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Knicks banged up with regular season nearing

Andrea Bargnani poses for a photo at Knicks

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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)...

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Amar'e Stoudemire: Carmelo Anthony's contract won't be distraction for Knicks

Amar'e Stoudemire spins a basketball during Knicks' media

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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...

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Knicks injury updates

Iman Shumpert at Knicks media day. (Sept.

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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...

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Knicks will hold open practice at Columbia U.

Carmelo Anthony shoots during training camp. (Oct. 1,

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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...

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Carmelo Anthony, other sports legends deliver David Letterman's Top 10 List

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony is double teamed by the

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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...

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Knicks' last roster spots up for grabs

Mike Woodson talks with Toure' Murry (23) and

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The Knicks still have four preseason games remaining and they clearly have some decisions to make regarding their last roster couple of roster spots.

Twelve players have fully guaranteed deals. C.J. Leslie and Jeremy Tyler have partial guarantees.

But Tyler is rehabbing from foot surgery and Leslie hasn’t stood out through these three preseason games. He’s averaging 2.3 points and 1.7...

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Steve Novak misses New York

Steve Novak speaks at the podium during the

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TORONTO – Steve Novak never wanted to be traded by the Knicks, never wanted to leave New York. But the sharpshooter was the key piece in the deal that brought the Knicks new starting power forward Andrea Bargnani.

“I didn’t expect it,” Novak said after the morning shootaround. “ You understand this is the business we’re in. New York felt like home. It was a place I love to play and I miss....

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Iman Shumpert talks, plays a big game

Iman Shumpert knocked down all seven shots he took last night, and was as animated on the court as he has been at any time in his NBA career – and this was a preseason game.

Shumpert shouted things after his makes, came to the huddle during timeouts very intense and still talking.

“That’s how I play,” Shumpert said after his 18-point night. “That’s how I play. I ain’t going to be quiet...

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Metta World Peace: In his words

Metta World Peace poses for a photo at

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After the Knicks edged the Celtics, 103-102, on Wednesday night in what was a fun game to watch, Metta World Peace provided the postgame entertainment.

Refreshingly candid and filter free, the man formerly known as Ron Artest offered some gems outside the Knicks locker room in Providence. Here are a few:

On why he’s still wearing purple and gold sneakers instead of blue and orange, the...

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Iman Shumpert was slowed by knee soreness during the offseason

Iman Shumpert at Knicks media day. (Sept.

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PROVIDENCE - Iman Shumpert revealed he took about three to four weeks off in the offseason because of soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

Mike Woodson said "some nicks and bruises" kept Shumpert from doing some of the things the Knicks wanted him to do in the summer, and that he wasn't "in great shape" when camp started.

Shumpert, who tore his left ACL...

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