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0-0, 2nd in Atlantic

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks have outscored the Hawks, 14-4, since a fan knocked down a half-court shot to win $10,000.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting to see Mitchell Robinson check in ahead of Noah Vonleh as the Knicks' backup center. The Knicks are high on Robinson, 20, who didn't play organized basketball last year.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Nice ovation at Madison Square Garden for 41-year-old Vince Carter, who is starting tonight for the Atlanta Hawks.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks president Steve Mills was asked on The Michael Kay Show if Kristaps Porzingis is unhappy with the Knicks' decision not to sign him to a rookie extension. He said that wasn't the case. "We've been very straightforward in our communication with KP's brother (Janis Porzingis), who is his agent. KP has a long history with us. One thing about my relationship with KP is that when he is unhappy about something or disappointed about something he's been very forthright in coming to me and saying, ‘Steve you know what? I'm not happy about this. And throughout this whole process he's been very excited about David Fizdale as the coach, he's been very excited about the players, the young players that we have. And I watch him every day at shootaround, I watch him every day at practice and watch how he's engaged with his teammates so I think we're in a good place." The Knicks will have an extra $10 million in cap space after forgoing the Porzingis extension. Porzingis, who is rehabbing from ACL surgery, is the first All-Star under the current salary cap structure not to sign a contract extension on his rookie deal. He will be a restricted free agent this summer. There is no timetable for his return.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks president Steve Mills was asked on The Michael Kay Show if declining to give Kristaps Porzingis a rookie extension is the smartest move for the franchise because it creates $10 million in cap space in the Summer of 2019: "We believe it was the smart move. But primarily because over the summer, Scott and I sat down with KP's brother (Janis Porzingis, Kristaps' agent) and talked about the different options that we have in front of us as it related to his extension. We were clear that the best option to make the Knicks a better team long term and have a better group of guys that KP can grow with long term was to not do the extension at this point. We think it ended up in a situation that's best for the long-term view of the Knicks which ultimately will be the best in the long term view for KP because he'll have a better team that he'll be part of." Porzingis will be a restricted free agent this summer.

T-Mac: Durant to Knicks is 'not crazy' (1:22)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Funny line from Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce on what he's looking for from Jeremy Lin, who missed nearly all of last year w/a knee injury: "I'm looking to recreate Linsanity tonight," Pierce jokes. "We're looking to get that going right now." Lin and the Hawks open the season against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden - birthplace of Linsanity in 2012 - tonight

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Salary protection for Trey Burke will now increase from $100K to $400K. The increase is based on the point guard being on the Knicks roster for the first regular season game. The full $1.8M cap hit will become guaranteed once he is on the roster past the Jan. 7 cut date.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Trae Young may have been a star in college, but he's not above the NBA's rookie hazing norms. Young was wearing a pink backpack as he walked out of Madison Square Garden following shootaround.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks head coach David Fizdale says he hopes to motivate Kevin Knox by bringing the rookie off the bench to start the regular season. Knox said the move will have the desired affect. "Oh yeah, it's going to be great. He said the lineup is going to be great, a great opportunity for me to go in there and do as much as I can for that lineup. He wants me to be more aggressive, be more vocal on that court. Defensively. being more active with that second lineup. There's a lot that's really good with this. Coming off the bench is going to help me, light that fire."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Knox said he wasn't surprised to learn that he was coming off the bench in the Knicks' opener after starting in all five preseason games. "If I'm coming off the bench, I'm going to do whatever it takes to help my team win. Coach wants me to be more aggressive with that second lineup. So I'm trying to come out, trying to be aggressive with that lineup and go from there.... I'm just excited for my first game. Coming off the bench with (Allonzo Trier), (Mitchell Robinson), some of the other guys will be really good." Frank Ntilikina, Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Lance Thomas & Enes Kanter will start for New York against Atlanta on Wednesday.

