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Marcus Camby could start tonight for Knicks

Marcus Camby passes the ball during a game

Marcus Camby passes the ball during a game against the Dallas Mavericks. (Nov. 9, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

The Knicks could have a new addition to the starting lineup tonight, but it won’t be Amar’e Stoudemire.

It sounds as if Marcus Camby could replace Kurt Thomas against the Spurs. The Knicks have gotten off to bad starts lately, so Mike Woodson said something was going to have to change.

“Not taking nothing away from Kurt because Kurt bangs and does what’s asked of him too,” Woodson said. “I’m just looking for a different look. I haven’t made the decision on what I’m going to do yet but we’ll see.”

Thomas is not the reason the Knicks are starting slowly and their defense has sputtered lately. But to start the second half of Tuesday’s loss to Portland, Woodson went with Tyson Chandler and Camby at center and power forward and liked what he saw.

“I thought from a defensive presence it was pretty good in terms of protecting the interior of our defense and rebounding the basketball,” Woodson said. “It’s something we’ve struggled with a little bit this season. I definitely liked what I saw, yes.”


Carmelo Anthony went through shootaround and will play as expected. Woodson said he will have everyone tonight except Rasheed Wallace (foot), Raymond Felton (hand) and Iman Shumpert (knee).

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