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Knicks Bulletin: McBride’s mindset, Evil DiVo, Melo-KG Cheerios beef...

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The Knicks avoided falling into a losing streak on Saturday by beating the G League Grizzlies 106-94 on the second game on the road played by New York last week after visiting Dallas on Friday.

New week, new winning streak? Coming off a victory on the frontend of last weekend and boasting a sublime 6-1 record in 2024 in what is now known as the OG Era, the Knicks will play for the 38th time in franchise history on MLK Day as they will host the Orlando Magic later today in a matinee (tip-off at 3 pm ET) matchup inside Madison Square Garden.

Here is what we’ve heard from our Knicks and other personalities in the past few hours.

Miles McBride

On taking on a larger role as a starter on Saturday against the Grizzlies with Jalen Brunson out...

“Super confident. I knew if we won I’d [have] to be a big part of it. Jalen obviously scores a lot of points for us. I couldn’t put it on my back but I felt like I could give team an extra boost.”

“I knew if we wanted to win I’d have to be a big part of it scoring. Jalen obviously scores a lot of points for us.… . I felt like I could get the team an extra boost.”

On staying ready for whenever Thibs comes calling...

“I mean, you prepare. In the summer doing a lot of long workouts, a lot of running, just knowing at some point it’s a long season and your name is going to be called. So you’ve got to do whatever you can do to be prepared as much as you can.”

On his days as a high school quarterback and reminiscing about those times...

“Definitely I miss [football]. Not really what it could have been if I didn’t get injured. But I miss my friends, playing in that, the camaraderie of the football locker room is a lot different. But I don’t have any regrets not playing.”

On his athleticism and expectations going forward...

“I’ve caught my fair share of bodies in my high school, college and NBA career.”

“I got a lot to show. The more opportunities, the more I could show.”

Isaiah Hartenstein

On fools trying to dunk on him even though he keeps building a highlight reel of blocked jams...

“I don’t know why people keep trying to dunk on me.”

Malachi Flynn

On the comparisons to Donte DiVincenzo, if only in appearance and his ever-mad look...

“People already said I looked like him in the past. As soon I got traded, I knew that was going to happen.”

“People say I look mad, I got to smile more. I don’t know what they want from me.”

On the “Evil DiVo” memes shared on different social networks and echoed by JB...

“That’s Twitter. Twitter is undefeated. Can’t go against Twitter.”

Tom Thibodeau

On winning his 500th game in the NBA...

“Those type of things are just the mark of you’ve been around a long time and you’ve had really good players. So I certainly appreciate it, but I don’t get wrapped up in stuff like that.”

On comparisons to Bill Belichick and his thoughts on the legendary, former NFL head coach...

“Growing up in New England, I appreciate what [Bill Belichick] brought, and what he did there was just incredible. That’s the mark of greatness to do it the way he did it for as long as he did. I grew up thinking the Patriots never win and then my nephews grew up thinking the Patriots win every year. So it’s completely different perspective. But I think a lot of coaches learn from him — coaching is leadership. He’s incredible. He’s at the top of my list.”

On trusting Miles McBride, developing the younster, and thrusting him as the starting point guard in Brunson’s absence...

“He just plays hard. He’s an elite defender. That’s been his strength. That’s been his calling card. He’s proven to be a really good shooter as well. He has a lot of confidence, really works hard on his game.”

“This [was] a great opportunity for him. Every time he’s been called upon he’s been ready and he’s performed well.”

“Deuce was terrific (starting on Saturday). That was huge for us.”

On the struggles in the victory against Memphis last Saturday...

“We didn’t take care of the ball at all in the first half, put them in the open floor. I thought the defense picked up a lot in the second half. The rebounding was good throughout. But our turnovers were problematic. Then we settled down and got better shots as well. Just finding a way to win is the important thing.”

Carmelo Anthony

On the Kevin Garnett “Honey Nut Cheerios” beef from back in the early 2010s...

“Garnett (was the only player to have a beef with). It was that. On my side was a real issue that could have been a beef. It could have went somewhere else that it ain’t have to go. I was already there. It takes a lot for me to get to that space. So once I was there, it was no coming back.”

On defusing the situation quickly after their on-court confrontation...

“We spoke right after that the same day after the incident we spoke on the bus and I said what I had to say, he said what he had to say.”

On respecting KG and having him as a role model...

“[Garnett] was somebody that I respected. He was somebody that I looked up to. You will always remain my favorite power forward.”