2018 SeasonAll times ET

2018 Schedule
29-53, 4th in Atlantic
Greenberg: Public perception of depression changing (2:23)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Shaquille O'Neal provided some advice to draft prospects Mikal Bridges, Marvin Bagley III and Jaren Jackson Jr. O'Neal and the soon-to-be rookies hosted a day of mentorship for teens in Brooklyn with The Y and provide them apparel from JCPenney. Here's Bridges on receiving advice from O'Neal: "There's a lot fo links in his belt," said Bridges, who said he learned a significant amount from O'Neal: "He's won championships with the Lakers - that's what I dream about.... It's great to hear from someone who has been throughthe process and been through it at the highest level." Bridges is scheduled to work out for Cleveland next week, his final workout before the NBA Draft.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Mikal Bridges joined Shaquille O'Neal and draft prospects Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marvin Begley III to host a day of mentorship for teens in Brooklyn with The Y and provide apparel from JCPenney: "It means the world," Bridges said of speaking to the teens. "It shows it's bigger than us. I just tried to show the kids what we've been through, what can help you. They've never been through it, and to have someone who has been through an experience and can tell you about it, it can be helpful." Bridges has worked out for several teams, including the Knicks and Sixers. He's scheduled to work out for Cleveland next week.

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Conversations about the 2018 draft

Kevin Arnovitz, Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz and Kevin Pelton discuss how a prospect's profile can fluctuate leading up to the draft (1:30), how to sift through the rumor mill (10:50), the top players in the 2018 draft (19:05) and draft night questions (36:10).

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Walt ‘Clyde ‘ Frazier signed a lifetime contract with Puma on the same day the shoe company signed No. 1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton. Frazier, Puma's original endorser, was asked in an interview with ESPN.com about David Fizdale and Kristaps Porzingis: "I like the idea that he's a defensive coach. He seems to be a player's coach – I think guys will like that. That will be a big advantage. The team is going to get better no matter who they get but they have to improve their defense. To me, that's the catapult." On Kristaps Porzingis' potential five-year, $157 million extension, Frazier says the club is ‘in a real quagmire' over the uncertainty regarding Porzingis' health in the wake of his ACL tear. "The Knicks have been burned so often with paying guys and then they don't produce. Will he return to his normal form? It's tough to tell." Assuming his rehab progresses well, Porzingis is expected to be out until at least early December.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Walt ‘Clyde' Frazier on signing a lifetime contract with Puma on Monday: "It's surreal. When I see (Michael) Joran, I see LeBron (James), I see Kobe (Bryant), I was the guy who started it – 1973," said Frazier, who was Puma's original endorser. "No hoopla. No fanfare. Just went there, sat down with the guy and signed the contract. I think the first contract was $5,000 and all the shoes I wanted. In those days, no one was getting paid. I remember the guys on the team teasing me. ‘Oh you think you're famous. You've got your own sneaker.' (laughs). It was a joy to do that. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, we sold so many shoes. We couldn't keep them in stores." Puma also reportedly signed DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and Zhaire Smith to sneaker deals.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Walt ‘Clyde ‘ Frazier signed a lifetime contract with Puma on the same day the shoe company signed No. 1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton. Frazier, Puma's original endorser, was asked in an interview with ESPN.com about second-year guard Frank Ntilikina: "First thing you've got to remember is that he's 19 in a foreign country. I came here at 22 and I was like a deer in headlights. So I can just imagine: this kid is 19 and doing that…..They like him. Obviously a precocious 19 year old. They think he has a tenacious work ethic. He's got to work on his handle. They say because his arms are so long that it's kind of awkward but still he's got to keep the ball lower. The advantage for him is what I had – he knows defense. He's a good defensive player.... He just has to get a little more confident (on the offensive end) and I saw it at times when he started going to the basket (later in the season). I wouldn't give up on him yet. But obviously this is a crucial year for him coming into this season. This is going to be a defining moment for him. His critics have already written him off so if he doesn't perform this year they're going to say, ‘This guy is a bust.' Right now, I have faith in him."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks have a workout scheduled on Tuesday with Loyola's Donte Ingram, sources say. Ingram's workout is believed to be in a group setting. Ingram, a 6-6 guard, has worked out for about ten teams and is viewed by some teams as a potential second-round pick. He's impressed in some workouts with his athleticism and defensive versatility. He's previously worked out for Memphis and Philadelphia, among other teams. Ingram averaged 11 points and 6 rebounds for the Ramblers and helped lead them to an unexpected run to the Final Four.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

On the day they announce DeAndre Ayton's shoe deal, Puma signs Walt ‘Clyde' Frazier - the company's original endorser - to a lifetime deal:

