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Duhon's point is to make Knicks better

New York Knicks' Chris Duhon and Eddy Curry,

New York Knicks' Chris Duhon and Eddy Curry, right, look up at the scoreboard as the Knicks lose by 29 points against the Philadelphia 76ers at an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, in Philadelphia. The Sixers won 116-87. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Tom Mihalek

Chris Duhon will welcome any newcomers to the Knicks with open arms.

Even if it means he'll be relegated to the bench.

The Knicks openly have courted several guards in the offseason - including Milwaukee Bucks restricted free agent Ramon Sessions - but Duhon, the team's starting point guard last season, said he has no ill feelings about any possible roster moves.

"I'm confident with my situation, where I am, my place with the team," Duhon said in Manhattan Saturday. "I understand this is a business. That's what it all is. The only thing I can do is prepare myself to lead this team and get to our goal, which is to make the playoffs."

Regarding the Knicks' interest in other guards, including Sessions, Andre Miller, Jason Kidd, Jason Williams and Jamaal Tinsley, Duhon says that's a good thing.

"If we get a guy like Sessions in, it's only going to make our team better," said Duhon, who got off to a strong start last season before appearing to wear down under heavy minutes. He wound up averaging 11.1 points and 7.2 assists.

He added, "That was my thought process throughout the whole time. If we get a guy like Jason Kidd, we're going to be better. If we get a guy like Grant Hill, we're going to be better. Andre Miller, we're going to be better.

"I've always been a team player. It's never been about me as a player; it's always been about the team. Whoever we bring here, that makes us better, gives us a chance to win, bring 'em in."

The Knicks - who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday - appear to want to improve at point guard. And that could mean a new role for Duhon, who signed a two-year deal worth almost $12 million in July 2008.

But Duhon, who will turn 27 on Aug. 31, said he's more focused on the team's postseason chances.

"I think we made it at least fun to watch last year. We were entertaining," he said. "It was easy to go and watch us put up a lot of points. We just expect more wins. We expect to make the playoffs this year."

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