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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks head coach David Fizdale says he hopes to motivate Kevin Knox by bringing the rookie off the bench to start the regular season. Knox said the move will have the desired affect. "Oh yeah, it's going to be great. He said the lineup is going to be great, a great opportunity for me to go in there and do as much as I can for that lineup. He wants me to be more aggressive, be more vocal on that court. Defensively. being more active with that second lineup. There's a lot that's really good with this. Coming off the bench is going to help me, light that fire."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Knox said he wasn't surprised to learn that he was coming off the bench in the Knicks' opener after starting in all five preseason games. "If I'm coming off the bench, I'm going to do whatever it takes to help my team win. Coach wants me to be more aggressive with that second lineup. So I'm trying to come out, trying to be aggressive with that lineup and go from there.... I'm just excited for my first game. Coming off the bench with (Allonzo Trier), (Mitchell Robinson), some of the other guys will be really good." Frank Ntilikina, Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Lance Thomas & Enes Kanter will start for New York against Atlanta on Wednesday.

McGrady agrees with Knicks not signing Porzingis to extension (1:28)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

When asked about the idea of keeping Joakim Noah on the roster and trying to trade him later this season, Knicks GM Scott Perry said: "I was around him last year. I think with a new coach coming in, we've got so many young players, we have a lot of young players at his position, we just didn't think it was the right fit for us right now. That factored heavily into our decision. Also what factored heavily into (it): we're very comfortable with the guys you see on the court right now." The Knicks waived Noah and stretched the final season of his contract ($19.3 million) over three seasons.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

On waiving and stretching Joakim Noah, Knicks GM Scott Perry was asked if the $6.4 million added to NYK's cap in the 2020 and 2021 offseason hurts the club. "We feel comfortable and confident where we're at, that we're going to be able to move forward and continue to strategically build this team in the right way and continue to add to this team.... "We want to be a championship roster so we feel good about that."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks GM Scott Perry on the decision to waive Joakim Noah and stretch the final season of his contract ($19.3 million) over three seasons: "That decision was made in the best interest of the Knicks, first and foremost. Secondly, we spent a lot of time, a lot of months trying to find a deal that made sense and learned a lot about the market out there. That the market was expensive. What we've said all along was we were not going to trade first round picks and young players in any type of transaction like that. We're comfortable with the decision we made. We're going to move forward. We wish Joakim the very best."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if it's a risk to let Kristaps Porzingis enter this summer as a restricted free agent, Knicks GM Scott Perry said, "I'm not going to get into predicting anything about the future. I would just reiterate that I think we're in a good place with the type of conversations we're having with he and his group and that we have a shared goal of making the Knicks a very good basketball team going into the long term." There is no updated timetable for Porzingis' return from ACL surgery.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks GM Scott Perry on Kristaps Porzingis, whose contract was not extended on Monday: "Kristaps Porzingis is a special and unique talent. He is someone that is extremely important to this franchise. He is someone that as we continue to strategically build this team he's very much a part of it. The goal is to continue to work very close with he and his representation on making him be a part of the New York Knicks for the long term." By waiting to extend Porzingis, the Knicks will have an additional $10 million in cap space next summer. When asked if Porzingis, currently rehabbing from an ACL injury, is comfortable with not having an extension, Perry said, "That's a question you'd have to ask him. But I think Kristaps and his representation, they are very – he's rehabbing very well. We're pleased to see the progress that he's making with that. Again I think one of his goals where we are lined up is that this team be in a position to be very competitive moving forward."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if it's a risk to let Kristaps Porzingis become a restricted free agent, Knicks GM Scott Perry said he doesn't want to predict the future: "I think we're in a good place with the type of conversations we're having with he and his group." Perry adds that both sides share the goal of turning the Knicks into a sustained winner.

