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New York Knicks’ Willy Hernangomez Makes Spain’s National Team

August 31st, 2015 at 1:08 PM
By Zach Powell

When the New York Knicks' wrapped-up the draft earlier in the summer, all eyes seemed to be on their selection of fourth overall pick Kristaps Porzingis. However, the team is hoping for an eventual impact from one of Porzingis' former teammates, Willy Henangomez.

Hernangomez, a 6-foot-11 forward, will play for international powerhouse Real Madrid next season and will represent Spain at EuroBasket 2015.

The biggest advantage to Hernangomez's inclusion to the national team will be the time spent around perennial All-Star Pau Gasol. Knicks' team president Phil Jackson and head coach Derek Fisher have strong ties with Gasol, winning two championships during the their time with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Hernangomez was acquired by the Knicks for two future second-round picks from the Philadelphia 76ers and is expected to come over to the NBA following the 15-16' season.

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New York Knicks Announce 2015 Preseason Schedule

August 29th, 2015 at 11:16 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Knicks have officially released their 2015-2016 preseason schedule, which will include three games at home and three games away during the month of October.

Below is all of the times, dates, opponents and locations:

2015 Knicks Preseason Schedule
DateOpponentArenaTime
10/7vs. Paschoalotto/Bauru (Brazil)Madison Square Garden7:30 PM ET
10/9@ Washington WizardsVerizon Center7:00 PM ET
10/12vs. Philadelphia 76ersMadison Square Garden7:30 PM ET
10/16vs. Boston CelticsMadison Square Garden7:30 PM ET
10/17@ Charlotte HornetsTime Warner Cable Arena7:00 PM ET
10/22@ Boston CelticsTD garden7:00 PM ET

Tickets for their three preseason home games will go on sale Wednesday, September 9th at 12:00 PM ET. For additional New York Knicks ticket information visit nyknicks.com or call (877)-NYK-HOOP.

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New York Knicks Could End up with Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant Next Year: Report

August 28th, 2015 at 3:06 PM
By Dan Benton

Kevin Durant calls the Oklahoma City Thunder home and Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is expected to retire after the season, but there remains a slim chance — a very slim chance — that both end up on the New York Knicks in 2016.

During an interview on ESPN First Take, analyst and league expert Stephen A. Smith reported that Carmelo Anthony has been recruiting each to appear in front of the Madison Square Garden crowd in 2016.

"One of the things I've been hearing — I know for a fact — Carmelo Anthony has been and will continue to recruit Kevin Durant until the cows come home. I'm also hearing that Kevin Durant is giving the New York Knicks consideration. And there are people in NBA circles who have joked around about the possibility of Kobe Bryant — if not wanted by the Lakers — could end up playing in New York for a year with Melo and Kevin Durant."

Although Smith went on to say "I don't see it," he stresses it's possible because "Phil is in New York" for both Kobe and Durant, which apparently would be a huge draw for both (as opposed to one) alongside Carmelo.

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Carmelo Anthony Embraces Role as Leader; Hosts Work Out in Puerto Rico

August 27th, 2015 at 2:53 PM
By Zach Powell

New York Knicks' executive Phil Jackson challenged Carmelo Anthony to embrace more of a leadership role with the team this offseason. It seems as if Anthony is listening. The superstar forward gathered some of the team's younger players for a workout during his annual charity weekend in Puerto Rico.

Recently signed Kevin Seraphin posted a picture from Puerto Rico that included several members of the young Knicks' team including Lance Thomas, Cleanthony Early, Lou Amundson and rookies Jerian Grant and Kristaps Porzingis.

Anthony has been on record in years past about wanting to get players together for workouts in Puerto Rico. The workout also included player development staff employees Chris Brickley and Mubarak Malik.

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New York Knicks Rookie Kristaps Porzingis to Work with Kurt Rambis

August 27th, 2015 at 2:24 PM
By Zach Powell

It's no secret that Phil Jackson has hitched his wagon on the narrow shoulders of European prospect Kristaps Porzingis. The good news is that he's trusting his care to one of his closest confidants: New York Knicks' associate head coach Kurt Rambis.

It would make sense for Rambis, who is 6-foot-8, and played 14 seasons at power forward in the NBA, to mentor Porzingis as the 19-year-old learns to adjust to the rigors of the NBA. While few question Porgzingis' skillset that made him the number four overall pick in this summer's draft, many question how quickly the Latvian will be ready to make an impact in the Knicks every day lineup.

While Rambis didn't exactly set the league on fire during his time as a head coach, the veteran coach did spend time working in Los Angeles on Jackson's staff, and was an assistant while current Knicks' coach Derek Fisher played for the Lakers. He has the experience needed in the triangle offense to help Porzingis' pick up the offense quickly.

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