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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.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina (knee) is taking part in a scrimmage today, so he's been cleared for contact. He's still on track to play Thursday.

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Vote: Make your NBA awards predictions

Make your picks for NBA MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and the league leaders in points, rebounds and assists.

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Which players are ready to be All-Stars?

There's a wave of young players looking to earn their first All-Star nods. Let us know which of these rising stars will join the NBA's elite in Los Angeles this year.

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Updated RPM projections: Knicks

The most intriguing storyline this season in New York might be whether the Knicks or Nets are better. That says a lot about how low real plus-minus is on the Knicks.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks' final roster released by the NBA lists Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Jarrett Jack as inactive, though it can be updated prior to Thursday's opener.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek has been impressed with Frank Ntilikina's feel for the game, which is probably advanced at this point because the rookie played professionally in France: "Usually for a young kid like that, you've got to spend a lot of time explaining plays, explaining NBA sets. yYou're not able to go to all the little tricks and all those things for a while," Hornacek said. "With Frank, you can talk about them already. So that's great."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina still expects to be fully healthy for the Knicks' season opener Thursday. He didn't participate in the scrimmage at practice Monday but said the team is being 'careful' and that he will increase his activity leading up to Thursday's game against OKC. Jeff Hornacek said he's been impressed by a Ntilikina's ability to learn his craft even while not playing. Ntilikina said that while he missed games he "did the maximum to keep my mind in there with the guys, talking to them even if I wasn't out on the court, building the chemistry. I talk a lot with my teammates on trying to know how they feel on the plays, trying to know what they prefer, how they're comfortable. So I did the job off the court." Ntilikina also said he's excited about potentially facing Russell Westbrook in the opener. "Every point guard in the league, they're talented. It's a very talented league. Westbrook is the MVP. It's going to be fun."

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NBA Power Rankings: Where do Knicks debut?

The Kristaps Porzingis era is officially underway in New York with Carmelo Anthony now a member of the Thunder. Don't expect much improvement, if any, in the first season.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina (knee) participated in contact portions of practice today but is not participating in scrimmage. Everyone else practiced.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

the Knicks are highly unlikely to sign Doug McDermott to extension before today's 6 PM deadline. They'll take the season to see how/if he fits into their future plans. McDermott has made a strong impression thus far; he was one of the bright spots in an otherwise disappointing preseason and has a chance to start at small forward for New York.

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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