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2018
29-53, 4th in Atlantic

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff is interviewing coaches for his staff with the knowledge that Keith Smart will join David Fizdale as an assistant with the Knicks, per ESPN sources. Smart will be a top assistant on Fizdale's staff.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks met with Kentucky small forward Kevin Knox at the NBA Draft Combine, the player told reporters in Chicago.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke big man Wendell Carter Jr. told reporters at the NBA Draft Combine that he interviewed with the Knicks at the event.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Wendell Carter, Jr. says one of the last questions the Knicks asked him in his interview was how he thought he would fit playing alongside Kristaps Porzingis.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are among the teams Miami's Lonnie Walker IV interviewed with at the NBA Draft Combine, per a team source. New York is one of several teams with a top-10 pick that interviewed Walker at the combine, the source says. The 19-year-old measured at 6-4.5 with a 6-10.25 wingspan and with 5 percent body fat at the combine. Walker is currently projected as the 13th pick to the Los Angeles Clippers in ESPN's latest mock draft.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks have interviewed - or will interview - Michigan State's Miles Bridges, Alabama's Collin Sexton, Missouri's Michael Porter Jr., the players told reporters at the NBA Draft Combine.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks GM Scott Perry was asked on ESPN's Draft Combine show if he'll be targeting one position with the club's first-round pick (9th overall) or if he'll select the best player available. "We're still in that talent acquisition phase. Obviously, it's no secret that we could use some more help at the wing position. So when we get down to the ninth pick, at the end of the day, we're going to pick the very best player," Perry said. "If it happens to be a wing, then so be it. If there is a clear delineation at another position in terms of talent, then we'll probably opt to go that direction and get the very best talent we can get."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

On ESPN's Draft Combine Show, Knicks coach David Fizdale is asked how he plans to build a relationship with All Star big man Kristaps Porzingis. "Step-by-step. I won't skip a step. I'll spend a ton of time with he and his family. I want to hear their experience and what they see going forward for Kristaps and how I can interject and help him in any way become what I think he can be, which is an MVP-caliber player. Part of that goes along with winning. And I know that's what he's ready to do. So I want to make sure that they see, from my standpoint, that we're connected, that the vision is the same, that we want the same culture. And that we all have the same thing in mind, which is eventually holding the trophy in New York."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks GM Scott Perry, speaking on ESPN's NBA Draft Combine show, reiterates that the club plans to take the best player available with the ninth pick. Perry says if that player ends up being a wing, which is an area of need, "so be it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Per reporters in Chicago for the NBA Draft Combine, new Knicks head coach David Fizdale will meet with Enes Kanter on Wednesday night. Kanter, who has an $18.6 million player option for next season, is in Chicago at the moment.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Things can change drastically between now & draft night on June 21. But before the NBA Lottery, people in the NYK organization were fans of Mikal Bridges, Miles Bridges & Collin Sexton, among others. As you'd imagine, some in the organization would be thrilled if Michael Porter Jr. fell in their laps.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Worth noting regarding the Knicks picking ninth in the draft: New York finished the season with the 9th-worst record in the NBA (29-53) after winning 5 of its last 13 games. The Knicks finished a game behind the Nets and two games behind the Kings and Bulls in the league's final standings.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks will select 9th in the 2018 NBA Draft. They had an 81.3 percent chance of landing the 9th pick after finishing with the league's ninth-worst record.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Reminder: odds for the Knicks entering the NBA Lottery tonight: 1.7 percent to land the No. 1 pick; 2.0 percent chance to land the No. 2 pick; 2.4 percent chance to land the No. 3 pick; 81.3 percent chance to land the No. 9 pick; 12.2 percent chance to land the No. 10 pick; 0.4 percent chance to land the No. 11 pick (per Tankathon).

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In an interview on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio, David Fizdale discussed what needs to happen for the Knicks to attract top free agents. He said the club needed to put a strong development program in place, establish a culture and a solid roster ‘to show them that you're not just going there because it's New York City. You're going there because you're about to join a culture and a coaching staff and an organization that deeply practices, every single day, the habits of a champion. When you start showing that through action, players are going to come. I really believe that."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale said he will play an important role in free agent recruitment for the Knicks. "That was a part of why, another reason why I felt good coming here," he said in an interview with WFAN. "(Knicks GM) Scott (Perry) and (Knicks president) Steve (Mills) want me to be a part of that. Do it from a coaching standpoint and always paint the picure for these players from a coaching perspective of how they'd be used and implemented into what we do. Being able to talk about the culture and detail from a coaching perspective to these free agents. And then recruiting. And then the fact that I've developed some really great relationships around the league and a reputation with these kids and players — that may make us more attractive once they see that we're doing things step by step the right way." Fizdale added: "It's not that (Mills and Perry) need the help.... The way that they talked to me in the interview process, I would have gone and played for them."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale on Knicks veteran Lance Thomas: "Lance is swiss-army knife type of player that can guard multiple positions and you can run offense through him," Fizdale said in an interview with WFAN. "I think he can push the ball off the break a lot like Draymond Green plays. Obviously, the thing I'm going to demand from Lance is to pay defense like Draymond and and be a guy that's pushing to be a first team all defender."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

David Fizdale on the Knicks' roster: "There's some guys that have some real potential there. I think Tim Hardaway Jr. obviously is a talent. And the way I want to play, he fits it perfectly. (Emmanuel) Mudiay has kind of been discarded a little bit because it didn't work out in the first place he went to but he's still a (No. 7) pick with a ton of talent," he said in an interview with WFAN. Fizdale said he's had success with coaching players who attack and get into the paint like Mudiay in the past, mentioning Tyreke Evans and Dwyane Wade. Fizdale added that he loves Frank Ntilikina's defensive disposition and his unselfishness.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Regarding the draft, Scott Perry says on ESPN Radio that it's ‘no secret' that the Knicks want to get more athletic and would benefit from a wing. But he reiterates that the club is looking to take the best player available, regardless of position. The GM says New York is ‘in talent acquisition mode.' "We've got to get the highest level of talent that we can get on our roster and we'll figure out all of the positions once they get in there," he said on Alan Hahn's "Hahn Solo" radio show on ESPN 98.7 FM.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In a tweet on Monday afternoon, a Knicks fan asked if Nick Van Exel was going to join the club as an assistant. Van Exel responded, "nah" via his verified account. So it appears that, for the moment, Van Exel will not be joining David Fizdale's staff.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Since the initial NBA Draft Lottery in 1985, the Knicks have been in 15 lotteries and owned their pick nine times. They've moved up just once in that span (in 1985, when they won the Lottery). Here are the Knicks' odds Tuesday: a 6.1 percent chance of landing the top-3; a 1.7 percent chance of getting the top pick; a 12.1 percent chance of sliding back to No. 10; an 81 percent chance of staying at No. 9. (*current lottery rules have been in place, essentially, since 1996).

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks GM Scott Perry on the team's ability to land an impact player in the draft: "I am confident we will be able to find a prospect who can help our team regardless of where we pick, as well as our scouting staff's ability to maximize our draft position," Perry said in a Q & A released by the Knicks ahead of Tuesday's lottery. "Each Draft is unique in terms of the level of contributions from that particular class and group of players. We know that franchise players are extremely hard to come by. With that said, each draft features a healthy number of players who are capable of contributing to winning teams either as starters or in important rotational roles. Our goal is to draft players who fit our plan and our culture, and develop them to the best of our ability as we become a sustainable, winning franchise." The Knicks finished with the 9th-worst record in the NBA and have a 6.1 percent chance of getting a top-3 pick during Tuesday's draft lottery.

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