Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.
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....Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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’...Read more »
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...Read more »
The Knicks will use their third different starting lineup in three preseason games, but the biggest thing for them is Amar’e Stoudemire is playing tonight.
Stoudemire missed the first two games with a bruised left knee. Coach Mike Woodson said he would play against the Raptors and then might be given off tomorrow in Albany when the Knicks face Boston.
“If I’m going to play him some big...Read more »
Amar’e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith returned to practice today, but another familiar face was missing.
Steve Novak didn’t practice. The Knicks called it a recovery day. Mike Woodson said Novak was “fatigued” from playing 38 minutes in Saturday’s OT preseason win over the Celtics.
“We gave Novak the day off,” Woodson said. “He was a little tired from the other night, all the minutes that...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
After Rasheed Wallace officially joined the Knicks today, he talked about his relationship with Mike Woodson and how it helped him want to return to the NBA.
They grew close when they were in Detroit when the Pistons won the 2004 NBA championship. Wallace was a key player – the missing piece to that Detroit puzzle – and Woodson an assistant coach. Woodson called Wallace six months ago to guage...Read more »