Even Enes Kanter realizes the Knicks’ reality now

Center Enes Kanter, perhaps the last guy in New York — beyond the drunk on the corner stool of a bar on W. 33rd Street — may have run up the white flag on the Knicks’ playoff hopes in the wake of Kristaps Porzingis’ injury. “It’s tough. We are

Porzingis-less Knicks pounded by powerhouse Raptors

TORONTO — This hopeless season carried on for the Knicks without Kristaps Porzingis, but the result was same old, same old in ‘O Canada.’ The Raptors won their fifth straight game over the Knicks on Thursday at Air Canada Centre, routing the depleted club 113-88. Michael Beasley, replacing Porzingis at

Enes Kanter thinking of nothing else but playoffs

Kristaps Porzingis has some company. He’s not the only one using the “P word” — playoffs — around the Knicks, not the only one hoping the front office opts to keep the team together rather than dealing assets before Thursday’s trade deadline. “I think right now, our only

Enes Kanter not letting 18 stitches in his mouth stop him

MILWAUKEE — Enes Kanter seems to play better with a stitched-up mouth. He had another monstrous double-double outing Friday night, with 17 points and 18 rebounds, keeping the Knicks in the game throughout before Giannis Antetokounmpo’s game-winner in the Bucks’ 92-90 victory. Kanter has had 18 stitches sewn into his

Knicks like rest of NBA learn the Greek Freak can’t be stopped

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo lived up to his “Greek Freak’’ moniker. Tim Hardaway Jr. was just freakishly bad. Ever since the Knicks released his brother Thanasis, Antetokounmpo has tortured them — and he did so again Friday night with a last-second, spinning driving lefty layup over Enes Kanter to

Knicks dominate, record season sweep over the Nets

The Knicks’ lead already had reached 20 against the Nets, who pretty much have served as Knick punching bags this season. As the clock ticked down to halftime, Quincy Acy attempted one last shot up top to try to reduce the Nets’ deficit to the teens. He eluded

Enes Kanter traded haymakers in another social media feud

If there were an award for best social media villain in the NBA, Enes Kanter would firmly be in the running for it this season. Shortly after the Knicks blasted the Suns on Friday night, Kanter took a shot at Devin Booker, the Phoenix star who was ejected from

Trey Burke, players meeting spark Knicks in road-trip finale

PHOENIX — With the sun setting on their season and a respected veteran bolting the trip, Knicks co-captains Lance Thomas and Courtney Lee called a players meeting at the hotel the morning of Friday’s contest in the Valley of the Sun. Something must have worked as the Knicks’ defensive

The Knicks want the face of their team to be masked

SAN FRANCISCO — This isn’t his revelatory rookie season, but undrafted Ron Baker has found a way to make his mark in a mask. While Baker has been invisible offensively, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek still has him in the rotation while the likes of young center Willy Hernangomez and

The one good thing you could say about Knicks’ bench

LOS ANGELES — It came down to this: Enes Kanter said following the Knicks’ lethargic 127-107 loss to the Lakers on Sunday that they need to follow Ron Baker’s example. Baker, still playing with a mask until early February because of a broken orbital bone, never fills up a

Knicks are catching angry Warriors at worst possible time

SAN FRANCISCO — Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek and associate coach Kurt Rambis hopped from player to player Monday after practice, sitting with many of them, looking at video on a laptop one day after the Lakers feasted on the Knicks defense. The attention to detail was at its highest

Enes Kanter mocks LeBron James after Cavs’ blowout loss

The Knicks didn’t play the Cavaliers on Saturday, but another chapter was added to the Enes Kanter-LeBron James public feud. After Cleveland was blown out 148-124 by the Thunder — Kanter’s former team — the big man took to social media to highlight the embarrassing defeat. “148,” he tweeted,

Enes Kanter gets stern warning about his LeBron James trolling

LOS ANGELES — Enes Kanter was warned by an unidentified Oklahoma City teammate that he better watch out next time the Knicks face LeBron James and the Cavaliers. They next meet April 9. Kanter continued to prod James on Saturday, when he mocked the Cavaliers getting routed by the

The flaws exposing Knicks roster near trade deadline

SALT LAKE CITY — There was anger in the Knicks’ locker room late Wednesday night and anger in Jeff Hornacek’s voice after their 105-99 meltdown in Memphis. Perhaps they were hit by the realization of a playoff race slipping away into a developmental phase. Whispers are another few terrible

