Knicks rookie getting long look during tanking period

The Knicks were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention for a fifth straight year Monday night, so it was symbolic that rookie forward Isaiah Hicks was the on-court postgame interview for MSG Network following “The Tank Bowl.’’The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Hicks, on a two-way G-League contract, had just completed his second straight

Michigan hero saw Trey Burke’s miracle then went out and lived it

Trey Burke’s phone started buzzing, and all those March memories starting flooding back, the big shot he hit in the Sweet 16 five years ago to propel Michigan to overtime against Kansas, and eventually the Final Four.Everyone was asking the Knicks guard, out to dinner following a win over the

Knicks must now make a run at Kawhi Leonard

ATLANTA — There’s going to come a time when the Knicks are going to have to roll up their sleeves, pound their chests, and say, “The hell with it. Let’s go.” There is no reward for the meek in the NBA. Patience is for priests.Maybe that means focusing every ounce

Dwyane Wade ominously hits back at Bill Simmons

Bill Simmons can consider himself safe spewing sarcasm behind his computer screen.Unless Dwyane Wade has something to say about it.The Heat guard didn’t let a Simmons tweet go down without a fight Wednesday, when he humorously threatened Simmons after the sports media giant suggested he’s a dirty player.“It may be

Knicks get back to losing but can’t gain any lottery ground

MIAMI — The Knicks won’t run the table.Their two-game win streak was snapped in South Beach as the playoff-bound Heat blew out the Knicks, 119-98, at AmericanAirlines Arena. Count it down: Just 10 games remain to this melancholy campaign — and perhaps Jeff Hornacek’s coaching life.Worse than the defeat, the

Sports fans eating out of mayo jar grosses out social media

A woman has created quite a stir on social media for eating what appears to be a spoonful of mayonnaise at a basketball game.In a video that has gone viral on Twitter, a spectator at the Detroit Pistons versus Sacramento Kings game Monday night was spotted on the jumbotron holding

Knicks sorry not sorry for winning Tank Bowl

Remember this night come May 15. If the Knicks finish behind the Bulls in the NBA draft lottery and lose out on a coveted player as a result, it could be costly.Monday night’s 110-92 victory at the Garden, the Knicks’ second straight after losing 17 of their previous 18, dropped

These Models Will Give You Courtside Outfit Inspo For Days

If your goal is to be distracted away from the game, try to grab tickets for a basketball match with some supermodels. These ladies have worn red carpet-worthy shoes to sit courtside, styled with some very sexy looks. But they're not the only ones who dress up to enjoy the

Knicks have lottery position at stake even if they won’t admit it

NBA commissioner Adam Silver may want to take the subway from his NBA offices for a celebrity-row perch Monday when the Bulls visit the Garden for the “Tank Bowl.”It’s some of the little suspense left in another melancholy Knicks season as they “battle’’ the Bulls for the eighth and ninth

Tyronn Lue leaving Cavaliers amid mystery illness

The Cavaliers announced Monday morning that head coach Tyronn Lue would step down as coach for the time being.Lue has missed at least parts of the past three games due to an illness, including Saturday’s win over the Bulls, in which he did not return to the sideline after the

Jeff Hornacek really trusts rehabbing Kristaps Porzingis

Jeff Hornacek wasn’t concerned about the photo circulating online of Kristaps Porzingis shooting in the gym at his Manhattan apartment building just over a month removed from major knee surgery.“Technically I don’t know what he’s allowed to do from the doctors. Once you have a surgery like that — I

These Knicks didn’t have to be Jarrett Jack’s reality

Former Knicks starting point guard Jarrett Jack could be on a playoff team now, gearing up for the postseason in a winning environment.Instead, he’s ready to absorb his 10th straight DNP when the tanking Knicks host the 76ers on Thursday at the Garden to continue their five-game homestand.Jack revealed two

Knicks make more progress on tanking front

Kristaps Porzingis, who was back at the Garden for the first time since tearing his ACL, received a pregame ovation from the crowd, but nothing changed. The Knicks’ tank rolled on and now more lottery pingpong balls suddenly have come into view.Although Enes Kanter was back starting at center, the

Hoops world is losing its mind over astonishingly dirty viral play

Footage of a dangerous foul in an American high school basketball game has gone viral as fans reacted with disgust to the dirty play.The Class 1A semifinal between Hanover and Centralia on Saturday in Hays, Kansas, was marred by an ugly third-quarter incident that sent the crowd into raptures and

