every day."

May 13, 12:01 PM:

According to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, there is a '95 percent' chance that Irving and Kevin Durant come to New York, with the only thing casting any doubt would be a change of heart from Durant. Smith also said he got a text from someone close to Irving's family which said, "There's no way in hell he's going to LA." Recent rumors have suggested Irving could be open to a reunion with LeBron James on the Lakers.

May 11 1:02 PM:

Bill Simmons of The Ringer said on his podcast Friday that he "heard a rumor" that the reason the Lakers' negotiation with Ty Lue deteriorated was because of his fractured relationship with Irving, not because of his contract. 

Simmons admits he does not know if it is true, but Irving being linked to the Lakers has gained some steam in recent days. ESPN's Brian Windhorst said on ESPN Radio that an Irving reunion with James should not be discounted. 

"I would've said that this is impossible for many months. But as time passes here and as the possibility exists that Jason Kidd could be hired as the Lakers coach, I think the possibility of Kyrie and LeBron reuniting - that door, which was deadbolted, has been un-deadbolted and has now been cracked open," Windhorst said. "… It might even be opening more by the day. And I say that just because I think it's on Kyrie's radar, it's on Kyrie's board. He has had discussions with people about playing for the Lakers."

May 9, 6:44 PM: Stadium's Jeff Goodman released an article on Thursday that has an anonymous Celtics player that had some things to say about Irving. 

"Everyone respects his talent," the player said earlier in the season, "but he's hard to play with. It's all about him."

A Cavs source also told Goodman that Irving "doesn't want to listen to anybody." If Irving does leave the Celtics, the Knicks will need to keep these accounts in mind.

May 9, 1:48 PM: As Irving beings to weigh his offseason decision, his teammates are here sticking up for him. Marcus Smart was asked by reporters if Irving was a "divisive leader," and Smart didn't hold back in his response. 

"That's just a bulls--t statement to say (Kyrie Irving's) leadership killed this team," Smart told CLNS's Scott Souza. "There are four other guys out there. There are 13 other guys on the team, coaches and everything. To just blame it on one guy is bulls--t."

Smart added that he looks at the All-Star point guard "as a brother."

May 9, 1:30 PM:

Two days after Caesars gave the Nets the best odds to sign Irving (see below), Odds Shark released odds that gave the Knicks the best odds:

Knicks +200
Nets +300
Celtics +325
Lakers +500
Clippers +800
Mavericks +1000
Raptors +1200

Irving, whose Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs on Wednesday night, spoke after the game about his future and gave no indication what he was planning to do. 

May 7, 2:29 PM:

While the Knicks have been the New York team linked to Irving the most, the Nets have a better shot to land him, according to odds released by Caesars

Those odds list the Nets at +250, the Knicks at +300, the Celtics at +350, the Lakers at +750, and Clippers at +1000.

May 7, 10:30 AM:

ESPN analyst Jalen Rose believes Irving's tenure in Boston is coming to an end, with the Celtics on the verge of being eliminated from the playoffs.

"Now, the [Celtics] chosen to give the ball to Kyrie to take them home," Rose said on "Get Up". "He's shown that he can't be the best player on a contending team. And I agree with you, he's done in Boston. You ready for this? His teammates will help him pack. They can't wait for him to leave." 

May 1, 1:12 PM:

During an interview with the New York Times' Marc Stein, Jared Dudley was asked about the Nets' big offseason and specifically Irving. Irving could stay with the Celtics, but there's been buzz that he could bounce and team up with Kevin Durant on a team like the Knicks. 

But Dudley believes Brooklyn will also be considered, saying, "I would be shocked if the Nets don't get a sit-down."

April 12, 11:28 AM:

Celtics president Danny Ainge said nothing that has transpired this season has changed his thinking that he wants to lock Irving up to a long-term deal, according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix, adding he thinks the Celtics beginning their playoff run may help Irving remember how close Boston was to making the NBA Finals last season.

"I don't think free agency is wearing on him," Ainge said. "I think that not being able to live up to expectations as a team is wearing on him more than that. But I feel like he's in a good place. And ending the season and starting the playoffs I feel like his mind is in a fresher place than it was a few weeks ago, and I'm looking forward to great things with Kyrie."

Though Irving had previously walked back his preseason intentions of re-signing a long-term deal with the Celtics by saying "Ask me July 1," Irving said this week he felt a lot of the questions he dealt with throughout this season were "a lot of bulls---.

