The Knicks announced Frank Ntilikina will miss the rest of the season with his re-aggravated groin, ending an alarmingly poor second season in the NBA.
The Knicks, according to a source, will explore their options on Draft Night in June, especially after they obtained point guard Dennis Smith Jr. in the Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster trade two months ago. Ntilikina and Smith never played together even as David Fizdale wanted to see how their varied skills meshed together in the backcourt.
Stefan Bondy: Frank Ntilikina is out for the remainder of the season with his groin injury.
Stefan Bondy: Kevin Knox (sprained right ankle) is out for the rest of the night and Frank Ntilikina (sore groin) is doubtful.
Marc Berman: Frank Ntilikina: "I’m really excited about being back on the floor with my guys. Being on the side for such a long time was really frustrating but I was doing everything in my power to keep improving. That feeling of being back in a jersey is so different than being in a suit.''
Marc Berman: Frank Ntilikina on not playing again: “I made a lot of progress during 5-on-5 action. It’s been a while. I need a little more rhythm and intensity practice. I just want to go through another 5-on-5 with me being free with my movement."
Marc J. Spears: Knicks say Frank Ntilikina (sore groin) was re-evaluated yesterday. He is improving and will progress his on-court activity this week, including controlled contact. He will be re-evaluated after the team’s road trip.
Ian Begley: Frank Ntilikina (groin) did not practice on Wednesday. He will be re-evaluated Friday. Emmanuel Mudiay (shoulder) did practice.
Mike Vorkunov: Frank Ntilikina will be re-evaluated after the last All-Star break. Mario Hezonja will start tonight for the Knicks and Noah Vonleh will come off the bench.
Stefan Bondy: Frank Ntilikina (groin injury) is expected to be out until after the All-Star break, according to a source.
Some in the Knicks front office were enamored with Smith Jr. ahead of the 2017 NBA draft, sources said. The Knicks instead selected Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick. Ntilikina's name has come up in recent trade discussions, including informal talks between New York and Dallas about the possibility of moving Porzingis, sources told ESPN. New York will continue to try to trade disgruntled center Enes Kanter ahead of the Feb. 7 trade deadline, sources told ESPN.
Steve Popper: Fizdale said that he hopes it is not long for Ntilikina with the groin strain but they won’t rush it and it could be a week or two.
Frank Ntilikina’s sprained left ankle is trending in the right direction. After missing the past three games, the French point guard may be active Sunday against the 76ers at the Garden after taking part in Saturday’s practice. “There’s a chance,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said.
Ntilikina is being listed as questionable for the game. The other injured youngster, center Mitchell Robinson, however, will remain out with a groin injury. Fizdale said there is a shot he could return Thursday against the Wizards in London, though it’s not “set in stone.” Robinson has missed the past 12 games, first due to a left ankle injury and now a groin problem.
Steve Popper: No Enes Kanter (illness), Frank Ntilikina (sprained left ankle) or Mitchell Robinson (groin strain) for Knicks tonight versus Indiana.
The injury occurred after he got stripped by Josh Hart and raced back on defense. Ntilikina’s return is unclear and it sounds more than minor. The Frenchman said he was happy X-rays were negative, but there’s a chance he undergoes an MRI exam to determine the extent of the tendon damage. “I wasn’t on the court, but I’m happy we got that win,’’ Ntilikina said. “I’m trying to be positive and get that ankle to be OK real quick. We’re going to see day-to-day. Thankfully the X-rays of the bones were OK. Now we’re going to see and do the best to get back on the court real quick.’’
Mike Vorkunov: Frank Ntilikina won't play tonight because of a groin injury, Knicks say. Isaiah Hicks will play.
Al Iannazzone: Ntilikina (illness) will not play vs Pistons. O'Quinn starts at center with Kanter out and Troy Williams is starting at small forward.
