Joakim Noah faces new reality as Knicks bench him again

TORONTO — Joakim Noah admits he’s not the same player he was in 2014, when he was first team All-NBA and the Defensive Player of the Year. But the center said he still believes he can contribute to the club. Noah chose his words carefully, admitting he’s attempting to

How Ntilikina’s LeBron faceoff defines these Knicks: Mike Breen

MSG Network play-by-play man Mike Breen talks about the Knicks’ surprising start, the standoff with LeBron James and a different Garden this season with The Post’s Justin Terranova. Q: What has been the most enjoyable part of this Knicks start? A: Maybe the best part of the start is what

The legend of Frank Ntilikina begins

Frank Ntilikina, all 190 pounds of him, went to grab the basketball to inbound late in the first quarter Monday. A 6-foot-8, 250-pound human piece of chiseled granite known as LeBron James stood in his way. So Ntilikina shoved James. Twice. Sort of had the same effect as a

Knicks are loving their offense without Phil Jackson

LeBron James paid a backhanded compliment to Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek for his newfangled, high-speed offense that’s not the triangle. And Hornacek didn’t tip-toe around the issue any longer, that former president Phil Jackson’s methodical system offense has been completely scuttled, though scouts say they still run some triangle

The legend of Frank Ntilikina begins

Frank Ntilikina, all 190 pounds of him, went to grab the basketball to inbound late in the first quarter Monday. A 6-foot-8, 250-pound human piece of chiseled granite known as LeBron James stood in his way. So Ntilikina shoved James. Twice. Sort of had the same effect as a

Knicks’ feud with LeBron James erupts in heated shoving match

A point of contention that had been heating up for the 48 hours leading into tipoff involving LeBron James, Frank Ntilikina, Phil Jackson and somehow Enes Kanter finally reached its boiling point late in the first quarter Monday night at the Garden. Eleven-plus minutes into the game, the drama

Joakim Noah sits out first game since end of PED suspension

Finally, the wait ended for Joakim Noah. Finally, the 20-game ban handed down to the Knicks center for his use of an illegal supplement ended. Eight games last season, 12 this season. The time was served. So fans who awaited him went to Monday’s 104-101 loss to the

Knicks’ emerging star came up a lot bigger than Jeff Hornacek

While Kristaps Porzingis is the face of the franchise, center Enes Kanter is now the heart and soul of the franchise. Hence, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek’s decision to bench Kanter for the final 3:18 was the wrong one with right intentions. In a conundrum, Hornacek put in Lance Thomas

LeBron James redirects blast from Ntilikina to Phil Jackson

LeBron James has redirected the dagger. Before the Cavaliers held a shootaround Monday morning at the Garden, James clarified his take that the Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr., saying it wasn’t a shot at Frank Ntilikina but instead Phil Jackson. “I wasn’t throwing shade at Frank at all,

Knick star helps 5th grader get elected as class president

A 10-year-old Queens boy was a slam-dunk for class president thanks to a big assist from his new BFF — Knick star Enes Kanter. Pint-sized politician Ihsan Yumak, a fifth-grader at PS 188 in Bayside, met the 6-foot-11 center during a three-day basketball camp in New Jersey last summer,

Knicks giving fans reasons to believe, but can they keep it up?

We get it, New York. You’re skeptical. As Knicks fans who have suffered through Eddy Curry and Andrea Bargnani and Alexey Shved and Jackie (Not Jimmy) Butler and a bunch of guys named Williams, you want to buy into the 7-5 start but you’re just not ready. Well, the

Why it’s finally OK to jump on the Knicks bandwagon

So the city was all agog and googly-eyed, the way it gets whenever the Knicks put together an early-season winning streak. It’s what we do as a basketball city, after all, especially one that is starving for a real basketball team and too often has to settle for

A locker room leader has helped fuel Knicks’ comebacks

Lance Thomas led the way with his play on defense Sunday as the Knicks rallied from down big to beat the Pacers. On Tuesday, against the Hornets, he did more of the same — and he also rallied his team with his words in a 118-113 win over Charlotte.