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Turkish news outlets are reporting that Enes Kanter's father, Mehmet Kanter, has been sentenced to 15 years in jail by a court in Turkey. Enes Kanter believes it is a result of his outspoken stance against the Turkish government and president Recep Erdogan. Kanter's father is not in the country at the moment but could be detained when he returns. "No matter what happens, I will continue to keep fighting for Human rights and Freedom of speech; Justice and Democracy above all," Kanter said in a statement. "I will stand for what I believe in. All I'm doing is trying to be the voice of all those innocent people."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Earlier this month it was clear that Miami's Lonnie Walker had support among decision-makers in the Knicks' front office. That remains the case today, a few days from the draft, per sources. The Knicks worked Walker out individually earlier this week. Opposing executives believe Walker and Kentucky's Kevin Knox are among the players in the conversation for the Knicks, who pick ninth in the draft. Members of the organization were impressed by Knox's workout and some were also impressed by Walker's athleticism, defensive versatility and shot-making. Walker and Knox are probably among a bigger group of players being considered for the ninth pick. The Knicks also have workouts scheduled for next week that could impact their approach on Thursday.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Something worth noting when thinking about any (long-shot) Kawhi Leonard trade to NYK: Kyrie Irving had the Knicks on his list of trade destinations last summer. It's impossible, of course, to talk with any certainty about potential landing spots for Irving more than 12 months away from his free agency. Plenty can change between now and next July. But people around the league expect New York to remain a desired destination for Irving if he hits free agency next summer. And if Irving is interested in New York, you can be sure that the Knicks will be interested in Irving next summer, when they project to have significant cap space. But it's hard to see a scenario where New York can trade for Leonard, have enough money to sign Irving as a free agent and keep Kristaps Porzingis. Also, it's logical to assume that any deal that lands Leonard in New York would have to include the Knicks sending Porzingis to San Antonio.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Shaquille O'Neal and draft prospects Mikal Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marvin Begley III teamed up with JCPenney to host a day of mentorship for teens in Brooklyn with The Y!:

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Some members of the Knicks organization came away 'very impressed' by Kentucky's Kevin Knox after his performance in workout with the team last Saturday, per league sources. Knox worked out with a group that included Michigan State's Miles Bridges. Knox and Bridges competed against one another in the workout, per sources. After the workout, members of the organization club inquired about Knox's remaining workouts, asking if he had any workouts with teams drafting ahead of New York. That's standard for the draft process, but perhaps indicates the club's level of interest in drafting Knox. Knox is currently projected to be drafted at No. 9 by the Knicks in ESPN's latest mock draft.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

There are more than a few teams who can offer a better package to San Antonio for Kawhi than the Knicks can (assuming they don't include Porzingis), but people close to Leonard have expressed a desire for Leonard to play in New York, per sources.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Anfernee Simmons, 19, of IMG Academy is scheduled to work out for the Knicks on Monday, league sources told ESPN. Monday's workout is believed to be a group workout. He is currently projected as the No. 34 pick in ESPN's mock draft. The Knicks have the 36th pick.

Stephen A. hopes Trae Young falls to Knicks at 9th pick (1:45)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis was interviewed by a television station in Spain while he was watching the ACB playoffs. He said in the interview that it's still 'hard to tell' about a specific timetable for return. He said if it were up to him, he'd be back on the court for opening night. He underwent surgery for his torn ACL in February. "I have to be smart. And I have a team that will help me figure that out," he said, per a translation. Porzingis is expected to be out until at least December.

Jacob Wolf ESPN Staff Writer 

New York-based software company Squarespace has signed a multi-season partnership with Counter Logic Gaming, the two parties announced on Tuesday. The deal includes a Squarespace-built redesign of the Counter Logic Gaming website, as well as shoulder placement of the Squarespace logo on the esports team's jerseys. The deal was sold by the Madison Square Garden Company, the parent of Counter Logic Gaming and the New York Knicks, who Squarespace also sponsor. Counter Logic Gaming is the first esports team to share a sponsorship with its sister basketball team.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

For those interested: MSG Networks next week will air past games featuring standout performances from some Knicks during their rookie seasons as part of its ‘Rookie Week.' Former Knicks greats Bill Bradley, Walt ‘Clyde" Frazier, Patrick Ewing and Mark Jackson will be featured as well as current Knicks Kristaps Porzingis and Frank Ntilikina. There will also be interviews with many top rookies in the current NBA Draft Class that will be conducted at the Slam 2018 Draft Suite.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks open their Summer League schedule on July 7 in Las Vegas against the Atlanta Hawks.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Some teams with picks ahead of the Knicks have reached out to members of the organization to gauge their interest on trading up to draft Michael Porter Jr., league sources say. Of course, hundreds of conversations like these take place between teams leading up to the draft. And there is no indication that any of the teams that reached out are close to a deal with NYK, nor that Knicks decision-makers have reached any consensus on who they'd like to draft with their first-round pick. But opposing teams are aware that some members of the Knicks' organization are big fans of Porter Jr. Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry are scheduled to head to Chicago on Friday to watch Porter Jr. workout, team sources confirm. The Knicks also had representatives at Porter Jr.'s pro day in Chicago last week. ESPN reported then that they would meet with Porter Jr. before the draft. Mills and Perry's plans to travel to Chicago were earlier reported by SNY and the New York Post.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks have an individual workout scheduled with Miami's Lonnie Walker IV this week, per ESPN sources. New York interviewed Walker in Chicago at the Draft Combine and attended his Pro Day. Opposing executives believe that Walker is one of several players in consideration to be selected at No. 9 by the Knicks. He is currently projected to be taken 13th by the Clippers in ESPN's latest mock draft. Walker has a 6-10 wingspan, which has intrigued NBA evaluators. For more on Walker, check out ESPN's draft coverage.

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8d

Who's out, who's in: NBA coaching changes

At least nine NBA teams will have a different coach than the one that started the 2017-18 season. Keep up with every change on the sidelines here.

Team Stats

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

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-182953.354
2016-173151.378
2015-163250.390
2014-151765.207
2013-143745.451