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Chandler: It's time to buckle down

Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks during

Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks during training camp at Madison Square Garden training center. (Dec. 20, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Tyson Chandler called tonight's preseason game against the Nets "a regular season game for us," and sent a message to his teammates as this truncated training camp winds down to Sunday's season opener.

"It's business time," he said. "It's all great and everything looks good on paper, but the game is not played on paper. So it's time to buckle down and get ready for the season."

The Knicks handled the Nets, 92-83, on Saturday in a game that saw the starters play most of three quarters.

"The first one was knocking all the rust off," Chandler said. "The second time we've got to be a little more sharp on both ends of the floor and get a little conditioning in . . . It's very important that we have a good show."

Bye Posey, hello Novak?

The Knicks still have the $2.5 million "room exception" to offer to free agents, but they may wind up pocketing it this season. One possible candidate for it, free agent veteran forward James Posey, attracted some interest from the Knicks but Mike D'Antoni suggested he was no longer on the radar.

"You'd have to ask Glen, I don't know, but I don't think we're pursuing that right now," D'Antoni said. "But I don't know, you'd have to ask Glen about that one."

Instead of the 34-year-old Posey, who has been part of NBA championship teams in Miami (2006) and Boston (2008), the Knicks are expected to sign 27-year-old Steve Novak, who was waived by the Spurs on Monday. Actually, Novak broke the news of his next destination Monday night on Twitter when he wrote, "Next stop . . . NY!" He doesn't officially clear waivers until Wednesday night, however, and he quickly deleted the post.

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