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Melo out for revenge against Knicks? (1:43)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek was asked about Carmelo Anthony saying Wednesday that he felt 'stabbed in the back' by management last year. He said repeatedly that he didn't want to talk about last season and is just looking ahead at this point.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek has been impressed by Kristaps Porzingis' shot selection in preseason games & scrimmages: "I think the confidence that he got over the summer in Eurobasket, it was great for him being the main guy. He's willing to take the big shots. And I think the big thing is, he's not forcing anything. In these games and practices, he's not going off and going, 'Just give me the ball and let me do something.' He's playing within what we're doing. When the shot's there, he's taking it. He's trying to make extra plays. And being part of the main guy is not just shooting the basketball. It's making a play, whether it's for yourself or for one of your teammates. So he's doing a great job of that."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek on if Kristaps Porzingis is ready to be the face of the Knicks: "Well, he has to grow into that position. You just don't flip a switch and then all of a sudden, you're that guy. There will be some ups and downs, there will be games where he looks like that guy and then another game, maybe not. But like you said, he's only 22 years old so you can't put all this type of pressure on this kid to be that guy right now. We want him to grow to that, we want our other guys to be a part of it. They've got to rely on each other as a team on both sides of the ball and just play and let things happen that way."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis on his mindset as the face of NYK going forward: "I never doubt myself. I never feel like I'm not ready for something even if it's the most difficult challenge in my life. I always try to think about the things I'm capable of doing and focus on those things and focus on the thing I can affect. I'm never too afraid of a situation. I'm here now, I had a great experience watching Melo how he does stuff on and off the court. I think that's what I'm going to use to go forward."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis on how things will be different without Carmelo Anthony: "I think we're going to realize that as we go forward, how much pressure he took off of everybody and how valuable a player like that actually is. He just draws so much attention. We're going – and myself also I'm going to feel it as the season goes on. Right now I'm just going to play my game really and not try to force things, play my game and that's it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks executives Steve Mills, Scott Perry and Craig Robinson are all with the team in Oklahoma City. Perry said he wants to be with the team on the road regularly to properly evaluate things.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Adams asked if he can confirm or deny that he told Enes Kanter a pregame elbow was coming: "Next question."

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New era of Knicks basketball set to begin (1:14)
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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says tomorrow's game against the Knicks is big for him because it's an opportunity to "close that chapter."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina says his knee is 100 percent healthy and he's felt fine after participating in scrimmages. "I'm very happy with where my knee is and I'm ready to play tomorrow."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek was asked if it was a priority to play younger players over veterans given that the Knicks are in the early stages of a rebuild. "No," he said, "Again, we'd like to get them more experienced and grow. But we're not just going to throw them out there as a group and say, whatever happens, happens. We have some veteran guys on this team that are trying to lend their experience and we want those young guys to grow. And if they grow into those positions where they're getting big minutes, so be it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek says one of the Knicks' goals this season is to see steady improvement over 82 games: "What we stressed to these guys is that we're going to continue to work every day no matter what happens. We're going to try to improve. We're going to have ups and downs but in the long run if we stay together, continue to work and we try to fix those things -- they may not be incremental jumps but if you have little jumps throughout all 82 games you're going to be a much better team at the end of the year than you are now. So that's really the goal."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Enes Kanter says Joakim Noah has been helping him on the defensive end. "He's always talking to me. He actually told me a week ago that, ‘I want you to take the next step. I want you to get to the next level defensively.' And he's been there for me, helping me a lot defensively, talking to me on the court, off the court. He's been really trying to help me. And he's one of the most respected guys in the NBA. He's got 11 years in the league. He knows a lot. He's got a lot of experience so I can really use his help." Kanter is a strong offensive player but has been subpar on the defensive end thus far in his career. Noah, who is suspended for the first 12 games of the season, has said that he hopes to help younger bigs on the Knicks roster.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Enes Kanter on ex-teammate Gordon Hayward's injury: "Man, it was terrible. I prayed for him last night. It's a really tough injury but I know his mindset. I know he's really strong mentally and I feel he's going to come back even stronger because... I have no words man. I feel terrible. I just can pray for him."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Will Russell Westbrook talk to former teammate Enes Kanter on Thursday night when the Knicks play the Thunder? "I still don't know," Kanter said with a smile. "It's going to be interesting."

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis talks about facing Carmelo Anthony for the first time and the challenge of guarding Anthony:

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are probably going to struggle on the court this season but it seems like they'll have continued success as a business entity. Delta Air Lines announced Tuesday that it's renewed and expanded its marketing partnership with Madison Square Garden and MSG Networks, so the airline will have a heavy presence on all Knicks telecasts and in the arena. The new agreement is for 10 years.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will serve as keynote speaker when beloved Knicks analyst John Andariese is presented posthumously with the Johnny Bach Award from Fordham University on October 30. John's wife, Maureen, his daughters, and former Knicks announcer Marv Albert will accept on Andariese's behalf.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In a conference call to promote TNT's NBA coverage, Shaquille O'Neal said Knicks players failed to buy into ex-Knicks president Phil Jackson's triangle system of offense: "I think Phil went wrong in believing the mindset of these players would believe in him and his system for the triangle,'' said O'Neal, who won three titles with Jackson in Los Angeles. "I've said many times, the triangle worked. Guys have always tried to debate it as: Of course it worked with Shaq and Kobe and Mike and Scottie but Carmelo [Anthony] got [Kristaps] Porzingis and some role players. I think if they would've bought into the system, it would've been much different. But they never bought into the system." O'Neal also said Jackson's decision to trade for Derrick Rose and sign Joakim Noah last year were risks worth taking. The Knicks finished the season with 31 wins.

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Porzingis happy to see Melo get 'new challenge'

Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis is looking forward to the "challenge" of guarding ex-teammate Carmelo Anthony when New York opens the season vs. Oklahoma City.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

A couple Knicks have said they might get dinner with Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday in Oklahoma City. He set up many dinners for teammates during road trips while with the Knicks.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Fun matchup Thursday in Knicks-Thunder: Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. They both know each other's game well.

Team Stats

Points Per Game104.3Tied-18th
Rebounds Per Game45.25th
Assists Per Game21.819th
Points Allowed108.023rd

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-1800.000
2016-173151.378
2015-163250.390
2014-151765.207
2013-143745.451

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