"All you guys (media), all the questions -- everything that comes with it is just so irrelevant to what I do on the court and how hard I work every single day," Irving told reporters this week.

April 8, 7:38 PM:

Irving will reportedly grant an interview with the Lakers, according to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, when he hits free agency. Not only would the Lakers be competing with the Knicks to land Irving, but it would give him a chance to reunite with LeBron James.

Irving demanded a trade from the Cavaliers because of James' leadership prior to the 2017-18 season, however it wasn't until this past January when, amid the Celtics' struggles, Irving called James to apologize and reconcile.

March 11, 3:06 PM:

In a wide-ranging interview with Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, Irving apologized for the way he's handled himself at times.

Irving, whose actions in the locker room and on the bench with the Celtics have led to fodder about his future, said he wants to take responsibility.

"I just want to make sure this locker room understands who I am and what I represent," Irving said, among many other things.  

March 4, 7:32 PM:

Irving has become more and more "disengaged and detached from those around the team," The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor wrote, and that feeling began last month amid the increasing rumors that Irving would leave Boston to go to the Knicks this summer.

Before a Knicks-Celtics game in February, Irving notoriously walked back his October comments, when he expressed his desire to re-sign a long-term deal with Boston, by telling reporters, "I don't owe anybody s---" and saying "Ask me July 1" about his impending free agency.

Feb. 20, 12:27 PM:

During a television interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols, Irving addressed what it's like to have everyone talking about him and his impending free agency, describing it as a "distraction." 

"The talks don't stop. The talks follow the great players in the league, and I'm appreciative and grateful to be one of those great players in our league now," Irving said. "I've worked my way to get here, and honestly, all that goes with the free-agent talk is really a distraction.

"A lot of people don't realize on the outside that a lot of things that are said get into locker rooms. A lot of things that are put in headlines get into locker rooms. (The) media has broken up locker rooms, it's been done before. Like where, you say something and it's misinterpreted, and instead of addressing it with the person or individual like human interaction, you read it on your phone. You read it on a text - somebody says that, 'Hey, did you see what this person said about you?' and it's your teammate. And you're like, 'Wait, I didn't hear that.' Then you hold back, don't say anything to him and throughout the season it ends up coming out again.

"That's not the way life is supposed to go. It's a unique position, but I'm appreciative that I can have this understanding now. It's fun, but at the same time, goodness, it's energy-taxing."

Feb. 14, 12:47 PM:

The Celtics believe Klutch Sports, whose staff includes Anthony Davis' agent Rich Paul, spread rumors about Irving's potential interest in the Knicks after their blockbuster Porzingis trade cleared enough cap space for New York to land two max free agents, according to the New York Post's Justin Terranova.

Although the Celtics were interested in trading for Davis, they believe Paul's camp spread rumors to convince Davis' current team, the New Orleans Pelicans, that it wouldn't receive a significant trade offer in the offseason should Davis not want to sign a long-term deal with Boston.

Feb. 8, 12:05 PM:

Although Irving walked back his intentions to re-sign with Boston by saying "Ask me July 1" last Friday, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he believes the "engagement is still on."

"The way I viewed the situation is that I think a lot of people, because of Kyrie's announcement at the beginning of the year, thought that it was a marriage," Ainge said Friday on 98.5 The Sports Hub. "And I think that it's more like an engagement. And we're going to get married on July 1st. ... In my individual conversations with Kyrie, we're still engaged but we really can't make those vows, sign that contract until July 1st."

Feb. 6, 10:26 AM:

The Celtics remain "cautiously optimistic" that Irving will re-sign with them after the season, though comments Irving recently made about being undecided as well as the looming threat of the Knicks have "shaken" the Celtics, reports Zach Lowe of ESPN

Lowe notes that others around the league are far less confident about Irving remaining in Boston.

Feb. 1, 12:01 PM:

Irving walked back his comments from October about planning to stay with the Celtics, saying before a game against the Knicks that "At the end of the day, I'm going to do what's best for my career. ... I don't owe anybody s--t."

"Ask me July 1," Irving said about where he might end up when he hits free agency.

In October, Irving said he planned to re-sign a long-term deal with the Celtics, saying he wanted his No. 11 hanging in the rafters.

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Richaun Holmes 1on1 00:06:43
Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holeschats with SNYs Ian Begley about the Kings resurgence, RJ Barrett's strength and the hard-nosed Nets.

Sacramento Kings big man Richaun Holmes is now playing in his fifth NBA season, and after three years in the Eastern Conference with the Sixers, he's gotten to know the New York basketball scene pretty well.

