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Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.

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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Knicks beat Boston in intense preseason game

Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34), left, shoots over

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This didn’t feel like a preseason game from the very beginning. The Knicks and the Celtics played an intense game that featured both benches standing down the stretch, screaming things at each other and urging on their teammates.

Kevin Garnett really was the catalyst for that. Garnett was up screaming, 'Here we come,” after back-to-back Celtics’ baskets late in the Knicks’ 98-95 overtime win....

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Veterans get Knicks off to good start in preseason opener

The Knicks got off to a good start in their preseason debut – literally.

They scored 38 first-quarter points and after squandering, a 17-point lead beat the Wizards 108-101 last night.

Both teams are banged up and with all due respect to the Wizards they could be one of the worst teams in the league, but what you look for in the preseason is how guys play together, what units work, whether...

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A rough couple of days for J.R. Smith and his younger brother Chris

The Smiths haven’t received good news over the last couple of days.

First, J.R. Smith learned that despite his preference to start that Mike Woodson wants him to continue coming off the bench. In describing his feelings, Smith said “disappointed would be an understatement.”

Then Smith’s younger brother Chris, who was hoping to get one of the final rosters on the Knicks, learned he needed...

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A more trusting Carmelo Anthony likes his point guards and would rather not play power forward

Carmelo Anthony practices during team training camp. (Oct.

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Carmelo Anthony talked a lot Monday about the Olympics, and how being around all those great players put things in perspective for him. He elaborated on that, saying he just has to trust his teammates more.

It should be easier this year for Anthony considering all the veterans he has around him, and veterans who are relatively healthy.

Last year, the Knicks had Mike Bibby and Baron Davis,...

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The improved point guard position and other practice notes

Raymond Felton is closely guarded as he shoots

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Many Knicks’ fans are not happy that Jeremy Lin isn’t back, but their point guard position is improved from last season.

Coach Mike Woodson, as expected, essentially said Raymond Felton would be his starting point guard. Jason Kidd will back him up – and likely finish games – and could play some with Felton.

“Raymond will be probably the starting point guard right now,” Woodson said....

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Knicks' Media Day Part II: Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton's return

Amar'e Stoudemire of the Knicks speaks at the

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Carmelo Anthony talked about sacrificing his scoring for the betterment of the team at Media Day.

“At the end of the day it’s about winning basketball games,” he said. “I’m done trying to score 30, 35, 40 points for us to win a basketball game. I don’t want that role anymore.”

Later, when pressed further about it, Anthony said he’s still going to score. Of course he is. Mike Woodson...

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Knicks' Media Day Part I: The Jeremy Lin Decision and moving on

American basketball star Jeremy Lin gives lessons to

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The Knicks held their annual Media Day this morning and there was some things that had to be discussed beside the usual ‘what are the expectations for this team?’

Of course, the Knicks believe they’ve assembled a team that can compete for a championship. Mike Woodson said it. (Mike D’Antoni said it last season and that didn’t work out so well).

But the decision to not match the Rockets’...

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Knicks have a need for Rasheed

Boston Celtics center Rasheed Wallace runs down the

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The Knicks could add another graybeard with a winning pedigree soon.

Rasheed Wallace is expected to come out of retirement and sign with the Knicks, according to a league source.

Wallace, 38, hasn’t played in the NBA since 2010. But he worked out for the Knicks last week and a source confirmed he took his physical with them Thursday. 

“Should he decide to return to the league...

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Newsday.com poll: Knicks should start Felton at point guard

Knicks point guard Raymond Felton drives to the

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When Iman Shumpert returns from injury, the Knicks will have four options at point guard: Shumpert, Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni.

Newsday.com users think the choice at starter is a no-brainer.

Nearly two-thirds of readers voted that Felton should be the team's starting point guard. He far our-distanced Kidd, who was the second choice at 17 percent:

Raymond Felton...

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