/Knicks Focus on Fresh Start on Eve of Opener

Knicks Focus on Fresh Start on Eve of Opener


Kristaps Porzingis (6), the Knicks’ top draft choice, said he was relying on the team’s veterans to help him keep his emotions in check heading in to the season opener.

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Kristaps Porzingis was not around last season when the Knicks were plunging to the depths. But he said he could relate. His team in Spain was not exactly vying for a championship, and he dealt with his share of dysfunction.

“We had a similar situation in Spain,” Porzingis said. “Maybe not as bad. But you realize how hard it is to win.”

This is not a foreign concept to people who have been employed by the Knicks in recent seasons. Nor is this news to fans who have paid to witness their struggles. The Knicks were equal parts punch line and roadkill in losing 65 games last season, a franchise record for futility.

On Tuesday, though, the Knicks were undefeated as they looked ahead to Wednesday’s season opener against the Bucks…

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