On Thursday, Holmes caught up with SNY Insider Ian Begley to talk New York hoops.

The Kings are in town to take on the Nets on Friday night, and Holmes believes the Nets present a tough challenge.

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Presidential candidate Andrew Yang
Presidential candidate Andrew Yang

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang has been sounding off on the Knicks and NBA for months. Here's the latest...


Nov. 21, 3:48 PM:

Yang is not happy that the NCAA has suspended James Wiseman, who could be a Knicks target in the 2020 Draft.

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Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

With Carmelo Anthony set to play his second game for the Blazers on Thursday, we spoke to the trainer that helped him prepare for the opportunity.

Below, Alex Bazzell, who works with Trae Young, Kyrie Irving, Bobby Portis and Doug McDermott among others, talks about training with Anthony over the past few months to get ready for the ex-Knick's return to the league.

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(Bill Streicher)

Marcus Morris and Joel Embiid got mixed up near the end of the first half as the Knicks played the 76ers on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, with Embiid falling to the floor and a brief scuffle erupting.

After the game, Morris called out Embiid.

"He just was too big to be flopping, just flopping, grabbing and then -- I'm just not the one to be, not the one that's gonna take that," Morris said. "He knows that, so I mean, you know what I'm about."

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Ntilikina building confidence 00:01:26
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina and his teammates believe they can compete with anyone but just need to be more consistent shooting.

While the Knicks ultimately fell down the stretch of Wednesday's 109-104 loss to the Sixers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, New York emerged with optimism after Frank Ntilikina's performance.

Ntilikina's season-high 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including three free throws and two triples, in 32:54 fueled the Knicks (4-11) before the Sixers (9-5) came back for the fourth-quarter triumph.

David Fizdale's decision to substitute Ntilikina late in the third quarter hindered the Knicks during the Sixers' eventual 23-3 run from the 3:20 mark of the third to the 9:00 point of the fourth, turning a 77-60 Knicks lead to an 83-82 Sixers edge, but the third-year point guard defended his second-year head coach's move after the game.

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Nov 20, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) passes the ball past Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Nov 20, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) passes the ball past Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Knicks were unable to hold on Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where New York fell 109-104 to the Sixers. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) Backup point guard Dennis Smith Jr. started strong but cooled off, but his 13 points off the bench served the Knicks a bright spot. He shot 5 for 9 from the field and drilled 2 of 3 three-point tries, leading the Knicks with 10 at the half.

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For a moment, the Knicks' game Wednesday at against the Sixers got heated.

With 1:45 left in the second quarter, Marcus Morris and Joel Embiid got tangled up on Tobias Harris' jumper from inside the free-throw line.

As Embiid got interior position with Morris behind him, he backpedaled and fell, which led the Knicks small forward to get back up and step in the direction of the Sixers center.

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Nov 8, 2019; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Tigers center James Wiseman (32) walks off the court after the game against the Illinois-Chicago Flames at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)
Nov 8, 2019; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Tigers center James Wiseman (32) walks off the court after the game against the Illinois-Chicago Flames at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)

Memphis Tigers C and potential first overall pick James Wiseman has been suspended by the NCAA, but he will be able to return in time to impress NBA scouts. 

Wiseman has to sit 12 games, the NCAA said on Wednesday, which means he's eligible to return on Jan. 12. He must also donate $11,500 to a charity of his choice. 

The suspension stems from his head coach, Penny Hardaway, paying his family that same amount he is giving to charity to move to Memphis from Nashville while Wiseman was in high school. It was deemed that Hardaway was considered a booster due to his $1 million donation to the sports hall of fame in the high school 10 years ago. 

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Damyean Dotson (Adam Hunger)
Damyean Dotson (Adam Hunger)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

A few Knicks notes as the club enters a stretch of 11 games against teams that made the playoffs last season, starting Wednesday in Philadelphia...

(Though, not all of the Knicks' next 11 opponents are setting the world on fire this season. Entering play Wednesday, six of the 11 were in the top five in their respective conferences. The other five were a combined 19 games under .500.)

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 (Chuck Cook)
(Chuck Cook)

Former Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony made his Blazers debut Tuesday night against the Pelicans, and connected on the first three-point attempt in his new uniform.

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Nov 2, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrates after a three point shot against the Brooklyn Nets during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrates after a three point shot against the Brooklyn Nets during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Carmelo Anthony is set to take the floor with his fifth NBA team on Tuesday night, but how much will the former Knick actually play?

