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J.R. Smith is NBA's top Sixth Man

J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks celebrates

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. - J.R. Smith wanted to start this season, but became the best sixth man in the NBA.

Smith will be named the Sixth Man of the Year for his strong season off the bench. The NBA will present him with the award this afternoon at the Knicks practice facility.

Smith averaged career-highs of 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 80 games, all as a reserve. He scored at least 20 points...

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Flip Saunders breaks down what makes Celtics a tough match-up for Knicks

Washington Wizards coach Flip Saunders watches the final

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ESPN analyst Flip Saunders broke down the Knicks-Boston series on a conference call and said you “don’t ever count them out,” with respect to the Celtics.

Saunders was an advisor for the Celtics last season and coached Kevin Garnett for years in Minnesota so he has a good perspective.

“As Doc has always said, this team is always built for the playoffs,” Saunders said. “What I mean by...

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Rasheed Wallace retires

Rasheed Wallace’s playing career is official over, for good this time.

The Knicks announced today that Wallace has retired. He tried to return from a foot injury that kept him out for four month. But after he aggravated it in Monday’s loss in Charlotte Wallace has decided to call it a career.

“Rasheed has given this team everything he had,” Mike Woodson said in a statement. “He is a...

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NBA orders Iman Shumpert to remove logo from haircut

Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks reacts

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Iman Shumpert's hairstyle -- a high-top fade -- has been an attention-getter all season, and last week it got the league's attention.

Shumpert had an adidas logo cut into his the lower left side of his fade, and the league told him he couldn't have a commercial emblem on his head. Shumpert apologized and had the logo removed....

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Which NBA coaches could be out of jobs by next week?

P.J. Carlesimo reacts to a call in the

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Some coaches could be looking for jobs late next week after the regular season ends. But there also are some headed to the playoffs who might wind up unemployed.

Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo -- who has done a great job -- the Hawks' Larry Drew and the Clippers' Vinny Del Negro could be in situations in which they need long playoff runs to return to their teams. In some cases, it might...

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Bernard King is a Carmelo Anthony fan

Bernard King with the University of Tennessee.

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Bernard King, who earned induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last Monday, is an Anthony fan. He was in Atlanta the night Anthony had a chance to duplicate King's 1984 feat of back-to-back 50-point games for the Knicks. Anthony finished with 40.

"He’s playing the best basketball of any player in the league," King said. "He has such versatility. He can...

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Carmelo Anthony could be overlooked for All-NBA first team

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony holds the ball before

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Carmelo Anthony could lead the league in scoring and finish in the top three in MVP voting and still not make the All-NBA first team.

Voters have to pick two guards, one center and two forwards for the All-NBA teams. LeBron James and Kevin Durant likely will be named first-team forwards. If the league had gone the same route as it did for the All-Star Game -- eliminating the center position...

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Knicks waive Kurt Thomas, sign Solomon Jones

Kurt Thomas (40) raises his hand for a

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The Knicks officially announced Friday that Kurt Thomas was waived and Solomon Jones was signed to a contract.

The 6-10 Jones, who played in China, will be in uniform for Friday's game against the Cavaliers. The Knicks initially went after James Singleton, who also played in China this year, but he didn’t get a letter of clearance to play in the NBA. 

Jones, 28, has played for the...

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Tyson Chandler's neck remains an issue, concern

The Knicks probably won’t have Tyson Chandler tonight when they try to clinch their first Atlantic Division title since 1994.

Chandler is listed as doubtful with a bulging disc in his neck. But Mike Woodson said Chandler is “sore” and “needed rest today.”

“He’s a little beat up,” Woodson said.

Chandler’s injury seems like something that could linger and is definitely a cause for...

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Carmelo Anthony earns East Player of Week

Carmelo Anthony won the Eastern Conference Player of the Week after an incredible four games for the Knicks.

Anthony averaged 41.8 points in leading the Knicks to a 4-0 week.

He scored 50 at Miami, 40 at Atlanta, 41 against Milwaukee and had 36 yesterday to help the Knicks win in Oklahoma City for their 12th straight victory.

Anthony became the second Knick to score at least 40...

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