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Mike Woodson: Rasheed Wallace 'scheduled to start practicing' after break

Knicks center Rasheed Wallace pulls down a rebound

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rasheed Wallace still isn’t running yet, but Mike Woodson said the veteran big man is expected to start practicing with the Knicks when they return from the All-Star break.

“He’s moving around and doing things,” Woodson said after this morning’s shootaround. “He’ll continue his therapy work at the All-Star break. When he comes back he’s scheduled to start practicing, our...

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Mike Woodson told Tyson Chandler to play like an All-Star

Mike Woodson encourages his team during a game

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Mike Woodson spoke to Tyson Chandler about his offense because he didn’t think he was playing like an All-Star lately.

Chandler was named an All-Star last Thursday for the first time and that night he was 1-for-2 and scored five points. The next two games, he was 3-for-3 and totaled eight points. Then Woodson told Chandler to be more aggressive and he was 10-for-11 with 21 points against the...

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Jason Kidd expects to return Friday

Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith celebrate after Jason

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Jason Kidd shot around at practice today and expects to play tomorrow against Milwaukee after missing last night’s game with a sore lower back.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Kidd would play and would start with Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.

Kidd said he didn’t have any tests done and he just got treatment on his back the past few days.

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Jason Kidd is out tonight with back issue

Jason Kidd of the Knicks talks to reporters

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Jason Kidd won’t play tonight against the Magic because of a sore lower back. James White will replace Kidd in the starting lineup.

This will be the fifth game Kidd will miss this season because of a back issue. He missed four games from Nov. 26-Dec. 2 with lower back spasms.

Kidd aggravated his back in Thursday’s win in Boston, but he played in the Knicks’ back-to-back Saturday and...

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Mike Woodson trying to get Knicks' Big Three clicking

New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson directs

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Mike Woodson still isn’t saying he’ll put Amar’e Stoudemire in the starting lineup. But he reiterated that he will play Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler together more and more.

The Knicks didn’t practice today, but Woodson was on ESPN 98.7 FM and talked about the importance of that trio gelling. He said similar things over the weekend in Philadelphia and it makes sense since...

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Raymond Felton will return tonight

Raymond Felton goes up for a layup in

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Raymond Felton passed his last test and was cleared to play tonight. Jason Kidd’s back felt much better when he woke up and he will play tonight. And Mike Woodson will unveil a new starting lineup against the 76ers.

Felton and Kidd will start in the backcourt with Iman Shumpert at small forward, Carmelo Anthony at power forward and Tyson Chandler center. This starting five could prove effective,...

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Raymond Felton close to returning to Knicks

Raymond Felton shoots a foul shot during a

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Raymond Felton was shooting around while the rest of the Knicks were practicing. The significance in this exercise was Felton wasn’t wearing a brace, just some tape on his right pinky and fourth finger.

Felton was cleared to do normal basketball activities – shoot, dribble, pass and catch passes – without a brace. The next step for him is to be cleared for contact. It could happen later this...

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Rasheed Wallace: I'll be back

Rasheed Wallace of the New York Knicks celebrates

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LONDON – Mike Woodson and Rasheed Wallace refuted a report that the veteran big man’s season might be over due to a foot injury.

Wallace hasn’t wanted to talk about his foot and usually tells the media to direct all questions about his health to Woodson and the Knicks’ medical staff. But at Thursday morning's shootaround, he addressed the report.

“No, my season ain’t over,” Wallace said....

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Mike Woodson planning a hard practice Wednesday to get Knicks, Iman Shumpert ready for Thursday against Pistons

Injured Iman Shumpert of the Knicks looks on

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LONDON - The Knicks arrived on London on Tuesday morning and then went off to do whatever they wanted to do.

Mike Woodson, who said he was groggy himself from flying through the night, gave his players the day off.

Woodson will spend some time with his family, but he’ll also watch film with his coaches and get ready for what he called “a camp-like practice tomorrow” at the O2 Arena here.

He’s...

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J.R. Smith says Knicks need to make a statement

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It’s hard not to agree with J.R. Smith’s assessment of the Knicks after they beat New Orleans Sunday.

If the Knicks are supposed to be a championship contender, they shouldn’t come out flat against the Hornets, which is basically what Smith said.

“We’re playing against a team that’s not going to be in the playoffs and we expect to play better than that,’’ Smith said. “We talk about being...

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