Knicks 'zzone

Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.

3 reasons to be excited for 2012-13 Knicks

Jason Kidd makes a pass during an intrasquad

(Credit: James Escher)

1. Depth

Having Jason Kidd, J.R. Smith, Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, Iman Shumpert (when healthy), Rasheed Wallace and Kurt Thomas means you have depth and the already injury-plagued Knicks may need it.

2. Leadership

Letting Jeremy Lin go wasn’t a popular decision, but the Knicks improved at point guard with more polished and respected players Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo...

Read more »

Lineup shuffling and big men updates

Head coach Mike Woodson of the New York

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

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 »

Two key player return, but Knicks waiting for more reinforcements

Steve Novak speaks at the podium during the

(Credit: James Escher)

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 »

Knicks beat Boston in intense preseason game

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

(Credit: AP)

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....

Read more »

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...

Read more »

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

Carmelo Anthony practices during team training camp. (Oct.

(Credit: James Escher )

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,...

Read more »

Marcus Camby out 7-10 days with calf injury

Marcus Camby sips a beverage after practice. (Oct.

(Credit: David Pokress)

The Knicks will be without Marcus Camby for at least their first two preseason games.

An MRI on Camby’s left calf revealed it was strained. He’ll miss 7-10 days.

Amar’e Stoudemire also joined the Knicks’ injury report Saturday as he didn’t practice due to a sore left ankle.

Camby has always been among the league leaders in rebounding and blocked shots – especially for 48 minutes....

Read more »

Mike Woodson helped bring Rasheed Wallace out of retirement

Knicks head coach Mike Woodson speaks to the

(Credit: James Escher)

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 »

The improved point guard position and other practice notes

Raymond Felton is closely guarded as he shoots

(Credit: David Pokress)

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....

Read more »

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

American basketball star Jeremy Lin gives lessons to

(Credit: Getty Images)

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’...

Read more »

advertisement | advertise on newsday

NBA videos

Vote

Grade Phil Jackson's offseason moves so far:

A B C D F

@Al_Iannazzone

advertisement | advertise on newsday