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Knicks’ December schedule is brutal


Get ready for the month of calendar hell.

Yes, the Knicks have already played an inordinate number of back-to-backs (five sets), prompting coach Tom Thibodeau on Friday to crown his team “the king of back-to-backs.” But they also benefited from head-to-head matches against terrible teams (Wizards, Hornets three times, Spurs, Pistons) and long home stretches.

Not in December.

From December 5 to 30, they will play three games against the Bucks, probably the first team in the East. For now (before the in-season tournament begins), they are scheduled for nine of 11 games on the road for the rest of the month.

Eight of 11 opponents are at .500 or better. They reached all four time zones.

The Knicks make up for it in late January/early February with about four weeks that include just one round-trip plane trip to Charlotte.

Tom Thibodeau’s Knicks face a busy travel schedule in December. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Here’s a mind-blowing fact: If Mitchell Robinson finishes next season with the Knicks (his seventh), he will have the longest career with the franchise since Allan Houston.

It’s certainly an underdog story for a player who was drafted in the second round in 2018 and struggled to go 10 minutes without fouling as a rookie.

He also has a good chance of getting there with a guaranteed contract until 2026.

Carmelo Anthony played 6 ¹/₂ seasons with the Knicks before being traded to the Thunder in 2017. Before that, Jared Jeffries, Eddy Curry and Stephon Marbury were on the roster for six seasons (although none of them has been on the list for six full seasons). seasons).

Houston totaled nine seasons with the Knicks, but only managed 70 combined in his last two games.

A source denied specific numbers from a report that Immanuel Quickley wanted an average salary of $25 million in contract extension negotiations, while the Knicks were only willing to offer around $18 million per person.

We still don’t know what the difference was. Regardless, the parties were unable to reach an agreement and Quickley will become a restricted free agent this summer. If his production continues, the 24-year-old guard should surpass an average salary of $20 million.



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