Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.
On the eve of the regular-season opener, Mike Woodson sounds as if he’s ready to change the starting lineup he used most of preseason. Andrea Bargnani appears out of the starting five and Carmelo Anthony, who had played his more natural small forward during the preseason, is expected to slide back to power forward when the Knicks open up tomorrow against the Bucks. “I didn’t expect it,” Anthony...Read more »
The Knicks picked up the fourth-year option on Iman Shumpert’s deal. The shooting guard is now under contract through the 2014-15 season. Shumpert is on his rookie deal, so exercising the $2.6 million option for next season was a formality. It just had to be done by Halloween. The Knicks can submit a qualifying offer after Shumpert’s fourth season, which would make him a restricted free agent....Read more »
J.R. Smith’s brother, Chris Smith was one of three training camp invitees to survive cut day. The other two were combo guard Toure’ Murry and center Cole Aldrich. The Knicks waived five players - Ike Diogu, CJ Leslie, Jeremy Tyler, Josh Powell and Chris Douglas-Roberts - before tonight’s preseason finale against the Bobcats. Their roster as of right now stands at 15. Opening night is Wednesday. ...Read more »
GREEN BAY – Mike Woodson said he will sit down with new president Steve Mills, and other Knicks officials coaches and scouts after practice tomorrow and start making decisions about who will make the team. One of the players “in the mix” according to Woodson is guard Chris Smith, whose 20 minutes of preseason action is the fewest on the team. Woodson was asked whether Smith being the brother of...Read more »
Metta World Peace likes getting his ice cream from the Mister Softee truck, but he doesn’t like playing against guys who are soft - and he said there are a lot of them in today’s NBA. As only he could do, World Peace made that Mister Softee analogy after he went face-to-face with intense Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough on Monday night. Of course, he didn’t back down. World Peace said he likes...Read more »
TORONTO – Andrea Bargnani’s stiff back loosened up just in time for him to hear the boos in the city he called home for seven years. Bargnani, who's back tightened Sunday, will play Monday night when the Knicks face the Raptors. He’ll start up front with Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. The backcourt could be Beno Udrih and Tim Hardaway Jr.
Raymond Felton (strained left hamstring) and...Read more »
Amar’e Stoudemire, who left the Phoenix Suns in 2010 when he signed a five-year, $100-million deal with the Knicks, doesn’t think Carmelo Anthony’s contract situation will be a distraction this season. But his advice to Anthony is to not talk about his impending free agency. “I dealt with it before,” Stoudemire said. “What I did was I kept it quiet until the actual summer. I think it won’t be a...Read more »
Iman Shumpert and Pablo Prigioni were spectators during practice today, nursing sprained elbows they suffered in last night's preseason game in Baltimore. But Mike Woodson said they’re expected to be all right. Woodson said Shumpert (sprained right elbow), Prigioni (sprained left elbow) and Metta World Peace (sprained right ankle) should be able to play Monday when the Knicks are in Toronto for...Read more »
The Knicks will hold an “Orange and Blue” Open scrimmage Sunday at Columbia University. Doors open at 10 and the practice/scrimmage will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Knicks will head to Toronto afterward for a two-game trip against the Raptors and Bucks in Green Bay. The Knicks play their last preseason game Oct. 25 vs. Charlotte at the newly renovated Garden. The regular season opens Oct. 30...Read more »
Carmelo Anthony was among the current and former athletes who appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" Monday night and read Letterman’s famed Top 10 List. With the renovated Garden set to open next week, the category was Top 10 Career Highlights at Madison Square Garden. The best one was delivered by ex-Knick John Starks, who said, “Being featured on the Kiss Cam with Jeff Van...Read more »