Charles Barkley may be known as a notorious Knicks hater, but fresh off hosting "Saturday Night Live" last weekend, Barkley now says the Knicks are in their best position in years, and can continue to build a playoff team via the draft and their young players. "It's the best it's been in a long time and it's getting better," Barkley, echoing comments he made last month, said Tuesday at a CBS/Turner media brunch in Manhattan. "It's unfortunate [Kristaps] Porzingis got hurt, but I'm telling you, I think they're getting better." Barkley said he likes the young Knicks core of Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina and Emmanuel Mudiay, and is a big fan of center Enes Kanter, who has said he hopes to retire a Knick. "I think that the Knicks are on the right path," Barkley said. "You guys here just have no patience. I think Porzingis is a terrific player. I like Ntilikina, I like those guys. I loves Enes Kanter. The problem is, you guys have no patience." At 24-40, the Knicks currently own the NBA's ninth-worst record, but still have just a 6.1 percent chance of landing a top-3 pick in the NBA Draft, per Tankathon. "I think they had an outside chance of making the playoffs this year before [Kristaps] Porzingis got hurt," he said.