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Damyean Dotson said next year he has to work on his consistency.

"Sometimes I slipped up on assignments," Dotson said about his struggles. "I learned a lot throughout the season about what I need to get better at. I think it showed toward the end of the season when I was getting more playing time. The G-League experience was also great for me. It helped my confidence, showing me that I belong." He is expected to play in Las Vegas next month and likely starts next to Frank Ntilikina.
Jun 13 - 3:16 PM

The Knicks announced on Thursday that Keith Smart, Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan and Royal Ivey had been hired as assistant coaches.

Smart had worked for Fizdale during his previous stint as a head coach in Memphis. The others all have previous coaching experience in the league, but not directly under Fizdale.
Jun 8 - 9:12 AM

Royal Ivey is finalizing a deal with the Knicks to work on David Fizdale's staff, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.com.

Ivey is from Queens, NY and was interviewed for the job late last month. He had a 10-year NBA career as a guard, but he didn't get much run from 2009-14. Ivey is also good friends with Kevin Durant and is well-liked around the league, so the Knicks continue to make strong hires to help their perception around the NBA's finest.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 2 - 4:24 PM

Frank Ntilikina said he has been adding weight and muscle to his frame this offseason.

We usually have to wait until later in the summer before we start reading about how players are in the best shape of their careers, but the French Prince is ahead of the curve this year. Frank is back in New York, but went to work on his body in his native France after the season ended. "I’ve added some weight and muscle," Ntilikina said. "I spent a lot of time working on my body in France. I’m getting better and more comfortable with my skills and body." Whether Frank plays primarily at PG or SG next season may depend on whether the Knicks select a point guard with their lottery pick.
Jun 2 - 10:08 AM

General manager Scott Perry said the Knicks hope to have a more specific timetable on Kristaps Porzingis (knee) in early September.

He is still likely going to be out until at least early December. Maybe Porzingis can start doing on-court work at training camp, but the Knicks haven't updated his progress too often in the offseason. Prospective fantasy owners may want to wait until after 20 to roll the dice on the Unicorn.
May 31 - 5:55 PM

Ron Baker exercised his $4.5 million player option for the 2018-19 season.

It was a no-brainer for Baker because he wasn't going to get anything close to this on the open market. Baker is still recovering from arthroscopic shoulder stabilization surgery that he had back in February, but he's expected to be ready for training camp.
May 31 - 11:07 AM

According to a report in the New York Post, the Hawks and Suns have interest in free agent Michael Beasley.

The report also claims that there the Knicks are interested in bringing back Beasley for another season. Beasley played well for the Knicks last season, averaging 13.2 points (on 50.6 percent shooting) and 5.6 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per game. However, there is limited money available on the open market, so it would be surprising if Beasley (who is still a liability on defense) was able to secure a contract north of $8 million, as the Post report suggests.
May 29 - 10:10 AM

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, some members of the Knicks front office have said it "wouldn't make sense" to draft a point guard with their first-round pick.

The top point guard available is Trae Young of Oklahoma, with Collin Sexton of Alabama widely considered the second-best PG prospect. Although Frank Ntilikina played off the ball frequently over the second half of last season, it appears the Knicks front office views him as a full-time point guard going forward. They will have a very interesting decision to make if Young slides all the way to No. 9.
May 26 - 9:32 AM

Kristaps Porzingis had a phone conversation with coach David Fizdale and said he's "excited" after the call.

Fizdale is doing all he can to build a bond with his guys, including attending last night's game in Boston with Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Damyean Dotson. The new coach also met with KP's agent in NYC, so he's building his rep as a players' coach. As for KP, he is still rehabbing and likely won't be 100 percent for the rest of 2018.
May 24 - 3:46 PM

Royal Ivey interviewed with the Knicks recently for an assistant position on David Fizdale's staff.

Ivey has also received some interest from other teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers. He's a New York native and played his high school ball at Cardozo High School in New York.
Source: ESPN.com
May 24 - 10:38 AM

Frank Ntilikina will meet new head coach David Fizdale for the first time and go through an informal workout with Fizdale and other players at the team's Tarrytown facility on Monday.

Ntilikina has been in his home country of France for the last five and a half weeks training, but he's back in the States for good now and will participate in the Las Vegas Summer League in July. Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke will also be on hand for the workout on Monday. Fizdale says building great relationships with his players is the top goal this summer. He and Ntilikina have texted, but will finally get a face-to-face.
May 21 - 10:18 AM

Knicks head coach David Fizdale met with the Kristaps Porzingis' agent, Janis Porzingis.

Janis is KP's older brother and he met with Fizdale in Manhattan on Friday after Fizdale returned from the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. In the past few months, there has been a lot of talk of Marc Gasol and Fizdale not getting along, so Fizdale clearly learned his lesson and is doing all he can to create a strong relationship with his franchise player.
May 19 - 7:54 PM

Coach David Fizdale said his plan is to fly to Europe "maybe multiple times" and spend a lot of time with Kristaps Porzingis.

"I want him to feel something different," Fizdale said. This summer is a little different for Porzingis after last summer's fiasco with Phil Jackson. Fizdale added it'll be a "step by step" process with Porzingis as The Unicorn rehabs his ACL.
Source: Newsday
May 17 - 6:13 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (left knee) still has not been given an official timetable on a potential return date.

"I don’t think there’s a determination to be made," Perry said. "Six, seven months out, you have a better chance to have a better time window. You talk to most medical doctors, you really can’t pinpoint how many months it’s going to be. [You have] a better estimate six, seven months out after surgery is completed. So who knows when that will be?" There have been whispers that Porzingis could miss the entire 2018-19 season, but we still have a lot of time to go before worrying next year.
Source: Newsday
May 16 - 12:17 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay said he's "heard nothing but positive things" about new head coach David Fizdale.

"He’s an unbelievable guy,’’ Mudiay said. "He studies the game, loves the game of basketball. You can tell he’s well-prepared." Mudiay added that he believes Fizdale will help his development, but there's no guarantee that he'll play a big role in 2018-19 after Trey Burke and Frank Ntilkina both outplayed him down the stretch. In 22 games under coach Jeff Hornacek, Mudiay averaged 8.8 points, 3.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds on 36.8% shooting and was a minus-14 per 100 possessions.
May 14 - 12:23 PM


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