McGrady agrees with Knicks not signing Porzingis to extension (1:28)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

When asked about the idea of keeping Joakim Noah on the roster and trying to trade him later this season, Knicks GM Scott Perry said: "I was around him last year. I think with a new coach coming in, we've got so many young players, we have a lot of young players at his position, we just didn't think it was the right fit for us right now. That factored heavily into our decision. Also what factored heavily into (it): we're very comfortable with the guys you see on the court right now." The Knicks waived Noah and stretched the final season of his contract ($19.3 million) over three seasons.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

On waiving and stretching Joakim Noah, Knicks GM Scott Perry was asked if the $6.4 million added to NYK's cap in the 2020 and 2021 offseason hurts the club. "We feel comfortable and confident where we're at, that we're going to be able to move forward and continue to strategically build this team in the right way and continue to add to this team.... "We want to be a championship roster so we feel good about that."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks GM Scott Perry on the decision to waive Joakim Noah and stretch the final season of his contract ($19.3 million) over three seasons: "That decision was made in the best interest of the Knicks, first and foremost. Secondly, we spent a lot of time, a lot of months trying to find a deal that made sense and learned a lot about the market out there. That the market was expensive. What we've said all along was we were not going to trade first round picks and young players in any type of transaction like that. We're comfortable with the decision we made. We're going to move forward. We wish Joakim the very best."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if it's a risk to let Kristaps Porzingis enter this summer as a restricted free agent, Knicks GM Scott Perry said, "I'm not going to get into predicting anything about the future. I would just reiterate that I think we're in a good place with the type of conversations we're having with he and his group and that we have a shared goal of making the Knicks a very good basketball team going into the long term." There is no updated timetable for Porzingis' return from ACL surgery.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks GM Scott Perry on Kristaps Porzingis, whose contract was not extended on Monday: "Kristaps Porzingis is a special and unique talent. He is someone that is extremely important to this franchise. He is someone that as we continue to strategically build this team he's very much a part of it. The goal is to continue to work very close with he and his representation on making him be a part of the New York Knicks for the long term." By waiting to extend Porzingis, the Knicks will have an additional $10 million in cap space next summer. When asked if Porzingis, currently rehabbing from an ACL injury, is comfortable with not having an extension, Perry said, "That's a question you'd have to ask him. But I think Kristaps and his representation, they are very – he's rehabbing very well. We're pleased to see the progress that he's making with that. Again I think one of his goals where we are lined up is that this team be in a position to be very competitive moving forward."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if it's a risk to let Kristaps Porzingis become a restricted free agent, Knicks GM Scott Perry said he doesn't want to predict the future: "I think we're in a good place with the type of conversations we're having with he and his group." Perry adds that both sides share the goal of turning the Knicks into a sustained winner.

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Knicks' rookie Knox loses starting spot to Ntilikina

After evaluating the preseason, Knicks coach David Fizdale said Tuesday that Kevin Knox will come off the bench in Wednesday's opener. Frank Ntilikina will start in place of Knox.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks GM Scott Perry said he spent ‘a lot of time' trying to find a trade involving Joakim Noah. He said he was dead set against giving up first round picks in any deal. He says they did what was in the best interest of the Knicks re: waiving and stretching Noah. He wishes Noah the best.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks GM Scott Perry says Kristaps Porzingis is a special talent and extremely important for the franchise going forward. He said both sides - the Knicks and Porzingis and his representation - want to see the club in a position to win games/succeed long-term.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale says he felt, in part, the decision to start Frank Ntilikina was based on wanting to establish a strong and culture with the Knicks. So Ntilikina earned it and it was important to give it to him based on merit. He believes the decision will also spark Kevin Knox, who he'd previously said would start on opening night.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Starting at point guard for the Knicks on opening night: Trey Burke. Frank Ntilikina will also start. Kevin Knox off the bench.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In the NYK's season-opening roster released last night, Emmanuel Mudiay is listed as inactive. Inactives (bottom 4) can change before Wednesday, but Mudiay missed practice yesterday w/an ankle injury. So there's a chance he remains on the inactive list for NYK's opener vs. ATL:

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale on how he will gauge success this season for the Knicks: "Growth. Growth. Obviously if we have a winning season, that would really be great. But I'm just looking at growth of each guy. And can we get to a place where we've developed a group of guys that we can take into the future as we start to add KP, as we start to add free agents. What group of young guys can move forward with us and help us be a winner in the future."

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Team Stats

Points Per Game104.518th
Rebounds Per Game44.013th
Assists Per Game23.313th
Points Allowed108.020th

2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(9)Kevin KnoxSFKentucky
2(6)Mitchell RobinsonCWestern Kentucky

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2018-1900.000
2017-182953.354
2016-173151.378
2015-163250.390
2014-151765.207