Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.
ATLANTA - Seven games into the season and the Knicks already will use their third different starting lineup.
Looking for a spark and a way to get the Knicks off to a better start, Mike Woodson has decided to insert J.R. Smith into the starting five. It will be Raymond Felton, Smith, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani tonight when the Knicks play the Hawks.
“I’m looking...Read more »
One of J.R. Smith’s biggest supporters has been Mike Woodson and that hasn’t changed even after the mercurial guard was suspended five games for violating the terms of the NBA’s anti-drug policy.
Woodson considered starting Smith today when he makes his season debut against the Spurs and probably will in the near future. Woodson said he trusts Smith and won’t punish him further. But Woodson,...Read more »
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Patrick Ewing has wanted the opportunity to coach a team, but he didn’t want his first time to be this way or against his old team.
Ewing will make his NBA head coaching debut Friday night when the Knicks play the Bobcats. Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford went to the hospital Thursday night after not feeling well and is undergoing further tests.
Clifford suffered...Read more »
Mike Woodson seems committed with starting the big lineup – for now.
Woodson said he probably would stick with the five that opened last night against Minnesota: Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler, Andrea Bargnani and Carmelo Anthony tomorrow against the Bobcats.
The Knicks fell behind 40-19 at the end of the first quarter, but Woodson said he doesn’t think it’s because of...Read more »
The Knicks are below .500 for the first time since March 2012. But it’s only three games into the season, so it’s not time to panic. Still there are some things the Knicks need to clean up.
Some takeaways from Sunday night’s 109-100 loss to the Timberwolves:
Bad offense led to bad defense:
The Knicks didn’t take care of the basketball and didn’t move the ball enough on offense....Read more »
Spreading out the Knicks-Nets games should lead to some intense and potentially important late-season meetings, unlike last season, when they played three times in 24 days and were done with each other on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The three in 24 included the makeup of the game postponed because of superstorm Sandy.
They play Dec. 5, on MLK Day and twice in April, including the next-to-last...Read more »
The Knicks’ lack of a post presence besides Tyson Chandler is a glaring weakness that wasn’t really addressed by former GM Glen Grunwald and hasn’t yet by new president and GM Steve Mills.
Despite being a 7-footer, Andrea Bargnani is a finesse offensive player who doesn’t defend or rebound well. He has three rebounds in two games.
Kenyon Martin is on a minutes restriction because of...Read more »
Carmelo Anthony says he wants to be a free agent. He says he wants to be pursued and recruited similar to the way LeBron James was in 2010. But he also keeps giving every indication that he’s staying with the Knicks.
Just this past week, in response to criticism from TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, Anthony said he has “a big Rolodex’’ and plans to use it to recruit players to...Read more »
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,”...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...Read more »