According to ESPN's Marc Spears, Anthony is expected to start and play about 20 minutes for the Trail Blazers in New Orleans against the Pelicans.

The Blazers officially announced the signing of the 10-time All-Star on Tuesday afternoon, signing him to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal.

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Fizdale elaborated on Dolan going into his office on and 'giving a vote of confidence'. Ian breaks down what it means for the Knicks.

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Amid speculation about David Fizdale's job status, the coach said on Tuesday that Knicks owner James Dolan regularly gives him a 'vote of confidence' during visits on game night.

Fizdale was asked at Knicks practice on Tuesday how regularly he speaks to Dolan.

"Every game, every game. Jim Dolan comes in and gives me a vote of confidence, a pat on my back and really has just been incredibly encouraging over the last year and a half or whatever it's been," Fizdale said. "All we talk about is just sticking to the process of making these guys better and building for a future of sustainable winning."

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Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Ignas Brazdeikis (17) gestures after scoring a three point basket during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Ignas Brazdeikis (17) gestures after scoring a three point basket during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Knicks second-rounder Ignas Brazdeikis didn't see much time to start the season in the NBA, so it was the best option in the team's eyes to send him down to G League Westchester again to get more playing time. 

And, oh, did he make the best of it. 

In his second game in the G League, Brazdeikis dropped 36 points on 16-for-28 shooting, including 4-of-9 from three. He also had six boards, one assist, and two steals in a tough 96-94 loss to Grand Rapids. 

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Mitchell Robinson (Adam Hunger)
Mitchell Robinson (Adam Hunger)

The Knicks came away with their fourth victory of the season on Monday night, a solid 123-105 win over the Cavaliers on the Madison Square Garden court. 

However, this winning feeling shouldn't be something the Knicks will be feeling for the rest of the season. Well, at least according to FiveThirtyEight

Using their own RAPTOR ratings, the blog has set predictions for the rest of the Knicks' games for the season. And thanks to The Daily News' Stefan Bondy's investigating, the Knicks are only favored in one of their final 68 games for the regular season. 

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Begley talks Randle improvement 00:01:35
SNY NBA insider Ian Begley on the improved performance of Julius Randle keying a possible Knicks turnaround

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When Julius Randle watched tape of his games early on this season, he knew what was going wrong. He knew he was over dribbling at times, struggling with the double and triple teams being thrown his way. But nothing changed on the court. 

"He kept burning his hand on the stove and not learning his lesson," David Fizdale said. "I think, you burn it enough, you're like, 'OK, I've got to make this change.'"

Change started to come for Randle and the Knicks on Monday. Randle had 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists in New York's win over Cleveland in easily his best game as a Knick. 

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 (Adam Hunger)
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The Knicks jumped out to a 12-point lead after the first quarter against the Cavaliers on Monday and never looked back, coming away with a 123-105 win at Madison Square Garden

Head coach David Fizdale was impressed with the all-around effort, but focused on a main point of emphasis as the team's reason for success in the game.

"The biggest thing is that we protected the paint," Fizdale said. "That's been our biggest emphasis. We finally did a solid job against the speed guards. I thought our guys really took the challenge against Collin [Sexton] and Darius [Garland]. Our bigs did a good job of sliding our feet." 

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Knicks pound Cavs at MSG 00:01:21
Fizdale, Randle and Barrett on Randle's 30-point night as Knicks avenge an earlier loss to the Cavs with a 123-105 rout of their own

Nearly a week after being blown out by the Cavaliers, the Knicks returned the favor in a wire-to-wire, 123-105 win. >> Box Score

Here are five takeaways from Monday's game

1) The Knicks didn't sweat much against the Cavaliers on Monday. After falling 108-87 to the Cavs just over a week ago which prompted an interesting press conference, the Knicks flew out of the gate and held a big lead throughout the game. At halftime, the Knicks had a 13-point lead and led by as much as 27 in the second half. Worth noting, the Cavs were without their top-player, Kevin Love due to a back injury.

 

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Knicks look to build on momentum 00:01:25
The Knicks beat the Mavs, then lost to the Hornets in a dagger but the team is focusing on the overall improvement as the prep for the Cavs.

The Knicks split the first two games of their three-game homestand between Thursday's 106-103 win over the Mavericks and Saturday's loss to the Hornets, but they came away from the opposite final results with an optimistic outlook overall.

"We're giving these guys 30 to 45 minutes to be happy or to be down and then we've got to move on to the next, but there's a lot of positives that came from that," said second-year head coach David Fizdale. "I would say it's the best two games we've played back-to-back this year. The kid just ... hit a bomb on us, ripped our hearts out, but we got some good learning lessons that we can take from it and get better from."

