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David Lee Announces Retirement From NBA

Nov 20, 2017 10:02 AM

David Lee has announced his retirement from the NBA.

Lee spent last season with the San Antonio Spurs and had remained unsigned this season.

Lee played for the Golden State Warriors from 2010 to 2015 where he played the best basketball of his career.

Lee was a two-time All-Star.

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LeBron James: Knicks 'Very Effective' Without 'Old Fella' Dictating Offense

Nov 14, 2017 11:29 AM

LeBron James praised the way the New York Knicks are playing this season now that Jeff Hornacek isn't being forced to run the triangle by Phil Jackson.

“With the release of the old fella, (Hornacek) is finally allowed to implement what he wants to do on the team, and it’s showing it’s very effective,” said James.

James also took a shot at Jackson for not drafting Dennis Smith Jr.

Jackson made insensitive and dismissive remarks about James' business partners last November.

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Knicks Begin Process Of Selling New York Liberty

Nov 14, 2017 9:13 AM

The Madison Square Garden Company announced it will begin to find a buyer for the New York Liberty.

The Liberty are one of the WNBA's original eight franchises.

“We have been a strong and vocal advocate for the Liberty and the WNBA since the beginning. As the last original owner, I am proud of how far the league has come, and the role we have played in its growth,” said Jim Dolan, executive chairman and chief executive officer of The Madison Square Garden Company. “This was a difficult decision for us, which we made after carefully assessing the needs of our business. We are confident that new ownership can build on the foundation we established over these last 21 years, and steward this incredible franchise into an even more successful future.”

The Liberty are currently run by Isiah Thomas.

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LeBron James: 'No Shade' Intended Towards Frank Ntilikina

Nov 13, 2017 11:34 AM

LeBron James clarified his comments about how the New York Knicks made a mistake in drafting Frank Ntilikina instead of Dennis Smith Jr.

“I wasn’t even thinking about (Ntilikina) when I was talking about Dennis Smith," said James. "I was thinking about just the Knicks organization and Phil Jackson at the time, and Dennis Smith’s talent and (his fit with Kristaps) Porzingis and that’s all I was thinking about.”

James also said he doesn't have any issues with the Knicks' organization.

"I'm a fan of the game as well. It's great when the Knicks, the Celtics and the Lakers are great all at the same time. It's the best for our league."

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Knicks Waive Mindaugas Kuzminskas

Nov 13, 2017 10:58 AM

The New York Knicks have waived Mindaugas Kuzminskas.

Kuzminskas, 6-9, 215-pounds, averaged 6.3 points over 14.9 minutes in 68 games during his rookie season for the Knicks in 2016-17 after signing as an undrafted free agent on Jul. 9, 2016. The Lithuanian native has appeared in one game this season.

“The respect this franchise has for Mindaugas cannot be overstated,” Knicks General Manager Scott Perry said. “His professionalism and work ethic were greatly appreciated by his teammates, coaches and the entire staff. This decision was extremely tough for us. We wish him nothing but the best moving on with his playing career.”

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Knicks Likely To Waive Mindaugas Kuzminskas

Nov 12, 2017 10:36 AM

Mindaugas Kuzminskas is likely to be waived by the New York Knicks to create a roster spot for Joakim Noah who is coming off his drug suspension. Ramon Sessions is the other potential candidate to be waived.

The Knicks have been attempting to trade Kuzminskas.

Kuzminskas is a Phil Jackson signee who didn’t dress for a single game until Wednesday.

Michael Beasley is also an outside candidate to be waived.

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LeBron James: Knicks Made Mistake Passing On Dennis Smith Jr.

Nov 12, 2017 9:31 AM

LeBron James was impressed by Dennis Smith Jr. and believes the New York Knicks made a mistake passing on him to let him slide to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Knicks selected Frank Ntilikina eighth overall in front of the Mavericks at No. 9.

"The Knicks passed on a really good one, and Dallas got the diamond in the rough," James said. "He should be a Knick. That's going to make some headlines, but he should be a Knick. Dallas is definitely, I know they're excited that he didn't go there."

The Cavs' next game is Monday night against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden.

Ntilikina was the final draft pick of Phil Jackson, who made insensitive comments about JAmes last November. Jackson characterized James' business associates as a "posse."

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Phil Jackson Planned On Signing George Hill To Mentor Frank Ntilikina

Nov 10, 2017 11:14 AM

Phil Jackson intended to sign George Hill if he remained president of the New York Knicks.

Hill was going to be a mentor to Frank Ntilikina, who the Knicks selected eighth overall.

Hill is friends with Courtney Lee and Joakim Noah and was interested in the Knicks. Hill ultimately signed with the Sacramento Kings instead.

