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Phil Jackson Regrets Not Trading For Jae Crowder In Tyson Chandler Trade

Aug 26, 2016 11:34 AM

Phil Jackson said his biggest mistake since taking over the New York Knicks was not taking Jae Crowder in the Tyson Chandler trade with the Dallas Mavericks.

Crowder emerged as one of the NBA's best defensive players since his trade to the Boston Celtics.

"One of the first deals I engineered when I came back to New York was to trade Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas for Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, plus a second-round pick that the Mavs owed to the Celtics," said Jackson. "In talking with (Dallas), I was given the option of taking that pick or else taking Jae Crowder. I liked Crowder but I thought he wouldn’t get much of a chance to play behind Carmelo, so I took the pick which turned out to be Cleanthony Early. While Cleanthony has missed lots of time in the past two seasons with us, he still has the potential to be a valuable player. Even so, I should have taken Crowder.

“Anyway, for all of us, making mistakes are part of the learning process."

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Derrick Rose: You'll See A More Mature Player This Season

Aug 23, 2016 11:41 AM

Derrick Rose averaged 19.9 points on 51.4 percent shooting after the All-Star break last season.

Rose was relatively healthy last season, playing in 66 games.

“Now, with the No. 25, I think you’ll see a more mature player,” Rose said. “You’ll see the player that you saw toward the end of last year. More under control type of game, and I got a lot more options now this year. That No. 1 will always be engraved in me, and it’s not going anywhere. Twenty-five is just a new step, and a new step in the right direction.”

Rose is excited for his fresh start with the New York Knicks.

“I feel like I’m not done,” Rose said. “It’s a new start. I feel rejuvenated, and when you put all that together, when I step on the floor, I really don’t know what to expect. What I’m doing right now is just preparing myself for something big. I think we have a chance to win every game, and in the league, that’s rare. ”

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Tags: Derrick Rose, New York Knicks, NBA

Derrick Rose Stands By Super Team Comment

Aug 18, 2016 1:26 PM

Derrick Rose expanded on his comments from a few weeks ago saying the New York Knicks were in the same "Super Team" class as the Golden State Warriors.

Many dismissed Rose's assertion as the Knicks will have to compete to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

"I still believe that,” Rose said. “Like I said, with that Super Team term, you have to be very careful, I guess, if you’re in the United States. But I feel like if you’re in any team in the NBA -- it don’t have to be the NBA, it could be the college level, high school level -- you should believe in yourself and have the confidence in yourself that you’re playing on a super team anywhere. So I have a lot of confidence, and I’m not taking that back."

Rose is ready to share the ball with the Knicks.

“We have more options on this team. With the Bulls, we had more options too but the offense really went through me and Jimmy [Butler],” Rose said. “With the Knicks, we have [Kristaps Porzingis], we have [Carmelo Anthony], we have [Joakim Noah] rolling to the rim. We’ve got Courtney [Lee].”

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Derrick Rose, New York Knicks, NBA

Cavs-Knicks, Warriors-Spurs Featured On 16-17 Opening Night

Aug 11, 2016 4:58 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the New York Knicks on opening night when they collect their 2016 championship rings on October 25th.

The Cavs also hosted the Knicks in LeBron James' first game back in 2014.

The Golden State Warriors will host the San Antonio Spurs in the second game of the opening night doubleheader.

Matt Moore/CBS Sports

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RealGM Radio: Atlantic Division With Tim Bontemps, Jared Weiss

Aug 10, 2016 3:37 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post (@TimBontemps) and Jared Weiss of CLNS Radio and CelticsBlog (@CLNS_JaredWeiss) go in-depth on the Atlantic Division. They analyze the offseason, including who got better and worse, moves that stood out (20:02), and rookies they are most excited to see (32:02). After that, they preview the upcoming season, including ranking the teams 1-5 (39:51), predicting who will make the playoffs (50:35) and pick breakout players (1:14:11).

They also discuss the possibility of Chris Paul joining the Knicks (14:24), Melo’s no-trade clause (54:00) and much more.

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Kristaps Porzingis Working On Improving Post Game

Aug 5, 2016 8:50 AM

Kristaps Porzingis has been working hard on his post game this summer.

“Everybody wants to see me play better in the post, that’s one thing that’s going to help us in the triangle so I’m adding moves to my post game,” said Porzingis.

“I’m really working on staying low [on drives]. I’m working on my strength, especially my legs. That’s going to help me defensively as well.”

Porzingis has worked out with Brandon Jennings, Derrick Rose and Sasha Vujacic in Los Angeles this offseason.

“As I grow as a player we’ll be better as a team,” he said. “And I realize that and I know how much better I have to get to help the team win.”

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA

Chasson Randle Signs Deal With Knicks

Aug 3, 2016 2:09 PM

Chasson Randle has signed a free agent contract with the New York Knicks that has a partial guarantee.

Randle played last season in the Czech Republic.

Randle went undrafted in 2015 out of Stanford.

Randle averaged 18.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Chasson Randle, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Sign J.P. Tokoto To Camp Deal

Aug 2, 2016 10:23 AM

The New York Knicks have signed J.P. Tokoto. 

