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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 Preview: From ‘Process’ to Progress?

First, there was a pause. A question was posed about the direction of the franchise after yet another offseason of restructuring. A new general manager was in place. Carmelo Anthony was gone. Following two seasons of roster moves that suggested the intention was to make the playoffs, a long-awaited rebuild was in full effect. [Hahn: […]

KP Feeling Good About What’s Ahead

The first thing you noticed was the quiet. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a pall over the events at Knicks Media Day on Monday at the MSG Training Center. There were smiles and conversations. There was a collective good mood and the usual giddiness that comes with the start of a new season. But […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hernangomez Making A Case For More Minutes

KNICKS 109, PACERS 103 One thing Jeff Hornacek knows he has are options. His rotations may look inconsistent, but when your team has been in a bit of a tailspin like the Knicks have been in over the past month, minutes distribution becomes a meritocracy. And while veteran players will always get the benefit of […]

Deja Vu: Knicks Drop Another Heartbreaker

SUNS 107, KNICKS 105 As Carmelo Anthony sat on the scorer’s table with a blank stare as yet another opponent celebrated a last-second win on The Garden court, a friend texted me that this Knicks team just finds new ways to lose. I disagree. These gut-wrenching defeats have a common theme and a similar feel. […]

Knicks Lose Heartbreaker to Hawks On MLK Day

HAWKS 108, KNICKS 107 Jeff Hornacek made changes, but the issues remained the same. And while Carmelo Anthony tried to put some recent controversy behind him, his missed put-back attempt with three seconds left was the latest in a series of frustrations that have piled up after these games like the sweat-soaked towels on the […]

Should Melo Start at Power Forward?

KNICKS 104, BULLS 89 Al Trautwig turned to me at the start of the postgame show and asked, “What did we learn from this game?” The answer came easy: Carmelo Anthony is a more effective player at both ends of the floor, at this point of his career, at the power forward spot. Of course, […]

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 […]

Knicks Experiencing Second-Quarter of Gloom?

PACERS 123, KNICKS 109 You would think that scoring 107.3 points per game over the last eight games would mean good things for any NBA team. But for the Knicks, it’s still not enough. Their defense continues to be exploited by opponents. In that same span of eight games, they’re allowing 113.5 points per game, […]

Knicks Exhibit Guts & Grit in Defeat to Rockets

ROCKETS 129, KNICKS 122 These are the games that give coaches sleepless nights, more than missed last-second shot or a bad call. It’s efforts like the one his undermanned team gave last night in Houston — while James Harden put forth a historic performance — that had Jeff Hornacek shaking his head. “That’s all we […]

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 […]

Focus Remains On KP as Knicks fall to Warriors

WARRIORS 103, KNICKS 90 Without Derrick Rose (back) and Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) this was already a daunting task, but despite the loss, it could prove in time to be another valuable lesson in the growth and development of Kristaps Porzingis. Yes, we’re focusing on him a lot these days, but for good reason. The future […]

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 […]

Fast Finish Not Enough vs. Washington

WIZARDS 119, KNICKS 112 It was too little, too late and Brandon Jennings called out his team for losing “a game we should win.” But on a night the Knicks had a chance to get to .500 against the struggling Wizards (3-8), coach Jeff Hornacek lamented that his team “kind of fell back to where we […]

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 […]

New York’s Defense Remains a Concern

RAPTORS 118, KNICKS 107 As the offense appears to be gaining momentum and chemistry, the concern remains a defense that has allowed over 100 points in all but one game so far this season. We saw the Knicks deploy a zone defense for a while in the second quarter against the Raptors, who are among […]

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 […]