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Knicks pick up option on Mike Woodson's contract

Mike Woodson talks to media at the Knicks'

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Mike Woodson is no-longer a coach on the last year of his contract.

The Knicks announced that they picked up the 2014-15 option on Woodson’s deal. Woodson is 72-34 in his 1 ½ seasons as Knicks coach.

Woodson, who replaced Mike D’Antoni in 2012, He guided them to 54 wins and their first Atlantic Division title in 19 years last season. The Knicks also won a playoff series for the first...

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Amar'e Stoudemire says he meant no knock on Mike D'Antoni

Amar'e Stoudemire looks on during a game against

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Ama’re Stoudemire laughed and said, “Really?” when he was told Mike D’Antoni said Stoudemire threw all of his former coaches under the bus when he said this was the first time in his career he’s being taught defense. 

“It was taken out of context,” Stoudemire said. “It wasn’t really to be exaggerated as much as it was - just from the simple fact Coach Woodson is a defensive coach. He’s...

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Knicks didn't give Carmelo Anthony the help he needed to beat the Lakers

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks shoots

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Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant were the brightest stars Christmas afternoon in Los Angeles, but it was the two guys that were missing the last time the Knicks and Lakers played who made a difference.

Steve Nash’s brilliance at point guard and Pau Gasol’s big plays late helped lift the Lakers over the Knicks, 100-94.

You knew once Nash came back from his left injury he would have an...

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Mike Woodson said he scared Knicks into playing for him

Mike Woodson instructs his team during a game

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The change in the Knicks has been dramatic since Mike Woodson replaced Mike D’Antoni.

With D’Antoni back at the Garden with the struggling Lakers tonight, Woodson was asked this morning to explain why the Knicks’ play is so different. After thinking about it, trying to find what he wanted to say, Woodson responded:

“Maybe I scared them into playing. I don’t know. I had some things that...

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Mike D'Antoni: 'I shouldn't have gone to New York'

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni reacts

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New Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said in a story posted on Wednesday by ESPNLA.com that he regrets having left Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns for the Knicks in 2008.

“I shouldn’t have gone to New York,” D’Antoni said. “I should have stuck in there and battled. You don’t get to coach somebody like [Nash] too many times. It’s pretty sacred and you need to take care of it. I didn’t.”

D’Antoni...

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Knicks react to Lakers hiring D'Antoni

New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni, left, watches

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Sometimes traveling is not a bad thing in basketball. And, now that Mike D’Antoni has journeyed to the other coast to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, a couple of his former associates with the Knicks offered their thoughts after practice Monday:

Head coach Mike Woodson:

“Very excited for him. I really am. I think he’s a guy that’s meant to be a coach. He’s done great...

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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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Knicks' Media Day Part I: The Jeremy Lin Decision and moving on

American basketball star Jeremy Lin gives lessons to

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The Knicks held their annual Media Day this morning and there was some things that had to be discussed beside the usual ‘what are the expectations for this team?’

Of course, the Knicks believe they’ve assembled a team that can compete for a championship. Mike Woodson said it. (Mike D’Antoni said it last season and that didn’t work out so well).

But the decision to not match the Rockets’...

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