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‘They cannot pass the ball’ – Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas slams two Man Utd players following Liverpool draw

first_img‘They cannot pass the ball’ – Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas slams two Man Utd players following Liverpool draw Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 22 Oct 2019 10:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Nicholas claims Scott McTominay ‘cannot pass the ball’ (Picture: Getty)‘It is another awkward night for Manchester United, but 1-1 would be a decent result for them and that is saying something.’Solskjaer’s Manchester United held Premier League leaders Liverpool to a draw at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Adam Lallana cancelling out Marcus Rashford’s first-half opener.The draw means the Red Devils remain just 14th in the table, two points above the relegation zone, while Manchester City have closed the gap on Liverpool to six points.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Video Settings Full Screen Looking ahead to Manchester United’s Europa League clash against Serbian outfit Partizan on Thursday, the Gunners hero told Sky Sports: ‘This is another difficult game for Man Utd.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It was a Jose Mourinho-style performance against Liverpool.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I can never remember United, even when I have seen them on the back foot and having poor times, seeing them knock 50-60 yards to get five or six seconds breathing space. United nearly won ugly.‘Anthony Martial is fit and I think he will start, while Marcus Rashford started, scored and played well against Liverpool.‘Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want to go to a back four, but their midfield cannot keep the ball. Scott McTominay and Fred are grafting but they cannot pass the ball. Solksjaer insists: ‘no chance’ Rashford’s goal should’ve been ruled outTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:56FullscreenSolksjaer insists: ‘no chance’ Rashford’s goal should’ve been ruled outhttps://metro.co.uk/video/solksjaer-insists-no-chance-rashfords-goal-shouldve-ruled-out-2031492/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Academy graduate McTominay has a better reputation amongst United fans but Nicholas says he is still another player who lacks technical ability.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img About Connatix V67539 1 min. story PLAY Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has slammed two Manchester United players (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has criticised Fred and Scott McTominay, claiming the Manchester United pair ‘cannot pass the ball’.Brazilian midfielder Fred has endured a hugely disappointing start to his career at Old Trafford following a £52million move from Shakhtar Donetsk last year.The 26-year-old has been unable to cement a place in Manchester United’s starting XI, receiving substantial criticism from Red Devils fans over the past 16 months. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Ronaldo splashes £5.5m on luxurious yacht to mark Serie A win

first_imgHis girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez shared images on Instagram to give fans a peek inside.Ronaldo and Rodriguez set sail for the first time this week after the yacht caught the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s eye at the Azimut-Benetti shipyards in Viareggio. Loading… Manager Maurizio Sarri has vented his frustrations post-match and has threatened to play an under-23’s team this weekend.“Conceding 40 goals this season might be a concern, but tonight’s game was not,” he explained per Goal.“We had we injured players and we came off a championship win 68 hours ago, so it was an atypical game that should be taken for what it is. Cristiano Ronaldo has celebrated winning yet another league title by splashing £5.5 million on a new luxury yacht.Juventus were confirmed Serie A champions after a 2-0 victory over Sampdoria on Sunday and it’s the seventh league title of Ronaldo’s career.The 35-year-old has decided to commemorate the victory by splashing out on the vessel which boasts five cabins, six bathrooms, a large lounge as well as a kitchen. The Portuguese international picked out the yacht himself and also took his four children along.On the pitch, it’s been another scintillating season and Ronaldo has scored 31 goals in 33 league games this season.He is four goals behind Lazio’s Ciro Immobile in the Capocannoniere race with one game remaining.Juventus fell to a 2-0 defeat against Cagliari and they face Roma on Saturday in what will be their fifth game in 12 days.center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Read Also: FA Cup Final: How Chelsea will lineup vs Arsenal after latest injuries“We must become more solid. But we are the only ones in Europe who have played five games in 12 days, the league has created huge problems for us.“Let’s see how we are tomorrow and if it is appropriate to deploy the Under-23s on Saturday against Roma to make the best recovery.” Promoted Content11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90sWhat Our Favorite Celebs Look Like With Their Natural Hair ColorFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

