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Rambis: Kristaps Porzingis Has Elements Of Nowitzki, Pau Gasol

Oct 5, 2015 4:32 PM

Kurt Rambis said Kristaps Porzingis has elements of Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol in his game, but he needs time to develop.

"He might be a combination of both of them because he can do so many things," said Rambis, who ran the Knicks on Monday with Derek Fisher away from the team for personal reasons. "You guys haven't seen it yet and probably all of it won't come out for three, four, five years either. He's got to grow up, mature, develop, get stronger, get used to the NBA game.

"He already understands basketball. He already knows what to do. He's an unselfish ball player. He makes really good decisions. It wasn't like he's a blank slate coming in here. He knows how to play. He's going to be fun to work with."

Rambis said the coaching staff still hasn't decided whether to start Porzingis or bring him off the bench.

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Carmelo Anthony Says 'Hell No' On Ever Requesting Trade From Knicks

Oct 5, 2015 1:38 PM

Carmelo Anthony was asked if he'd ever request a trade from the New York Knicks.

"Hell no," said Anthony.

Anthony said he's bought into Phil Jackson's vision for the Knicks.

Anthony owns a no-trade clause in his new deal, giving him the power to veto any proposed deal.

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Stephen A. Smith: Kevin Durant More Interested In Lakers Than Wizards, Heat

Oct 1, 2015 1:17 PM

Stephen A. Smith reported this week that the Los Angeles Lakers are his preferred team if he decides to not re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“Regardless of how senseless it may (sound), in one breath I’m hearing that if Kevin Durant doesn’t stay in Oklahoma City, L.A. is his primary objective and landing spot as opposed to South Beach or even his home of Washington, D.C.,” Smith said.


Smith also said he's heard the New York Knicks could be in play for Durant.

“I heard Melo, Kevin Durant, Kobe,” Smith added. “And when you take into account that Phil Jackson is on the record saying it might be Kobe’s last year in L.A. — opening the door that there are possibilities for him to go elsewhere. All I’m saying is you just never know.”

Stephen A. Smith/ESPN (via Larry Brown Sports)

Tags: Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carmelo Anthony: Championship For Knicks Remains Big-Picture Goal

Sep 30, 2015 5:41 PM

The New York Knicks struggled last season both with and without Carmelo Anthony and they will need several things to go right to compete for a playoff spot.

But Anthony says the goal remains to win a championship.

"We're competing," Anthony said after practice on Wednesday. "People might not believe that, but we're definitely competing for that. That's always going to be the goal. Whether we get there or not depends on us and what we're doing. That's always our big-picture goal."


"Rebuilding for us is based on the fact that we don't have a certain caliber of player on our roster, quote unquote, other than Carmelo," Derek Fisher said. "So people assume that we're rebuilding. But was Atlanta rebuilding last year when they didn't have a quote-unquote player on their roster? So it just depends on who your team is.

"We think that our group as we figure some things out, will be more competitive than maybe what people think. But rebuilding doesn't necessarily mean we're not trying to win right now."

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA

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Emmanuel Mudiay Denies Saying He Was Happy Not To Be Picked By Knicks

Sep 28, 2015 12:51 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay has denied telling anyone he was happy not to be drafted by the New York Knicks.

“It’s not true, I didn’t say that,” Mudiay said. “But, I think one time someone asked me, ‘How would you like to play in the triangle offense?’ I said ‘I don’t know how I would fit in that system,’ and I think that’s when they ran with it.

“So, I mean, the Knicks took their choice, they took (Kristaps) Porzingis and I wish him the best. But I can care less about the Knicks right now because that’s not who I’m playing for. I’ve just got to focus on who my team is, and that’s the Denver Nuggets.”

Mudiay had an impressive performance in Summer League.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, NBA

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Kristaps Porzingis Studying Usain Bolt To Improve Running Technique

Sep 25, 2015 12:33 PM

Kristaps Porzingis has been studying film of Usain Bolt in order to improve his running technique.

Porzingis was the New York Knicks' first round pick at No. 4 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Tim Bontemps/New York Post

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Knicks Sign DaJuan Summers

Sep 21, 2015 10:57 AM

DaJuan Summers has agreed to sign with the New York Knicks.

Summers was a second round pick in 2009 out of Georgetown.

Summers last played in the NBA during the 12-13 season with the Los Angeles Clippers. Summers was a participant in the 2014 Summer League with the Brooklyn Nets and played last season in Spain.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: DaJuan Summers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kristaps Porzingis: I'm Not Shawn Bradley

Sep 16, 2015 7:14 PM

Kristaps Porzingis was asked to respond to a comment made by Phil Jackson before the draft comparing him to Shawn Bradley.

"That's what Phil does to get guys to work hard. That fired me up. I'm not Shawn Bradley."


