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Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.

All-Star break means more talk of Carmelo Anthony's future

Carmelo Anthony battles against Los Angeles Clippers guard

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The first part of the Knicks’ season featured more trade rumors and reports that Mike Woodson was close to being fired than actual wins.

Both should continue through the All-Star break and into next week.

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 20 and the Knicks are 20-32 heading into the break. So expect rumors of Woodson being on his way out to persist and trade talks to heat up.

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Andrea Bargnani out indefinitely with torn ligament in left elbow

Andrea Bargnani is fouled by DeAndre Jordan. (Jan.

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Andrea Bargnani is out indefinitely after an MRI releaved a torn ligament in his left elbow, the Knicks said.

Bargnani sustained the injury in the third quarter of last night’s loss to the 76ers. The 7-foot forward drove and was fouled as he went up for a dunk and landed hard.

Bargnani, who has started 39 games, is the Knicks’ second-leading scorer, averaging 13.3 points per game. He’s...

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Knicks starting backcourt hobbled

Raymond Felton holds his hand after suffering a

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The Knicks could be without their starting backcourt tomorrow night in Boston at the least.

Raymond Felton will miss 2-3 weeks after MRI confirmed he has a strained left hamstring. Iman Shumpert is listed as day-to-day after suffering a bruised left knee.

Felton re-aggravated his hamstring in Tuesday’s loss at Cleveland. He sat out last night’s game was replaced by Pablo Prigioni in...

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Mike Woodson is 'a little irritated,' by the Knicks' lack of effort and considering another lineup change

Knicks head coach Mike Woodson looks on against

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Mike Woodson is planning to change his starting lineup tomorrow night against the Pistons.

The Pistons start a Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond frontline so Woodson said he “might match to their bigness.”

It’s a safe bet that Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani and Kenyon Martin will start up front with Raymond Felton and either J.R. Smith or Iman Shumpert.

Woodson said...

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Mike Woodson unhappy with J.R. Smith's Twitter spat

Mike Woodson is trying to get the Knicks to play well on the court. But he’s also had to spend extra time lately with players off the court, trying to make sure they stay focused, professional and productive.

Woodson met with Iman Shumpert about the ongoing trade rumors involving him before Wednesday’s win over Atlanta. He also had a closed-door meeting with J.R. Smith and Chris Smith about...

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Knicks to start J.R. Smith tonight

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ATLANTA - Seven games into the season and the Knicks already will use their third different starting lineup.

Looking for a spark and a way to get the Knicks off to a better start, Mike Woodson has decided to insert J.R. Smith into the starting five. It will be Raymond Felton, Smith, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani tonight when the Knicks play the Hawks.

“I’m looking...

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Mike Woodson plans to start big again

Andrea Bargnani drives against the Chicago Bulls' Carlos

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Mike Woodson seems committed with starting the big lineup – for now.

Woodson said he probably would stick with the five that opened last night against Minnesota: Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler, Andrea Bargnani and Carmelo Anthony tomorrow against the Bobcats.

The Knicks fell behind 40-19 at the end of the first quarter, but Woodson said he doesn’t think it’s because of...

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A new season and a new lineup

Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton of the Knicks

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On the eve of the regular-season opener, Mike Woodson sounds as if he’s ready to change the starting lineup he used most of preseason.

Andrea Bargnani appears out of the starting five and Carmelo Anthony, who had played his more natural small forward during the preseason, is expected to slide back to power forward when the Knicks open up tomorrow against the Bucks.

“I didn’t expect it,”...

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Knicks pick up Iman Shumpert's option

Iman Shumpert brings the ball upcourt during the

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The Knicks picked up the fourth-year option on Iman Shumpert’s deal. The shooting guard is now under contract through the 2014-15 season.

Shumpert is on his rookie deal, so exercising the $2.6 million option for next season was a formality. It just had to be done by Halloween.

The Knicks can submit a qualifying offer after Shumpert’s fourth season, which would make him a restricted free...

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Knicks banged up with regular season nearing

Andrea Bargnani poses for a photo at Knicks

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TORONTO – Andrea Bargnani’s stiff back loosened up just in time for him to hear the boos in the city he called home for seven years.

Bargnani, who's back tightened Sunday, will play Monday night when the Knicks face the Raptors. He’ll start up front with Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. The backcourt could be Beno Udrih and Tim Hardaway Jr.

Raymond Felton (strained left hamstring)...

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