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Judge high expectations for 2019 00:01:24
Aaron Judge addressed the media and talked everything from health, expectations and batting leadoff in 2019.

Manny Machado is finally off the free-agent market, and with Bryce Harper not on the Yankees' radar, it appears their roster is set for the season barring any out-of-the-blue signings.

And Aaron Judge is perfectly fine with that. 

The Yankees made a few moves this offseason to add to their 100-win team of last year, but there was no big splash like the Giancarlo Stanton trade in 2018. GM Brian Cashman, instead, adding players like James Paxton, Adam Ottavino, and Troy Tulowitzki while re-signing Zack Britton and J.A. Happ as well...

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CC Sabathia is done after 2019 00:03:21
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia announces that 2019 will his final year on the mound and that he will retire after the season.

It has been known for months now, but the Yankees had an official press conference where veteran LHP CC Sabathia announced that 2019 will be his final season in the MLB. 

This season will be Sabathia's 19th year in the MLB, and to have the great career he's been able to put together over that time, there are a lot of people to give thanks to. During his opening comments, he started with his mother.

"I just wanted to make this announcement that 2019 will be my final season," Sabathia began. "I want to obviously thank a lot of people. I wouldn't be here today, 18 years in the big leagues without so many different people. But I want to start with my mom. She couldn't be here today, but her sacrificing so much for me as a kid to be able to get to this point to live out my dream."

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Peter Alonso talks making roster 00:01:19
New York Mets prospect Peter Alonso has a lot of hype to be the Mets next first baseman. How does he feel entering camp this spring?

At this time last year, Mets top prospect Peter Alonso wasn't prepared to compete for a job in Port St. Lucie. But that certainly isn't the case following a season where he teared through the minors. 

There is a good chance the Mets break camp with Alonso as their starting first baseman on Opening Day. And that is the obvious goal for the 24-year-old slugger, who admitted this year has a "different feel" in Spring Training.

"It's definitely a different feel from last year because last year I was a non-roster invitee, same as this year but I only had couple weeks of experience in Double-A," Alonso told the media on Saturday. "Got up to Triple-A last year and I kind of see the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. So I'm just going to work hard and see what happens."

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Luis Severino talks new contract 00:00:45
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino makes his first comments since signing a new 4-year $40 Million contract.

When the deadline passed for players to avoid arbitration, the Yankees had just one player who didn't settle on a deal for the season in RHP Luis Severino

So, before Severino could get to work down in Tampa at the Yankees' Spring Training facility, he had to go through his arbitration hearing to hopefully hammer out a deal fast to avoid wasting any time. Well, he got a long-term extension instead.

The Yankees and Severino agreed to a four-year extension worth $40 million that comes with a fifth-year club option worth $15 million. New York locked up Severino through his 20s in hopes that he becomes the consistent ace they believe him to be. 

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Cespedes gives an injury update 00:00:54
Cespedes was honest about his recovery admitting he's around 50% and doesn't know exactly when he'll be back.

After all the moves made this offseason, the Mets are positioned to be much better than their 77-85 record last season. And that's why OF Yoenies Cespedes can't help being frustrated. 

Cespedes has been in Port St. Lucie, but he hasn't been on the same workout plan as the rest of his teammates. The veteran continues his rehab regimen following double heel surgery, and the Mets are being very cautious with his progress as they don't want to rush him back. 

"We want to make sure that he's 100 percent healthy when he comes back," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said last week, "whenever that day is."

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Feb 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14) during the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Feb 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14) during the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Knicks got the taste of victory for the first time in a month and a half, defeating the Hawks on the road, 106-91, on Thursday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Thursday's game

1) This one felt different from the start with the Knicks getting off to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. They would finish with a solid 28-13 lead, which set the tone for the rest of this one. The Hawks would tie it up at 47 with 1:28 left in the second after an Omari Spellman three. But New York went into the half with the lead, and didn't lose it the entire second half.

