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The rebuilding Knicks and their bargain bin of former lottery picks

A FEW MINUTES into David Fizdale's introductory news conference in May, his eyes veered offstage. Eventually he looked to his right, locked eyes with Emmanuel Mudiay, seated a few feet away, and smiled.

"We're gonna get to work, kid," Fizdale said. "We're gonna get to work. We're gonna get you right."

The fourth-year guard, acquired by New York from the Denver Nuggets last February, is hoping the change of scenery is all that's needed to jump-start his career after failing to live up to the potential as a lottery pick. He's not alone.