Enes Kanter not a happy camper because of two words

There is a four-letter word Knicks center Enes Kanter despises.Tank.And he hates it almost as much as a three-letter word.Sit.Kanter wants to play. He wants to win and believes development of young players can and should come at a lower level.“I’m frustrated by losing, for sure. But I came here

Willy Hernangomez’s new coach gets brutally honest and big man loves it

Hornets coach Steve Clifford gave a candid scouting report of his center, Willy Hernangomez, who seems to appreciate the brutal honesty coming from his new taskmaster.With Hernangomez ready to face the Knicks on Saturday at the Garden, Kristaps Porzingis’ best buddy hasn’t seen a jump in playing time since the

Knicks coach to NBA: Leave us alone, we’re not tanking

MILWAUKEE — Jeff Hornacek said NBA commissioner Adam Silver has no reason to worry about the Knicks. He can save the phone call to team president Steve Mills about tanking for a better lottery seed.Responding to Silver’s bizarre warning to the Bulls for announcing they would shelve starters Robin Lopez

Greek Freak’s crazy dunk over Tim Hardaway gets a T-shirt

MILWAUKEE — Tim Hardaway Jr. has improved his defense, notably leading the Knicks in taking charges.But he was physically unable to take one Feb. 6 at the Garden when “The Greek Freak,” Giannis Antetokounmpo, jumped over him on a fastbreak to throw down a wild dunk that made all the

LeBron throws down one of his best dunks and yells at coach all in 1 game

PORTLAND, Ore. — Even Cleveland’s late rally and LeBron James’ brilliance couldn’t rattle the confident Trail Blazers.CJ McCollum scored 29 points and Portland won its NBA-best 11th straight game with a 113-105 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night. The Cavs made it uncomfortable for Portland late, when they closed the

The victim of LeBron’s all-time vicious dunk became team hero

Being the victim of one of LeBron James’ most vicious dunks gets you credit on the Trail Blazers.Portland center Jusuf Nurkic became a future poster when James broke off a pick-and-roll and slammed one over the 6-foot-11 big man in the first quarter of the Trail Blazers’ 113-105 win over

J.R. Smith thinks he got demoted, and Cavaliers are confused

J.R. Smith is in Cavaliers limbo.The 14-year veteran is unsure what his exact role is after coach Tyronn Lue demoted Smith to the team’s second unit for the second time this season, in the Cavaliers’ 129-107 win over the Suns on Tuesday.Lue said he had a positive conversation with Smith

Knicks hit a new low as Philadelphia fans take over MSG

It’s all part of the Process.The Knicks, in the role of perennially rebuilding lottery jockey, ultimately were fodder for the playoff-bound 76ers in a 118-110 loss Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. It was the Knicks’ ninth straight loss and 17th in their past 18 games. Were the Bulls to

Lakers love Isaiah Thomas and Julius Randle fighting each other

Instead of fighting the Warriors, Julius Randle and Isaiah Thomas were feuding with each other.The Lakers pair got in a heated argument on the sideline during the Lakers’ 117-106 loss to the defending champions Wednesday night, which Brook Lopez and Lonzo Ball had to step in to diffuse.The war of

Prominent Iowa hoops coach arrested on child porn charge

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A prominent Iowa basketball coach was jailed Tuesday on a child pornography charge after telling investigators he secretly recorded his adolescent players undressing in an attempt to monitor their development.The FBI took Greg Stephen, until recently the co-director of the Iowa Barnstormers traveling team, into custody

Knicks’ failed Kyle Lowry trade could have changed everything

Toronto coach Dwane Casey knew he was in for a fitful sleep that night in December 2013. The Raptors had a deal all set. Kyle Lowry was going to the Knicks for Iman Shumpert, Metta World Peace and a future first-rounder.“When I went to bed, I understood Kyle was being

Kristaps Porzingis’ cameo a moment of light for Knicks

This was trying on that old jacket and finding a wad of bills you had stashed and forgotten about. It was that predicted Nor’easter turning into a mere March shower. It was something positive, something upbeat for the Knicks, who haven’t had too many grin-filled moments lately, unless you consider

Courtney Lee rants over Knicks’ effort — and stats back him up

The Knicks have been lacking everywhere this season. Undoubtedly in wins. Definitely in talent. And now, according to Courtney Lee, undeniably in effort.“When you watch film, it’s just all effort,” Lee said Monday after practice in Tarrytown, his first non-game work with the team in nearly a week following a