The Knicks (3-10) have a chance to win two of three for the first time on the early 2019-20 season when they return to action at Madison Square Garden for Monday's 7 p.m. tip-off against the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-8).

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Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) drives past Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) and shoots a layup during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) drives past Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) and shoots a layup during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Mitchell Robinson can't escape the injury bug, as a sprained right ankle had him out of practice on Sunday, per a team announcement

The good news is that he's currently listed as probable for Monday night's game against the Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. 

Robinson has dealt with a sprained ankle earlier this season, as well as a concussion sustained against Pistons. Because of those injuries, he's missed four games already this season.

The Knicks will hope the Cleveland contest won't be his fifth, as Robinson's presence down low is always felt each night. So far this season, he's averaging 11.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game.

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Terry Rozier
Terry Rozier

Hornets G Terry Rozier had himself a fine night at Madison Square Garden in what became a tough 103-102 loss for the Knicks on Saturday night. But there was a point in time, back in the offseason, where Rozier thought he would be part of the home team.

Rozier had the Knicks in mind during his search for a new team in free agency. He had proven his worth as the Celtics' sixth man, and was ready to get paid. New York certainly had the cap space, but they didn't shell out enough of it. 

"It was probably one of my first options," Rozier told The Post's Marc Berman. "I probably was going to make it happen. Other things happened and I ended up going to Charlotte. It was the interest they showed in me, that was big. The organization believed in me, why not."

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The Hornets had to dig themselves out of a hole Saturday night against the Knicks, but in using the three-ball to do so, they were able to escape Madison Square Garden with a big victory.

It was impressive to see how many three-point shots the Hornets attempted in this game, let alone how many they hit. Once it was all said and done, the Hornets finished 17-of-48 from three-point range. 

No three was more important than the final one, a Devonte Graham dagger with 2.1 seconds left to play. The go-ahead shot was Graham's ninth three-pointer of the game.

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You would think that after a team picks up a win, let alone a huge moral victory that had a lot of background noise to it, that they'd figure a way to keep that momentum going in your next game, right? Well, the Knicks just did the opposite of that Saturday night against the Hornets.

The Knicks, who were coming off their third win of the season and the second one over Kristaps Porzingis and the possible playoff-bound Mavericks, seemed to pick up right where they left off, holding multiple double-digit leads from the first quarter and on till the middle of the third.

But then the team imploded and watched their 13 point lead midway through the third turn into a one-point deficit with 30 seconds left in the quarter. The two sides would go back and forth down the stretch, but a three-point dagger from Most Improved Player of the Year candidate, Devonte Graham, with 2.1 seconds left all but sealed the game. 

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Knicks edged by Hornets 00:01:19
Knicks coach David Fizdale, Frank Ntilikina and RJ Barrett on team's failure to hold a lead in the 103-102 loss to Charlotte

The Knicks (3-10) couldn't hold on again Saturday night, as they blew a double-digit third quarter lead and ultimately fell 103-102 to the Hornets (6-7) on a go-ahead three-pointer. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Saturday's game...

1) Once again, the Knicks allowed one player--this time Devonte Graham--go off on them and crush their spirits. Graham, a 2018 second round pick out of Kanas, hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 2.1 second left to send the Knicks packing. Graham scored 26 points and hit a stunning nine three-pointers to shut the Knicks down on their home floor.

 

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The Knicks have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. We'll take a look at how some of those former Knicks are performing with their new teams as the 2019-20 NBA season is underway...


Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks

All eyes were on The Garden on Thursday, when Porzingis made his much-anticipated return to New York after requesting a trade from the Knicks in January. He was booed throughout the game, but finished with a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Porzingis is averaging 18.5 points per game along with 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in his first season with the Mavericks.

Tags: Courtney Lee, DeAndre Jordan, Emmanuel Mudiay, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Mario Hezonja, Noah Vonleh, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Since 2014, the New York Knicks have been in search of a center. Since Tyson Chandler manned the position for years, the team has struggled to find a quality starter at center and it-along with many other problems-has greatly affected New York in the win column. 

After an attempt to sign superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving went awry, the Knicks ended up adding several veteran free agents who have spent time at the center position, including Julius Randle, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis in free agency. The Knicks invested $57.8 million this year alone in those players and forward Marcus Morris. 

