Michael Beasley’s fate is sealed, and he knows it

MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Beasley apparently couldn’t score enough buckets to ensure a permanent spot in the rotation once Tim Hardaway Jr. is back to full minutes. Hardaway is questionable for the Knicks’ game Friday against the Timberwolves, but will play limited minutes if he does. Hornacek said once Hardaway

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.

Dissecting Knicks’ road woes, which they can no longer run from

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Five thoughts on Monday’s queasy 109-91 Knicks loss in the Queen City: 1. The Knicks’ home-road statistical differentials are staggering, so it’s no surprise the records are so disparate. The Knicks are second in the NBA in home wins with a 14-5 record, but Monday’s meltdown dropped

Knicks’ one defensive constant is a true leader

Offense can come and go, game to game, half to half, quarter to quarter. A team that looks like an unstoppable force for one half can suddenly turn in a casting calls for animated lampposts in the next. But defense is reliable. Enter Knicks forward Lance Thomas. “I love getting

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.

How Knicks showed their potential goes beyond Porzingis

The capper, of course, came from Kristaps Porzingis, because that’s the way it happens with the Knicks now, just about every night, in just about any circumstance you can imagine. This time, the score was tied at 111, there were just under two minutes left, and Madison Square

Kristaps Porzingis: I’ll guard Carmelo, but it won’t be easy

The student will square off against the master in Oklahoma City on Thursday night in the Knicks’ deliciously compelling season opener. With Carmelo Anthony lining up at power forward in the Thunder’s small-ball lineup, Porzingis said he will defend his former teammate at the outset. At 7-foot-3, Porzingis has the height

Jeff Hornacek admits Knicks are ready for their own “Process’

WASHINGTON — Jeff Hornacek delved into “Trust The Process” mode at the Friday morning shootaround. Hornacek invoked the name of Sixers coach Brett Brown, the practitioner of the Sixers’ multi-year tank job, in trying to find the right balance this season. It’s the first time the Knicks coach overtly acknowledged there may

Lance Thomas wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Carmelo

At least one Knick is going to miss Carmelo Anthony. Immensely. Knicks small forward Lance Thomas penned a gushing, 2,000-word, emotional letter to Carmelo Anthony published in The Players’ Tribune, branding Anthony as an incredible, unsung leader, forever his idol, and sharing an anecdote about him schooling a boastful young Knick