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Knicks' rookie Knox loses starting spot to Ntilikina

After evaluating the preseason, Knicks coach David Fizdale said Tuesday that Kevin Knox will come off the bench in Wednesday's opener. Frank Ntilikina will start in place of Knox.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks GM Scott Perry said he spent ‘a lot of time' trying to find a trade involving Joakim Noah. He said he was dead set against giving up first round picks in any deal. He says they did what was in the best interest of the Knicks re: waiving and stretching Noah. He wishes Noah the best.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks GM Scott Perry says Kristaps Porzingis is a special talent and extremely important for the franchise going forward. He said both sides - the Knicks and Porzingis and his representation - want to see the club in a position to win games/succeed long-term.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale says he felt, in part, the decision to start Frank Ntilikina was based on wanting to establish a strong and culture with the Knicks. So Ntilikina earned it and it was important to give it to him based on merit. He believes the decision will also spark Kevin Knox, who he'd previously said would start on opening night.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Starting at point guard for the Knicks on opening night: Trey Burke. Frank Ntilikina will also start. Kevin Knox off the bench.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In the NYK's season-opening roster released last night, Emmanuel Mudiay is listed as inactive. Inactives (bottom 4) can change before Wednesday, but Mudiay missed practice yesterday w/an ankle injury. So there's a chance he remains on the inactive list for NYK's opener vs. ATL:

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale on how he will gauge success this season for the Knicks: "Growth. Growth. Obviously if we have a winning season, that would really be great. But I'm just looking at growth of each guy. And can we get to a place where we've developed a group of guys that we can take into the future as we start to add KP, as we start to add free agents. What group of young guys can move forward with us and help us be a winner in the future."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, the Knicks didn't reach an agreement with Kristaps Porzingis a rookie extension, so he will be a restricted free agent next summer. Waiting to offer Porzingis an extension until the summer of 2019 gives NYK an additional $10 million in cap space for the coming offseason.

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Knicks won't extend Porzingis deal before season

The Knicks decided against signing Kristaps Porzingis to a rookie extension prior to Monday's deadline -- a move that will give New York an extra $10 million in cap space next summer and will make Porzingis a restricted free agent in the offseason.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN analyst and ex-Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said on a conference call that New York has an opportunity to show growth and chase a playoff spot in the East but adds 'they're just not a talented team.' "I think David Fizdale's very good, and if he has a good roster, they will have a good team. If he has a mediocre roster, they will have a mediocre team. So I don't look at it as like changing coaches is the most important part to improvement. I think who picks the players is absolutely critical to your success or lack of success. And they have had some spotty things go on in the last three, four years, whatever it is, as far as picking players, both in the draft and free (agency). So right now I don't think you can expect them to have a quick fix. (Kristaps) Porzingis's health and improvement, it's not just his health, he's got to get better to be a best player on a really good team. And then they have to supplement their talent. When you look on the floor right now even if they had Porzingis, (rookie Kevin) Knox has got a chance, but like you look at their team, they're just not a talented team. Now I like (Enes) Kanter, I think he was a tremendous trade (acquisition), I'm interested to see if they can sign him or will sign him. But I think he's a very good player, but their back court needs some shoring up."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale says Courtney Lee might be available to play vs. ATL but he's probably going to keep him out. Lee (neck injury) missed preseason. "I want to get him a few more practices and some more conditioning and see how his body responds to all of this stuff first."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Lance Thomas (hip soreness) and Emmanuel Mudiay (sprained right ankle) didn't practice.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale says that Frank Ntilikina will likely defend Trae Young at times during the Knicks' opener vs. ATL. He adds that he wants to see Ntilikina guard multiple positions all season. "With Frank, I'm trying to develop a first-team all-defender," Fizdale says.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale defers to management when asked about Kristaps Porzingis' extension but says that Porzingis has been engaged and shown leadership during preseason practices.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale defers to management when asked about Kristaps Porzingis' extension but says that Porzingis has been engaged and shown leadership during preseason practices.

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Team Stats

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

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2018-1900.000
2017-182953.354
2016-173151.378
2015-163250.390
2014-151765.207