Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.
Here are some of the things TNT analysts said about the Knicks on Thursday night:
Charles Barkley: “They don’t get a lot of easy baskets. I don’t think a team can win a championship shooting jumpers.”
Charles Barkley on Jason Kidd: “He is like a player coach out there. Jason Kidd is one of the smartest guys who has ever played in the NBA.”
Charles Barkley on the return of Amar’e...Read more »
The change in the Knicks has been dramatic since Mike Woodson replaced Mike D’Antoni.
With D’Antoni back at the Garden with the struggling Lakers tonight, Woodson was asked this morning to explain why the Knicks’ play is so different. After thinking about it, trying to find what he wanted to say, Woodson responded:
“Maybe I scared them into playing. I don’t know. I had some things that...Read more »
Tyson Chandler knows the difference between a big win in December and in the playoffs.
But he said Thursday’s win over the Heat can help the Knicks in the postseason.
“It’s important to know how you can beat a team,” Chandler said. “Granted it’s one game, but last year things were very different.
“We got smacked around a little bit by them. It’s important that you take a little...Read more »
Carmelo Anthony was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, but his coach missed out on East Coach of the Month.
Mike Woodson finished behind the Nets' Avery Johnson for the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for November.
Knowing both men, they would like the award because it means their team is playing well. But they each would rather be the top coach in May and June.
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The Knicks continue to talk about being professional and putting team before self.
That mentality has helped them to an 11-4 record without two key players in Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert.
Raymond Felton said having a veteran team and having the big picture in mind have keyed the start.
“I’ve been on a team where a lot of guys were playing for contracts,” Felton said “It’s...Read more »
Mike Woodson wouldn’t address whether Amar’e Stoudemire will start when he returns from knee surgery. But he said he’s still believes he can make Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony click.
The Knicks’ regular-season record when Anthony and Stoudemire play together is 30-33. They’re 8-2 under Woodson. That gives him the confidence he can make it work.
“Is it an overall losing record with me...Read more »
The Knicks open their three-game road trip tonight in Orlando and will start the same way against one of the more non-descript teams in the league.
The Knicks have a great shot of winning their fifth straight game to open the season. If they don’t they will be kicking themselves because Dwight Howard really left the Magic high and dry.
Orlando’s projected starters for tonight’s game...Read more »
J.R. Smith has been one of the key factors in the Knicks’ 4-0 start with not just his scoring, but his overall play off the bench.
Smith admitted he’s a little surprised at the Knicks’ record and how well they’re playing.
“Yes and no,” Smith said after practice Saturday. “I say yes because of how old our team is and the injuries to Iman [Shumpert] and [Amar’e Stoudemire].
“I say...Read 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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