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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek was asked Wednesday about the idea that his job status could be determined by the Knicks' final 23 games, as the club prioritizes player development over wins and losses. "You can't think that way," Hornacek said. "We've talked in the past with [owner] Jim Dolan, [general manager] Scott [Perry] and [president] Steve [Mills]. We all want to win as many games as possible. Still there's that, ‘OK we know it's going to take a few years.' " The Knicks started the season 16-13 and have won just seven of 30 since. Hornacek said external expectations changed after the fast start. "You still go back to, ‘It's kind of a long-term plan.' We got off to a good start maybe changed everyone's thoughts. But they were home games, we knew we had a long way to go," Hornacek said. The coach has one year remaining on his contract. Steve Mills as Scott Perry have said they will evaluate everything, including Hornacek's status, after the season.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Hardaway Jr. & Luke Kornet shooting from behind the arc after practice Wednesday:

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Cashman: Yanks are 'Little Engine That Could'

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman compared his team to "The Little Engine That Could" after being asked how he viewed the Yankees in relation to their American League East rival, the Boston Red Sox.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek's comments today about Frank Ntilikina's fatigue and occasional knee pain are two of the factors behind Ntilikina not playing a bigger role thus far in his rookie season. Ntilikina's minutes are expected to increase in the Knicks' final 23 games. He's playing 20 MPG thus far.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek talks about Frank Ntilikina adjusting as a PG and says Ntilikina felt significant fatigue at times this season, which is natural for a rookie:

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Aaron Boone said Aaron Judge won't play the first several games when the Yankees kick off their spring schedule on Friday. No concerns, they're just taking it slow after offseason shoulder surgery. He said Judge should play "within the week." Giancarlo Stanton is expected to be in the lineup on Friday.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Emmanuel Mudiay on the possibility of starting for the Knicks: "I'm not going to take it for granted. I came in as a lottery pick so I was kind of handed the spot and stuff like that. So the fact that I'm in that position again it's a blessing. Thank God for it. I just have to take full advantage." There's been no announcement but it seems as if Mudiay will start for New York against Orlando.

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Sabres' Kane expects trade before deadline

Sabres forward Evander Kane doesn't need a fortune teller to understand he's down to his final days in Buffalo when acknowledging he expects to be dealt before the NHL's trading deadline on Monday.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Boone announced his tentative pitching rotation for the first four spring training games: Friday (Luis Cessa), Saturday (Domingo Germán), Sunday (Jordan Montgomery), Monday (Sonny Gray). Shortly after that, the vet starters will get going, he adds.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

While Brian Cashman was speaking to reporters in the Yankees' dugout, there was a little commotion in the stands. Fans suddenly cheered as Aaron Judge hit a homer off the top of the scoreboard in BP. Another line-drive homer of his got caught by a young fan holding out a hat. That created some buzz, too.

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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman explains why he's been after Brandon Drury for a long time, and why the team traded for the third baseman yesterday.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Brian Cashman says "we paid a heavy price" in giving up Nick Solak and Taylor Widener for Brandon Drury. The trade was "made with a lot of angst." He said 10 to 15 teams had asked about Solak this offseason and the depth of the minor league system allowed them to make the deal.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Brian Cashman says Brandon Drury was acquired primarily with the intention to play third base. The Yankees feel he's a very skilled athlete who has yet to reach his potential and they've tried to get him for several years. Drury won't be handed the starting job over Miguel Andujar, but Cashman feels his experience does give him the leg up.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Troy Williams on signing with NYK: "Great opportunity, great fit. Their interest level here was a little bit higher than everybody else's." He's hoping for an opportunity to stick with NY. "Right now my main role is just being an extra athletic guy, run the court and defend," he said.

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