Porzingis also said he was happy to oblige when the New York Knicks asked him to skip EuroBasket.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA

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Knicks Sign Darion Atkins, Wesley Saunders

Sep 11, 2015 2:16 AM

The New York Knicks have signed forward Darion Atkins and guard/forward Wesley Saunders.

Atkins, 6-8, 241-pounds, averaged 7.6 points and 6.0 rebounds over 23.9 minutes in 33 games as a senior at the University of Virginia and was named the winner of the 2015 Lefty Driesell National and ACC defensive player of the year awards. The Clinton, MD-native led the Portsmouth Invitational in scoring (20.0) and blocks (3.7) and appeared in nine Summer League games for San Antonio’s entries at Orlando and Las Vegas, averaging 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds over 12.7 minutes.

Saunders, 6-5, 215-pounds, averaged 12.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 steals over 29.8 minutes in 120 games over four seasons at Harvard University. The three-time All-Ivy League first-team selection, averaged career-highs of 16.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists as a senior. The Los Angeles, CA-native, appeared in six 2015 Summer League games for the Jazz’ entry at Utah and Las Vegas, averaging 2.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 15.3 minutes.

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Tags: Darion Atkins, Wesley Saunders, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carmelo Anthony Could Be Dealt If Knicks Struggle In 15-16

Sep 10, 2015 4:39 PM

The New York Knicks aren't ready to engage in trade talks involving Carmelo Anthony, but Zach Lowe reports "they're getting closer."

When Anthony signed his deal in July of 2014, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the belief within his camp was it was better to take the money from the Knicks and he could attempt to be traded if they were unable to become contenders.

Lowe followed up on the initial report by agreeing with Chris Herring's statement that the Knicks will discuss trading Anthony if they struggle as they did during the 14-15 season.

Anthony has a no-trade clause and a trade kicker in his deal.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Sign Travis Trice To Partially Guaranteed Deal
Travis Trice went undrafted out of Michigan State in 2015 and gives the Knicks depth at point guard.

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Knicks Only Have 4 Of 17 Players From 14-15 Camp
Carmelo Anthony, Jose Calderon, Langston Galloway and Cleanthony Early are the only four players still on the Knicks' roster.

Charley Rosen/ESPN

Knicks, Cavs Interested In Trading For Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford is entering the final season of his current contract with the Clippers.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Phil Jackson: Kristaps Porzingis 'Might Almost Be Too Tall' For Basketball
Kristaps Porzingis is 7'3 and Jackson expects him to add 10 pounds of muscle before the start of the season.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Phil Jackson: Andrea Bargnani Was 'Malingerer', Had 'Bad Effect On Team'
Andrea Bargnani signed with the Nets this offseason.

Mitch Abramson/New York Daily News

Durant, Carmelo To Practice With Team USA
Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are scheduled to make their first steps towards their comebacks from injury.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Darion Atkins Agrees To Sign With Knicks
Darion Atkins was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year at Virginia last season.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Knicks Finalizing Two-Year Deal
Thanasis Antetokounmpo spent last season playing with the Knicks' D-League team.

David Pick/Sportando

Kevin Seraphin Agrees To One-Year, $2.8M Deal With Knicks
Kevin Seraphin will receive the Knicks' room exception.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Sasha Vujacic Signing One-Year Deal With Knicks
Sasha Vujacic's one-year contract with the Knicks was completed on Friday, league sources tell RealGM.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Ricky Ledo Waived By Knicks
Ricky Ledo averaged 7.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists over 19.4 minutes in 12 games with New York last season.

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Lou Amundson Signs With Knicks
Lou Amundson averaged 6.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 41 games for the Knicks in 2014-15.

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Carlos Boozer Receives Interest From Knicks
Phil Jackson would still like the Knicks to sign a big man.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Knicks Tried To Negotiate With Maurice Ndour After His Agreement With Mavs
The Mavs offered Maurice Ndour a fully guaranteed deal for more than the $600,000 rookie free-agent minimum, with a second year partially guaranteed.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Allan Houston Looking For New Knicks' D-League Coach
Craig Hodges will not be brought back as head coach of the New York Knicks' D-League team.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Wesley Saunders Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Deal With Knicks
Wesley Saunders of Harvard has agreed to a partially guaranteed contract with the Knicks, league sources told RealGM.

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Maurice NDour Signs With Mavericks
Maurice Ndour played in the Summer League with the New York Knicks, but the Mavericks offered more guaranteed money.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Knicks Have Competition In Signing Maurice Ndour
Maurice Ndour opened eyes in Vegas by averaging 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in five games.

Ian Begley/ESPN

LaMarcus Aldridge, Knicks Mutually Canceled Meeting After Center Discussion
The Knicks wanted LaMarcus Aldridge to play "strictly" at center.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Willy Hernangomez Signs With Real Madrid
The Knicks own the NBA draft rights of Willy Hernangomez.


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