Tags: Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Atlanta Hawks, Damyean Dotson, Scott Thompson
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Feb 8, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) goes up for a shot against Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) and guard Ish Smith (14) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Feb 8, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) goes up for a shot against Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) and guard Ish Smith (14) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

The matchup between the 76ers and Knicks Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden went as anyone would expect: A loss for the home team. Despite the Knicks having a fourth-quarter surge, the final 126-111 score was an outcome most would have seen coming even before both teams stepped on the hardwood. 

However, there was one matchup that Knicks fans had to love coming into this game -- Mitchell Robinson vs. Joel Embiid

Robinson, the Knicks' second-rounder that has seen a surge in production lately, did more than just hold his own against the All-Star center. While scoring 14 points (on a few lobs of course) and collecting 13 boards, Robinson also registered a game-high four blocks that included a couple forceful ones on Embiid.

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Knicks lose 18th straight game 00:01:30
New York Knicks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. was seen arguing with Ben Simmons before halftime, wants star to keep trash talk to hooping

The Knicks made a valiant effort to make a comeback, but the 76ers pulled away to beat New York, 126-111, at Madison Square Garden on Wednedsay night. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks had a poor effort on the defensive side of the ball in this one, as the Sixers shot 53.8 percent from the field. Joel Embiid and newly-acquired Tobias Harris cashed in the most, finishing with 26 and 25 points respectively. Embiid also had 14 rebounds to collect another double-double on the season. 

Tags: Philadelphia 76ers, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Damyean Dotson, Scott Thompson
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway had his ups and downs in his first year as the team's skipper in 2018. After an 11-1 start to the season, the Amazin's looked destined for the postseason. But a horrendous June month washed away that hope, even after the team put together a strong finish to the season. 

Since then, the Mets have entered a win-now mode, spearheaded by its new GM in Brodie Van Wagenen. The former agent has brought in the necessary pieces to see the Mets compete for a division title in what is expected to be a tough NL East. And they still tout arguably the best starting rotation in the game.

With Van Wagenen already stirring the pot this offseason by saying "come get us" to the Mets' rivals, Callaway has some lofty expectations on his shoulder to produce a postseason-quality club. So, with that in mind, here are some questions he should be facing from the media in his first presser down in Port St. Lucie...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Oct 2, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks at a press conference during workouts one day before the 2018 American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 2, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks at a press conference during workouts one day before the 2018 American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

On Wednesday, Yankees pitchers and catchers will officially report to the team's Tampa complex to kick off the 2019 season. And manager Aaron Boone will also hold his first official press conference of the year. 

The Yankees enter Spring Training with virtually the same clubhouse as last season, but with a few new faces like Adam Ottavino, Troy Tulowitzki, and James Paxton. GM Brian Cashman made the necessary moves to bolster a roster that hopes to win more than their 100-game mark last year, and hopefully knock down the Red Sox and capture a World Series title for the first time since 2009. 

Those are some lofty expectations, but that was the same goal in mind for Boone and the rest of the team exactly one year ago. So, with that in mind, here are some questions Boone will likely face from the media when he steps in front of the mic...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Severino: A tale of two halves 00:01:34
BNNY looks at Yankees starter Luis Severino. He started 2018 as one of the most dominant pitchers, but it ended poorly. How will 2019 go?

The start to Yankees RHP Luis Severino's 2018 season was exactly what the pinstripes wanted to see. But after the All-Star break, the locamotive that steamrolled through its opponents every fifth day suddenly fell off its tracks. 

Severino owned a 2.31 ERA heading into the break, and emerged an entirely different pitcher -- or at least one that was giving up hits and runs left and right. He would end the second half with a 5.57 ERA and leave manager Aaron Boone praying for some sort of resurrection in the postseason. 

A glimpse of hope came in the AL Wild Card Game, where Severino lasted four innings allowing no runs on two hits and four walks while striking out seven. The Red Sox, then, came to the Bronx for Game 3 of the ALDS on their heels after the Yankees evened the series at one game apiece.

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Feb 11, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) drives to the basket between New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Feb 11, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) drives to the basket between New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Knicks set a new franchise record with their longest losing streak (17 games) in franchise history after losing to the Cavaliers, 107-104, in Cleveland Monday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) The Knicks came close to forcing overtime in this one, as Luke Kornet drained back-to-back threes to bring New York within one. He had a great look after a pump fake to take the lead, but was well short on another three. In the end, the Knicks had two chances to bury a three to send the game to overtime, but Dennis Smith Jr. and Kornet were off. 