FA Cup: Saints, Spurs in cagey duel

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Southampton vs. Tottenham Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium Kick off: 4PMTottenham Hotspur face Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium this afternoon with a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup on the line. Spurs have struggled for momentum under Jose Mourinho and are without back-to-back wins since November, while Southampton have hit top form with six wins in their last eight. Tottenham may have picked up a first win in five Premier League outings last time out, but they were far from convincing in their 2-1 victory over Norwich City. The top flight’s bottom side pegged Spurs back with 20 minutes remaining – Teemu Pukki’s penalty cancelling out a Dele Alli opener – but Son Heung-min spared his side’s blushes late on. It was a much-needed win for Mourinho’s men that keeps them in the hunt for a top-four finish, sitting as they do six points off Chelsea in the final Champions League qualifying berth. Finishing fourth is one of Mourinho’s aims in his first season at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, along with ending the club’s 12-year wait for some silverware. The one big blot on predecessor Mauricio Pochettino’s otherwise imperious record was a failure to lift any trophies, something Mourinho will be desperate to put right. After seeing off Middlesbrough at the second attempt in round three, winning 2-1 in North London following a 1-1 draw in the initial tie, the Lilywhites have been handed a tricky fourth-round tie. Only Liverpool and Manchester City are in better Premier League form than Southampton, who returned to winning ways in midweek with a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace. Whereas relegation was once a serious possibility, Ralph Hasenhuttl has transformed his side’s fortunes and momentum is very much on their side heading into this all-Premier League affair. In fact, Southampton were deserved 1-0 winners when these two sides met in the league a few weeks ago thanks to an impressive Danny Ings strike. Mourinho has only previously lost two games against an opponent in a single calendar month on one occasion. Should Hasenhuttl again come out on top this afternoon, Tottenham’s decision to replace Pochettino with the Portuguese will be called into question. Southampton possible XI: McCarthy, Danso, Stephens, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Redmond, Obafemi, Ings. Tottenham Hotspur possible XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Tanganga, Dier, Ndombele, Gedson, Lo Celso, Lucas, Son.Tags: FA CupJose MourinhoSouthamptonTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

Fit-again Andy Carroll can shine for West Ham and England – Slaven Bilic

first_img Press Association In front of England manager Roy Hodgson, the 26-year-old met Aaron Cresswell’s 79th-minute cross with a towering header for his first goal since January. Bilic put Carroll through his own personal pre-season once he had recovered from his latest injury, in a bid to stop him breaking down again, and he now feels West Ham – and England – will reap the rewards. “Andy is a big player for us, and also for England,” the Hammers manager said. “He is special. “He gives us a lot of options. It’s not just long balls, he is a great player, his quality has never been in doubt. We just needed to get him fit “Now we are in a really good situation with that and he should be fit long-term. Then West Ham and possibly England should have a great benefit.” Mauro Zarate fired West Ham ahead before Matic was shown a second yellow card, prompting a furious reaction from first-team coach Silvino Louro and a half-time exchange between Blues boss Mourinho and referee Jonathan Moss. Gary Cahill equalised for the 10 men but Mourinho, banished from the dug-out along with Louro, cut a lonely figure in the West Ham directors’ box as everyone around him celebrated Carroll’s winner, capping a memorable afternoon which lifted the Hammers up to third in the Premier League. “It’s a great feeling to score any goal, but obviously it has been a long time since I last scored,” Carroll told the club website. “To get the win as well is even better. “When I saw the ball come across I knew I had a chance to put it in and as soon as it went in it was a feeling like you really can’t describe. It might be a typical Andy Carroll goal, but I’ll take it. “I just want to be on the pitch and if it’s 20 or 25 minutes it’s a great feeling. Obviously I want to start, but it’s been a long injury and long time so I’ll take every minute I get.” Somewhat lost amidst the furore surrounding red cards to Jose Mourinho, a member of his coaching staff and midfielder Nemanja Matic on Saturday was the re-emergence of Carroll. The much-maligned frontman, who has spent most of his West Ham career on the treatment table, climbed off the bench to score a trademark goal which sealed a 2-1 win over Chelsea at Upton Park. center_img Slaven Bilic believes Andy Carroll’s injury problems are finally behind him and is backing the West Ham striker to make an England comeback.last_img read more

