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J.R. Smith featured on AOL On's series 'My Ink'

J.R. Smith poses during Knicks media day in

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J.R. Smith is known for his tattoos. Now, they're they star of a miniseries episode.

The Knicks guard was recently profiled on AOL On's series "My Ink", where he visited Manhattan tattoo artist Bang Bang to get some new ink on his shooting hand. He also talked about his other tattoos, and his parents even make an appearance.

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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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J.R. Smith the starter

J.R. Smith talks to the media at the

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J.R. Smith had an awful postseason, and said he was more concerned with the Knicks playoff exit and his role in it than what Woodson apparently said at his exit meeting in May.

According to Woodson, he mentioned to Smith he wanted him to go from Sixth Man of the Year to a starter.

“I was so distraught after last year in the playoffs I didn’t even really get a chance to think about that,”...

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Metta World Peace finds Zen

Knicks forward Metta World Peace drives the basketball

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Metta World Peace has been a voice of reason – somewhat – during the Knicks’ struggles. He said playing for Zen Master Phil Jackson with the Lakers taught him not to overreact.

“I played for Phil, so I’m used to calm,” World Peace said. “Concerns are not my strong point. Solutions are my strong point. Staying in the moment is a strong point. I’m always trying to find solutions.”...

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Will Carmelo's minutes become a factor?

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, left, and guard Raymond

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Carmelo Anthony’s minutes could become a factor as the season continues. He went into Saturday’s action leading the league at 40.8 minutes per game, nearly four more than he averaged last season.

The Knicks falling behind big early in games has led to Anthony spending less time on the bench. But they can’t afford to overuse Anthony and burn him out....

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NBA fined J.R. Smith $25,000 for Tweets

The NBA fined J.R. Smith $25,000 for directing hostile and inappropriate language to another player via his Twitter account, in violation of NBA rules.

Smith took exception to Pistons guard Brandon Jennings’ tweet questioning whether his brother, Chris Smith, belonged in the NBA. Jennings later removed his tweet.

But J.R. defended Chris and wrote he has “no respect” for “lil kids who...

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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

J.R. Smith signals after scoring a 3-pointer during

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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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J.R. Smith still has Mike Woodson's support

J.R. Smith looks on in the first quarter

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One of J.R. Smith’s biggest supporters has been Mike Woodson and that hasn’t changed even after the mercurial guard was suspended five games for violating the terms of the NBA’s anti-drug policy.

Woodson considered starting Smith today when he makes his season debut against the Spurs and probably will in the near future. Woodson said he trusts Smith and won’t punish him further. But Woodson,...

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Patrick Ewing will coach against Knicks tonight

Knicks legend Patrick Ewing salutes the fans in

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Patrick Ewing has wanted the opportunity to coach a team, but he didn’t want his first time to be this way or against his old team.

Ewing will make his NBA head coaching debut Friday night when the Knicks play the Bobcats. Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford went to the hospital Thursday night after not feeling well and is undergoing further tests.

Clifford suffered...

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