The Knicks’ 201-game sellout streak at Madison Square Garden came to an end during Wednesday night’s preseason game (Oct. 8).
The streak included preseason, regular season, and playoff games.
The Knicks still have a regular season/playoff sellout streak of 97 games.
Moke Hamilton, NBA Analyst
It may be a bit soon to declare Kristaps Porzingis a Hall-of-Famer, but at least now, after the Knicks captured a 100-81 victory over Brazilian club team Paschoalotto Bauru on Wednesday night, we can officially call him an NBA player.
Playing under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden for the first time, the Latvian rookie was admittedly anxious. Porzingis wouldn’t convert on his first basket until 2:06 remained in the game’s first half, but after connecting with fellow rookie Jerian Grant on a pick-and-pop opportunity, Porzingis was able to settle down.
“It was a relief,” Porzingis said of his first basket. “I was like ‘Okay, I’m good. Don’t worry about nothing, just whenever you have a shot, take it, and if not, keep playing.’ That moment, I realized I gotta just let the game flow.”
And that, he did.
In his debut, the forward posted just seven points on 2-for-6 shooting from the field, but he never appeared out of sorts or lost on the floor.
“[He] was solid,” coach Derek Fisher said of Porzingis, who started the game at power forward and turned in 21 minutes.
“He’s learning so much every single time he steps out there on the floor. I thought it was a good experience for him to start to learn,” Fisher said. “The game here at Madison Square Garden with the lights bright is a different experience than summer league or training camp practices, so I thought he was good.”
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From the New York Post:
Knicks coach Derek Fisher is involved in a romantic relationship with the estranged wife of his former teammate Matt Barnes — and when Barnes found out over the weekend, he allegedly attacked Fisher, sources tell Page Six.
Prior to the Knicks game on Wednesday night, Fisher briefly spoke about the situation (Oct. 7).
“I’m here, I’m focused,” Fisher said. “It’s not something that’s going to take me away from who we are and what we’re trying to do.”
NBA security is aware of the confrontation, reports Adrian Wojnarowski (Oct. 7).
New York Knicks legend Harry Gallatin has passed away at the age of 88 (Helin, Oct. 7).
Gallatin, who played for the Knicks from 1948-57, once held the record for consecutive games played with 610. He was nicknamed “The Horse,” and averaged 11.9 rebounds and 13 points per game over a 10-year career. Gallatin was named an All-Star seven times while playing in New York and is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer
It’s official: a new season is here, and with it comes an opportunity for the Knicks to start fresh and put last year behind them. With a bevy of new faces and some potentially reliable returning ones as well, there’s hope that New York may be able to develop a rhythm, come together, and excel even more in the triangle offense.
All of that, of course, begins Wednesday night when the team plays its first preseason game against Bauru (Brazil) at The Garden. There will be some growing pains along the way and obviously some offseason rust to shake off. That said, here are a few things to look for, not only in game one, but throughout the preseason.
Continuity: A major key to the Knicks’ finding success this season will be their respective ability to keep the ball moving. While Carmelo Anthony easily excels in creating his own offense, he can’t do it all by himself. The team will hopefully benefit from contributions by multiple players if they’re able to spread the wealth and create a balanced attack. Keep the defense guessing. New York certainly employs enough players who can score the basketball. Displaying good offensive flow will ensure that the pressure no longer falls on the shoulders of one or two individuals. Of course, everyone needs to keep moving well without the ball too, in order to create better spacing. This often leads to easier and smarter shot selection. To read more of this story, click here
Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter
The Knicks on Tuesday officially named Mike Miller head coach of their D-League franchise, the Westchester Knicks.
We reported back in August that Miller would get the job, replacing the fired Kevin Whitted.
“We are excited to welcome Mike and his family to the Westchester Knicks,” said Westchester Knicks general manager Allan Houston. “Mike brings a wealth of experience in coaching and developing players and will be a great leader for us as we look to evolve and advance our team into the future.”
Miller joins the Westchester Knicks after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Austin Spurs, the NBA Development League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. Austin went 32-18 in the 2014-15 season, clinching the Southwestern Division title.
Miller brings over 25 years of coaching experience to Westchester. Prior to joining the Spurs, he served as an assistant to UC Riverside during the 2012-2013 season. From 2005-2012, Miller was the head coach at Eastern Illinois University. Before leading the Panthers, Miller spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas State University (2000-2005).
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.