Player News - Knicks

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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 (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

Howard Eisley is being "strongly considered" for David Fizdale's coaching staff, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

Eisley has been an assistant with the Knicks for each of the last two seasons. Per Begley: "One source described it as ‘highly likely' that Eisley would be retained but cautioned that no final decision had been made. Keith Smart and Nick Van Exel are also strong candidates for Fizdale's staff, though nothing is official yet."
Source: ESPN.com
May 12 - 9:13 AM

Coach David Fizdale said he's looking to add "long and tough" players to the Knicks.

"He's gotta have an edge to him," Fizdale said on ESPN. "I don't want soft guys here. I don't want cupcakes. I want guys that have an edge to them, that enjoy defending. That get joy out of locking teams down." No cupcakes? Well, that rules out Kevin Durant. Kidding aside, the Knicks will likely be looking for short-term deals this summer.
May 11 - 9:50 PM

Coach David Fizdale compared Lance Thomas to Draymond Green.

Sure. "He's a Swiss Army knife-type of player that can guard multiple positions and you can run offense through him," Fizdale said. "I think he can push the ball off the break a lot like Draymond Green plays. Obviously the thing I'm going to demand from Lance is to play defense like Draymond. And be a guy that's pushing to be a First Team All-Defender." If Fizdale can turn Thomas into half of what Dray can do, just give him 2019 Coach of the Year right now.
May 10 - 2:16 PM

Knicks new head coach David Fizdale had high praise for Frank Ntilikina on ESPN on Wednesday morning.

"I see a possibility with a two-way player, the kid takes real pride in defending," Fizdale said on the potential of Ntilikina. "He's got big-time wingspan. He's a combo guard. I think we could get him where he's knocking down that 3-ball every single time, feet set." Fizdale added that he emphasizes "position-less basketball," meaning we could see a lot of two-PG lineups with Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Burke and Ntilikina sharing the floor together.
May 10 - 10:24 AM

At his introductory press conference, Knicks coach David Fizdale said he was not ready to commit to playing Kristaps Porzingis at power forward or center, and wanted to keep an "open mind."

When asked directly if he planned on playing Porzingis primarily at the 4 or 5, Fizdale responded: "All of it. Why limit it. Why put a ceiling on it. Right? I just see so many ways to use him. I want to have a real open mind." He also stated that KP represented the future of the NBA in that he could be viewed as "positionless" and can impact the game from all over the floor.
May 8 - 12:37 PM

New Knicks head coach David Fizdale said that Joakim Noah reached out to him after he was hired and that Fizdale is open to the possibility of Noah returning to the team.

Noah got into an argument with former coach Jeff Hornacek back in February and never rejoined the team after that. With Fizdale now coaching the Knicks, it likely increases the chances of a reconciliation between the player and the franchise. GM Scott Perry said on Tuesday that "all options are on the table."
May 8 - 12:25 PM

The Knicks formally announced the hiring of David Fizdale as their new head coach on Monday.

"David is a bright and creative basketball mind who is highly respected throughout the NBA," said owner James Dolan during Monday's presser. " I’m confident that Steve [Mills] and Scott [Perry] identified the right coach to lead this team to the success our loyal fans deserve." The Knicks won't have much cap space this offseason, so it'll be tough for Fizdale to suddenly turn New York into a playoff team based on what their roster will look like next season.
May 7 - 3:38 PM

New Knicks head coach David Fizdale is planning to travel to Latvia to meet with Kristaps Porzingis (knee).

It's been a little over 12 months since Porzingis skipped his exit meeting with the Knicks and that relationship hasn't "fully repaired" according to ESPN's Ian Begley. This is a smart move by Fizdale to make sure that he's on the same page with New York's franchise player. Porzingis is eligible for a five-year, $157 million contract extension, but Begley adds that it's unclear if they will offer him the deal while he's injured. As of right now, Porzingis' timetable is a bit murky.
Source: ESPN
May 5 - 10:02 AM

David Fizdale has agreed to a deal to become the Knicks head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

The two sides were reportedly close to a deal yesterday and they got it done today. Fizdale was one of the better assistant coaches in Miami and had a great rapport with his players there before things went south in Memphis, so his experience may help the team sign some free agents. Presumably, the Knicks will give him a longer leash than the Grizzlies did to start this past season.
May 3 - 5:48 PM

David Fizdale has "gained serious traction" in the Knicks' search for their next head coach, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

The Knicks have a lengthy list on their candidates to take over as the head man, but they're reportedly getting close to making a decision. Fizdale never got a fair chance with Memphis on a team that overachieved in 2016-17 with him at the helm, so he remains one of the best candidates available.
May 2 - 6:06 PM


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