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Andrea Bargnani out indefinitely with torn ligament in left elbow

Andrea Bargnani is fouled by DeAndre Jordan. (Jan.

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Andrea Bargnani is out indefinitely after an MRI releaved a torn ligament in his left elbow, the Knicks said.

Bargnani sustained the injury in the third quarter of last night’s loss to the 76ers. The 7-foot forward drove and was fouled as he went up for a dunk and landed hard.

Bargnani, who has started 39 games, is the Knicks’ second-leading scorer, averaging 13.3 points per game. He’s...

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Mike Woodson gets defensive - again

Mike Woodson of the Knicks reacts during a

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Mike Woodson continues to play defense better than his players.

Woodson defended Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony, who have been openly critical about the team. Woodson defended his defensive scheme. And during his weekly spot with 98.7 FM ESPN Woodson said he’s not going to let the media tear the Knicks apart.

Actually the Knicks are doing a good job of that by themselves.

They...

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Mike Woodson indicates J.R. Smith will play tonight

J.R. Smith (8) reacts after scoring during the

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Mike Woodson said if J.R. Smith isn’t with the program he should get used to sitting at the end of the Knicks bench.

“Put it this way, he’s going to have to be with it if he’s going to want to be a part of it,” Woodson said after Thursday morning’s shootaround. “As a coach, it’s my job to make sure that that happens.

"He’ll be back in uniform tonight. We expect him to come in and...

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Knicks sign big man Jeremy Tyler; waive J.R. Smith's brother, Chris

Chris Smith poses with a basketball at Knicks

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GREENBURGH – The Knicks made it official, and announced the signing of Jeremy Tyler this morning. They waived Chris Smith to make room for Tyler.

The 6-foot-10 Tyler averaged 18 points and 10.2 rebounds in six games with the Knicks’ D-League team, the Erie BayHawks. The Knicks signed him over the summer and he likely would have made the team in training camp if he hadn’t broken his foot in...

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Knicks starting big lineup again Monday

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ORLANDO – The Knicks have come up small when they’ve gone big this year, but that isn’t stopping Mike Woodson from starting the frontcourt of Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani and Tyson Chandler.

They are 0-4 this season with that starting frontline. Yet Woodson said this morning that he would start that lineup Monday against the Magic.

The Knicks used it Saturday against the Grizzlies,...

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Knicks have a big need

Tyson Chandler, left, shoots over Chicago Bulls forward

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Steve Mills was asked during the preseason what he thought the Knicks needed.

"Backup center," Mills, the Knicks' president and GM said. "That's something we clearly need to worry about."

This was this long before Tyson Chandler broke a bone in his right leg, which will sideline him four-to-six weeks. The Knicks should have addressed this glaring weakness during the...

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Patrick Ewing will coach against Knicks tonight

Knicks legend Patrick Ewing salutes the fans in

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Patrick Ewing has wanted the opportunity to coach a team, but he didn’t want his first time to be this way or against his old team.

Ewing will make his NBA head coaching debut Friday night when the Knicks play the Bobcats. Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford went to the hospital Thursday night after not feeling well and is undergoing further tests.

Clifford suffered...

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Mike Woodson plans to start big again

Andrea Bargnani drives against the Chicago Bulls' Carlos

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Mike Woodson seems committed with starting the big lineup – for now.

Woodson said he probably would stick with the five that opened last night against Minnesota: Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler, Andrea Bargnani and Carmelo Anthony tomorrow against the Bobcats.

The Knicks fell behind 40-19 at the end of the first quarter, but Woodson said he doesn’t think it’s because of...

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A new season and a new lineup

Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton of the Knicks

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On the eve of the regular-season opener, Mike Woodson sounds as if he’s ready to change the starting lineup he used most of preseason.

Andrea Bargnani appears out of the starting five and Carmelo Anthony, who had played his more natural small forward during the preseason, is expected to slide back to power forward when the Knicks open up tomorrow against the Bucks.

“I didn’t expect it,”...

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Knicks have to decide on cuts soon

Chris Smith poses with a basketball at Knicks

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GREEN BAY – Mike Woodson said he will sit down with new president Steve Mills, and other Knicks officials coaches and scouts after practice tomorrow and start making decisions about who will make the team.

One of the players “in the mix” according to Woodson is guard Chris Smith, whose 20 minutes of preseason action is the fewest on the team.

Woodson was asked whether Smith being the...

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