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Mason wants to get Knicks back to playoffs

In his first official appearance as a Knick, guard Roger Mason Jr. said he signed because he wanted to help "get the Knicks back to the playoffs.''

Mason signed with the Knicks on Tuesday, the latest in a flurry of free-agent moves that has brought Amar'e Stoudemire, Anthony Randolph and Raymond Felton, among others, to New York.

Appearing at the Brearley School Field House in Manhattan, Mason took questions from kids attending the Knicks basketball camp to kick off his tenure in New York.

"I wanted to be part of a team where all of us helped get the Knicks back to the playoffs,'' he said. "Honestly, I am playing for the team I wanted to play for . . . When free agency started, I said the one team I would make the biggest difference on would be the Knicks.''

Mason, 29, is a seven-year NBA veteran who has played for Chicago, Toronto, Washington and San Antonio. He averaged 6.3 points with the Spurs in 2009-10. He has averaged 7.2 for his career.

The Dolan family owns controlling interests in the Knicks, MSG and Cablevision. Cablevision owns Newsday.

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