Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.
Five ways the Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Indiana Pacers went wrong for the Knicks:
1) Chandler bombs
Tyson Chandler didn’t play like a former Defensive Player of the Year or All-Defensive First-Team center against Indiana’s Roy Hibbert. Chandler totaled 36 rebounds and 29 fouls in the six games, while Hibbert averaged 13.3 points and 10.3 boards.
2) Anthony...Read more »
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...Read more »
INDIANAPOLIS – The Knicks went through shootaround this morning without J.R. Smith, who Mike Woodson said had a 102-degree temperature.
The Knicks are listing Smith as questionable tonight against the Pacers. But Carmelo Anthony removed any question about Smith’s status for the pivotal Game 3 of this Eastern Conference semifinal series that’s tied at 1-1.
“J.R. is going to play tonight,”...Read more »
If Amar'e Stoudemire returns for Game 3, the Knicks power forward is not expected to play big minutes, coach Mike Woodson said on ESPN Radio on Wednesday.
Stoudemire, who is rehabbing from right knee surgery on March 11, has been targeted to return on Saturday night in Indianapolis, and Woodson said Wednesday that remains “a possibility.”
As part of his ramp-up, Stoudemire was scheduled...Read more »
Mike Woodson finished third in the NBA’s coach of the year balloting with 127 points, behind Denver’s George Karl (404) and Miami’s Erik Spoelstra (190).
Woodson received six first-place votes out of a possible 121.
On ESPN Radio Wednesday, Woodson said, “I’m not in this for coach of the year… I’m only in it for one thing, and that’s win a title.”...Read more »
Mike Woodson didn’t minimize the importance of Tuesday night’s Game 2 for the Knicks.
“This is a major game for us tonight,” Woodson said. “We don’t want to go to Indiana down two games. So this is a major, major game for our ball club.
Yet, Woodson said he’s telling his team to not feel any pressure down 0-1 against Indiana in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Woodson isn’t getting...Read more »
GREENBURGH, N.Y. - J.R. Smith wanted to start this season, but became the best sixth man in the NBA.
Smith will be named the Sixth Man of the Year for his strong season off the bench. The NBA will present him with the award this afternoon at the Knicks practice facility.
Smith averaged career-highs of 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 80 games, all as a reserve. He scored at least 20 points...Read more »
Rasheed Wallace’s playing career is official over, for good this time.
The Knicks announced today that Wallace has retired. He tried to return from a foot injury that kept him out for four month. But after he aggravated it in Monday’s loss in Charlotte Wallace has decided to call it a career.
“Rasheed has given this team everything he had,” Mike Woodson said in a statement. “He is a...Read more »
The Knicks probably won’t have Tyson Chandler tonight when they try to clinch their first Atlantic Division title since 1994.
Chandler is listed as doubtful with a bulging disc in his neck. But Mike Woodson said Chandler is “sore” and “needed rest today.”
“He’s a little beat up,” Woodson said.
Chandler’s injury seems like something that could linger and is definitely a cause for...Read more »
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...Read more »