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How To Fix Tank Talk In The NBA

As the NBA considers eliminating the draft age limit with the hopes of expanding it’s G-League and it’s control over the game, it also needs to prioritize something that is tethered to the modern draft strategy: tanking. We’ve reached a point now where come March, you have a little more than half of your league […]

Burke’s Play Warrants More Minutes

5 Thoughts on the Win: 1. Trey Burke is here to remind you that he’s part of this point guard audition, too. Let’s remember his story started this season by signing with the Knicks‘ G-League team rather than another NBA team because he felt there was an opportunity here for him. But after the trade […]

McConnell Overwhelms Knicks in Philly

5 Thoughts on the Loss: 1. What we’re learning is there’s a lot to learn about this young backcourt experiment. One game after the Emmanuel Mudiay–Frank Ntilikina duo had an intriguing debut in Indiana, the magic was lost in Philadelphia. Both lottery picks struggled against the relentless pressure defense by undrafted guard T. J. McConnell, who […]

Opportunity Knocks For These Knicks

5 thoughts on the loss: 1. As Kristaps Porzingis heads off to surgery and a long recovery process, the Knicks moved forward in their rebuilding process. Scott Perry made two moves before the trade deadline that may not have great significance on the current season but were more in the realm of asset collecting. Perry […]

Will the Knicks Trade a Center Before the Deadline?

Knicks Have An Afternoon To Forget

5 thoughts on the loss: 1. In a game in which we all learned the phrase “correctable error,” the Knicks made several unforced errors to give away a game they know — everyone, including the Hawks, know — they should have won. And two days after Tim Hardaway said to put the loss in Milwaukee “on […]

Issues Revealed in LA Loss

5 thoughts on the loss: 1. It seems to always come back to this one word: defense. You can go 10 games averaging 109 points per game and shooting 49% from the field and 42% from three-point range – just as the Knicks have – and if you don’t play defense, all of it is […]

Plenty of Frustration To Go Around

5 Thoughts on the Game: 1. Bill Pidto tossed his pen before he even got through his introduction to the postgame show. He was furious. As Wally Szczerbiak and I tried to offer more level-headed perspective on a maddening game and it’s bizarre ending, Pidto was already telling us that Twitter was on his side. […]

Knicks Rally Late But Falter in OT

5 thoughts on the loss: 1. As these frustrating losses mount, Jeff Hornacek continues to send out signals pointing to the malfunction in the team that needs to be fixed. This is not a team loaded with talent, but they have shown a resiliency and a work ethic that should help them win more games […]

Adjustments Needed for KP, Knicks

5 Thoughts on the Loss to Wizards: 1. We’ve arrived at that moment that tests the patience of the triumphantly impatient New York fan. This is where emails and texts are saved, tweets are screengrabbed and hot takes are put in the freezer for potential mea culpas and a feast of words produced by frustration. […]

Knicks Let One Slip Away in Chicago

5 Thoughts on the Loss: 1. After yet another fourth quarter meltdown and yet another road loss, Jeff Hornacek made some interesting comments about his team’s issues late in games. “Something we don’t understand,” he said, “is how physical it’s going to be.” The Knicks managed just 14 points against the Bulls in the final […]

Tough Road Looms Ahead For Knicks

5 THOUGHTS ON CHRISTMAS LOSS: 1. Jeff Hornacek hasn’t had to call out his team too often this season. In fact, there were times after games he sounded like a proud coach who loved his team and it’s potential. But after gifting yet another game to the opponent with poor play in crunch time, Hornacek’s […]

KP Keeps Proving He’s “The Man”

5 THOUGHTS ON THE WIN: 1. Remind yourself that he’s 22 years old. He is far from being a finished product. And yet with each game this season, Kristaps Porzingis provides mounting evidence that greatness awaits him. Understand that what you are watching right now is the growth process. These are the days to remember […]

Knicks Go Small to Beat Hawks

5 Thoughts on the Win: 1. The game has changed, we all know this. The NBA is heading to an era where there may be just two positions on the court: guard and forward. The All-Star voting already reflects this direction. You vote for two guards and three forwards. Lineups are starting to reflect this […]

Lee & Thomas Providing the Impetus

5 Thoughts on the Win: 1. As the Knicks dribbled out the shot clock on their final possession and the crowd stood to cheer the win, Walt “Clyde” Frazier lamented missing by one point a pizza discount promotion for those in attendance. The Knicks did not get to the 100-point mark for a second straight […]

Depleted Knicks Struggle in Houston

Rockets 117, Knicks 102 1. Is James Harden an entertaining player? After watching him closely in the two games the Rockets played against the Knicks this month, it’s not a question you can easily answer. There are stars in this league who are virtuoso performers who are worth the price of admission. LeBron James, obviously. […]

Knicks’ Prolific Comeback Makes History

KNICKS 108, RAPTORS 100 1. If this is what a rebuild looks like, why didn’t we do this sooner? Perhaps the most statistically prolific quarters in the franchise’s seven-decade history was the highlight of a euphoric Thanksgiving Eve win at The Garden, where the crowd seems to be enjoying these weekly doses of catharsis. Last […]

Knicks Adopt “Us vs. Them” Attitude

Frank Ntilikina vs. Dennis Smith Jr.