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Cleveland Cavaliers, Scott Thompson
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Feb 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It was hard fought, but the Knicks fell for the 16th straight game as the Raptors took them down, 104-99, at Madison Square Garden Saturday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Saturday's game

1) The Knicks got off to a hot start with a 14-3 run. However, the Raptors closed the first quarter with a 25-23 lead. New York made it close the rest of the way, regaining their lead at one point in the second. But Toronto, the second-best team in the Eastern Conference right now, would've let this one slip away. 

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Toronto Raptors, Scott Thompson
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Oct 3, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Manny Machado waits for his turn in the batting cage prior to game one of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports  (Robert Hanashiro)
Oct 3, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Manny Machado waits for his turn in the batting cage prior to game one of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)

The Yankees' pursuit of Manny Machado has been slow to say the least, as GM Brian Cashman hasn't taken a real leap at the All-Star infielder. However, they have always been in the race for his services next season despite the lack of urgency.

Cashman and the Yankees, though, did discuss numbers with Machado, and former Mets GM Jim Duquette found out what the price range was. 

"What I was told here recently was the Yankees' offer -- these aren't out there not necessarily in writing, but hypothetical -- was somewhere in that seven-year, eight-year range for $220 million."

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Feb 8, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) attempts a dunk against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Feb 8, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) attempts a dunk against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

It was the same result between the Pistons and Knicks in this second leg of a home-and-home, as Detroit took down New York, 120-103, on Friday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) Following up a 25-point game, Dennis Smith Jr. dropped a career-high 31 points on 9-for-15 from the field with eight assists and two rebounds as well. Smith also went 11-for-19 from the charity stripe, which he didn't seem happy about having given away eight free points. Either way, he has solidified himself as the Knicks' main source of offense since the Kristaps Porzingis trade. 

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Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

With the NBA trade deadline officially closed, the Knicks will release C Enes Kanter and newly-acquired G/F Wesley Matthews

The Knicks made Kanter's release official in a press release, and he is likely to find a new team soon. The Celtics could be a fit for the disgruntled center, as Begley pointed out earlier this week.

"From the moment he arrived in New York, Enes passionately embraced our franchise and our city," GM Scott Perry said. "He is a courageous individual and we thank him for his many contributions both on the court and in the community. We wish him the absolute best moving forward, personally and professionally."

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Well, we know one Mets pitcher that won't be happy if the MLB decides to establish a universal DH. 

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard went to Twitter to express his dislike in the best way he knew how -- a GIF.

CLICK BELOW TO SEE HIS REACTION

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Knicks lose 14th straight game 00:01:31
Knicks coach David Fizdale, Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan comment on Smith's stellar performance in the Knicks loss to the Pistons.

Led by PF Blake Griffin, the Pistons took down the Knicks in Madison Square Garden, 105-92, for the team's 14th straight loss. >> Box score

Things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Dennis Smith Jr. had his best game as a Knick so far, dropping 25 points on 11-for-25 shooting with six assists and five rebounds as well. Being the Knicks' primary source of offense tonight, this could be the role Smith plays for the rest of the season, especially since he was in a lot of 1-on-1 situations. Fizdale clearly wants to see Smith's offensive gifts for himself, and he got that tonight.

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Will Frazier start at first? 00:01:18
New York Mets infielder Todd Frazier is excited to get back onto the field for Spring Training but will it be consistently at third base?

All Mets players are expected to be in Port St. Lucie by Feb. 16, but veteran Todd Frazier has gotten a headstart as he was seen getting some swings and field work in on Tuesday. 

Normally for an established veteran, spring training is a month of preparation to get the kinks and rust of the offseason out, and prime for the grind of the regular season. But, for Frazier, this spring training will be a true fight for his job at third base with the infield depth new Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen brought to the team. 

