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  • Knicks were blown out by Charlotte at home, but there were some positives!
  • Frank Ntilikina scored a career-high 18 points, connecting on 4 threes in a five-minute stretch.
  • Kevin Knox became only the second teenager ever (the other, LeBron James) to score at least 25 points and pull down at least 15 rebounds in a game.

Porzingis wanted Ntilikina in the starting lineup last season

  • As Frank Ntilikina battles for playing time under Fizdale, apparently, Porzingis and a small group of players asked Hornacek to make him the starter last season.
  • The Knicks net rating was +4.4 when KP and Frank shared the court, versus -1.6 when KP played without Frank.

A night for Knicks fans to somehow relax, despite the loss

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbcJ_KCFQU8 Vindicated? No…after one quarter’s worth of a fake comeback, David Fizdale probably doesn’t...

Knicks Film School Podcast: Tom Piccolo from BBall Index

https://soundcloud.com/user-428343160/knicks-player-breakdowns-with Tom Piccolo from BBall Index joins Jon to discuss the development of several Knicks in certain...

On This Date: Bill Bradley makes NBA Debut

Bill "Dollar Bill" Bradley made his NBA Debut

What kid doesn’t want to play in MSG? I’ve been fortunate enough to play there many, many times during my basketball career. Every chance I get to play there, I try to embrace it. I just love playing there.

Kemba Walker

via Charlotte Observer

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Frank Ntilikina interview by Basket-Infos.com (TRANSLATED)

  • Frank Ntilikina was interviewed in French by Basket-Infos.com ahead of French Heritage Night at the Garden on Sunday.
  • Frank plays down any trade rumors and worries about his playing time.

French NBA Insiders believe Ntilikina will be traded

  • On a French TV NBA talk show, two respected journalists and a French basketball legend discussed Frank Ntilikina's future in New York
  • They speculate that a trade is very possible.

The Godfather of Knicks Trades

As an Italian kid who grew up in Staten Island, I have a particular affinity for The Godfatherand, obviously, The Godfather Part 2, which...

Who should the Knicks call about a potential Courtney Lee trade?

As Courtney Lee finally returns to the lineup, Dave Early lists out possible trade destinations that would help the Knicks 2019 salary cap outlook.

Development of individual talent: Grading the Knicks progress so far

Mike DeStefano continues his four-part series evaluating the development of the Knicks. In this part, he puts his grading hand to individual player development.

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Allonzo Trier has worked several days on the Knicks for free

The Knicks are taking advantage of how the NBA counts service time to stretch the number of days Allonzo Trier stays with the big club before signing an NBA deal. Sounds smart, right? I guess so. But it also means that Trier has essentially worked for free for several days.

Understanding Allonzo Trier’s contract options

When Allonzo Trier's 45 days of NBA service time are up (December 15ish), the Knicks have a few options to sign him to an NBA deal:
  1. Convert him to a minimum NBA deal for the rest of the season, or sign him to an equivalent league minimum deal up to two years.
  2. Sign him using the bi-annual exception for up to $3.4MM and up two seasons.
  3. Sign him using their remaining mid-level exception amount for up to four seasons, but at a near minimum amount.

Can the Knicks create a roster spot by converting an NBA contract into a two-way?

Some have speculated that Luke Kornet could be waived to make roster space for Allonzo Trier. If this happens, he cannot be re-signed on a two-way contract. Learn why.

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Fizdale: Frank will see the court soon

  • Frank Ntilikina has spent three consecutive games on the bench.
  • David Fizdale says he didn't want to use him in garbage time vs Boston.
  • Fizdale says Frank will see the court sometime soon.

Report: Knicks haven’t had any internal discussions about John Wall

  • It was reported earlier this week that some in the league believe the Knicks are stockpiling young assets to make a run at John Wall.
  • Ian Begley responds to that report with his own report that the Knicks have not had any internal discussions about a potential trade for Wall.

Report: Knicks not actively shopping Ntilikina, but off-record executives believe he will be traded

  • New York is NOT actively looking to trade Ntilikina.
  • However, several teams are interested in him, as reported by several media outlets.
  • Chris Sheridan reports that executives, who would not speak on the record, believe he will be traded this season.

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Where Frank Ntilikina’s struggles began and what the Knicks should consider before entertaining any trade ideas

As multiple teams have expressed interest in Frank Ntilikina, the Knicks might be reaching a point where they decide to move on from the 2017 lottery pick. Before they even think of doing this, there is a lot to consider. Dave Early tries to explain.

Unlocking the Frank Ntilikina mystery

The questions surrounding Ntilikina not only center around what (he is), but how (the coaching staff is using him), why (he can't hit a shot), when (they're going to try him at point guard again), who (he should be playing with) and where (he'll be after the February trade deadline). Jonathan Macri tries to make some sense of it all.

The Knicks Lineup Discussion with Posting and Toasting

Jonathan Macri and special guest @Shwinnypooh from Posting and Toasting share their email exchange about the Fizdale's lineup decisions. Part II of this exchange will appear on Posting and Toasting's site on Monday.

Leadership in Suits: Grading the Knicks front office so far

There’s a right way to rebuild, and there’s a wrong way. In this four-part series, Mike DeStefano will look at four main components that can help us evaluate how the Knicks are progressing.