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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis spent a long time chatting with assistant coach Josh Longstaff after today's practice. Longstaff has played a pivotal role in Porzingis' development, as well the development of NYK's other young players.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis talks about the Knicks' offensive progress, believes the club has an opportunity to be 'really dangerous.'

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

Kris Dunn dominated college basketball without a jump shot. Learning hard lessons right now in NBA. Why I'm not anointing anyone yet.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtney Lee went through some workouts today but didn't practice. He plans to test his ankle on Sunday prior to the Knicks' game against the Kings and hopes to play. The fact that he didn't practice Saturday seems to indicate that he won't suit up tomorrow. Lee hurt his ankle in the first half against Minnesota on Wednesday. He's officially listed as questionable. If he can't play, expect Justin Holiday to start.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Gentry said he still has high hopes that rookie Buddy Hield will be a "10-to-12-year player in this league" who will be "pretty effective." Asked what will lead to more playing time for the sixth overall pick, Gentry pointed to consistency, defense and playing offense without the ball. Hield, 22, is averaging 2.8 points in 8.3 minutes since Jrue Holiday's return eight games ago, and 23.7 percent from 3 this season.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah returned to practice today after missing two games with an ankle injury. Jeff Hornacek said Noah "looked fine" during practice and the coach seemed optimistic that Noah would be back in the lineup on Sunday against Demarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings. If Noah can't play, Kyle O'Quinn will likely get the start. The Knicks are 4-0 in games O'Quinn starts.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Gentry called Russell Westbrook the "most interesting guy in the league." Gentry pointed to Westbrook's ability to get double-digit rebounds along with double-digit assists, which he says reminds him of Magic Johnson and, of course, Oscar Robertson.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

A look at some of the Knicks working on perimeter shooting after Saturday's practice:

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Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Draymond Green backs up Steve Kerr's argument on marijuana for pain: "Any vegetable that comes from the earth, they encourage you to eat it"

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets moved forward Kyle Wiltjer to their D-League team in Rio Grande Valley on Saturday.

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

A minor clarification on Steve Kerr usage of marijuana for back pain: I'm told smoking wasn't the way he consumed it.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyreke Evans (right knee/left calf) is not expected to play tomorrow in Oklahoma City? per Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jazz PG George Hill (toe) will miss a second straight game, sitting tonight against the Nuggets. SG Rodney Hood (hamstring) participated in shootaround and will be a game-time decision after missing Friday's loss to the Heat.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle, essentially telling reporters to stop asking about Dirk Nowitzki's status: "I talked to [Mavs head athletic trainer Casey Smith] yesterday, and I think he's going to be out for a while. I think indefinitely is an accurate word. … Taking daily questions about it gets exhausting for him. And if it's not going to happen real soon, then what's the point? Look, progress has been made. It's just not there yet."

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

NBA guys will not overthink good & bad performances today. Box score means zero. It's how athleticism, positional size & upside fit in NBA.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Westchester Knicks coach Mike Miller says Cleanthony Early has been a full participant in practice after missing three months with a hamstring injury. Miller expects Early, the Knicks' second-round draft pick in 2014, to begin playing in games with the Westchester Knicks this month. Early is an NBA free agent, so he can sign with any club.