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Joakim Noah said he skipped a team dinner with cadets at West Point last in which a colonel spoke because he is uncomfortable in a military environment and against war.

Kieran Darcy ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles: WR Eric Decker is out vs. Seahawks. Has a partial tear in his rotator cuff. Decker's status is "week to week."

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In the background, a look at Phil Jackson and Joakim Noah talking during workouts at training camp.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

CBs Eli Apple (hamstring) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) didn't practice. Worked on side with trainers. Doesn't look good for Monday.

Kieran Darcy ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets practice underway here in Florham Park. WR Eric Decker (shoulder) is out here for warmups but wearing a baseball cap, no helmet. Looks like he's a no-go again today.

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Wild finish in St. Louis might impact Giants

The Cardinals' controversial walk-off victory on Thursday night allowed them to remain a game behind the Giants for the National League's final wild card spot. Standings

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Jeff Hornacek on Kristaps Porzingis' shooting: "I think he's improved greatly from last year just watching him shoot. He's really feeling confident about the shot. His corner 3s seem like they're automatic." NYK thinks Porzingis can improve on his FG% (42% last year) by adding arc to his shot.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson got involved in Thursday's scrimmage after a sloppy sequence. "He got mad at us one time because we was running the offense and we didn't throw the ball into the post," Derrick Rose said. "He came over, kind of grumpy a little bit. That was my first time ever seeing him like that."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek said all the back-end-of-the-rotation guys have impressed thus far. He said this of rookie Willy Hernangomez: "Willy's just a very knowledgeable player. He's got a great feel for the game. He's got great finishes. To me, he's like that Marc Gasol type....So he's got a bright future."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek said Phil Jackson and Steve Mills spoke to the team at a meeting on the eve of their first practice in West Point. "These guys know what's at stake. They want to get back in the playoffs and they know they're going to have to ... improve throughout the year to get there."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek says the Knicks wouldn't hesitate to cut a player on a guaranteed contract to make room on the 15-man roster. The Knicks have 15 guaranteed contracts and would have to cut one player if they wanted to keep a player on a partial-guarantee, such as guard Chasson Randle.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek wants his team to play instinctively this season. "We're not a team that has to call a lot of plays, they're all reads," he says. Phil Jackson would prefer that as well, but the Knicks have had trouble at times playing instinctively in the triangle over the past 2 seasons.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek on Kristaps Porzingis . "We are having him run down the middle of the court if he's the first big (across half court). And then if he doesn't get it hes got to figure out where to go. He has the ability and he has the permission to either stay in the post or float out to the 3-point line."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Kristaps Porzingis on the new aspects of Jeff Hornacek's offense: "We're going to have more early pick and rolls, get the ball moving, get some movement and then spreading the floor. We have great shooters." The Knicks, by the way, ranked 26th in offensive efficiency last year.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis has already been on the receiving end of some pretty Joakim Noah interior passes. "He reacts quick when he sees something. He's not scared to throw the ball right there. The same situation as with our point guards now, I've just got to be ready to catch it and finish it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis has been working on creating a connection with new Knicks guards Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings. "I've got to be ready to catch the ball and finish easy buckets. That's a thing that we didn't have last year." NY ranked 30th in fast-break points and 24th in pace last season.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose grew up in Chicago idolizing Phil Jackson: "He's like a legend in Chicago. It's an honor just being around him. He's someone that his resume speaks for itself."

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