Enes Kanter holding up Knicks’ future by playing too well

There are those around the city losing their minds about young center Willy Hernangomez basically falling from the Knicks rotation, with “Why, why, why?” a constant cry.Essentially, three words have brought about the inactivity for Hernangomez: “defense” and “Enes Kanter.”Defense is not high on the list of Kanter’s attributes, either,

Porzingis can’t keep Knicks from blowing big lead in MSG opener

The Knicks likely will find a lot of ways to lose this season.In their home opener, they decided to tease the sellout Garden crowd by taking a 21-point lead late in the second quarter, with Kristaps Porzingis dominating the half, before the club blew all of it.In their first home

Knicks’ new sharpshooter shows off skills in preseason loss

Doug McDermott had his first scoring binge in a Knicks uniform, just in time for the games to start to count.The sharpshooter, obtained from the Thunder in last month’s Carmelo Anthony trade, went off for 21 points as the Knicks wrapped up their preseason slate Friday night with a 110-103

Enes Kanter takes over spotlight in Knicks preseason loss

WASHINGTON — Kristaps Porzingis rested and rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina sat out with a bruised knee, but Knicks center Enes Kanter showed what he can do on the offensive end in making his first preseason start.Kanter piled up 14 points in 14:38 of the first half and finished with

How Enes Kanter can get grip on starting center job

WASHINGTON — The Knicks understand Enes Kanter isn’t here to solve their defensive woes. He’s an old-school, 6-foot-11, back-to-the-basket center and voracious offensive rebounder.Defense hasn’t been the new Knicks’ strong suit and he even lost playing time in last season’s playoffs with the Thunder because of that deficiency.After the Knicks

NBA GMs are buying into the Porzingis hype, too

The NBA’s GMs must have followed Kristaps Porzingis’ Instagram account this summer.Porzingis boldly stated he would be an All-Star in his third season. Wednesday’s annual GM survey confirmed they think so, too.Porzingis finished tied for second with Myles Turner for player most likely to have a breakout season, with 14

Porzingis is opening his own wallet to stay healthy this year

When it comes to staying healthy, every little bit of preparation helps in the eyes of Kristaps Porzingis.Porzingis, 22, is trying something new. His longtime Spanish physiotherapist will live in New York for this season, as The Post reported Friday.Porzingis indicated his physio will travel to road games, too —

Knicks training camp kicks off new era in more ways than one

Now the Knicks really can launch their youth movement as training camp opens Monday.New team president Steve Mills and his right-hand man, general manager Scott Perry, can author future blog posts about the Knicks’ young core, and when they don’t mention Carmelo Anthony in their future essays, they won’t be

Kevin Durant’s worst Twitter fears are coming true

Ask and you shall receive.Kevin Durant is hearing it from the NBA community, just as he expected he would, after he slammed his former Thunder coach and teammates on Twitter this week. The messages caused even more of a stir because they expressed Durant’s opinions in the third person, leading

Enes Kanter: Turkey has my dad and he’s in serious danger

Enes Kanter says his battle with the Turkish government has taken a terrifying turn.The Oklahoma City Thunder big man announced Friday on Twitter his father had been arrested by authorities under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom Kanter called the “Hitler of our century.” Kanter warned his father, Mehmet, faced torture while

Enes Kanter: Turkey has my dad and he’s in serious danger

Enes Kanter says his battle with the Turkish government has taken a terrifying turn.The Oklahoma City Thunder big man announced Friday on Twitter his father had been arrested by authorities under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom Kanter called the “Hitler of our century.” Kanter warned his father, Mehmet, faced torture while

Enes Kanter: Turkey has my dad and he’s in serious danger

Enes Kanter says his battle with the Turkish government has taken a terrifying turn.The Oklahoma City Thunder big man announced Friday on Twitter his father had been arrested by authorities under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom Kanter called the “Hitler of our century.” Kanter warned his father, Mehmet, faced torture while