Carlo Ancelotti open to idea of managing Manchester United

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti has given the clearest indication yet that he would be interested in becoming Manchester United manager. United’s current boss Louis van Gaal, 64, has suggested he will retire when his deal with the club runs out in the summer of 2017. Ex-Chelsea manager Ancelotti, who was sacked as Real Madrid boss in May and has been linked with the top job at Old Trafford, last month said he would be keen on a return to the Barclays Premier League if the right position came up. And in an interview with The Independent published on Monday, the 56-year-old Italian said that while he would ideally get back into work next summer, he would be prepared to wait longer – adding: “Of course, for every manager, they would all think of managing Manchester United.” Regarding timescale, Ancelotti said: “I will continue to wait. “If I don’t find a club with a good project, I can wait. “What will I do? Watching games, fishing, all these things. “But let us see next summer. I will not take a job in mid-season, but I would like to work again next summer.” He then said: “Of course, for every manager, they would all think of managing Manchester United. “I would like to come back in a club with a good project, but, of course, one that is competitive. “The Premier League is the best in the sense of atmosphere, ambience. It is also competitive, so I would like to come back, especially for the atmosphere.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cazenovia girls cross country holds off Jordan-Elbridge

first_imgAs expected, J-E’s top two runners, Vassianna Klock and Hannah Fichter, claimed the first and second places in the race, Klock winning in a time of 20:01 and Fichter second in 20:55.A 1-2-3 finish by a cross country team is insurmountable, so Cazenovia pinned its hopes for victory on outrunning the number three J-E runner. McLean, third overall in 21:20, and senior Isla Stover (fourth, 21:27) rose to the challenge, beating out he Eagles’ Coral Uhle, who finished ten seconds behind Stover.J-E’s strength among the top five finishers still left a large deficit which the Cazenovia pack would have to overcome. Claire Braaten, rallying from illness just one day before, led her teammates to answer that challenge. Finishing sixth overall in 22:20, she was the tip of a wave of Lakers who claimed places six to 13. Mary Williams (seventh, 22:35) and Maddie McGreevy (eighth, 23:06) locked in a Laker score of 28, but that was not enough to guarantee victory. It took Mia Chesbrough (ninth, 23:08) and Laura Fitzgerald (10th, 24:02) displacing the final two J-E scorers to lock in the Laker win.Melanie Michael (24:18), Grace Dolan (24:19) and Emma Steinberg (24:46) also beat out the fourth and fifth J-E finishers, with Alyson Woolbert (2850) capping an outstanding team effort.The league victory, which raised Cazenovia to 2-0 this season was Lakers’ 50th win since 2010 against just six losses for a win percentage of .893.Prior to battling it out on the course, the Eagles and Lakers joined forces for a good cause. J-E sponsored the race as a benefit for pediatric cancer and invited Cazenovia to join in. The Lakers’ runners were able to collect more than $100 before the race to add to J-E’s total for the fundraiser.Cazenovia now has a league meet set for Wednesday against Hannibal, the last tune-up before a big Oct. 8 showdown against Skaneateles.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Cazenoviagirls cross countrycenter_img by Kurt WheelerThe Cazenovia girls cross country team overcame multiple injuries and illnesses to earn a tough 28-31 victory over a strong Jordan Elbridge squad last Wednesday afternoon.With several key players out of the line-up, including top runner Molly Hart, the Lakers knew  it would have to dig deep to prevail against a talented J-E team on the Eagles’ home course.  The Cazenovia harriers did just that, with rising eighth-grade star Lauren McLean running her best race of the season to the lead the way.last_img read more

