New York Knicks Rumors
Ian Begley: In a blog written on a company website, Knicks GM Scott Perry described how his background as an athlete, coach and executive shapes his views and approach as general manager. He offers some insight into his thoughts on the future of the Knicks. “There are no shortcuts,” he writes. “Reshaping the Knicks as a championship contender will be a step-by-step process, and along the way, the plan will demand patience, as our young core of Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangómez, Frank Ntilikina and Ron Baker mature. But allow me to add a twist. I don’t view my job as an either-or proposition. A general manager — especially in today’s world of free agency and player movement — must always have his antenna up for all possibilities.” Perry didn’t mention any other Knicks in his blog, including Carmelo Anthony, whom the Knicks have hoped to trade.
After missing the Knicks’ voluntary workouts, Porzingis, seemingly in no hurry to return, will be at Monday’s start of training camp for Media Day. He may or may not explain his shocking and unpopular decision to blow off an exit meeting with Jackson, Mills and Hornacek. According to an NBA source, Knicks brass was happy with his performance in Europe and fine with the timing of his New York return. (Hernangomez, whose Spanish squad won bronze, and Kuzminskas haven’t arrived to Tarrytown either; Euro training camps began in late July for the trio.)
The Knicks’ loyal fan base is the best thing the organization has going for it. The Post has learned season-ticket renewal rate is up 1 percent over last season. This despite coming off a fourth straight season out of the playoffs, Jackson’s firing and new management emphasizing player development rather than playoffs.
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Anthony’s camp is cautiously optimistic that a deal will be struck before Monday, and trying not to think about the potential media circus that will take place if Carmelo is still with the Knicks. Two weeks ago, Carmelo’s wife, La La, said the family thought a trade would have been completed by now. Mentally, Carmelo and his family have moved on to Houston. Reality is another story. Hopefully, Mills and Perry will have the right answers when they address the media on Friday because the Carmelo issue isn’t going away until he goes away.
Veteran point guard Jarrett Jack says he’s 100 percent healthy after he was limited to two games last season due to a right knee injury. He’s been working out at the Knicks training facility with rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina and others. “Really long arms, really active defensively,” Jack said of Ntilikina, who has a 7-0 wingspan. “Great size. Just looking forward to giving him all the game that I’ve gotten over these 13 years… He has a great pace to him. He’s crafty, definitely going to cause a lot of problems on the defensive end which in turn can hopefully lead to some easy buckets on offense.”
Joakim Noah is back on the court and his physique is still impressive. The Knicks center, who will be suspended for the first 12 games of this season for using a PED, has been working out at the team’s training facility and apparently “looks great,” according to teammate Michael Beasley. “I mean, he’s cut up. He’s got 25 abs right now,” Beasley said. “He’s in shape. Y’all know he’s strong as hell.”