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Amar'e Stoudemire not ready to play but getting closer

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Amar’e Stoudemire scrimmaged for the second time this week with the Erie BayHawks and soon will join the Knicks’ big club.

There is “no target date,” according to Stoudemire because he said needs time. But when he can play he expects to be the player he was when the signed for $100 million.

“When I’m healthy I feel like I’m back to my dominant self,” Stoudemire said.

For now, the...

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The Amar'e Stoudemire plan - for now

Amar'e Stoudemire warms up before a game against

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Mike Woodson laid out at least part of the plan for Amar'e Stoudemire.

"This is a rest day for him," Woodson said. "Tomorrow will be another heavy day for him. That was the plan to go hard yesterday and take it easy today and tomorrow get back at it again and see how he feels after that."

Stoudemire will practice with the Knicks' D-League team, the Erie BayHawks again....

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Amar'e Stoudemire close to returning to practice

Amar'e Stoudemire warms up before a game against

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Amar’e Stoudemire is getting closer to being cleared for practice. Mike Woodson said there might be an update after Monday night’s game against Jeremy Lin and the Rockets.

Woodson said Stoudemire still hasn’t been given the OK. But he wouldn’t rule out Stoudemire doing something Tuesday if the Knicks hold practice.

“We’ll see,” Woodson said. “We’ll know more tonight after the game.”

Stoudemire...

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Ex-NBA players praise, critique the Knicks

Shaquille O'Neal poses for photos before he leads

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Here are some of the things TNT analysts said about the Knicks on Thursday night:

Charles Barkley: “They don’t get a lot of easy baskets. I don’t think a team can win a championship shooting jumpers.”

Charles Barkley on Jason Kidd: “He is like a player coach out there. Jason Kidd is one of the smartest guys who has ever played in the NBA.”

Charles Barkley on the return of Amar’e...

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Mike Woodson said he scared Knicks into playing for him

Mike Woodson instructs his team during a game

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The change in the Knicks has been dramatic since Mike Woodson replaced Mike D’Antoni.

With D’Antoni back at the Garden with the struggling Lakers tonight, Woodson was asked this morning to explain why the Knicks’ play is so different. After thinking about it, trying to find what he wanted to say, Woodson responded:

“Maybe I scared them into playing. I don’t know. I had some things that...

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Big win in Miami could be springboard for Knicks

New York Knicks players give high-fives to Raymond

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Tyson Chandler knows the difference between a big win in December and in the playoffs.

But he said Thursday’s win over the Heat can help the Knicks in the postseason.

“It’s important to know how you can beat a team,” Chandler said. “Granted it’s one game, but last year things were very different.

“We got smacked around a little bit by them. It’s important that you take a little...

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Carmelo Anthony named East Player of the Week

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks looks

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Carmelo Anthony was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, but his coach missed out on East Coach of the Month.

Mike Woodson finished behind the Nets' Avery Johnson for the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for November.

Knowing both men, they would like the award because it means their team is playing well. But they each would rather be the top coach in May and June.

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Knicks focusing on the big picture, the big prize

Raymond Felton of the New York Knicks goes

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The Knicks continue to talk about being professional and putting team before self.

That mentality has helped them to an 11-4 record without two key players in Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert.

Raymond Felton said having a veteran team and having the big picture in mind have keyed the start.

“I’ve been on a team where a lot of guys were playing for contracts,” Felton said “It’s...

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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 open trip against a faceless Magic team

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony takes a shot

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The Knicks open their three-game road trip tonight in Orlando and will start the same way against one of the more non-descript teams in the league.

The Knicks have a great shot of winning their fifth straight game to open the season. If they don’t they will be kicking themselves because Dwight Howard really left the Magic high and dry.

Orlando’s projected starters for tonight’s game...

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