Emmanuel Mudiay is a penetrating point guard who can set up his teammates, which is something the Knicks need. He’s averaging 9.7 points and 5.0 assists in three games with the Knicks. But the Knicks also need to see what Ntilikina can do with significant minutes. He’s only 19 and if his offense catches up with his defense, he could prove to be a find. When the Knicks were winning early in the season, Ntilikina was closing games. His defense was critical. But Jeff Hornacek went away from that because he felt Ntilikina “hit a little bit of a wall.” Hornacek also noted that the tendinitis in Ntilikina’s knee limited him, and the Knicks were trying to be smart and not play him heavy minutes.
“[Frank Ntilikina] just looked exhausted sometimes,” Jeff Hornacek said. “His knee hurt for a while there, and that’s stuff we have to build up. And again, this is going to be a great last 23 games for him because, we’ll see, can he play the 30 minutes without his knees hurting? Part of that is growth. He’s young. But these last two practices, we’ve had hard practices, guys are going extremely hard. And he’s looked really good and he’s not complaining about any knee issues so the rest may have done him some good.”
However, Ntilikina reported his knee started hurting not on just one play, but an ailment that has brewed “over time.’’ The Frenchmen still hoped to be back for Tuesday’s game against the Bucks at the Garden. “It’s been like a month,” Ntilikina said. “It [felt] a little sore. Now it feels a little more sore. It will be all right.”
Ian Begley: Frank Ntilikina didn’t play in 2nd half due to knee soreness. He said it’s unrelated to knee issues that sidelined him in summer league/preseason. “It was just over time. It’s been like a month, I feel my knee a little sore. Now it was a little more. It’s going to be all right.”
Frank Ntilikina’s rookie season took another turn in the wrong direction when he twisted his right ankle in Tuesday’s practice and missed his third game in the Knicks’ 115-86 win over Miami on Wednesday. It was the same ankle that sidelined him after the season opener for two games. Ntilikina, 19, said the injury isn’t related to his severe ankle sprain that occurred the day after the Knicks lost in Oklahoma City when he went sprawling to the court. Nevertheless, coach Jeff Hornacek said once an ankle is twisted like it was last month, it probably wouldn’t have healed 100 percent by now.
New York Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina is expected to play Friday against the Brooklyn Nets after missing the previous two games with a left ankle injury. Ntilikina injured his ankle during practice last Saturday and returned to practice without limitation on Thursday. The ankle injury was the latest in a series of ailments that has limited the 19-year-old early in his career.
Tommy Beer: On MSG broadcast, Frank Ntilikina says he is ankle is feeling “a lot better” and he thinks that he will be back “in the next couple days.”
Jeff Hornacek says Frank Ntilikina will not play on Tuesday against Boston due to an ankle injury. Ntilikina missed most of practice Monday but Hornacek said the rookie's lateral movement has improved and the Knicks hope to have him back for Friday's game against Brooklyn. Ntilikina has missed two games with the ankle sprain, which he suffered in practice Friday. He missed the final four games of the preseason with a knee contusion and the entire summer league with a similar injury. Hornacek said the organization isn't worried about Ntilikina, whom they selected with the No. 8 overall pick, being injury-prone. The coach said the 19-year-old's ailments are a result of playing with maximum effort. "He's playing as hard as he can .... I can't complain about that."
Ntilikina, who the Knicks took with the No. 8 pick, rolled his ankle when he was boxing out Willy Hernangomez during a four-on-four game Friday. Ntilikina laid on the floor and had to be helped to the locker room. He said he’s “a little bit upset” he can’t play, but he was relieved it’s not that serious.
Ntilikina said it didn’t swell up much over night. He ran during shootaround but he had trouble going side-to-side. He hopes to play Tuesday at Boston. “It’s nothing serious,” he said. “On the play I felt it a lot. Ten minutes after I was OK . . . It’s not as bad as it can be. I was a little bit scared about it. After the night I was confident it wasn’t very serious.”
Stefan Bondy: Source said Ntilikina simply turned his ankle and is feeling much better while getting treatment. Knicks listing him as questionable for Sat
During a competitive game of 4-on-4, Ntilikina hobbled off the floor before going to the ground, clutching his left ankle. The Frenchmen was clearly in a lot of pain and stayed down for several minutes. “Looked like I thought he maybe stepped on Willy’s [Hernangomez] foot,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said shortly after the incident. “[Frank] went to box him out and it looked like he stepped on his foot. Hopefully it’s not too bad.”
