Having Jason Kidd, J.R. Smith, Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, Iman Shumpert (when healthy), Rasheed Wallace and Kurt Thomas means you have depth and the already injury-plagued Knicks may need it.
Letting Jeremy Lin go wasn’t a popular decision, but the Knicks improved at point guard with more polished and respected players Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo... » more
Amar’e Stoudemire already is out and the Knicks are the oldest team in NBA history, so whether they can hold up for a full season and what they hope is a long playoff run is a big question.
Carmelo Anthony and Stoudemire haven’t shown they can work well together, and training camp injuries prevented the Knicks from spending a lot of time meshing.
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Three things you may not have already known about Knicks point guard Raymond Felton, who is the subject of a feature story in Thursday's NBA preview section running in Newsday.
1. He was teammates with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire in the 2002 McDonald’s All-American game played at Madison Square Garden. Felton had five points and four assists helping the East Team to the win.
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Apparently, the NBA general managers don’t think that highly of the Knicks or their offseason moves.
In the annual NBA.com GM Poll, none of the 30 GMS picked the Knicks to win the Eastern Conference title and they were picked to finish behind the Celtics in the Atlantic Division. The Nets and Knicks each had four votes for who is the best team in the Atlantic.
Carmelo Anthony finished... » more
And so it begins.
Amar’e Stoudemire’s injury has opened up the possibility to Mike Woodson playing different lineups depending on the match-ups.
This is not the ideal situation because you want to have the same starting five as much as possible.
But take tonight for example.
The Knicks could start Raymond Felton, Ronnie Brewer, Tyson Chandler, Kurt Thomas and Carmelo Anthony... » more
The Knicks will use their third different starting lineup in three preseason games, but the biggest thing for them is Amar’e Stoudemire is playing tonight.
Stoudemire missed the first two games with a bruised left knee. Coach Mike Woodson said he would play against the Raptors and then might be given off tomorrow in Albany when the Knicks face Boston.
“If I’m going to play him some big... » more
Amar’e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith returned to practice today, but another familiar face was missing.
Steve Novak didn’t practice. The Knicks called it a recovery day. Mike Woodson said Novak was “fatigued” from playing 38 minutes in Saturday’s OT preseason win over the Celtics.
“We gave Novak the day off,” Woodson said. “He was a little tired from the other night, all the minutes that... » more
This didn’t feel like a preseason game from the very beginning. The Knicks and the Celtics played an intense game that featured both benches standing down the stretch, screaming things at each other and urging on their teammates.
Kevin Garnett really was the catalyst for that. Garnett was up screaming, 'Here we come,” after back-to-back Celtics’ baskets late in the Knicks’ 98-95 overtime win.... » more
The Knicks got off to a good start in their preseason debut – literally.
They scored 38 first-quarter points and after squandering, a 17-point lead beat the Wizards 108-101 last night.
Both teams are banged up and with all due respect to the Wizards they could be one of the worst teams in the league, but what you look for in the preseason is how guys play together, what units work, whether... » more
Amar’e Stoudemire bruised his left knee in practice yesterday and is out for tonight’s preseason opener against the Wizards.
The Knicks are downplaying the injury. Mike Woodson said, “If this was a regular season game he would play.” But after everything Stoudemire went through last season and the age of the team always being an issue, any injury raises questions.
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