Knicks respond to Raptors’ motion to dismiss lawsuit

The Knicks have responded to the Raptors’ motion to dismiss a lawsuit against them, with New York saying a court, not commissioner Adam Silver, should determine the merits of the lawsuit.

“We were the victim of a theft of proprietary and confidential files, which is a clear violation of criminal and civil law, and we remain confident that the Court will rule in our favor in this matter,” read a statement from the Knicks.

The Knicks filed a lawsuit against the Raptors in August, alleging that former Knicks employee Ikechukwu Azotam stole proprietary information and took it with him to Toronto. Azotam is now a video coordinator with the Raptors.

He is named in the lawsuit, as are Raptors coach Darko Rajakovic, development coach Noah Lewis and 10 John Does who have not yet been identified.

The Raptors issued a strong denial and asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit.