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All-Star break means more talk of Carmelo Anthony's future

Carmelo Anthony battles against Los Angeles Clippers guard

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The first part of the Knicks’ season featured more trade rumors and reports that Mike Woodson was close to being fired than actual wins.

Both should continue through the All-Star break and into next week.

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 20 and the Knicks are 20-32 heading into the break. So expect rumors of Woodson being on his way out to persist and trade talks to heat up.

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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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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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Raymond Felton to return for Knicks

Raymond Felton missed the last four games with a pinched nerve in his hip, but he will return tonight to face Chris Paul and the Clippers.

The Knicks, losers of six straight, could use all the help they can get. But Felton wasn’t playing well defensively when he was healthy, and Paul isn’t the best guy to face when you’re coming off an injury like that.

“Chris Paul is not a good matchup...

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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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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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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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Chris Smith still a Knick after five are cut

Chris Smith poses with a basketball at Knicks

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J.R. Smith’s brother, Chris Smith was one of three training camp invitees to survive cut day. The other two were combo guard Toure’ Murry and center Cole Aldrich.

The Knicks waived five players - Ike Diogu, CJ Leslie, Jeremy Tyler, Josh Powell and Chris Douglas-Roberts - before tonight’s preseason finale against the Bobcats.

Their roster as of right now stands at 15. Opening night is...

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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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