Can Knicks Solve Center Logjam?

A Tough Go In Orlando Without KP

MAGIC 112, KNICKS 99 1. If there are no such thing as moral victories, are there at least such things as schedule losses? This one was a tough placement by the NBA schedule computer. A third game in four nights, the second of a back-to-back coming off a three-hour flight against a team that had […]

Resilient Knicks Keep on Rolling

KNICKS 118, HORNETS 113 1. Before we even get to the historical hysteria we’ve just witnessed on consecutive nights at The Garden, I’m compelled to share with you a tweet I received during the third quarter when, once again, things looked bleak but the Knicks were, at the very least, still scrapping and clawing. No […]

KP Adopts “That New York Grit”

5 Thoughts on Knicks-Suns

KNICKS 120, SUNS 107 1. The green room at the MSG Network studios during Knicks games is an interesting place. Bill Pidto follows the rotation closely and will lose his mind if he doesn’t like the lineup on the floor. Al Trautwig generally watches quietly while he prepares for the post game, but will be […]

Go-Go Gadget Porzingis?!?

Fatigue a Factor for Knicks, KP?

ROCKETS 119, KNICKS 97 1. Kristaps Porzingis had 19 points in the game, with just 5 in the second half. He was curiously in the game late in the fourth quarter during what was mostly garbage time. Afterward, Porzingis admitted to not feeling great before the game. On Thursday, he didn’t practice due to what […]

5 Thoughts on Knicks-Nets

KNICKS 107, NETS 86 1. With all due respect to Kristaps Porzingis, it is really Frank Ntilikina that was a unicorn in the truest sense on the Knicks roster. Since the spring there has been a lot of fables and fairy tales about this mystical long-armed kid who loves to pass and play defense. But […]

Does KP Deserve More Calls?

5 Thoughts on Knicks-Celtics

CELTICS 110, KNICKS 89 1. The strangest statistic on the boxscore for this game was 12 three-point attempts by the Knicks in the entire game. Just 12? What is this, 1985? Seriously, that one is hard to explain. Even in the early days of the three-point shot — pre-Bomb Squad days and well before Seven […]

5 Thoughts on Knicks-Pistons

PISTONS 111, KNICKS 107 1. Another game that saw the Knicks give a great defensive effort in the first half only to seemingly run out of gas before we reached halftime. In OKC, we saw a 42-all game turn in the final three minutes of the second quarter when the Knicks yielded an 11-0 run. […]

KP Getting Respect From Dirk Nowitzki

5 Thoughts on Knicks Opener

THUNDER 105, KNICKS 84 A game that the Knicks led 34-30 early in the second quarter and were tied at 42 with 2:43 left in the half got away quickly to close the first half and through a tough third quarter. Jeff Hornacek saw a spirited defensive effort early on, but the energy that took […]

For Better Or Worse, Melo Forever A Knick

There is no debate when it comes to judging the Hall of Fame credentials of Carmelo Anthony. He’ll be in Springfield when his eligibility arrives with his trademark smirk and maybe even a headband diagonally positioned over his gleaming eyes. Even if his tour in Oklahoma City — and wherever else his career takes him […]

Knicks Hit Reset After Front Office Restructuring

Don’t overlook the two key words in the statement released by Garden executive chairman James Dolan on the announcement of the new Knicks hierarchy: “Today marks a culture change for our organization,” Dolan said of the appointments of Steve Mills to team president and Scott Perry to general manager. Culture change. [Robbins’ Nest: Knicks’ Culture […]

What Hardaway Move Means for Knicks…

So a dubious streak by the Knicks finally came to an end this weekend and it comes with somewhat of an asterisk. The team announced on Saturday that they officially signed restricted free agent Tim Hardaway Jr. to a contract reported to be a four-year deal worth $71 million. Hardaway Jr. was a first-round pick […]

What’s Next as Knicks Go In New Direction?

The record speaks for itself. The 80-166 mark in three full seasons as Knicks President, the three consecutive years without a playoff berth, the three coaches in three seasons, essentially three different variations of rosters and, of course, the one constant: The Triangle. After all of that, we woke up to the news yesterday that […]

Ntilikina Brings Defense to Knicks

Phil Jackson looked directly into the camera and took the opportunity to talk directly to fans during his interview with Al Trautwig on Knicks Night Live. “I think we know what we’re doing,” he said. Through the awkwardness of the Carmelo Anthony relationship and the madness of the Kristaps Porzingis trade scenarios, there really is […]

Franchise Player Waiting for the Knicks in the Draft?