Steve Mills pivoted the Knicks towards going younger while eventual Knicks' general manager Scott Perry played a role in bringing Hill to the Kings to mentor De'Aaron Fox.

The Knicks instead used their cap space on Tim Hardaway Jr., who Jackson did not have interest in signing.

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Knicks Need To Make Roster Move When Joakim Noah Comes Off Suspension

Nov 9, 2017 12:51 PM

The New York Knicks have a roster decision to make once Joakim Noah's 12-game drug suspension is over.

The Knicks have to remove someone from the roster to make room for Noah, which could happen witha  trade.

Noah is in Year 2 of a four-year, $72 million contact.

“We know that is looming,’’ Scott Perry said. “We’re going to have to address the roster. We’ve been working through the process for a few weeks. By Sunday at 5 p.m., there’ll be a resolution one way or another. Whether it’s a trade or waive an individual.’’

Mindaugas Kuzminskas’ agents have explored interest around the league for a trade as he's fallen out of favor with the Knicks.

Ramon Sessions has also seen his playing time reduced.

“I think it would be unfair for me to comment about any guy as it relates to if he’s going to be here or not,’’ Perry said. “What I will say about Ramon, Ramon is a true professional. The guy is a pro. He goes about his business the same way every day whether he’s playing or not playing. That sets a fine example.”

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Scott Perry Not Sure What Kristaps Porzingis' Brother Meant By Comments

Nov 9, 2017 12:41 PM

Scott Perry addressed recent comments by Janis Porzingis, brother and agent of Kristaps Porzingis, about his future with the New York Knicks.

“I don’t really want to talk about that right now,’’ Perry said. “The time to talk about contract extensions, that’s far. We’re living in today. KP is playing some very good basketball right now. He’s playing well and happy with this team. We’ll deal with all that stuff later. But no comment in terms of what was said because I really don’t know (what it meant).

“I’ve met (Janis), had a good initial meeting with him. I’m looking forward to getting to know him better as we move forward.’’

Porzingis will become eligible for a contract extension this offseason.

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Kristaps Porzingis May Need Offseason Procedure On Elbow
Kristaps Porzingis has had bursitis for years.

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Kristaps Porzingis, James Harden Named Players Of The Week
Kristaps Porzingis and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Kristaps Porzingis: Knicks Have Different, New Vibe This Season
Following the departures of Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony, the atmosphere around the New York Knicks has changed.

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Kristaps Porzingis' Brother Warns Knicks Over Treatment
Janis Porzingis explained why Kristaps Porzingis skipped his exit interview "for the sake of overall peace."

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Steve Mills: Knicks' Front Office On Same Page As Jeff Hornacek

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Kyrie Irving Had Interest In Knicks Since They're 'Close To Home'
Kyrie Irving reiterated he had genuine interest in being traded to the Knicks despite their current status as a rebuilding franchise.

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Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler Had Several Heated Arguments In 15-16
Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler were initially very close friends as Chicago Bulls' teammates, but it became tumultuous during the 15-16 season.

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Bucks, Knicks, Nuggets Interested In Trading For Eric Bledsoe
Ryan McDonough has publicly confirmed that the Suns intend to trade Eric Bledsoe.

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Kristaps Porzingis Needs To See Changes With Knicks Before Committing Long-Term
If Kristaps Porzingis declines an extension offer in 2018, he would become a restricted free agent in 2019 and potentially an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

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Knicks To Sign Isaiah Hicks To Two-Way Contract
Isaiah Hicks played for the Hornets in preseason.

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Carmelo Anthony Felt 'Stabbed In The Back' By Knicks
Carmelo Anthony envisioned remaining with the Knicks even as "was being pushed out."

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Knicks Waive Trey Burke, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Nigel Hayes
Trey Burke didn't appear in a preseason game with the Knicks.

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Knicks Sign Trey Burke
Trey Burke recently backed out of an agreement with the Thunder.

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Knicks Sell Jersey Sponsorship To Squarespace
Squarespace is a privately held website builder company headquartered in New York City.

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Mike D'Antoni Had No Reservations About Coaching Carmelo Anthony Again
Mike D'Antoni and Carmelo Anthony had a tumultuous working relationship when they were with the Knicks.

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Kristaps Porzingis Remains More Comfortable Playing Power Forward
The Knicks have four centers on their roster.

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Doug McDermott Believes Trade To Knicks Better For Him Individually
Doug McDermott will have a more central role with the Knicks.

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Knicks Waive Jamel Artis
The Knicks have waived Jamel Artis after one preseason game.

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FS1 To Remove Knicks' Subway Ads
The campaign asked fans of the Knicks to "pick a side" in a debate between being "hopeful" and "hopeless."

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Kristaps Porzingis' Trainer Relocating To New York
Manolo Valdivieso has worked with Kristaps Porzingis since he played for Sevilla.

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