These decisions immediately received backlash for creating a lack of positional balance on the roster. As the Knicks look to right the ship after a 3-9 start, the crowded center position comes with many questions and very few solutions.

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Knicks look to get on roll 00:01:15
David Fizdale, Dennis Smith Jr. and Mitchell Robinson on using Dallas win to get on a roll and Smith's timely inspiration in the victory

The Knicks earned their third win of the season on Thursday night, beating the Mavs 106-103, as two of their wins have come against Dallas.

Head coach David Fizdale talked about the team's struggles at home earlier this week, and also mentioned what went wrong after beating the Mavs on Nov. 11.

"I don't think it was complacency. I really don't," Fizdale said on Friday. "I really felt like this team is just trying to do so well for the city. I really do. Their intentions are right. They're trying to carry the weight of the city on their shoulders. I just told them you can't do that. I said it's an impossible task. You've got to focus on who's around you in the locker room and put forth effort for the people in the locker room and the city will appreciate that kind of effort. So hopefully we learned that lesson from last night."

Tags: Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Kristaps Porzingis, Mitchell Robinson, RJ Barrett
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Dennis Smith Jr. breaking out? 00:00:58
SNY NBA insider Ian Begley on whether Dennis Smith Jr.'s outstanding performance against Dallas could be a sign of things to come

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After the Knicks' win over the Mavericks on Thursday, Dennis Smith Jr. spent some time reflecting at his locker. 

"It was kind of bittersweet for me, beating the team that traded me but my stepmom wasn't here to see it," Smith Jr. said. "…. I had to take some time out to myself and really digest something like that. She watched every game. Every single game. Even when I was in college.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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A couple weeks ago, Frank Ntilikina walked into David Fizdale's office, unannounced, and delivered a message: 

"He just said, 'Coach, I've been through a lot in my two years. I feel like I finally understand what the NBA is about. I know I haven't shown it yet, but I'm a dog, too,'" Fizdale said. "It was so cool to hear him say that. And (Thursday against Dallas) he showed that he is really a junkyard dog when it comes to competition."

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Marcus Morris and Kristaps Porzingis
Marcus Morris and Kristaps Porzingis

Kristaps Porzingis returned to the Garden on Thursday night, was mercilessly booed, started slow and finished slow, and watched his new team lose to his old team in front of a raucous crowd.

Here's how the back pages in New York reacted, with two of them going full-Porzingis and another not...

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Porzingis reacts to MSG boos 00:02:11
Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavericks lost 106-103 to the Knicks. KP reacts to the passionate crowd in his return to MSG.

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Marcus Morris thought the boos and 'KP sucks!' chants at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night affected Kristaps Porzingis' performance in the Knicks' win over the Mavs. 

"It was just at another level. It looked like he was a little rattled, too. So it kind of helped us," Morris said after hitting a game-sealing 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter of New York's win. 

Porzingis heard boos during warmups, player introductions and throughout the game in his first night back at Madison Square Garden since being traded to Dallas last January. 

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Dennis Smith Jr. has been through his share of adversity this season. After an injury during training camp, a death in the family took the guard away from the team for two weeks.

On Thursday night, Smith Jr. shined for the Knicks as the team topped the Mavs 106-103 for their second win against Kristaps Porzingis this season. 

In just his second game back with the team, Smith Jr. scored 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting, and also had a team-high eight assists to go along with six rebounds in 29 minutes.

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Knicks react to MSG atmosphere 00:01:43
The Knicks beat the Mavericks 106-103. The atmosphere was great and players acknowledged the passion of Knicks fans.

The Knicks (3-9) faced the Dallas Mavs (6-5) for the second time this season, winning again, this time 106-103 as former Knick Kristaps Porzingis made his return to Madison Square Garden >> Box Score

Here are Five Takeaway's from Thursday's game...

1) Marcus Morris led the way for the Knicks in scoring with 20 points, including a go-ahead three pointer with 13.4 seconds left in the game. He was 5-for-7 from three in the game, and had five rebounds in 34 minutes.

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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony watches a teammate shoot free throws during the second quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony watches a teammate shoot free throws during the second quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony is back on an NBA roster.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the former Knick is signing a non-guaranteed deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The 10-time All-Star last played for the Rockets last season, though he played just 10 games with Houston. Prior to that, he spent the 2017-18 season with the Thunder.

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Kristaps Porzingis said last week that he expected 'a lot of noise' in his first return to Madison Square Garden.

And that was exactly the case during player intros, as the former Knicks' lottery pick heard plenty of boos from Knicks fans on Thursday night.