You want to talk conspiracy theories? The Knicks won the infamous “Frozen Envelope” draft lottery of 1985, which ensured college superstar Patrick Ewing would land in the biggest media market after the NBA had other critical markets such as Boston (Larry Bird), Los Angeles (Magic Johnson), Chicago (Michael Jordan) Detroit (Isiah Thomas) and Philadelphia (Charles […]

Encouragement Needed For KP To Grow

Kristaps Porzingis arrived two years ago as a self-proclaimed gym rat looking to turn draft night boos into cheers. He entered this season looking to go from Rookie of the Year runner-up to an All-Star. Exactly one month into the season, that quick smile was replaced with a glazed-over expression of disillusionment. And now, according […]

Jackson Delivers on Melo Questions

Phil Jackson was in character and his performance was vintage. Unabashed, unflinching and unaffected. As if you expected some kinder, gentler version of a man who only two years ago was quick to remind his critics of his 11 championships. Once again, in his postseason address and rare media forum, he left some in the fan base […]

Assessing Melo’s Career as a Knick

Baker Making the Most of His Chance

Critical Times Ahead For Porzingis

TRAIL BLAZERS 110, KNICKS 95 In his first experience as “the guy” — his own words — Kristaps Porzingis learned something we already knew: “There’s still so much to learn,” he said. Porzingis finished with a decent stat line of 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in 37 minutes in the loss at Portland, where […]

Frontcourt Future Looking Bright

KNICKS 87, PACERS 81 Jeff Hornacek didn’t say anything most of us were already thinking in regards to the Knicks playoff reality at this point in the season, but what he did say was how important these remaining games are for the new priority: next season. Hornacek pointed to “some of our other guys” who […]

Johnny Hoops’ Impact on Alan Hahn’s Career

Frustrated KP Longing for Better Results

NETS 120, KNICKS 112 Kristaps Porzingis might have reached his breaking point. It’s been long established that he is the future of the franchise, so with that in mind, it was time for him to start taking inventory and ownership of his environment. “The whole situation is tough,” he said with an expression of anger […]

Knicks Let One Slip Away in Philly

SIXERS 105, KNICKS 102 This time when Carmelo Anthony missed, he grinned. It wasn’t that he was amused, but perhaps he finally resigned to the will of this season. Hours before his turnaround fadeaway jumper against a double-team bounced out with 14 seconds left and the Knicks trailing by one, before he was caught watching […]

Lance Thomas Is the Ultimate Glue Guy

KNICKS 101, MAGIC 90 If the final quarter of this season will involve, as Jeff Hornacek said, assessment on what players fit the Triangle Offense, it should also be an assessment of lineups. For most of this season, the Knicks were a team that struggled at the start of games and also struggled with defense. […]

A ‘Devastating’ Loss for Knicks

RAPTORS 92, KNICKS 91 Jeff Hornacek took exception to a fair question before the game that asked how winning games over this final quarter of the season could impact draft lottery positioning. “As a team,” he replied, “we’re not thinking about losing.” It’s understandable from an aerial view to see where the post-trade deadline Knicks […]

Melo Thriving in Triangle Offense

KNICKS 110, 76ERS 109 Derrick Rose called the Triangle Offense “random basketball” and made it clear he isn’t comfortable with the system Phil Jackson wants to be the identity of his team. That’s an alarming admission by a player who has the second-highest usage rate on the team. But he’s not entirely alone. It’s been […]

Knicks Move Forward After Trade Deadline

Carmelo Anthony was so confident that he would remain a Knick after Thursday that he napped through the 3 p.m. trade deadline. With a no-trade clause, he had the final say on anything and, he said, there was nothing to consider. “Obviously,” he said, “nothing was worth bringing to the table.” There were reports of […]

Knicks Searching for Answers

LAKERS 121, KNICKS 107 The day after, the Knicks had “a much-needed hard practice,” according to Courtney Lee. “It got a little chippy …  That’s what we needed.” And that was just on the court. In the realm of social media, team president Phil Jackson made his first comments in over a month when he […]

Knicks Bid Farewell to January

WIZARDS 117, KNICKS 101 “Goodbye, January.” Those were Carmelo Anthony‘s words after this game, which was the last of a 17-game month that started with the Knicks a game under .500, and ended with them eight games under and falling out of the playoff bracket in the East. This exhausting, frustrating and, at times, controversial […]

Without Rose, Knicks Downed by Pelicans

PELICANS 110, KNICKS 96 Former MVP Derrick Rose, who was acquired to provide a long-awaited answer for the Knicks at the NBA’s most important position, did not show up for for the game against the Pelicans Monday night and his whereabouts were unknown while his team lost for the eighth time in nine games. “Everything […]