The first was Robinson Cano in Van Wagenen's first big move in his new role, and then Jed Lowrie came later on this offseason. Add in J.D Davis, and Frazier has some good competition in the hot corner. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

As Kristaps Porzingis lifted his new Mavericks threads during Monday's introductory press conference in Dallas, it was the official end to a crazy few days that saw the 7-foot-3 Latvian go from the Knicks' franchise star, to a disgruntled one looking for a new beginning, to the centerpiece in a shocking blockbuster deal.

The deal went down so fast that all the details surrounding the evolution of trading New York's franchise cornerstone were left merky. That is until The New York Times' Marc Stein did some digging to solve some of the questions Knicks fans may still have. 

Possibly the biggest question is whether or not the Knicks got the best deal for the 23-year-old Porzingis, who is almost a year out since he tore his ACL last season. It turns out New York was quietly poking around the league with Porzingis' name in trade packages for most of last month. They were looking to see if teams would part ways with their presumed untouchable players, like Jazz PG Donovan Mitchell and Kings PG De'Aaron Fox, but nothing came of it. 

Tags: Courtney Lee, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, Scott Thompson
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Jan 12, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jan 12, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The biggest return in the Knicks' trade of Kristaps Porzingis and other veterans with the Mavericks on Thursday was the nice chunk of cap space they freed up. It showed that the Knicks are throwing all their cards into an intriguing free agent class that could involve All-Stars like Kevin DurantKyrie Irving, and Klay Thompson to name a few.

Knicks fans are already looking ahead to a Durant-Irving duo at Madison Square Garden, as the team has the ability now to sign two max players. But does this strategy mean New York is out on the Anthony Davis sweepstakes?

Not necessarily...

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Scott Thompson
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Jan 27, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) warms up before the game against the Toronto Raptors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Jan 27, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) warms up before the game against the Toronto Raptors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

The Knicks' return in the Kristaps Porzingis trade didn't feel like the best package they could have gotten for the 7-foot-3 All-Star. DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews are expiring contracts that New York may want to trade or waive outright, and the two future first-rounders will come in a couple years. 

So the only true return that will impact the Knicks immediately will be 21-year-old PG Dennis Smith Jr., who the Mavericks have been shopping prior to the Feb. 7 trade deadline.

Many Knicks fans will remember Smith being a top candidate to take two years ago with the eighth overall pick, but Phil Jackson's regime decided to go with Frank Ntilikina instead. Smith was taken with the ninth overall pick by Dallas right after Ntilikina.

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Mills Confirms Porzingis news 00:01:05
New York Knicks president Steve Mills said on a conference call that Kristaps Porzingis said he didn't want to be a Knick anymore.

When news broke earlier Thursday that Kristaps Porzingis was unhappy with how the Knicks' new direction was headed and no longer wanted to be a part of it, many believed the Knicks wouldn't give in. 

But that's exactly what they did when they sent Porzingis, along with Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to Dallas in exchange for DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, a 2021 unprotected first-round pick and a 2023 top-10 protected first-round pick.

So why did the Knicks decide to grant Porzingis' wish? They had all the control with the Latvian a restricted free agent, no no-trade clause in his contract, and the fact that he still has yet to play since his torn ACL last February, making his value much lower than it may have been in the past...

Tags: Courtney Lee, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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After four straight games logging a DNP, Enes Kanter finally got to take his warmup off and enter the game on Wednesday night at The Garden. And with fans chanting his name, Kanter decided to reciprocate the love right back.

Kanter ran onto the hardwood and kneeled down at center court where he kissed the Knicks logo. It's no secret the Turkish big man loves his team and its fanbase, but he said the kiss was meant as a potential farewell gesture to the fans.

"They know the love of New York I have in my heart," Kanter told reporters after the Knicks' 11th straight loss. "I have no problem with this organization. From Day 1, I loved this city, this organization, the fans. They opened their arms."

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Knox talks 'Rising Stars' snub 00:00:32
New York Knicks rookie Kevin Knox discusses not being invited to participate in the 'Rising Stars Challenge' at the 2019 NBA All-Star game.

When the Rising Stars Challenge rosters were announced Tuedsay night, no Knicks were listed -- not even the team's first-round pick Kevin Knox

He may have had a rough start to his rookie campaign, but Knox has picked up the pace lately. He is averaging 12.2 points and 4.2 rebounds, which both sit seventh among rookies so far this season. However, those numbers clearly aren't enough for him to make the U.S. Team. 

