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Mike Woodson didn't think Chris Copeland would make the Knicks

Chris Copeland goes to the hoop against the

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Mike Woodson said he didn’t think Chris Copeland would make the Knicks this season and now he’s going to be one of the first players off the bench in their biggest game of the season Saturday night.

It sounds a little like the Jeremy Lin story all over again.

Copeland, a well-traveled 29-year-old rookie, helped the Knicks beat the Pacers in Game and extend the Eastern Conference semifinals...

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Mike Woodson said Knicks wanted Jeremy Lin back

Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets tries to

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Mike Woodson admitted what had been known until the Rockets changed their original offer for Jeremy Lin.

“We wanted Jeremy back,” Woodson said before Monday’s game. “I made that publicly [known] back in the summer when we were going through the recruitment process. But things changed from a business standpoint and Jeremy decided to take the Houston deal.”

The Knicks actually decided...

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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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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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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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Pregame blog: Mike Woodson not focused on Jeremy Lin

Mike Woodson instructs his team during a game

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Mike Woodson clearly didn’t want to talk about Jeremy Lin anymore about 90 minutes before tonight’s game.

He was asked whether he thought Lin would have fit in his system.

“He’s not in our system,” Woodson said. “We’ve got Raymond and Kidd and Pablo. That’s the way it’s going to be for a while.”

Woodson then was asked if he had every seen anything like what happened during the...

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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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Jeremy Lin hopes to end slump against Knicks

Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin passes the ball

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The Knicks aren’t practicing today, but the Rockets had a quick session at their facility in Houston, where Jeremy Lin said all the right things.

You would expect that because Lin handled himself as well as if not better than anyone could in front of cameras, microphones and tape recorders during everything he experienced last season.

Things are different now. There’s less hoopla - much...

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Lakers hire Mike D'Antoni, returns to MSG Dec. 13

Head coach Mike D'Antoni of the New York

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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...

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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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