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Pregame blog: Mike Woodson not focused on Jeremy Lin

Mike Woodson instructs his team during a game

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Mike Woodson clearly didn’t want to talk about Jeremy Lin anymore about 90 minutes before tonight’s game.

He was asked whether he thought Lin would have fit in his system.

“He’s not in our system,” Woodson said. “We’ve got Raymond and Kidd and Pablo. That’s the way it’s going to be for a while.”

Woodson then was asked if he had every seen anything like what happened during the...

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Mike Woodson said letting Jeremy Lin go wasn't a hard call

Knicks interim head coach Mike Woodson talks with

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HOUSTON -- Mike Woodson addressed the Knicks’ decision not to match Jeremy Lin’s contract offer from the Rockets for the first time Friday, and said it wasn’t a hard call.

“That’s a business decision,” Woodson said after the morning shootaround. “I don’t think it was difficult. We just decided to go in a different direction, based on the guys I thought I liked in terms of Raymond [Felton],...

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Mike Woodson still committed to making Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire click

Amar'e Stoudemire, left, and Carmelo Anthony look on

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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...

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Knicks look forward to rematch with Grizzlies at MSG

The Memphis Grizzlies' Rudy Gay looks for room

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The Knicks are apparently looking forward to the March 27 game against the Grizzlies and looking for some kind of payback.

Last night’s 105-95 Grizzlies' win was a physical contest that really had a playoff atmosphere.

“Hats off to the Grizzlies,” Rasheed Wallace said. “But one thing that we’re saying: they’ve got to come to the Garden.”

In the second quarter J.R. Smith elbowed...

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Unbeaten Knicks know test awaits them in San Antonio

Mike Woodson directs his team during a game

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Mike Woodson said he plans to start the same way tomorrow when the Knicks play the West-best Spurs. Woodson called the game “a big test.” It probably is the Knicks’ biggest challenge thus far.

The Heat didn’t pose much of a threat in the first game of the season. The Knicks also had some extra emotion playing the first game in New York after Superstorm Sandy. But the next four games were against...

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Ronnie Brewer's knee is sore, but Knicks expect him to face the Spurs

Ronnie Brewer celebrates his 3-point shot in the

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Ronnie Brewer had his left leg in a long black compression device while the Knicks practiced today.

Mike Woodson called it precautionary because Brewer had soreness and swelling in the left knee that was scoped in September. The Knicks are calling him probable for tomorrow’s game against the Spurs.

“He’ll play,” Woodson said. “It’s a precaution. Today we weren’t going to do much anyway....

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Knicks react to Lakers hiring D'Antoni

New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni, left, watches

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Sometimes traveling is not a bad thing in basketball. And, now that Mike D’Antoni has journeyed to the other coast to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, a couple of his former associates with the Knicks offered their thoughts after practice Monday:

Head coach Mike Woodson:

“Very excited for him. I really am. I think he’s a guy that’s meant to be a coach. He’s done great...

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Lakers hire Mike D'Antoni, returns to MSG Dec. 13

Head coach Mike D'Antoni of the New York

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The Knicks’ two December games with the Lakers have become a little more interesting.

The Lakers hired former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni as Mike Brown’s replacement. Phil Jackson was considered the favorite to return to coach the Lakers for a third time, but a deal couldn’t be reached. So D’Antoni was given the job.

Multiple reports indicated D’Antoni got a three-year, $12 million contract...

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Knicks shooting for 4-0 start against Mavericks

Mike Woodson said yesterday the Knicks were “kicking around” the idea of making a change in the starting lineup. Then this morning Woodson said the Knicks would “probably go,” with the same starting five against the Mavericks. But …

“It could change before game time based on who they start,” Woodson said. “So we'll see.”

If the Mavericks start Elton Brand – who didn’t play in Dallas’...

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Lineup shuffling and big men updates

Head coach Mike Woodson of the New York

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And so it begins.

Amar’e Stoudemire’s injury has opened up the possibility to Mike Woodson playing different lineups depending on the match-ups.

This is not the ideal situation because you want to have the same starting five as much as possible.

But take tonight for example.

The Knicks could start Raymond Felton, Ronnie Brewer, Tyson Chandler, Kurt Thomas and Carmelo Anthony...

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