Ian Begley: Barring some unforeseen setback, both Frank Ntilikina (knee) and Kristaps Porzingis (hip) will play in the Knicks' season opener Thursday.
Ian Begley: Frank Ntilikina (knee) didn't participate in contact portions of practice today. Kristaps Porzingis participated in all of practice.
Porzingis, who has a sore hip, practiced on a limited basis with the team Thursday. Ntilikina, who has a bruised right knee, missed his second straight day of practice though he did shoot on his own for an extended period. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek did not rule out an appearance by either player but sounded as if he’s inclined to hold both out so they are ready to go for the regular-season opener Thursday at Oklahoma City.
Ian Begley: Ntilikina (knee) did not practice today. Porzingis (hip) was limited to non-contact portions of practice. Noah (illness) did not practice.
The hope is Ntilikina, the eighth pick in June’s draft, will return to practice in the next few days and get on the court for the preseason finale Friday against the Wizards at the Garden.
Al Iannazzone: Knicks won't have Porzingis, (hip), Ntilikina (knee), Kuzminskas (calf), McDermott (finger) tonight vs. Rockets. But Ron Baker is available
Al Iannazzone: Porzingis will play tonight. Ntilikina is out tonight and it sounds like tomorrow too with a bruised knee.
Al Iannazzone: No Ntilikina tonight in D.C. and it sounds like he may miss the next preseason game Sunday at Nets.
Al Iannazzone: Hornacek said Ntilikina won't play tomorrow. He doesn't think it has anything to do with summer knee issue. Said he banged knees with Enes.
Alan Hahn: Ntilikina missed practice today with a sore groin. Doesn’t sound serious, but needs to show durability. Missed SL with sore knee. #Knicks
Frank Ntilikina was on the court running and doing some light shooting before the game, and working out after it. Ntilikina’s bruised right knee is improving but there is no guarantee he will play in one of the Knicks’ remaining two summer league games. The Knicks’ first-round pick hasn’t played in their first three — all losses.
June 30, 2022 | 12:16 am EDT Update
“When Kyrie announced he was opting in, I was like ‘okay, we can move on. This won’t be a thing,’ said Windhorst. “But that’s not what my phone was telling me. That’s not what the executives were telling me. That’s not what the agents were telling me. They are saying this ain’t over, because the Nets made it clear to everybody they did not want the status quo. If nothing else changed, they were not going to be happy. They were not sure if that this satisfied that situation.
“It was not just because of the lack of the vaccine mandate. The entire way that Kyrie operated for the last couple of seasons, not just what happened with the vaccine, was part of what Sean Marks, and really by proxy Joe Tsai, was talking about at the end of the season. “I would like to say this can be put to bed, but that’s not what my sources are saying. They don’t know if this is going to work.”
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Get Up that organizations will keep calling about both Irving and Kevin Durant: “Teams are going to continue to touch base with Brooklyn to make sure that they plan to keep this group together,” Wojnarowski said.
Harden owns a $47 million player option for 2022-23 and the deadline to act on it is Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the possibility of Harden declining that option and taking a discount to improve the Sixers’ financial freedom is something entertained by both the star guard and the organization. “In a perfect world for the Sixers, and I think in James Harden’s mind, opting out of that deal and then negotiating a new contract here when free agency opens, gives the Sixers a lot more financial flexibility to go and improve this team in the offseason,” Wojnarowski said. “He can still get long-term, guaranteed money or certainly guaranteed money at a very high number over a couple of years by opting out and it gives the Sixers the ability to add to their roster.
Wojnarowski added that he believes “Harden’s gonna be in Philly … on a new deal,” one that would allow the Sixers to bolster their roster in free agency and “get better in the East to compete for a championship.”
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said on the most recent The Hoop Collective podcast that he would “keep an eye on Indiana” in regards to restricted free agent Deandre Ayton and that the Pacers were interested in a potential Ayton trade before last season’s February trade deadline (38:20 mark), though the Suns didn’t want to break up their core at the time.