New York Teams

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek was asked about Carmelo Anthony saying Wednesday that he felt 'stabbed in the back' by management last year. He said repeatedly that he didn't want to talk about last season and is just looking ahead at this point.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek has been impressed by Kristaps Porzingis' shot selection in preseason games & scrimmages: "I think the confidence that he got over the summer in Eurobasket, it was great for him being the main guy. He's willing to take the big shots. And I think the big thing is, he's not forcing anything. In these games and practices, he's not going off and going, 'Just give me the ball and let me do something.' He's playing within what we're doing. When the shot's there, he's taking it. He's trying to make extra plays. And being part of the main guy is not just shooting the basketball. It's making a play, whether it's for yourself or for one of your teammates. So he's doing a great job of that."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets WR Robby Anderson (ankle) also practiced fully today. He, too, will play on Sunday.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets RB Bilal Powell practiced fully today and will play Sunday, per Todd Bowles.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets OC John Morton offered no apologies for last week's pass-happy play calling. He said his goal every week is to be balanced, but his philosophy is "whatever it takes to win." Morton called passes on 54 of 75 plays. He said he's not concerned about Josh McCown's health. He said McCown is in the best shape of his career.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek on if Kristaps Porzingis is ready to be the face of the Knicks: "Well, he has to grow into that position. You just don't flip a switch and then all of a sudden, you're that guy. There will be some ups and downs, there will be games where he looks like that guy and then another game, maybe not. But like you said, he's only 22 years old so you can't put all this type of pressure on this kid to be that guy right now. We want him to grow to that, we want our other guys to be a part of it. They've got to rely on each other as a team on both sides of the ball and just play and let things happen that way."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis on his mindset as the face of NYK going forward: "I never doubt myself. I never feel like I'm not ready for something even if it's the most difficult challenge in my life. I always try to think about the things I'm capable of doing and focus on those things and focus on the thing I can affect. I'm never too afraid of a situation. I'm here now, I had a great experience watching Melo how he does stuff on and off the court. I think that's what I'm going to use to go forward."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis on how things will be different without Carmelo Anthony: "I think we're going to realize that as we go forward, how much pressure he took off of everybody and how valuable a player like that actually is. He just draws so much attention. We're going – and myself also I'm going to feel it as the season goes on. Right now I'm just going to play my game really and not try to force things, play my game and that's it."

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

Through seven games, New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh has made some uncharacteristic and glaring errors. None have been more glaring than his turnover to Phil Kessel to set up Evgeni Malkin's overtime winner for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, which was a sprig of holly away from being perfectly giftwrapped. But coach Alain Vigneault says McDonagh, while pressing during the Rangers' underwhelming start (1-5-1), can turn it around. "Everyone looks at the last game, and what happened there, and you've gotta turn the page and move on and focus on tonight," he said ahead of Thursday night's home game against the Islanders. "Mac, like always, puts a lot on himself. There's probably a couple of decisions here and there that are not Mac-like. He's always been very dependable. Like some of our other guys, he's trying real hard to get this going in the right direction. But he's only one or two really solid plays away from being real good." For what it's worth, McDonagh is a minus-2 and doesn't have a point at even strength, but emphatically leads the team with a plus-32 in Corsi – over double that of Mika Zibanejad, who is second (plus-14). Which, again, might say more about the Rangers at this point than it does McDonagh.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks executives Steve Mills, Scott Perry and Craig Robinson are all with the team in Oklahoma City. Perry said he wants to be with the team on the road regularly to properly evaluate things.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Adams asked if he can confirm or deny that he told Enes Kanter a pregame elbow was coming: "Next question."

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins recalls the crossroads moment of his career -- last Christmas Eve.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets practice report (early version): Another day on the sideline for DE Mo Wilkerson (toe, shoulder). RB Bilal Powell (calf) and WR Robby Anderson (ankle) worked on the side during the media window. Maybe Powell will practice; he has missed four straight practices.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Eli Apple is back at practice. He was excused Wednesday as he dealt with a personal matter. Apple is coming off his best game of the year vs. Denver.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Did not see practice: Olivier Vernon, Weston Richburg, Jonathan Casillas, Calvin Munson. Vernon and Richburg weren't even outside during open media portion.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Brooklyn currently has $3.4M in cap space to use but would need to create a roster spot. Brooklyn will not receive any roster relief but has up until January 15 to apply for the Disabled Player Exception for Jeremy Lin. The exception if approved would be $6M.

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