Mike Woodson would like to settle on an every-game starting lineup
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CHICAGO -- Two games into the season and the Knicks already have had two different starting lineups. But Mike Woodson said he would like to have an every-game starting five eventually. "I would love to get to that point,'' he said.
After going small in their opener against the Bucks, the Knicks started big Thursday night against the Bulls with Carmelo Anthony, 7-footer Andrea Bargnani and Tyson Chandler up front and Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert in the backcourt.
That was the lineup most envisioned after Bargnani started at power forward in all seven preseason games. But he didn't shoot well and is a defensive liability, so Woodson matched down to the smaller Bucks Wednesday night, starting Pablo Prigioni.
"We experimented a little bit with it in exhibition season, but not big minutes where you can actually feel good about if it's going to work or not work,'' Woodson said of starting Bargnani. "Eventually we'll play enough big teams in the East and some in the West and we'll see what we're made of and we'll see if it works.''
After shooting 3-for-9 against the Bucks, Bargnani was 4-for-7 with nine points, one rebound and three turnovers against the Bulls. He wasn't on the floor the last 9:43 of the game.
Bargnani heard some boos in the second quarter Wednesday when he still was looking for his first basket. Woodson didn't seem concerned. "One game," he said. "Eighty-two-game season."
Bargnani, who was booed plenty last season in Toronto, brushed off the Garden groans. "I was missing shots," he said. "But they were open shots. I've got to keep taking them. They're open shots.''
Anthony wants to stay
During a TNT interview, Anthony reiterated that he wants to stay with the Knicks. They "pulled all the strings to get me here and I wanted to be here," he said. "And I want to retire in New York."
Anthony, who has said he will opt out after the season and become a free agent, was asked about the comment to TNT after the game but didn't want to discuss it. "I said what I said. I believe that," he said. "That's my goal, that's what I want to do. I don't want to talk about that."
Melo: Shoulder is OK
Anthony's left shoulder was heavily wrapped in ice after Wednesday's game. He took a hard foul but said he's fine. It could be a familiar sight all season after Anthony opted not to have surgery to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff. "Precautionary,'' he said. "I don't even like icing my shoulder around you [media] guys. [You] jump the gun a little bit.''
Amar'e Stoudemire played his first regular-season game since March 7, which was two knee surgeries ago. He had five points, four fouls, three turnovers and one rebound in 10:40 and was exposed defensively . . . The Knicks debuted their alternate orange jersey in honor of Halloween. The Bulls wore black.