Tokoto, 6-6, 200-pounds, played for the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA D-League last season, averaging 11.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.54 steals over 28.6 minutes in 48 games (25 starts). He was originally selected by Philadelphia in the second round (58th overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft after three seasons at the University of North Carolina (2012-15). As a senior, he averaged 8.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.47 steals over 29.1 minutes in 38 games (34 starts).

The Rockford, IL-native, appeared in five games for the Knicks’ entry in the 2016 Orlando Pro Summer League, averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds over 27.0 minutes.

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Ron Baker Signs Camp Deal With Knicks

Aug 1, 2016 1:03 PM

The New York Knicks have signed Ron Baker.

Ian Begley of ESPN reports some of the deal is guaranteed.

Baker, 6-4, 220-pounds, played four seasons at Wichita State University, averaging 13.2 points, on 43.3-percent shooting, with 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.31 steals over 30.6 minutes in 124 games. He was a part of three Missouri Valley Conference championships (2013, 2014, 2015), nine NCAA Tournament wins, two trips to the Sweet 16 (2013, 2015) and a trip to the 2013 Final Four. As a senior (2015-16), he averaged 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.51 steals over 31.6 minutes in 35 games. His postseason honors included: John R. Wooden Second Team All-American; USA Today Second Team All-American and 2015 finalist for Jerry West Award.

The Hays, KS-native, appeared in five games for the Knicks entry in the 2016 Orlando Pro Summer League to average 14.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.80 steals over 29.6 minutes.

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Court Denies Derrick Rose's Motion To Dismiss Civil Sexual Assault Case

Jul 29, 2016 1:44 PM

Derrick Rose is scheduled to begin trial for a civil sexual assault case on Oct. 4th in Los Angeles.

The U.S. District Court judge denied Rose's motion for summary judgment in the case because it remained unclear if the accuser, referred to as Jane Doe, consented to sex on Aug. 27, 2013.

"There can be no doubt that genuine disputes exist as to almost every material fact in this action," Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald wrote in documents obtained by ESPN and earlier reported by the sports law website The White Bronco.

Rose has denied the allegations and has said that he is "very confident" that he will be proved innocent.

Rose may miss part of training camp with the Knicks to attend the trial.

Ian Begley/ESPN

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Derrick Rose: Knicks, Warriors Are The Super Teams
New York acquired Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee to join Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

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Maurice Ndour, Knicks Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
Maurice Ndour played for the Knicks in Summer League in 2015, averaging 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 23.4 minutes per game.

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Sasha Vujacic, Knicks Agree Upon One-Year Deal
Sasha Vujacic averaged 4.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 14.9 minutes per game for the Knicks last season.

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Heat Interested In Derrick Williams
Derrick Williams is a free agent after spending last season with the New York Knicks.

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Marshall Plumlee, Knicks Agree To Deal With First Season Fully Guaranteed
Marshall Plumlee played collegiately at Duke and gives the Knicks depth at center.

Michael Scotto/Sheridan Hoops

Langston Galloway, Pelicans Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
The Knicks recently made him Galloway unrestricted free agent.

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Willy Hernangomez, Knicks Agree Upon Multi-Year Deal
The Knicks and Willy Hernangomez have reached agreement on a multi-year deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Knicks Agree To Two-Year Deal With Mindaugas Kuzminskas
Mindaugas Kuzminskas had recently signed a multi-year deal with Darussafaka Dogus of Turkey.


Lance Thomas Agrees To Four-Year, $27M Deal With Knicks
Lance Thomas averaged 8.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 22.3 minutes per game last season for the Knicks.

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Brandon Jennings, Knicks Agree To One-Year, $5M Deal
Brandon Jennings finished this past season with the Magic after returning from a torn Achilles.

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Courtney Lee Agrees To Four-Year, $50M Deal With Knicks
The Knicks had a big hole at shooting guard.

Alex Kennedy/Basketball Insiders

Knicks Offering Courtney Lee Four-Year Deal Worth $40M+
The Knicks have at least $12 million in cap space after agreeing to terms with Joakim Noah.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Joakim Noah Formally Agrees To Four-Year, $72M Deal With Knicks
The two sides met Friday evening in Orlando.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Eric Gordon Receiving Interest From Grizzlies, Knicks
Both the Knicks and Grizzlies have a need at shooting guard.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Courtney Lee Receives Four-Year Offer From Knicks
New York has a hole at shooting guard after Arron Afflalo opted out of his deal.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Knicks, Bucks, Mavs, Nuggets, Bulls In Contract Talks With Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade could schedule meetings next week.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Joakim Noah, Knicks Discussing Four-Year, $70M Deal
Joakim Noah will travel to Orlando on Friday and will continue a dialogue with the Knicks.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Clippers, Knicks, Blazers Interested In Austin Rivers
Austin Rivers has emerged as a solid rotation guard during his time with the Clippers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Knicks Gaining Some Traction Getting Informal Meeting With Kevin Durant
Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and even Joakim Noah have reached out to Kevin Durant in attempts to recruit him to the Knicks.

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Knicks Interested In Courtney Lee
New York has a hole to fill at shooting guard and are hoping to have leftover money to sign one after likely adding Joakim Noah.

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