NY fans on Kristaps Porzingis 00:01:03
Kristaps Porzingis returns to MSG for the first time as a visiting player. What do New Yorkers think of the former Knick?

Kristaps Porzingis is making his return to Madison Square Garden on Thursday night for the first time since he was traded away last February. 

And Knicks fans will certainly let him hear it. 

We decided to hit the streets right outside The Garden to see just how those fans will welcome back the man they once cheered for...

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Breaking down the Knicks at MSG 00:00:49
Ian Begley reacts to David Fizdale's comments that the new Knicks might be pressing too much at Madison Square Garden

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The Knicks are 1-3 at home and have lost their last two games at Madison Square Garden by a combined 42 points. David Fizdale thinks he knows at least one reason why the club has struggled at home. 

"Honestly I think they want to do so well for the fanbase I think they get tight. I really do," he said. "I've looked at all of the different things that have happened and I just feel like sometimes -- they really want to do well for the city. 

"With everything that's happened over the course of the last year, these guys want to play hard for the city, they want to win for the city. I just think sometimes when it starts to go the other way, they play not to lose instead of playing to win."

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Mitchell Robinson, Ian Begley
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Knicks will always feel pressure 00:01:04
Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis knows the pressure Knicks players face because the city is hungry for a successful franchise.

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Kristaps Porzingis isn't sure what to expect from the home crowd when he returns to Madison Square Garden on Thursday. But based on what he's seen from Knicks fans on Instagram and Twitter, he's bracing for a cold reception (which he's sure to get).

"Social media is mostly negative. But we'll see. It's going to be a lot of emotion," Porzingis said Wednesday after Mavs practice at the National Basketball Players Association offices in Manhattan.

Porzingis was back in New York City on Wednesday for the first time since he was traded -- at his request -- to Dallas last January.

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 (Kamil Krzaczynski)
(Kamil Krzaczynski)

Dennis Smith Jr. was back in the Knicks lineup on Tuesday night against the Bulls, but it wasn't the return he hoped for. 

Though it was his first game back since Oct. 26 after the passing of his stepmother, Smith saw 14 minutes of playing time by head coach David Fizdale. And that time on the court, it was apparent Smith hadn't played in a game recently. 

He went 0-for-3 from the field while committing two turnovers. Smith did, however, dish out two assists and collected two steals on the night. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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Knicks owner James Dolan spoke with team president Steve Mills and others in management on Monday, the day after Mills and GM Scott Perry held an impromptu press conference to express their frustration with the Knicks. 

Dolan speaks with Mills and other top decision-makers regularly, just as most NBA owners do, but this conversation seemed to carry a little more weight. Sources familiar with the conversation told SNY that management came away with the impression that their jobs would be secure as long as the Knicks 'showed progress' this season. 

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 (Kamil Krzaczynski)
(Kamil Krzaczynski)

On a night when Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams was in attendance, one of his former players, Coby White, absolutely went off against the Knicks in the fourth quarter.

And while White's ridiculous fourth quarter - complete with seven made three pointers in the frame - was the biggest storyline of the game, the play of RJ Barrett was one of the few bright spots for the Knicks.

White was simply phenomenal in the final 12 minutes, and despite the fact that he entered the night shooting just 21% from three, he went 7-for-11 from distance, including 7-for-8 in the fourth.

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 (Kamil Krzaczynski)
(Kamil Krzaczynski)

The Knicks (2-9) faced the Bulls (4-7) for a second time in the early season, but weren't able to get the win this time around, as Chicago pulled away in the fourth quarter to take a 120-102 victory>> Box Score

Here are Five Takeaway's from Tuesday's game...

1) Just as they did in their first matchup with the Bulls, the Knicks came back from a double-digit first half deficit to make things interesting by the end of the third with things tied at 85 heading into the fourth quarter. But rookie PG Coby White just exploded in the fourth quarter, hitting seven 3-pointers to break the Bulls back out to a double-digit lead, as the Knicks just had no answer for them in the last 12 minutes of play. White set a Bulls franchise record for 3-pointers in a quarter with seven and scored a career-high 27 points.

 

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Feb 26, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) dribbles the ball against Orlando Magic forward Wesley Iwundu (25) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 26, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) dribbles the ball against Orlando Magic forward Wesley Iwundu (25) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Dennis Smith Jr. will make his return to the Knicks' lineup on Tuesday night, per The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov

Smith has been out since Oct. 26, as he has been with his family grieving the loss of his stepmother. The Knicks were giving him all the time he needed before making his return to the team. 

