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Steve Novak misses New York

Steve Novak speaks at the podium during the

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TORONTO – Steve Novak never wanted to be traded by the Knicks, never wanted to leave New York. But the sharpshooter was the key piece in the deal that brought the Knicks new starting power forward Andrea Bargnani. “I didn’t expect it,” Novak said after the morning shootaround. “ You understand this is the business we’re in. New York felt like home. It was a place I love to play and I miss. I miss...

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Ex-Raptor says change of scenery will be good for Andrea Bargnani

The Toronto Raptors' Andrea Bargnani (7) shoots over

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Alan Anderson spent parts of two seasons playing with new Knick Andrea Bargnani in Toronto and called him “an amazing player.” Anderson, who signed with the Nets Tuesday, also thinks a change of scenery will be good for Bargnani and a weight will be lifted off of his shoulders because of the Knicks’ roster. Bargnani, the first overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, was heavily criticized and drew...

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Andrea Bargnani, 'starving to win,' will focus on D and rebounding with Knicks

Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani drives against the

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Andrea Bargnani has shown he can score, and he might get more and easier opportunities playing with Carmelo Anthony. But Bargnani knows he has to put more an emphasis into defense and rebounding. “I’ll focus a lot on that,” Bargnani said on a conference call Thursday morning. “I got to get better in many aspects of the game. Last year was tough for me because I had so many injuries. I wasn’t really...

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Andrea Bargnani officially a Knick

Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani drives against the

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Andrea Bargnani is officially a Knick. The team completed the trade for the 7-foot Italian shooter this afternoon. The Knicks sent Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, Quentin Richardson (via sign-and-trade), 2016 first-round pick and second-round choices in 2014 and 2017 to Toronto for Bargnani. The trade was agreed upon July 1, but couldn’t be finalized until today’s end of the NBA moratorium ended. “Seven-foot...

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Knicks sign Pablo Prigioni

Pablo Prigioni of the Knicks controls the ball

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The Knicks officially announced that they have re-signed Pablo Prigioni. The Argentine point guard inked a three-year deal for just under $6 million. The third year is a partially guaranteed team option. This is the first day teams can announce free agent dealings as the NBA moratorium is over. “We are very excited to have Pablo back in a Knicks uniform. He is one of our catalysts on both the offensive...

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Marcus Camby unhappy with the Knicks and with trade to Toronto

New York Knicks center Marcus Camby speaks during

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Marcus Camby sounds as if he doesn't think he got a fair shot with the Knicks last season and isn’t thrilled about returning to Toronto. The Knicks agreed in principle to a trade to send Camby, Steve Novak and picks to the Raptors for Andrea Bargnani. The trade isn’t official yet, but Camby is officially unhappy. Camby, 39, signed a three-year, $13.1 million deal last summer to be Tyson Chandler’s...

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Mike Woodson: 'This is a major, major game for our ball club'

Mike Woodson talks to J.R. Smith during the

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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 caught up...

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Steve Novak, James White selected for All-Star Weekend

Steve Novak of the New York Knicks shoots

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The Knicks already were going to be well-represented at All-Star Weekend with Carmelo Anthony starting in the game and Tyson Chandler selected as a reserve. Now Steve Novak and James White will be joining the festivities in Houston. As expected, Novak was selected to compete in the three-point shootout during All-Star Saturday night. White will be in the dunk contest. Novak led the NBA in three-point...

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Steve Novak needles Nate Robinson

Steve Novak celebrates after making a three-pointer during

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Steve Novak never says anything to stir up things, but he drilled Nate Robinson after the little Bulls guard mocked him. After Robinson hit a pair of jumpers in the second quarter, he did the discount double-check that Novak has made his signature move following a big three-pointer. Novak wasn’t too happy about that and uncharacteristically retaliated with a biting remark. “It warms my heart, it...

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Carmelo Anthony a game-time decision, but Rasheed Wallace is out again

Carmelo Anthony leaves the game in the third

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Carmelo Anthony went through shootaround and will test his sprained left ankle before the game. Right now he’s a game-time decision against the Nets. “He’s moving around pretty good so we’ll see,” Mike Woodson said. “He still hasn’t indicated that he’s going to play. So he’s going to wait. I think he’s going to come out and warm up and see how he feels.” The Knicks won’t have Rasheed Wallace (sore...

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