How Donovan Mitchell snuck by Knicks to become steal of NBA Draft

SALT LAKE CITY — The conversation occurred in the summer after the Jazz selected Westchester product Donovan Mitchell on draft night. Jazz top assistant Johnnie Bryant, who worked closely with Gordon Hayward, wasn’t surprised to hear Mitchell, the 13th pick, say he wanted to win a title, wanted to

Would Knicks get into the Kemba Walker sweepstakes?

SALT LAKE CITY — While the Knicks are in a developmental mode with rookie project point guard Frank Ntilikina as one of the centerpieces of their rebuilding plan, an All-Star point guard hailing from New York City — Kemba Walker — has come on the trade market. The Hornets,

Hornets ready to trade Kemba Walker to kick off fire sale

The Hornets are ready to blow it up and start over, starting with their biggest star. ESPN.com reported Friday that the Hornets are ready to entertain trade offers for point guard Kemba Walker, an All-Star last season who is averaging 21.7 points per game this year. The website also

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

Trey Burke gives a brief glimpse at everything Knicks wanted

Trey Burke brought a new look at point guard — even if it was only for eight minutes. Making his Knicks debut, the newly signed jitterbug sparked the Knicks in a six-minute stint during the second quarter. Burke, the former Jazz lottery bust, showed a terrific handle — a

Ntilikina’s breakout game shows Knicks what’s been missing

The three previous games it was noticeable. Very noticeable. But the struggles for Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina extended beyond the losses to the Bulls, Timberwolves and Pelicans when he shot a combined 1 of 8, scored two points and committed nine turnovers against eight assists. “The last few games,

Knicks shuffle roster to give lottery bust a second chance

Knicks point guard Ramon Sessions was inactive for the first time Friday night in Minnesota and Saturday was officially waived by the Knicks. It will pave the way for the signing of former lottery pick Trey Burke, according to an industry source. The official announcement on Burke is

How Trey Burke has reinvented himself for this Knicks shot

Trey Burke, the Jazz lottery pick who fell from grace to the G League, says he’s a lot stabler than the rookie who entered the NBA as a cocky 19-year-old out of Michigan. After attending the final week of Knicks training camp in October, Burke has starred for the

Jarrett Jack is a surprising win for Knicks GM

DALLAS — It was a night to celebrate the point guard. Frank Ntilikina won his first battle over Dennis Smith Jr. Derek Harper, one of the Knicks’ best point guards, who helped lead the club to the 1994 NBA Finals, had his Mavericks “12″ raised to the rafters. Another

Frank Ntilikina gets last laugh in battle with top Mavericks rookie

DALLAS — Advantage, Frank Ntilikina. In the battle of rookie point guards, Ntilikina had the better game than Dennis Smith Jr., though often times they weren’t on the court together or matched up with one another. Though on the bench the final four minutes, Ntilikina had a decent outing, scoring

Beasley hurt late, Porzingis struggles as Knicks fall in OT

MIAMI — Only Michael Beasley could go from potential hero to unfortunate exit when the Knicks needed him most. In his return to AmericanAirlines Arena, Beasley kept his offensive tear going and appeared to be carrying the Knicks to victory. Suddenly, Beasley had to limp off the court with

Knicks have a second half to forget in ugly loss to Wizards

WASHINGTON — The collapse started in the final seconds of the first half Wednesday, when the Knicks watched Washington’s John Wall chase down an offensive rebound and hit a tie-breaking buzzer beater. The bad vibe kept rolling to start the second half as the Knicks looked absolutely disinterested and

Frank Ntilikina moved by praise from his idol’s head coach

The Knicks didn’t come close to winning this past Thursday in San Antonio, but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich did notice one thing: Phil Jackson drafted a good one at point guard. Sixteen years after Tony Parker became the NBA’s first French point guard, Frank Ntilikina is doing his native

Knicks fall below .500 with another crushing loss to Spurs

The Knicks returned home Tuesday from a three-game road trip, but often times it didn’t feel that way. A Garden flush with international tourists frequently burst out into their own twist of “Ole,” chanting a sing-song: “Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole Manuuu, Manuu.” It went on right to the

