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Saturday / July 20.
  • Knicks on track for worst record in franchise history – Talk about ‘Stop tryin for Zion’

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    The Knicks not only own the NBA’s worst record, but they could well finish with the worst record in franchise history.

    Saturday’s loss to Toronto was the team’s 16th straight defeat. They haven’t won at Madison Square Garden since Dec. 1 — more than two months ago.

    Zion Williamson and Duke have more wins (1) at the Garden during that time than the Knicks.

    At 10-45, the Knicks are honing in on the worst record in franchise history (17-65), achieved in 2014-15. If they manage to go 6-21 or worse over the remaining 27 games they would bottom out with the worst record in team history.

    The Knicks still have a 14 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick and a 52.1 percent shot at a top-4 pick. Phoenix and Cleveland share the same odds. (The Knicks also have about a 50 percent chance at the No. 5 pick.)

    And to be clear, Josh Newman and I coined the phrase ‘Stop Tryin’ for Zion’ back in September.)

    “If they draft me, I would love to play for the Knicks,” the 6-foot-7 Williamson said after Duke beat Texas Tech last month at the Garden. “I don’t really care where I go, just the experience of being in the NBA. Whoever wants me and whoever sees the most in me, that’s where I want to be.”

    Williamson also told me on Saturday that it would be “dope” to play with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, two free-agent targets of the Knicks (and many other teams.)

    Photo: Duke

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.