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1-0, 1st in Atlantic

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are struggling to slow Brooklyn down and have given up several open perimeter looks in transition. That's part of the reason that the Nets are up 9 and shooting 66 percent from the floor early in the second quarter.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Nice ovation for Sam Darnold at the Barclays Center, where he is sitting courtside for Friday's Knicks-Nets game.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale on Knicks-Nets: "I think both of our teams need to start winning a lot more before we call this a serious rivalry. You've got to earn that." Next time Knicks-Nets rivalry will really matter is July 1, 2019.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Just saw Brooklyn owner Mikhail Prokhorov at the Barclays Center for tonight's Knicks-Nets game.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) remains out.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Mitchell Robinson (ankle) will play tonight against Brooklyn. Courtney Lee (neck) remains out.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson on NYK rookie Kevin Knox: "When I watch him play he just seems like a guy who has been in the league for eight years. He just seems like a pro. I just see a nice calm to his game."

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Brandon Ross, an analyst from BTIG, has an interesting view of MSG's plans to to spin-off its sports business from its entertainment business. Here's Ross on the possibility of Dolan eventually selling a controlling interest in the Knicks (part IV): "There's no indication thus far but not it's far-fetched to believe it would happen further down the road." In June, amid off-base speculation that Dolan was planning to sell a controlling interest of his teams, MSG released a statement saying: "There are no plans to sell the Knicks or the Rangers." In a bigger-picture sense, Ross believes Dolan, 63, is thinking about his long-term legacy at this point and wants it to include work in the entertainment industry. "He's spoken about (the entertainment industry) as an industry that hasn't been disrupted since, really, going back to the ancient times in Greece," Ross says. "And he wants to build something that changes that experience. Because it's so expensive to do that and because he's more passionate about that then he is about the teams, he's willing to give up some ownership of the teams."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Ross, an analyst from BTIG, on MSG's plans to to spin-off its sports business from its entertainment business (part III): "(Knicks owner James Dolan) feels that there is more opportunity on the entertainment side and he's not very bullish about the long-term future of professional sports, including the NBA. Despite the fact that the NBA has had such a banner year…. He thinks that the long-term future of TV is basically non-existent. He thinks that whole bundle is falling apart. And that's going to make it much more difficult to keep up the profitability of a major sports. It's not something I really disagree with. It's not far-fetched at all. And he thinks that the live experience is going to gain more importance as we become even more digital and there's even more digital experiences for us. And that television is going to become much less important. It's a smart observation. It's actually an observation that – I've spoken with many owners across many leagues – he was actually first to it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Ross, an analyst from BTIG, on MSG's plans to to spin-off its sports business from its entertainment business (part II): "While there are new opportunities for revenue in pro sports such as globalization of the NBA and sports betting, nothing will be as profitable as the TV rights streams that teams have enjoyed. There is uncertainly as to what those will look like in the future as the multichannel bundle remains under stress. We are unsure as to the extent to which other platforms such as Facebook and Amazon will be there to take the torch. Jim realized that and believes the live entertainment business has a bright global future. It hasn't changed much for many years and the opportunity is there to disrupt business."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Ross, an analyst from BTIG, has an interesting read on the recent events at Madison Square Garden and Knicks owner James Dolan. MSG announced plans to spin-off its sports business from its entertainment business recently and filed an initial Form 10 registration with the SEC for the proposed spin-off earlier this month. Ross believes the move is tied, in part, to Dolan's belief that the long-term future of television is dim and it may lead to a decline in the profitability of major sports teams/leagues. Ross: "At the end of the day, what this comes down to is that Jim (Dolan) is much more interested in building out the entertainment business than he is in managing the sports teams, or owning the sports teams. Essentially, he's selling interest in the sports teams to fund the entertainment business which he believes has a more compelling future."

Stephen A. calls out Barkley for 'ignorant' statement on Porzingis (1:16)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kenny Smith says on an Inside The NBA conference call that the Knicks need to play in a way that's attractive to free agents this season. If they don't attract free agents this summer, Smith says, ‘this could be a very long decade.' Smith, who interviewed for the Knicks' head coaching vacancy, believes the club is headed in the right direction. On the conference call, Smith asks TNT's Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal, two past franchise players, if they would sign with the Knicks as agents this summer if Kristaps Porzingis sits out the season. Both say they would. Barkley: "We know Porzingis can play. He just got hurt." Also, Barkley called first-year Knicks head coach David Fizdale a ‘good' ‘stable' coach who is ‘going to bring some of that Miami toughness to the table.'

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Inside The NBA's Charles Barkley says he thinks Kristaps Porzingis should sit out the entire season while rehabbing from ACL surgery. “The Knicks are probably going to be out of the playoff picture by the time he's eligible to come back (so) I wouldn't play Porzingis this year, personally. I'd get the best draft pick I can get (and) bring him back healthy next year,” Barkley said on a conference call with others from the show. “…. For him to come back and (the Knicks) win three or five more games and they're the No. 8 seed instead being in the lottery that doesn't (make sense).”

