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Knick players think Garden crowd should cheer Jeremy Lin tomorrow

Houston Rockets' Jeremy Lin tries to shoot around

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Jeremy Lin makes his MSG return tomorrow night with the Rockets in what should be another interesting night at the Garden.

Lin was tremendous last season, one of the greatest sports stories ever. But his departure led to feelings of anger, sadness, indifference and in some cases relief.

Right now, the Knicks look much better off for not matching the Rockets’ three-year, $25.1 million...

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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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Jason Kidd fitting nicely with Knicks, sinks Nets

Jason Kidd celebrates his game-winning 3-pointer with J.R.

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Jason Kidd spearheaded every win the Nets had over the Knicks from the 2001-02 season through 2007-08 and Tuesday night he showed his old team what they could have had.

Kidd was on the Nets’ radar over the summer. But they never truly pursued him. They went in a different direction and ended up with C.J. Watson, who is a good backup and much younger. Kidd appeared heading back to the Mavericks,...

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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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Tyson Chandler suggests more rest for Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony's status for Saturday's game in Chicago probably won’t be known until Saturday.

But it might make sense for him to sit out one more game and let his injured left middle finger heal a little more.

Tyson Chandler suggested that very idea.

“I told him [Wednesday] night, ‘Sit out. It’s not worth it,’’’ Chandler said. “That laceration can easily bust back open and then...

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Hand injury doesn't slow Raymond Felton

Raymond Felton prepares to pass during a game

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Raymond Felton was on the floor, his injured thumb in serious pain. But Felton said he wasn’t coming out.

Felton is playing with a bone bruise and contusion in his left hand.

It’s most painful around the thumb and when he got hit, there was definite concern on the Knicks’ bench and on the court. Tyson Chandler immediately rushed to Felton to see how he was.

Felton got up and stayed...

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Carmelo Anthony says he never had a problem with Jeremy Lin

Houston Rockets' Jeremy Lin, right, goes to the

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Jeremy Lin hugged and talked to his old teammates before and after the Rockets destroyed the Knicks 131-103 last night.

Prior to tip off, Lin hugged Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton, then went to the Knicks’ bench and shook hands with Mike Woodson.

The depiction has been that Anthony and Lin weren’t close professionally and personally. But Anthony has tried to disprove...

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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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What NBA GMs think of this year's Knicks

Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks reacts

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Apparently, the NBA general managers don’t think that highly of the Knicks or their offseason moves.

In the annual NBA.com GM Poll, none of the 30 GMS picked the Knicks to win the Eastern Conference title and they were picked to finish behind the Celtics in the Atlantic Division. The Nets and Knicks each had four votes for who is the best team in the Atlantic.

Carmelo Anthony finished...

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