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2016 Schedule
32-50, 3rd in Atlantic

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

New Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said he's talked to Carmelo Anthony about "running the court a little bit more" next season to get opportunities in transition. "He does it at times," Hornacek said Thursday. The coach added that he's seen instances where Anthony "would've gotten a 3-point shot off but (he was) so far back in the trail position that (he wasn't) ready when the kick-out came. He knows that if he can get the ball up the court a little bit quicker, we can push the ball up to him, attack a little bit quicker. So I think he knows that's part of that. Other than that, the guy's a great player. So we want him to continue what he's been doing." Hornacek also said Anthony wanted to strengthen his legs this offseason, after his first full season following knee surgery.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

To those who may want to see the Knicks trade Carmelo & build immediately around Kristaps Porzingis, Phil Jackson brings up an interesting point. He says Porzingis, 20, isn't ready to take on the responsibility of being the face of a franchise -- a role that Carmelo fills in New York. "With Kristaps, I think he very much looks to Carmelo as kind of a leader... which I think is appropriate and I respect him for that. He's not ready to shoulder any burden on himself," Jackson said Thursday. "He's not a neophyte, but he's still very young in this game. A couple years under his belt and he'll start to understand his effect and how he can move forward. I think he's making progress this summer, doing the right thing." Jackson was responding to a question about the challenge of building a team around a 32-year-old Anthony and 20-year-old Porzingis. Construction a roster that makes sense for both Anthony and Porzingis is a delicate balance for Jackson.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

To those who may want to see the Knicks trade Carmelo & build immediately around Kristaps Porzingis, Phil Jackson says Porzingis isn't ready to take on the responsibility of being the face of a franchise, a role that Carmelo fills in New York. "With Kristaps, I think he very much looks to Carmelo as kind of a leader... which I think is appropriate and I respect him for that. He's not ready to shoulder any burden on himself," Jackson said. "He's not a neophyte, but he's still very young in this game. A couple years under his belt and he'll start to understand his effect and how he can move forward. I think he's making progress this summer, doing the right thing."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek says that a change of scenery may be beneficial for Derrick Rose: "Sometimes it's good for players," Hornacek said Thursday. "Obviously after he won the MVP, he was from Chicago, there was a lot of pressure on him there. There's a lot of pressure in New York but he's not going to be the hometown guy trying to carry a team by himself. Hopefully that will release a little bit of pressue from his play and he can have fun with Carmelo and Kristaps and other guys we have. I think he'll enjoy it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

This quote from Derrick Rose on his initial reaction to being traded is a reminder that elite athletes are human. I think fans/observers forget that at times. Here is the quote: "The first thing I thought about was my son PJ. It's hard enough to find time to see him during the season even when I'm in Chicago. Now I'll be in New York, hours away. It's a lot of miles. I know this is part of being an NBA player, though. We'll find a way to make it work. I owe him that." Rose wrote the words in a first-person essay on The Cycle.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

I think when Derrick Rose said "thank you" to the Bulls for trading him, he meant it as gratitude to the organization for sending him to the Knicks, as opposed to another organization. I don't believe it was meant as a shot at the organization.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose feels as if he is "close" to returning to the level he played during 2010-11, when he won the NBA's MVP award: "But me sitting up here and saying that, that's not going to do anything. Next year, I'm going to let my game speak for itself," he said.

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Rose to Chicago: 'Thank you' for trading me (0:18)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's why Derrick Rose changed his number from 1 to 25, the number he wore as a high school star in Chicago: "I'm playing in New York but I'm bringing something from Chicago with me out here. That's one of the reasons I chose No. 25." Rose wore No. 25 as a high school player at Chicago powerhouse Simeon Career Academy. The number was also worn at Simeon by Ben Wilson, the late Chicago prep star.

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Derrick Rose on Kristaps Porzingis: "That's somebody I would die to play with and now I got two of those guys (in KP & Carmelo)."

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Chicago exit emotional for Derrick Rose (2:04)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose says he's highly motivated to make the playoffs with the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony will appreciate that.

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Derrick Rose: Number 25 was all for Chicago. It grew me into the man I am right now. Says he wanted to bring a piece of Chicago with him.

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Derrick Rose: "Last year I think I had a (great year) coming off of three surgeries." He says he feels like he can only get better.

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Derrick Rose says he's feeling healthy this summer: "I feel like something special is going to happen (this coming season)."

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Derrick Rose says he may get involved in recruiting free agents to New York this summer.

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Derrick Rose says he's thankful that the Bulls traded him to New York. Says he feels he'll be appreciated by the fan base.

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Derrick Rose on free-agent Joakim Noah: "Oh, I want him... He knows that I want to play with him."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose, a free agent in 2017, says he's hopeful that he can be in New York long-term. He says he got a welcome reaction from Knicks fans since the trade.

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Derrick Rose says he comes to the Knicks with a singular focus: "I just want to win." Says he knows there will be pressure in New York.

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Derrick Rose says hearing about the trade was emotional. Says he chose No. 25 to bring his hometown of Chicago with him. It was his high school number and the number of the late Ben Wilson, a Chicago high school legend.

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Knicks sign undrafted Ron Baker

The Knicks have reportedly signed Wichita State's Ron Baker after he went undrafted Thursday night. The Shockers' standout averaged 14 points and 4.8 rebounds in his senior season. SNY

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek wants Kristaps Porzingis, the 7-3, 240-pound big man, to get stronger. But he doesn't want him to add weight solely to match up against 5s: "If he's 7-3 and he's got a little bit more bulk to him, that he can play that 5," Hornack said Thursday. "We obviously want to get him stronger. But to put on a bunch of weight so he can play more of the five is not a great thing to do."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson sees benefits of playing Kristaps Porzingis at center, with a caveat: he doesn't want to use him as a full-time center. "I'm not going to limit him to a position," Jackson said Thursday. "I do think that he's going to play a center role. Last year he had minutes at it. We see how this game is evolving into a lot of guys that are going small at the end of quarters, end of halves, end of games. Is he one of those guys that fits into those grouping that can play small ball at the end of a game? Yeah, I think so. I kind of think he can."

Team Stats

Points Per Game98.427th
Rebounds Per Game44.410th
Assists Per Game20.526th
Points Allowed101.110th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2015-163250.390
2014-151765.207
2013-143745.451
2012-135428.659
2011-123630.545

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