Tim Hardaway Jr. won’t talk last game, will talk playoffs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Though Tim Hardaway Jr. didn’t want to address the club sitting him on MLK Day in Brooklyn for precautionary reasons, the Knicks swingman still sees a playoff run on the horizon. Hardaway is back for a game Wednesday against the Grizzlies at FedExForum — his third

Knicks come out flat, lose cool late in ugly loss to Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — There’s no excuse falling behind 18 points to these injury-wracked, rebuilding Grizzlies. Yes, the Knicks made a stout fourth-quarter rally, cut the deficit to three in the final minute, but shot themselves in the foot in the game’s last 25 seconds. To start their six-game trip against

What a Knicks sell-off would look like after Hornacek clue

As the Knicks head west to finish up what’s billed as a make-or-break, seven-game road trip, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek warned the media to slow its roll. Perhaps Hornacek’s statement should have been uttered by the new Knicks regime. Hornacek said a mouthful after the Knicks started their trip

Nets’ outside shooting let them down against bigger Knicks

Joe Tsai — expected to become the Nets’ new co-owner — made a rare visit to Barclays Center to watch his future team play. What he saw was the Nets get bullied and beat up, losing 119-104 to the rival Knicks. What he saw was their building get taken

Knicks’ Willy Hernangomez drawing trade interest

DALLAS — With the Knicks exploring what to do with their four-center glut by the Feb. 8 trading deadline, NBA sources say the club has entertained more inquiries about Willy Hernangomez than any other player on their roster. The Knicks do not want to give up the 23-year-old

How Enes Kanter surprised Kristaps Porzingis after joining the Knicks

Kristaps Porzingis saw Knicks teammate Enes Kanter as an opponent through two NBA seasons, played against him in Europe during summer months. So he knew Kanter’s game pretty well. But the 7-foot-3 Knicks star admits surprise at one element. “I’m surprised for his size and with the whole league

Willy Hernangomez is desperately waiting for something to give

CHICAGO — At the Knicks’ Christmas Eve practice, center Willy Hernangomez got clocked by assistant coach David Bliss during a one-on-one drill. The blow caused a big welt on his right cheek. It swelled up, got infected and the normally handsome Hernangomez wasn’t ready for a modeling gig

Hornacek rips Knicks after a crushing choke

CHICAGO — It ended with a missed free throw by Jarrett Jack and a weird 3-point shot by Enes Kanter that Jeff Hornacek called in the huddle. It ended with the Knicks coach calling out his team for not being tough or “physical’’ enough late in games away

What could determine Kyle O’Quinn’s future with the Knicks

SAN ANTONIO — The Knicks’ interest in trading Kyle O’Quinn at the Feb. 9 trade deadline will rise at the same rate as their chances of making the draft lottery. According to league sources, O’Quinn’s market value will depend on how clubs view his opt-out clause. The Knicks are under

Enes Kanter only gets angry after monster game

Knicks starting center Enes Kanter got a slew of Christmas texts congratulating him for his 30-20 game. But Kanter has his 20/20 vision trained on the big picture and he will not return many of those good-natured messages because the Knicks suffered a damaging 105-98 defeat to the Sixers

We’re about to find out if these Knicks are a mirage

The similarities are so similar, they’re eerie — almost like looking into a mirror. A year ago at this time, the Knicks were still the talk of the town, two games above .500 following a hard-fought Christmas Day loss at the Garden to a division rival. A tough three-game

Knicks fans now have a new enemy

Joel Embiid said his family wasn’t around for Christmas. So maybe that’s why he decided to play Grinch and steal the Knicks holiday spirit. This was supposed to be a nationally televised celebration of all the progress the Knicks have made this season, especially at the Garden, where they

The other unicorn steals Knicks’ Christmas

This was hardly the Merry Kristaps the Knicks imagined. Knicks center Enes Kanter was sensational with a 31-point, 22-rebound explosion, but Kristaps Porzingis didn’t have one of his monster games as the 76ers’ Joel Embiid and his flock of hot-shooting guards survived in a 105-98 Christmas upset in the

The Knicks’ Process wasn’t supposed to be here yet

With the Knicks set to host the 76ers on Christmas Day, it is worth remembering: The Process isn’t happening only in Philadelphia. After shipping Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder in September, the Knicks committed to their own version of “Trust The Process” — building around a fledgling core and