Knox, though, hasn't taken any offense to the snub. He may have wanted to showcase his talents in the game, but he is using the omission as motivation moving forward.

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Jan 26, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) leaves the court after a 115-111 victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Jan 26, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) leaves the court after a 115-111 victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

A marriage between Kevin Durant and the Knicks has been a storyline since the regular season began. And many in the business believe it is one that can definitely come to fruition.

This summer, the Knicks are primed to completely revamp their franchise by adding a top free agent, high draft pick, or ideally, both. Durant will almost certainly be on their wishlist, and sources tell Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher that New York has "a strong chance" to entice him if he decided to opt out and leave the Bay Area. 

After winning two titles (and two MVPs to go with it), Durant is obviously going to want to find himself another contender if he does opt out. The Knicks obviously are not that team right now, but they could easily be next season with a few upgrades. 

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It has been a moment he has looked forward to since entering the league, so it makes sense that S Jamal Adams is having the time of his life down at the Pro Bowl in Orlando this week. 

"It's exciting, man, honestly, just to be here with some of these great players and be recognized as a great player by my peers and the fans," Adams told NewYorkJets.com's Eric Allen. "It's definitely an honor and I'm excited to be here."

Adams' high energy has been on full display all week, and he admits his family and agent have asked if he can turn down his intensity of the go-with-the-flow Pro Bowl vibe. During the Skills Competition, Adams was flying all around the field as he hyped up his AFC teammates and showcased his hops and speed during the Gridiron Gauntlet....

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Jan 13, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jan 13, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Knicks' starting lineup Friday night had some confusion leading up to the game, as Emmanuel Mudiay's shoulder injury left a void at point guard. And head coach David Fizdale wouldn't name his replacement, waiting until starting lineups were announced instead. 

Well, it was Frank Ntilikina that got the start, and he had a great opportunity to impress Fizdale and the Knicks. But early foul trouble didn't help his cause. 

Ntilikina, who started for the seventh time this season, eventually fouled out and Fizdale knows that foul trouble hurt him getting into any sort of rhythm. 

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Kanter candid after Knicks' loss 00:01:47
Enes Kanter hasn't been shy with his displeasure in not playing. The center held court after the Knicks' 10-point loss to the Nets.

Even though the Brooklyn fans were chanting for him, Knicks C Enes Kanter remained on the bench throughout the game as he watched his team lose 109-99 on the Barclays Center court. 

Head coach David Fizdale addressed why he decided to sit out Kanter yet again after the game, saying he simply doesn't fit the "versatile" style of play he's looking to build. 

"We're fighting for a certain style of play to start building for our future," Fizdale told reporters. "I want to be able to play a very versatile style in the future and I don't want to wait to start working at that. And start building that out."

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Jan 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives against Brooklyn Nets point guard Shabazz Napier (13) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives against Brooklyn Nets point guard Shabazz Napier (13) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks got off to a hot start, but the Nets closed this one out 109-99 to extend their win streak to six games on Friday night at Barclays Center. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) It was another fourth quarter plunge, as the Knicks struggled to put the ball in the hoop and mount a comeback. They only scored 17 points, allowing the Nets to close this one out.

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Fizdale not worried after loss 00:00:48
The Knicks suffered another loss to their cross-town rival the Nets, but David Fizdale says fans should trust that they're getting better.

In their last crosstown matchup of the season, the Knicks fell to the Nets 109-99, as Brooklyn extended their win streak to six games on Friday night at Barclays Center. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) It was another fourth quarter plunge, as the Knicks struggled to put the ball in the hoop and mount a comeback. They only scored 17 points, allowing the Nets to close this one out.

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Sep 28, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) delivers a pitch in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Lansford)
Sep 28, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) delivers a pitch in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Lansford)

Before joining the Yankees, veteran bullpen arm Adam Ottavino made a very bold claim about one of their most celebrated players not just in franchise history, but in the history of the game.

