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Knicks waive Kurt Thomas, sign Solomon Jones

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The Knicks officially announced Friday that Kurt Thomas was waived and Solomon Jones was signed to a contract.

The 6-10 Jones, who played in China, will be in uniform for Friday's game against the Cavaliers. The Knicks initially went after James Singleton, who also played in China this year, but he didn’t get a letter of clearance to play in the NBA. 

Jones, 28, has played for the...

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Iman Shumpert relieved his knee is fine

Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks reacts

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TORONTO – Iman Shumpert went from being scared to feeling relieved.

When he heard the pop in his surgically repaired left knee Wednesday against the Magic, he started thinking bad things.

“That was the first time I was actually scared,” said Shumpert, who tore his left ACL in last year's playoffs. Other times it hadn’t felt as strong, but that was the first time I got scared. I thought...

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Tyson Chandler says he'll be back soon

Tyson Chandler dunks in front of Miami Heat

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Tyson Chandler was back to his old self today, talking and laughing with the media.

It’s probably a sign that he’s feeling better. It’s unlikely he will play tomorrow against the Clippers – Carmelo Anthony either - but Chandler is feeling better.

“I know I’ll be back in the next couple of games,” he said.

In Portland Thursday, Chandler initially refused to speak to reporters, but...

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Carmelo Anthony has fluid build-up in his knee

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Mike Woodson said the MRI on Carmelo Anthony’s injured right knee showed he has “some fluid build-up” and that’s what’s causing the stiffness.

Anthony wasn’t at the Knicks’ morning shootaround and is out for Thursday's game against the Pistons.

“Rest will probably be the best thing for him,” Woodson said. “He’s got to make that commitment. If he wants to sit down...

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Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton out versus Suns

Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton look on in

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The Knicks will be without their top two scorers tonight when they play the Suns.

Carmelo Anthony won’t play due to a hyper-extended left knee and Raymond Felton is out with sprained ligaments in his right fifth finger, or pinkie. Both injuries occurred in yesterday’s 100-94 loss to at the Lakers.

Anthony hurt his knee when Marcus Camby fell into him late in the first half. But Anthony...

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Whither Raymond Felton?

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Hello again, Knicks fans! This is Neil Best reporting from downtown Phoenix, still on duty covering your very interesting 2012-13 squad.

First, a note from my usual beat, which is sports media: Tuesday's game against the Lakers did predictably boffo ratings numbers, with an average of 5.9 percent of homes in major markets having watched. That's ABC's best for that Christmas afternoon window...

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3 reasons to be excited for 2012-13 Knicks

Jason Kidd makes a pass during an intrasquad

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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...

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Veterans get Knicks off to good start in preseason opener

The Knicks got off to a good start in their preseason debut – literally.

They scored 38 first-quarter points and after squandering, a 17-point lead beat the Wizards 108-101 last night.

Both teams are banged up and with all due respect to the Wizards they could be one of the worst teams in the league, but what you look for in the preseason is how guys play together, what units work, whether...

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Amar'e Stoudemire out with a bruised knee

Amar'e Stoudemire works on free throws during team

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Amar’e Stoudemire bruised his left knee in practice yesterday and is out for tonight’s preseason opener against the Wizards.

The Knicks are downplaying the injury. Mike Woodson said, “If this was a regular season game he would play.” But after everything Stoudemire went through last season and the age of the team always being an issue, any injury raises questions.

At least at this point...

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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...

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