Smith has been back with the Knicks since last week, and it was believed that he may be able to play against the Mavericks on Friday night. However, the team wanted to make sure he was game-ready, and decided to wait until Tuesday against the Bulls. 

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Steve Mills/Scott Perry/David Fizdale (Brad Penner)
Steve Mills/Scott Perry/David Fizdale (Brad Penner)

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A few notes about where things stand with the Knicks after an awkward, uncomfortable 24 hours for the organization: 

IS FIZDALE THE FALL GUY?

Yes, the impromptu press conference from team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry on Sunday night made it clear that David Fizdale's job is under scrutiny amid New York's 2-8 start. If the Knicks continue to struggle, no one would be surprised if Fizdale were let go in the near future. 

ESPN reported on Monday that Mills was laying the groundwork internally to fire Fizdale. This could lead you to believe that Mills will not be held responsible if New York fails to meet expectations. That's not accurate though. 
 

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

After a report Monday suggested that Knicks head coach David Fizdale is being set up by team president Steve Mills as the "fall guy" for the team's struggles, the coach spoke highly of team executives. 

Talking to the media at Monday's practice, Fizdale said he feels is comfortable with Mills and the front office. 

"I haven't seen anything like that," Fizdale said of the ESPN report. "They've been very supportive of me."

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May 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri answers questions during Media Day before the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports  (Dan Hamilton)
May 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri answers questions during Media Day before the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Let's start here with the Knicks: because of the team's poor record and the impromptu press conference given by president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry on Sunday, there will be speculation about the job security of David Fizdale and the Knicks' execs.

As SNY reported Sunday, there is no indication that any executive or coach is getting fired in the next few days. But an in-season firing shouldn't be ruled out if the losing and non-competitive stretches continue, people familiar with the matter say.

A factor to consider in all of this are the contracts of Mills, Perry and Fizdale.

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Steve Mills/Scott Perry/David Fizdale (Brad Penner)
Steve Mills/Scott Perry/David Fizdale (Brad Penner)

Amidst the wreckage of their disastrous start to the season, Knicks president Steve Mills is setting up head coach David Fizdale to be the "fall guy," a league source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews.

According to Wojnarowski and Andrews, Mills has started to lay the "internal groundwork" for the potential firing of Fizdale.

Questions about Fizdale's job status grew louder after Mills and GM Scott Perry held a postgame press conference at Madison Square Garden following the Knicks' blowout loss to the Cavaliers on Sunday -- an occurrence SNY's Ian Begley noted was extremely rare.

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Begley talks Knicks team unrest 00:02:59
SNY NBA insider Ian Begley on yet another poor performance by the Knicks at home and a surprise media appearance by the team's management

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At some point during New York's 21-point loss to Cleveland, Knicks owner James Dolan spoke to team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry about the state of the club. It's fair to assume he wasn't happy.

The Knicks dropped to 2-8 with Sunday's loss -- the fourth time they've lost a game by at least 20 points.

Afterward, Mills and Perry addressed the media -- which is extremely rare.

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Knicks management meets media 00:01:28
Knicks President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry express their disappointment with the team's poor start to the season

After the Knicks' 108-87 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden dropped New York to 2-8 on the season, president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry conducted an unexpected postgame press conference.

Before head coach David Fizdale spoke at the podium, the two executives said that they felt an obligation to address fans for the Knicks' disappointing start 10 games into the season.

Mills and Perry repeatedly cited the Knicks' lack of effort as the reasons for concern, namely after Friday's 106-102 road win over the Dallas Mavericks (6-3) and former New York star Kristaps Porzingis provided optimism until Sunday's wire-to-wire blowout defeat against the Cavs (4-5) brought the team back down.

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Knicks walloped at home 00:01:53
Knicks coach David Fizdale, Marcus Morris Sr. and Bobby Portis on the team's inability to perform at a high level consistently

The Knicks returned home to Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday after last week's two-game road trip and lost 108-87 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Sunday's game...

1) Taken by the Cavs just one spot in front of the Knicks' pick in the 2018 NBA draft, No. 8 overall selection Collin Sexton showed the Knicks what they missed out on. Sexton dropped a game-high 31 points -- also a season- and career-best scoring output -- shooting 10 of 16 from the field and going 5 for 8 on three-pointers to fuel Cleveland past New York. With the No. 9 overall pick, of course, the Knicks selected small forward Kevin Knox, who scored nine points and grabbed three rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench.

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