Ottavino said he would "strike out Babe Ruth every time" on MLB's Statcast podcast, and it made headlines pretty quickly. Well, Ottavino thought it smart to walk back those comments a tad during his first conference call with New York media on Friday afternoon. 

According to The Athletic's Lindsay Adler, Ottavino admitted that while explaining the evolution of baseball, he could have chose a better example than "The Great Bambino."

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Who to watch at the Senior Bowl 00:00:37
Is next QB playing this weekend in Mobile, Alabama? From Daniel Jones and Will Grier, who should Giants fans be looking out for?

Is the next Giants QB playing this weekend in Mobile, Alabama? Here's who Big Blue should be watching closely at the Senior Bowl...

Duke QB Daniel Jones

The Giants will look to figure out their quarterback situation this offseason, and the best option for many at the Senior Bowl is Jones. Standing at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds the Blue Devil is the prototypical size for a signal caller, and his arm matches his physique. 

Tags: Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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James Harden ties record at MSG 00:00:40
James Harden tied Kobe Bryant for most points scored by an opponent at MSG with 61 points (career-high) as the Rockets beat the Knicks.

James Harden had his way with the Knicks on Wednesday night, tying Kobe Bryant for the most points scored by an opponent at The Garden in the 114-110 win over New York. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) This one was hectic toward the end of the fourth quarter. With less than one minute left, the Knicks closed the gap on the Rockets. After a three-point play from Allonzo TrierNoah Vonleh took advantage of a Houston hiccup on an inbound play and made it 107-106 to regain the lead. But Eric Gordon would drain a deep three to make it 112-110 Rockets. After a long timeout, Vonleh gave up the ball on the inbound play and Harden hammered it home to cap his big night and a Houston win.

Tags: Houston Rockets, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Who to watch in Senior Bowl 00:00:34
The Senior Bowl is this weekend in Mobile, Alabama. What players should Jets fans keep an eye out for?

As the Jets build their NFL Draft big board, making a stop at the Reese's Senior Bowl this week is a priority.

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan was on hand Tuesday for the drills and practice that the top seniors in college football this season participated in. According to The Athletic's Connor Hughes, he was paying very close attention to the offensive and defensive line drills.

The Jets have many needs to attend to this offseason, so with that in mind, here are a few seniors to look out for this week in Mobile, AL…

Tags: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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(Peter Aiken)

When Troy Tulowitzki was released by the Blue Jays back in December, it appeared his MLB career was coming to a closeHe hadn't seen a diamond in the bigs since July, 28, 2017, as recovery from heel surgery wasn't the eight weeks the Blue Jays thought it would be.  

But then there was his open showcase at Long Beach State in December that changed that narrative.

Being a five-time All-Star normally piques the interest of MLB front offices, but Tulowitzki's workout at his alma mater opened some eyes to the point where offers were put on the table. And Long Beach State head coach Troy Buckley, who helped conduct the workout, knows exactly why.

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Knicks lose tight game in London 00:01:38
New York Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay voiced his opinion of how the Knicks faired across the pond in London against the Wizards.

The London Game looked to be in the bag for the Knicks, but a fourth-quarter slump saw the Wizards pull out a 101-100 win that came down to the buzzer on Thursday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) After Noah Vonleh buried a nifty hook shot to go up 100-99, the Wizards had 3.3 seconds to work with. They inbounded the ball to a wide open Thomas Bryant in the middle, and as he rose for a layup, Allonzo Trier was called for goaltending which gave the Wizards the lead. With 0.4 seconds left, the Knicks didn't draw up the right play as Emmanuel Mudiay threw up a shot that didn't connect at the buzzer.

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Jets dream offseason wishlist 00:00:18
SNY's New York Jets analysts pick each of their top three free agents they want the Jets to sign this offseason.

The Jets have their new head coach in place, and as Adam Gase puts together his staff, the next big step is what Gang Green will do this offseason to improve their 53-man roster. 

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan will have almost $100 million ($99,387,909 projected by OverTheCap.com) to work with in free agency, and to explore trades. 