Frank Ntilikina’s hero also came from humble NBA beginnings

Gregg Popovich thinks back 16 years and wonders what he was thinking. This 19-year-old kid out of France was actually playing well enough during the preseason to make the grizzled coach wonder if he had what it took to be a point guard on his NBA team. “The way

The Knicks are slowly expanding Frank Ntilikina’s role

NEW ORLEANS – Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek isn’t ready to vault rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina into the starting lineup – at least not yet. Ntilikina is coming off his career-high 11 assists against French legend Tony Parker, logging a season-high 31 minutes in San Antonio. Meanwhile Jarrett Jack

The point guard Knicks passed on clears the air with Ntilikina

NEW ORLEANS — The irony is Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. likes Frank Ntilikina a lot. On and off the court. Forever inextricably linked, Smith and Ntilikina were in the same city again Friday as they were on draft night in June. With the Pelicans facing a Mavericks-Knicks back-to-back,

Knicks overwhelmed by Kawhi Leonard-less Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — The Knicks were just relieved they weren’t blown out of Alamo City. They received a holiday gift from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who rested superstar Kawhi Leonard on Thursday night for what the Spurs termed as “return from injury management.’’ Popovich made the right call and the

Frank Ntilikina is finally getting the matchup he’s dreamed of

SAN ANTONIO — Knicks rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina has passed a number of memorable markers in his first year in the NBA. But none will be as special as playing Thursday against Spurs veteran Tony Parker — the French point-guard pioneer. “I’m playing against the best French player

Jeff Hornacek issues challenge to the Knicks’ two point guards

The 76ers delivered the blueprint. Now it’s up to the Knicks to adjust — if they can. Sixers guard T.J. McConnell ruined Christmas at the Garden with his pressure defense, as Jarrett Jack and Frank Ntilikina struggled running the offense while being hounded by the reserve guard. Expect

Knicks just watched their worst fear get exposed

Entering this season, the fear for the Knicks was their point-guard play. The fear was realized on Christmas. Starting point guard Jarrett Jack went scoreless, going 0-for-5, and committed an ill-advised flagrant foul on Joel Embiid in the third quarter with the score tied at 52. Rookie Frank Ntilikina

How Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid can ruin Knicks’ holiday

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid have played just 86 combined games, but the Knicks have seen enough of the young 76ers duo to know Monday’s matchup won’t be easy. On Christmas Day, the Knicks host Philadelphia at the Garden, with tip-off set for noon. Signs may point to this being

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

Frank Ntilikina contained Kyrie Irving when it mattered most

Knicks rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina got his first experience facing Kyrie Irving, and it went better than he could have hoped. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek stuck with Ntilikina in the fourth quarter Thursday night against the Celtics, and the rookie made the West Orange, N.J., great work hard.

Knicks show grit they’ll need to maintain for this tough stretch

Consider the obstacles for the Knicks. The opponents were the Boston Celtics, owners of the best record in the Eastern Conference. Yes, for one night Thursday the Celtics had a simply awful second unit and played on the second half of a back-to-back. But still, the best record in

The secret to Frank Ntilikina’s newfound success is simple

The mind is a terrible thing to use. At least in games. And one guy who wholeheartedly agrees is Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina, who more and more is adhering to the advice of teammates and coaches and playing more on instinct rather than thinking everything through as if the NBA

“You know he’s 19?’: Knicks rookie growing before their eyes

Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina stood up to LeBron James, even — gasp! — shoved the King. He went up against fellow rookie Lonzo Ball, who has about three tons of hype on him. Ntilikina outscored Ball, 7-2, in the fourth quarter and overtime. Ntilikina improves by the hour. But

Luke Walton: Phil Jackson deserved better from Knicks

Lakers coach Luke Walton won’t use the triangle with the Lakers but wished it had worked in New York and wasn’t “in favor’’ of Phil Jackson’s termination last June. Walton, whom Jackson wanted to make his coach after the 2015-16 season, said he’s been in contact with the Zen

Knicks’ “other’ rookie point guard shined against Lonzo Ball

Lonzo Ball was the rookie point guard that the masses flocked to the Garden to eyeball Tuesday. The young Lakers stud did not disappoint. But neither did the Knicks’ guy, Frank Ntilikina. Maybe seeing the 6-foot-6 Ball, who was the No. 2 pick in the draft, revved up the