Game recap: Raptors 83 — Knicks 80

Recap: The Knicks were outscored 25-11 in the third quarter to give up an eight-point halftime lead as they lost their preseason finale Friday in Montreal.


Need to Know: Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 24 points, 17 in the first half as the Knicks took a 46-38 halftime lead. Amare Stoudemire had 11 points and Shane Larkin 10.

The Knicks finished the preseason 3-4 as Derek Fisher picked up his first technical of his career as a coach.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 15 points, one of four Toronto players in double figures. Toronto shot 48 percent from two-point range, but was just 2-for-13 from three. The Knicks shot 32 percent from the floor, and were 5-for-21 from three.

The Knicks forced 19 turnovers and had 13 steals. Toronto had six steals and forced 11 turnovers.

The Knicks’ Samuel Dalembert, a Montreal native, addressed the crowd in French before the game, and the retired Dikembe Mutomobo followed suited later in the night.


Links: Box Score | Play by Play


What’s Next: The Knicks open the regular season next Wednesday against Chicago at Madison Square Garden. The next night, they travel to Cleveland to face LeBron James in his return to the Cavaliers.

The Knicks Blog Podcast: Derek Fisher’s rotation

Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton react to Carmelo Anthony’s comments about the Triangle offense and Amar’e Stoudemire’s use of red wine. Plus, the guys chat with the lead writer of The Knicks Blog, Keith Schlosser, about the new 30 for 30 documentary and Iman Shumpert.

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  • Melo’s comments
  • Derek Fisher’s rotation
  • Is Amar’e an asset?
  • Keith Schlosser calls in (13:25)
  • Amar’e likes red wine (31:05)
  • What’s caught my eye: Kobe, Blazers, Rockets

Knicks waive Sanchez, Mbenga

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

The Knicks have waived center Didier Mbenga and forward Orlando Sanchez.

The team has 15 guaranteed contracts and both players faced long odds to make the team. Sanchez will now play with the Westchester Knicks, the team’s D-League outfit, his agent B.J. Bass told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog.

Sanchez, a former St. John’s product, had hoped to make the team but Bass knew the odds were long.

“We both appreciate the opportunity the Knicks gave Orlando, bringing him to Vet Camp,” Bass said Friday. “Certainly we would have liked to have him play more in the preseason. Their depth at the 3-4 position made it difficult for Coach [Derek] Fisher to find enough time for him.

“I do know they like him a lot and will look to develop him in Westchester. This will give Orlando an opportunity to continue to develop in the Knicks system and, in parallel, showcase himself for other NBA teams that expressed interest in him before the season as well.”


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

Knicks’ Fisher: ‘I expect us to learn to be great’

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Derek Fisher said he expects the Knicks “to learn to be great.”

The first-year head coach said so in a wide-ranging interview with Steve Serby of The New York Post.

“I expect us to learn how to be great,” Fisher said, whose team plays its last preseason game tonight in Toronto before opening the season Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls at MSG. “How we quantify that, what that means in terms of number of wins, and making the playoffs and all those things — no doubt we want to make the playoffs and we’re capable of doing it.”

Fisher also said he had envisioned what it would be like to win a championship in New York, where the Knicks haven’t won since 1973.

“Yes,” he said. “I have absorbed and digested friends, and people that have expressed how great the city is when the Knicks are winning, and what that feels like and what that means to the people and to the communities … that’s the vision.”

On Carmelo Anthony, Fisher said people underestimate how much of a team player he truly is.

“I think he’s at times been kinda painted as a guy that thinks about himself first,” Fisher said. “It has been very apparent from conversations we’ve had over the summer, after he signed as a free agent, even a little bit before that when we talked to him as a free agent, and then the rest of the summer and into training camp, that he really is a team guy.”


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

TKB Radio with J.E. Skeets

Anthony Donahue was joined by J.E. Skeets, the host of NBA TV’s “The Starters,” on TKB Radio.

Knicks sign Jordan Vandenberg

The Knicks announced Thursday that they have signed C Jordan Vandenberg.

Vandenberg, 24, who was with the Knicks during the summer league, played for NC State last season.

Vandenberg will likely be assigned to the Knicks’ D-League team in Westchester.