So who should they go after? The SNY Jets crew gave their dream offseason wishlist for the Jets, as they look ahead to the free agent class and players that could be on the market:

Tags: Jamal Adams, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Mets GM on NL East: Come Get Us 00:00:19
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen says the that the Mets intend to compete for a championship, and it starts with winning the division.

Since taking over as Mets GM, Brodie Van Wagenen's words have been just as aggressive as his offseason approach. And that continued at Jed Lowrie's introductory press conference on Wednesday.

In his last introductory press conference, this one for C Wilson Ramos, Van Wagenen said "internally, we can argue we're the favorites in the division right now." Well, he didn't stray away from that mindset as he said he is anxious to show teams, especially in the NL East, what the Mets are capable of this season.

"I look forward to showing people that we're a team to be reckoned with," Van Wagenen told reporters. "Let's not be shy on wanting to be the best and I fully expect us to be competitive, to be a winning team. Our goal is to win a championship and it starts with the division. So come get us."

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USA infielder Peter Alonso hits a two-run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
USA infielder Peter Alonso hits a two-run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets top prospect 1B Peter Alonso has repeatedly said he wants to be on the team's Opening Day roster when camp breaks in March. But, as the team introduced veteran super-utility man Jed Lowrie at Citi Field on Wednesday, we're reminded of how much competition Alonso will have to reach that goal.

In what looked like a clear path to start at first in the beginning of the offseason, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has brought in Lowrie and J.D. Davis to create a jam for Alonso. Even Todd Frazier could make the shift to first with Jeff McNeil virtually kicked out of second base after the Robinson Cano trade. 

So what do all these moves mean for the 24-year-old, who absolutely raked in the minors last season? Van Wagenen says the added pressure should provide even more motivation for Alonso.

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When it comes to the Giants' options to explore adding a new quarterback next season, the NFL Draft or free agency comes to mind right away. But a trade isn't off the table, either. 

Some teams possess backup quarterbacks that could very well start for a team next season, and Colts QB Jacoby Brissett fits that bill. The 25-year-old has some intrigue in his 17 career starts with a strong arm and mobility outside the pocket.

He was first put on the map in New England, filling in for Tom Brady back in 2016. And after being traded for Phillip Dorsett to the Colts, Brissett had 15 starts last season in place of an injured Andrew Luck. He went 4-11, but was still learning the ways of the playbook and offense as each week went along. 

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Oct 13, 2018; London, United Kingdom; General overall view of the entrance to the O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Oct 13, 2018; London, United Kingdom; General overall view of the entrance to the O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Knicks may have caught only a couple hours of sleep on their flight to London Tuesday, but they weren't thinking about the hotel beds when they landed at 10:30 a.m. They were ready to hit the London streets.

The team has an agenda for their trip to Europe to face the Wizards on Thursday, and head coach David Fizdale made it a point to include some tourist time for his squad.

"We'll try to do it in a way that doesn't have them on their feet a lot," Fizdale told The Post's Marc Berman. "But they gotta see all of that. They gotta experience it. The whole beauty of this is learning about new culture, new food, new everything. You gotta open up your mind...

Tags: Courtney Lee, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray looks on prior to the 2018 Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray looks on prior to the 2018 Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

NFL Draft big boards across the league could see a change with Oklahoma QB and former Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray announcing Monday that he is declaring.

The move is procedural and doesn't preclude Murray -- who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics -- sticking with baseball. He doesn't have to forfeit his $4.66 million signing bonus with the A's yet, but if he ultimately enters the NFL, he would. The 21-year-old could very well be declaring for the draft to further his time to weigh his options. 

With Murray declaring, NFL teams will immediately add him to their list of options. And the Giants will certainly be one of those teams...

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Feb 8, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale during the second half against the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Phoenix Suns 110-91. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)
Feb 8, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale during the second half against the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Phoenix Suns 110-91. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)

Following yet another rout on his home floor Friday night against the Pacers, Knicks head coach David Fizdale was asked what is wrong with his team's defense. He had a very definitive, but simple answer. 

"All of it," he told NorthJersey.com's Chris Iseman.

The Knicks are second-to-last in defensive rating in the NBA this season at 113.5, and it isn't hard to believe with the team's 10-32 record. And Fizdale doesn't believe it's lackadaisical play from his squad, but rather it is the system that he is trying to run. 

