Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer
Kenny Smith says on an Inside The NBA conference call that the Knicks need to play in a way that's attractive to free agents this season. If they don't attract free agents this summer, Smith says, ‘this could be a very long decade.' Smith, who interviewed for the Knicks' head coaching vacancy, believes the club is headed in the right direction. On the conference call, Smith asks TNT's Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal, two past franchise players, if they would sign with the Knicks as agents this summer if Kristaps Porzingis sits out the season. Both say they would. Barkley: "We know Porzingis can play. He just got hurt." Also, Barkley called first-year Knicks head coach David Fizdale a ‘good' ‘stable' coach who is ‘going to bring some of that Miami toughness to the table.'