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Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.

J.R. Smith featured on AOL On's series 'My Ink'

J.R. Smith poses during Knicks media day in

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J.R. Smith is known for his tattoos. Now, they're they star of a miniseries episode.

The Knicks guard was recently profiled on AOL On's series "My Ink", where he visited Manhattan tattoo artist Bang Bang to get some new ink on his shooting hand. He also talked about his other tattoos, and his parents even make an appearance.

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Mike Woodson is 'a little irritated,' by the Knicks' lack of effort and considering another lineup change

Knicks head coach Mike Woodson looks on against

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Mike Woodson is planning to change his starting lineup tomorrow night against the Pistons.

The Pistons start a Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond frontline so Woodson said he “might match to their bigness.”

It’s a safe bet that Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani and Kenyon Martin will start up front with Raymond Felton and either J.R. Smith or Iman Shumpert.

Woodson said...

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Al Iannazzone's fast breaks

Kobe Bryant warms up before a game between

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- The Timberwolves ended a 22-game losing streak to the Lakers Sunday, which was the longest active streak between two NBA teams. Earlier this season, the Nets snapped the third-longest skid, 13 straight against Miami. The Spurs’ 15 consecutive wins over Washington is the current longest streak with Houston’s 13 in a row over the Nets second.

- After the Spurs’ loss, Wizards center Nene praised...

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Larry Sanders lets down Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders shoots over the

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Larry Sanders repaid the Bucks for making him the face of the franchise and cornerstone of their rebuild by tearing a ligament in his right thumb during an altercation at a nightclub, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. Sanders had surgery and will miss six weeks.

The Bucks signed Sanders to a four-year, $44 million extension over the summer, after letting Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings...

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J.R. Smith the starter

J.R. Smith talks to the media at the

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J.R. Smith had an awful postseason, and said he was more concerned with the Knicks playoff exit and his role in it than what Woodson apparently said at his exit meeting in May.

According to Woodson, he mentioned to Smith he wanted him to go from Sixth Man of the Year to a starter.

“I was so distraught after last year in the playoffs I didn’t even really get a chance to think about that,”...

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Metta World Peace finds Zen

Knicks forward Metta World Peace drives the basketball

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Metta World Peace has been a voice of reason – somewhat – during the Knicks’ struggles. He said playing for Zen Master Phil Jackson with the Lakers taught him not to overreact.

“I played for Phil, so I’m used to calm,” World Peace said. “Concerns are not my strong point. Solutions are my strong point. Staying in the moment is a strong point. I’m always trying to find solutions.”...

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Will Carmelo's minutes become a factor?

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, left, and guard Raymond

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Carmelo Anthony’s minutes could become a factor as the season continues. He went into Saturday’s action leading the league at 40.8 minutes per game, nearly four more than he averaged last season.

The Knicks falling behind big early in games has led to Anthony spending less time on the bench. But they can’t afford to overuse Anthony and burn him out....

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Knicks can learn from Pacers

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony looks to get past

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The Pacers visit the Garden Wednesday in the first meeting between the two teams since Indiana ended the Knicks’ season in the conference semifinals. The way the Knicks have played they would be extremely lucky to get that far again.

They don’t have the chemistry they had last season, aren’t playing as cohesively and certainly not with the same effort defensively. Not having Tyson Chandler...

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NBA fined J.R. Smith $25,000 for Tweets

The NBA fined J.R. Smith $25,000 for directing hostile and inappropriate language to another player via his Twitter account, in violation of NBA rules.

Smith took exception to Pistons guard Brandon Jennings’ tweet questioning whether his brother, Chris Smith, belonged in the NBA. Jennings later removed his tweet.

But J.R. defended Chris and wrote he has “no respect” for “lil kids who...

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Mike Woodson unhappy with J.R. Smith's Twitter spat

Mike Woodson is trying to get the Knicks to play well on the court. But he’s also had to spend extra time lately with players off the court, trying to make sure they stay focused, professional and productive.

Woodson met with Iman Shumpert about the ongoing trade rumors involving him before Wednesday’s win over Atlanta. He also had a closed-door meeting with J.R. Smith and Chris Smith about...

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