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This season, the Giants' offense usually had the spotlight shining bright on them.

How could it not with the aging Eli Manning analyzed with a fine tooth comb under center, the comeback of star WR Odell Beckham Jr., and rookie RB Saquon Barkley looking to prove he was worth the No. 2 overall pick over the top quarterbacks in his draft class (he's the top Rookie of the Year candidate, so that answers that question).

But what about the Giants' defense? They had a lot of intrigue entering the season with a new, aggressive coordinator, a few new pieces, and the goal of returning to the crew that was one of the stingiest in scoring back in 2016. But that wasn't the case at all.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Olivier Vernon, Scott Thompson
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Fizdale on loss to Pacers 00:00:28
David Fizdale talks about his team's defensive breakdowns as the Knicks fell on Friday to the Indiana Pacers, 121-106.

The Knicks couldn't control the Pacers on their home floor, losing 126-106 at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) The last time Domantis Sabonis came to The Garden, he left with a perfect 12-for-12 line from the field in a monster game. He didn't produce the same rare box score this time around, but he was still the Pacers' leading scorer with 22 points on 9-of-14 from the field. He also made all four foul shot attempts. On top of that, he had a double-double with 15 rebounds and three assists.

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Indiana Pacers, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Is Adam Gase the right choice? 00:00:37
The Jets hired Adam Gase as their next head coach, former Jets QB Ray Lucas is left scratching his head.

Adam Gase is staying in the AFC East, as the Jets will hire him as the 19th head coach in franchise history, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Wednesday night. 

The move was reportedly made official as the Jets and Gase have agreed to a deal on Thursday, according to ESPN's Jeff Darlington. The terms of the deal have not yet surfaced.

After learning Baylor head coach Matt Rhule took himself out of the running, news broke minutes later that the former Dolphins head coach will replace Todd Bowles next season. Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, who is a more accomplished head coach than Gase, was also in the running and only had his eyes set on the Jets' job...

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Sep 25, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Jed Lowrie (8) hits an RBI-single against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Sep 25, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Jed Lowrie (8) hits an RBI-single against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

The Mets brought in another vetearn infielder this offseason, signing Jed Lowrie to a two-year deal on Thursday, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

According to Martino, the deal is worth $20 million over the two years for the 34-year-old.

Lowrie had his first All-Star season in 2018, with a .267/.353/.448 slash line, a career-high 23 homers and 99 RBI over 157 games with the Oakland A's...

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Jan 8, 2019; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) goes up for a shot against Wake Forest Demon Deacons guard Sharone Wright Jr. (2) in the second half at Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Jan 8, 2019; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) goes up for a shot against Wake Forest Demon Deacons guard Sharone Wright Jr. (2) in the second half at Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

As expected, the No. 1-ranked Duke Blue Devils took down Wake Forest in dominant fashion -- an 87-65 rout on the road. And though this has been the norm for this Duke team this season, what Zion Williamson posted on the stat sheet was historic.

The Demon Deacons were no match for Williamson, as he posted 30 points -- a career high -- on 13-of-16 shooting from the field. But that wasn't it. Williamson had a double-double with 10 rebounds, and he tallied five assists, four steals, and one block on the night. 

This performance, according to ESPN Stats & Info, made Williamson the only DI player to post a 30-10-5-4 line with 80 percent shooting from the field in the past 20 years. Sixers PG Ben Simmons posted the same line back when he was a freshman at LSU, but he didn't shoot 80 percent or better from the field...

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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) smiles as he finishes batting practice before a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) smiles as he finishes batting practice before a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen making roster depth moves over the weekend, it looked as if he was done making the big splashes this offseason. 

But that was before news broke that the Mets and former 3B David Wright reached a contract restructure after he moved into the role of special advisor to Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon on Monday.

According to The Post's Ken Davidoff, the Mets won't be paying Wright's $15 million salary in 2019. Instead, they will pay him $9 million over the course of the year, with a lump sum of $4 million coming on Thursday and the rest of the money dispersed throughout the season.

Tags: David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes, Scott Thompson
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