Bajrang Punia receives Khel Ratna from Rijiju; promises a surprise at Olympics

first_imgLast Updated: 28th November, 2019 23:55 IST Bajrang Punia Receives Khel Ratna From Rijiju; Promises A Surprise At Olympics Bajrang Punia, who bagged World Championship bronze medal in September, receives Khel Ratna from Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju at Sports Authority of India HQ. WE RECOMMEND Session ID: 2020-09-09:fcee4e06ccf7d122854ddd6d Player Element ID: video_player_5f576ab5691f9 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen LIVE TV 1 year ago Deepa Malik joins Bajrang Punia for Khel Ratna, Ravindra Jadeja among 19 other Arjuna awardees Written By “An athlete gets happy when he gets an award and so I am also very happy but with this award, people now have more expectation and I have more responsibility. And I will try my best. I have to peak at the right time. Its an off season now. I am rehabilitating from elbow injury. I have been training on the mat for the last 10-15 days. I am training well and when you see me in Olympics you will see a different Bajrang,” Punia told Republic TV after receiving the award. SUBSCRIBE TO US Read-Bajrang Punia punches ticket to Tokyo 2020, third Indian to qualify”I never paid much attention to the pending prize money but yes when I informed this to the Sports Minister he immediately sanctioned & granted them. Prize money has been due from 2014,” he added.Read-Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dahiya win Bronze at World Wrestling ChampionshipsRead-Bajrang Punia in an exclusive interview calls out the bias of referees 1 year ago “Don’t break players morale”: Wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat slam Haryana Government after cuts in Prize money First Published: 28th November, 2019 20:42 ISTcenter_img Suman Ray 10 months ago Bigg Boss Telugu 3: All you need to know about winner Rahul Sipligunj FOLLOW US He was training in Georgia ahead of the World Wrestling Championship when his name was finalized and he could not attend when the highest sports award Rajiv Khel Ratna was conferred at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Bajrang Punia, who bagged World Championship bronze medal in September, received the Khel Ratna from Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju at Sports Authority of India headquarters on Thursday.Read-WFI writes to UWW following Bajrang Punia’s defeat, asks for review COMMENT 11 months ago Bajrang, Ravi seek bronze after booking Tokyo 2020 Olympics berths WATCH US LIVE Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED 1 year ago Bajrang Punia wins gold in Bulgaria, dedicates medal to Abhinandan Varthamanlast_img read more

Knicks offseason preview: Can New York land Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant in free agency?