Defense Haunts Knicks on Christmas Day

CELTICS 119, KNICKS 114 Christmas Day already included hearing me try to imitate Kristaps Porzingis’ grandmother singing his praises. That didn’t go well. Then I forgot my hat for the postgame show. That went even worse. And my Blue Christmas was complete when the Celtics celebrated a win on The Garden court after a frustrating, maddening […]

LeBron, Cavs Outpace Knicks

CAVALIERS 126, KNICKS 94 The only thing that can be done with this game is exactly what Carmelo Anthony said after it: “Don’t let it linger.” “We have the opportunity to go on the road and do something good,” he added. “I just want to put this one behind us.” This was a challenge for […]

Melo Cools Off Heat in Miami

KNICKS 114, HEAT 103 There are games when you just find the mismatch and ride it until the opponent adjusts. Against a depleted Heat lineup, there was no adjustment to make against Carmelo Anthony so Jeff Hornacek exploited it through a 13-point third quarter by the Knicks‘ star. These are the games where it’s OK […]

Gutty Performance by Knicks vs. Kings

KNICKS 106, KINGS 98  Jeff Hornacek had just talked about it before the game; how his team’s recent tendency to build big leads only to give them back, had to be corrected. It’s a “Step on the Throat” mentality that Wally Szczerbiak often references in our postgame show. After it happened yet again — the […]

Belief in Melo Pays Off on Road

KNICKS 106, TIMBERWOLVES 104 Don’t ignore the choice of words Carmelo Anthony used after he turned an ugly game into a critical win for the Knicks with just two plays. “My coach,” he said, “believed in me.” After 13 seasons in the NBA, you’d think he’d be well beyond the need for someone to believe […]

Westbrook, Thunder Too Much for Knicks

THUNDER 112, KNICKS 103 This time, it wasn’t the start that did them in. It was the finish. The Knicks jumped out to an early 11-point lead and held a nine-point advantage in the second quarter, but were eventually undone by the dynamo that is Russell Westbrook and his two burly big men, Steven Adams and […]

Melo Carries Knicks to Thrilling OT Win

Knicks 113, Hornets 111 (OT) Well, that was fun. Twenty-two lead changes, a third-quarter comeback, incredible blocks at the rim, game-winning clutch shot and one last defensive stand that brought the house down. It wasn’t just the players on both teams that were tired after that game, everyone in the building left exhausted from this […]

Inspiring Team Win Over Portland

KNICKS 107, TRAIL BLAZERS 103 Perhaps the best thing that happened Tuesday night for the Knicks was Carmelo Anthony had an off night. But, how does this make any sense? Simple. It forced him — and the Knicks — to discover that they don’t have to rely solely on one player to close out a […]

More Focused & Energized Approach Leads to Win

KNICKS 104, HAWKS 94 The effort to win this Sunday afternoon game began on Saturday morning when the Knicks gathered before practice for a long meeting — attended by Phil Jackson — where the players aired out their frustrations and also their expectations. Also, out of it came a determination to not allow what’s happened to Knicks […]

KP & Defense Power Knicks Past Pistons

KNICKS 105, PISTONS 102 Unicorns and rainbows. Kristaps Porzingis has steadily emerged as a primary scorer for the Knicks as Jeff Hornacek has made it a priority to find the 7-foot-3 rare breed and exploit mismatches. Porzingis had 25 of his career-high 35 points in the first half and even had Carmelo Anthony marveling at […]

Hornacek Goes Small-Ball in Win

KNICKS 93, MAVERICKS 77 Jeff Hornacek, the mad scientist, found another five-man formula that had instant success and the Knicks rode it to a much-needed home win over an injury-depleted team. Much like the Euroballers lineup did against the Nets last week, this lineup — that essentially was four of the starting five with Justin Holiday […]

A Lot To Learn From Frustrating Night

CELTICS 115, KNICKS 87 Boston entered the game as an angry team and the Knicks left the game angry. There were six technical fouls, two ejections and a lot of frustration — both inward and toward the officiating — in the visitors locker room at TD Garden. “They came out hungrier than us,” Joakim Noah […]

European Unit Leads Charge

KNICKS 110, NETS 96 Did Jeff Hornacek find something in that fourth quarter lineup that featured four European players and one (Brandon Jennings) who played a season in Europe? There seemed to be instant chemistry in that group which featured Jennings, Sasha Vujacic, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez. They moved the ball well and cut […]

The Time is Now For Melo and Knicks

As Carmelo Anthony faced the reality of a third straight season without the playoffs, he sat across from Phil Jackson in his exit interview and asked the questions that were the most important for the two of them, together, to answer. “How do we get better? How do we move forward?” Melo said. He then […]