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Al Iannazzone joined Newsday in January 2012 as the Knicks’ beat writer, after covering the NBA for 11 years for The Record. Al covered the Knicks and Nets in that time, and also reported on the U.S. Open tennis tournament and other major sporting events.

Al appeared regularly on the YES Network’s Nets pregame show from 2005-2011.

Knicks hire Kurt Rambis

Then-Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis reacts during

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The Knicks officially announced that Kurt Rambis will be their associate head coach, reuniting him with team president Phil Jackson and coach Derek Fisher.

"Together, Derek and I have started assembling a coaching staff to lead this team on and off the court,” Jackson said in a statement. “The three of us are similar in our philosophies and our approach to the game.”

Rambis has been...

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Knicks Summer League roster

Tim Hardaway Jr. of the Knicks reacts after

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The Knicks released their Las Vegas Summer League roster and last year’s first-round pick Tim Hardaway Jr., and two second-round picks from this year, Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo headline the team.

Newly acquired point guard Shane Larkin and Jeremy Tyler, whose contract is partially guaranteed, are also on the team, as well as veteran free agents Cole Aldrich and Shannon Brown.

The...

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Kareem on Melo and the Knicks

Former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attends the 86th

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar grew up in New York always wanting to play for the Knicks.

The NBA Hall of Famer and six-time MVP thinks the same could be said about current Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, who has a player option for $23.5 million next season.

That’s a reason why Abdul-Jabbar believes Anthony will ultimately remain with the team.

“I think he might stay and certainly he’s worth...

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The Big O: Melo should go

Oscar Robertson, former Cincinnati player, talks to the

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The Big O thinks Carmelo Anthony should go ASAP.

Basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson said during an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio that if he were Anthony he would not re-sign with the Knicks. Robertson said Anthony is unfairly criticized for shooting too much and that he doesn’t get enough help from his teammates.

“I would leave today,” Robertson said on “Spike Lee’s Best Seat...

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Phil Jackson zings San Antonio

Phil Jackson arrives to talk to media at

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Phil Jackson is the Knicks’ president now, but he couldn’t help himself from taking a little shot at the San Antonio Spurs, one of his chief rivals when he coached the Lakers.

Jackson was talking about wanting Carmelo Anthony to take less money in free agency in order for the Knicks to have more flexibility. He cited Tim Duncan, who has done it in San Antonio to help keep the Spurs together...

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Carmelo Anthony will continue playing through shoulder issue - for now

Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks reacts to a

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Carmelo Anthony plans to continue playing through the discomfort in his right shoulder as long as the Knicks have a chance to make the playoffs.

That, of course, could end Friday night.

A loss to the Raptors and a Hawks’ win over the Nets, who are supposed to rest some main guys, would eliminate the Knicks from the playoffs.

“I’ll deal with that when that time comes,” Anthony said...

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Playoff push: Knicks just 3.5 games back

Knicks rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. goes to the

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The Phil Jackson narrative dominated Knicks headlines since Friday.

But something else developed over the weekend. The Knicks gained ground in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot. After wins on Friday and Saturday night, the Knicks are just 3.5 games back of the No. 8 seed heading into Monday night's game against Philadelphia (15-47) at The Garden.

Here's how the current NBA...

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Knicks working on buyouts for Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih

Metta World Peace looks on during the second

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ATLANTA – The Knicks are working on buying out the contracts of Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih.

World Peace announced on Twitter that his agent and the Knicks were in discussions on a buyout. League sources confirmed that Udrih’s agent, who also represents World Peace, was negotiating a buyout for both players with the Knicks.

World Peace, a Queensbridge native and former St. John’s...

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Raymond Felton says he's fit, not fat

Raymond Felton calls a play against the Lakers

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Raymond Felton said the trade rumors didn’t bother him but talk about his weight did and still does.

Felton has struggled this season on both ends of the floor, which led to the Knicks shopping him around the league. But they couldn’t make a deal before Thursday’s trade deadline, so Felton will finish out the season with the Knicks.

At different stages in hisNBA  career, Felton...

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All-Star break means more talk of Carmelo Anthony's future

Carmelo Anthony battles against Los Angeles Clippers guard

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The first part of the Knicks’ season featured more trade rumors and reports that Mike Woodson was close to being fired than actual wins.

Both should continue through the All-Star break and into next week.

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 20 and the Knicks are 20-32 heading into the break. So expect rumors of Woodson being on his way out to persist and trade talks to heat up.

It’s...

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