first_imgMORE: Ntilikina to miss rest of season as team ponders his futureIn the East, where .500 puts you into the postseason, the Knicks could be in position to fight for the top eight next year, even without the Durant-Irving combo. For a team in need of a full rebuild, that might not be wise.The new front office might buck the trend, but what we’ve seen from the Knicks over the years is that wisdom is often in short supply. Big issue 1: Cap space. It’s a wondrous thing for a big-market NBA team, so full of promise and possibilities. In New York, there’s plenty of it.But there should be only a couple of names that really matter when it comes to that space — Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. There’s no secret that the Knicks plan to pursue both, selling them on teaming up in New York, leaving behind the tensions in Boston and Golden State, respectively, for a fresh start with an iconic franchise. FREE AGENCY RUMORS: Could Irving prefer Nets over Knicks?If the Knicks can pull it off, great. If they could somehow package their young players and draft picks to get Anthony Davis from New Orleans, too, then they’ll have had what might be the greatest offseason in league history.It’s not impossible. That’s the beauty of cap space.Oh, but there is an ugly side to cap space, and that is what the neurotics among the Knicks fans (and what follower of this franchise wouldn’t have some level of neurosis?) have weighing on their minds. Having cap space does not mean this team will use it wisely.After all, 2010 was not so long ago. Back then, the Knicks had meticulously curated their cap space under the assumption that being in New York would give them the pick of the free-agent litter, especially in their pursuit of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and others. Instead, the Knicks missed out on their first targets, wound up with Amar’e Stoudemire and his balky knee and overpaid Raymond Felton to top it off.They simply can’t make that kind of mistake again. It’s got to be Durant and Irving, with maybe a Plan B that includes Kemba Walker and some well-priced second-tier free agents. But it can’t include a Plan C and Plan D that has the Knicks giving away max contracts to sub-All-Stars.The Knicks gave up on Kristaps Porzingis suddenly ahead of this year’s trade deadline, giving the team a mostly blank slate heading into the summer. With picks from Dallas in 2021 and 2023, the Knicks have seven first-rounders in the coming five years, a solid base of assets with which to start rebuilding.President Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry can’t overreact if they miss out on certain free-agent targets, and they can’t be pressured into knee-jerk signings from the higher-ups (or, really, the one higher-up who matters, owner James Dolan). The plan must include an option for just packing away the cap space and keeping the flexibility in place for next year.Big issue 2: The Knicks have had the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft only one time in the last 50 years — in 1985, when they selected Patrick Ewing. Count that as a win.Since then, they have had eight top-10 picks, and the wins are a little harder to find here: Kenny Walker (1986), Mike Sweetney (2003), Channing Frye (2005), Danilo Gallinari (2008), Jordan Hill (2009), Porzingis (2015), Frank Ntilikina (2017) and Kevin Knox (2018).Some solid players. Some busts. And whatever it is you’d label the Porzingis years.MORE: Knicks closing in on best odds for top pickThis time around, the Knicks can’t afford a merely solid player, and they certainly can’t withstand a full-on bust. They’ll need some lottery luck — at least a top-three pick, but really, they’re desperate for No. 1 and a shot at Zion Williamson.If they get the top pick, Williamson would be their guy, though there’s the possibility they could use the pick as part of a package to bring in Davis from New Orleans, who could be used to lure Durant and/or Irving.That’s the big dream. The Knicks have done their part to have a terrible record and land themselves in the league’s bottom three. If they don’t win the lottery, they’ll need to nail the pick they do get.Free-agent outlook: The Knicks must come into this offseason with a short list of free-agent names. If none agree to sign with the team, they should move on, develop Knox, Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr. and the rest as much as possible, investigate trade opportunities and get themselves back into the top five for next year’s draft while keeping cap space open for July 2020.We know the chief names on the Knicks’ list will be Irving and Durant. After that, it’s questionable. Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson? Not likely, because if they leave their teams, it’ll be for Southern California. Walker and Jimmy Butler? Definitely worth a conversation, but point guard might not be a priority (especially if they wind up with Ja Morant in the draft), and Butler has caused chemistry issues everywhere he’s gone.Al Horford, Marc Gasol, DeMarcus Cousins? Good gravy, Knicks, please try to avoid the aging and/or injury-recovering big men.MORE: NBA scouts, execs, coaches see KD heading to NYThere are not many more top-tier free agents worth chasing for the Knicks, not for near-max money. They can’t rebuild around, say, Khris Middleton. But they will need to field a team, and it is conceivable that they land only one big-time star (Walker being the best bet). They’d need to look into trading away some young players in that case and figure out what kind of roster they can construct from there.For a team that has as much space as the Knicks, there should be the opportunity to land quality players at decent prices. Cap space can be used to absorb salaries in three-team trades and scoop up draft picks along the way as well. And guys like Julius Randle, Jeremy Lamb, Avery Bradley and Terrence Ross, to name a few, could be available for short-term deals.The Knicks’ summer will be defined by whether they get a big name. But it could, too, be defined by what they do if they fail to get a big name.The young folks: The Knicks go into the offseason with three prospects who will be just 21 years old by the end of July — Ntilikina, Smith and Mitchell Robinson — and this year’s lottery pick, Knox, on the roster. They’d like to add Williamson to that group, or at least attach that group to Williamson and trade the whole lot for Davis or some other top star.Smith, acquired from Dallas in the Porzingis trade, has been productive, but he has seen his shot go awry since arriving in New York (27.5 percent on 3-pointers). He is not a particularly efficient scorer or passer and is caught between being a shooting guard and a point guard.NBA MOCK DRAFT: Full first-round breakdownIt’s much the same for Ntilikina, who isn’t quite a starting-caliber point guard and is a wretched shooter, making only 33.7 percent from the field and 28.7 percent from the 3-point line. The Knicks hoped for some progress from Ntilikina this season, and coach David Fizdale wanted to see him develop with Smith down the stretch. But Ntilikina missed nearly two months with a groin injury, only returning in late March.Both Robinson and Knox have shown promise this season, but they have been woefully inconsistent. The pair could make up a future frontcourt in New York if their development continues — and if the Knicks don’t make bigger moves in free agency and on the trade market.Wait till next year: You could be watching the Knicks of Irving, Durant and Davis in just a few months, a team that would be good enough to vault quickly into contention in the Eastern Conference. Or you could spend next year watching a team doing much of what this team is doing — testing the talents of some young players and tanking for a draft pick.There’s only a slim chance that the best-case scenario for the Knicks comes to fruition. More likely, it’s a second year of a tank-a-thon. There is some middle ground in which the team lands a good rookie like RJ Barrett, scores one major free agent (say, Walker), makes some trades and signs some solid non-max young players who have been undervalued elsewhere.last_img read more