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Charles Barkley on the Knicks: "I think (president) Steve (Mills) and (GM) Scott (Perry) are finally trying to do it the right way," Barkley said a conference call to promote Inside The NBA. "The biggest problem with the Knicks for the last 20 years – they always tried to plug in guys. They were kind of caught in no-man's land. They were trying to win and plug guys in and give guys bad contracts. I think what Scott and Steve are doing, they're being patient. It all depends on (Kristaps) Porzingis' health as far as this year. (Tim) Hardaway Jr. was fantastic last night. A lot of people like the young kid (Kevin) Knox. He's not bashful." Barkley adds of NYK: "They haven't played a game yet. So I'm not going to go overboard. (The Hawks game) doesn't count."

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Charles Barkley on an Inside The NBA conference call says he doesn't think Kristaps Porzingis should come back this season. He thinks it's best for the Knicks if Porzingis sits out so NYK can put themselves in position to get the highest draft pick possible.

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In an interview with The Michael Kay Show, Knicks president Steve Mills was asked about the idea that the Knicks need to change the way they're perceived in order to become a destination for free agents. "We think that if we do all the things that we think we have to do to make our current group of guys comfortable and excited about being here, this will be an attractive place for free agents. Our goal is to change the culture for the guys that are here, change the culture for the people that work here. Make this a place that people want to play. And if we do that, then the free agent stuff - when we get a time to really focus on free agency - this will be a place where people want to play." After waiving and stretching Joakim Noah's contract and declining to extend Kristaps Porzingis' contract, the Knicks are close to having enough cap space to sign a max free agent in the summer of 2019.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In an interview on The Michael Kay Show, Knicks president Steve Mills reiterated that owner James Dolan is on board with his plan to rebuild the team. "He's fine with it. He's given me the authority to build out a group and that's when I hired (GM) Scott (Perry) and we hired (head coach (David) Fizdale and we laid out a plan. And his view is as long as we're sticking to this plan, he is completely on board. And I will say, you know what? You have a right to be skeptical. And all we can do is do the things that we say we're going to do and judge us on that. and if we go off kilter and we do something, it's not on Jim. It's on me and Scott and Fizdale. So he's given us the room to do this and we're going to stick to the plan." Mills said he's heard from Knicks ticketing and marketing employees that fans have responded well to their message but added that there were 1,000 tickets still available for the opener a few hours before tip-off.

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Knicks president Steve Mills, who has worked at Madison Square Garden in several different roles over a roughly 15-year period, was asked on The Michael Kay Show if this year has a different vibe. "It really feels different, it feels good. The connection between everybody … What's interesting about this team is that there are guys on this team who are fighting for their professional lives. But the camaraderie among the group, because they've been together, is (strong). They're really rooting for eachother. They're competing with eachother but their rooting for eachother and that hasn't been the case with most of the teams that I've been around here."

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Tim Hardaway Jr., who had a game-31 for the Knicks in their win over Atlanta, appreciated the team's pace on opening night. They played at the fastest pace among teams who have played games so far. New York ranked 17th in pace last season. "It's excellent. It wasn't only me and (Trey Burke). (Allonzo Trier) came in and gave us a spark as well... Frank Ntilikina did a great job pushing the pace, getting deflections, getting steals and pushing the ball. Anytime that a guy can get a rebound one through four - even Enes or Noah - if they get the ball we're all running, we're all pushing. It was great to see everybody get out in attack mode and get easy buckets."

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Knicks coach David Fizdale on his first game as Knicks head coach, a 19-point win over Atlanta. “Awesome. Dream come true. I can't really put it into words. My brother (Robert Walker) was here to watch, my wife was here, my best friend growing up - I'm not going to date myself, but 38 years I've been friends with this guy. Yeah, it was great. And my mom was watching at home so it means a lot.” Fizdale said having his brother at Madison Square Garden was “a big deal for me. He's the one who bought me my first pair of hoop shoes. The thing that made me want to be a basketball player is my brother saying, ‘hey you some of these (basketball shoes) to do that.' And I told him that. Remember why you got into this. Lose all of the glamour and stuff like that. One day in your life somebody triggered it in you and my brother was that guy so that's the part I think is really special for me.”

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Allonzo Trier celebrated his second-quarter dunk with 3-time dunk contest champ Nate Robinson, who sat courtside tonight: "I'm from Seattle, we're from the same neighborhood..... He's seen me since I first started playing this game so that was cool."

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David Fizdale on Frank Ntilikina: "I thought he played a great game. You don't see it on the stat sheet but it stood out. You can't say he didn't get after it. He made it tough. Every catch, every entry pass, every shot was contested, every rotation was right. He's an elite defender. Three steals, one block. One assist. Five rebounds. I'm just really happy with the way he's adapted to this role and hopefully he can keep growing."

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In his NBA debut, Atlanta's Trae Young had 14 points on 5-for-14 shooting and five assists in 33 minutes during the Hawks' 19-point loss. "Made a few turnovers that I wasn't making in the preseason. I could have played a lot better," said Young, who had four turnovers. "But that's going to happen. I'm going to continue to grow."

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Team Stats

Points Per Game126.03rd
Rebounds Per Game46.0Tied-14th
Assists Per Game21.0Tied-12th
Points Allowed107.0Tied-11th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2018-19101.000
2017-182953.354
2016-173151.378
2015-163250.390
2014-151765.207