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 5 years ago '04        #10461
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Ama're & Metta will be at the Footlocker on 34th from 2:30-4:30
 5 years ago '04        #10462
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Can meet LJ, Starks and the NY dancers tomorrow from 11-1
 5 years ago '08        #10463
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I dont understand how everybody slobbing the nets and bulls nets added 40 yr old kg and slow a.ss pierce with a rookie coach i do like the Kirilenko move their bench is a lil better but still they didnt do enough to say oh this team has a legit shot to win a championship and yes the bulls have rose back but dude is coming off acl surgery everybody seems to forget that tho i think they'll miss nate rob a little too he helped them out alot off the bench last year but whatever its probably better for the knicks to fly under the radar


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 5 years ago '05        #10464
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Do not underestimate the bulls. They played great without him and he's had a year to heal...acl repairs get better every year so I don't expect him to injure it again. We will see tho, barring injuries...I expect bulls to be #1 seed or 2




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 5 years ago '04        #10465
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Berman

Injured center Jeremy Tyler, cut controversially by the Knicks Friday to make room for J.R. Smith’s brother, Chris Smith, is still rehabbing at the Knicks’ Westchester training facility as the club engages Golden State in talks to obtain his D-League rights, The Post has learned.

The 6-10 Tyler, who had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot in early September, is not expected to be able to play until December. The Knicks are hoping when he gets healthy, the Las Vegas summer-league sensation can play for the Knicks’ D-League affiliate, Erie, then possibly be re-signed if his foot hasn’t hampered him.

But Tyler’s rights are owned by the Warriors’ affiliate, Santa Cruz. The Knicks and Warriors have to work out a deal to transfer Tyler’s rights. If they don’t, Tyler cannot continue to rehab with the Knicks and would have to play in Santa Cruz if he signs a D-League deal.

The Knicks can still re-sign Tyler in December if he’s playing for Santa Cruz, but they prefer to keep tabs on him closer to home and in their D-League system. Tyler has already made $200,000 from the Knicks because his deal was partially guaranteed.

If Tyler is re-signed in December, the Knicks may cut either Smith or center Cole Aldrich. Smith will have already made all of his $492,000 minimum contract – which becomes fully guaranteed Monday night at 5 p.m. when rosters are finalized because of an odd quirk in his pact.

Smith is expected to play most of the season in Erie. If the Knicks cut him in December, he can still play with Erie as an NBA free agent, but he can’t practice or work out with the Knicks.
 5 years ago '04        #10466
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After Saturday’s Knicks practice at the Garden, a reporter looking for a story asked players if they felt slighted or motivated by the club being a consensus pick as fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

As former Suns general manager Steve Kerr said on last week’s TNT conference call, “I think they are a significant step below the four teams ahead of them: Miami, Chicago, Indiana and Brooklyn.’’

Significant? The players gave vanilla responses, Tyson Chandler saying he “couldn’t care less where people have us.’’

What Chandler should have said was he’s not surprised at falling expectations because the Knicks’ owner, James Dolan, four days before training camp, fired the general manager, Glen Grunwald, who had built the roster top to bottom. Of course, that response would have gotten Chandler exiled to Sacramento.

When Carmelo Anthony was asked what he thought of the “so-called experts,” he said “So-called. Great title.’’

And that brings us to the GM survey the NBA website distributed last week. All 30 league GMs were polled in 56 categories. Either the executives boycotted the Knicks for their mishandling of the popular Grunwald or they just don’t think the club that finished 54-28 last season is in the championship conversation any longer.

The results, down to all the minor categories, were stunning in the lack of a Knicks presence. Even coach Mike Woodson was shut out.

Perhaps the new, young GMs are clinging to their beloved computer analytics — with ESPN’s simulation having the Knicks at a laughable 37 victories.

“I really don’t know,’’ Anthony said of fifth-place predictions. “Maybe they see something we don’t see.”

This can’t be totally shocking to Dolan, although getting shunned in one category had to rile him up. Dolan’s $1 billion, newly transformed Garden didn’t rate.

In the category “Best Homecourt Advantage,’’ seven arenas got votes. Nobody picked the Garden, where the Knicks posted a 31-10 record last season, winning their first 10 home games and their last 10. Do the GMs not know the Garden now has bridges?

None of the 30 GMs picked either the Knicks or Nets to win the NBA title or Eastern Conference title. Six teams got championship votes. Only three clubs — the Heat, Bulls and Pacers — were picked to win the East.

But Brooklyn did much better in the GM survey as a whole. The unproven Nets were overwhelming picks to win the Atlantic Division — with 76 percent of the vote versus 24 percent for the Knicks. Apparently, the GMs all clamored to trade for ancient Paul Pierce and hire Jason Kidd as head coach, too.

Anthony, meanwhile, didn’t fare nearly as well for a guy who finished third in the MVP voting last season and won a scoring title.

Yes, one GM did give him an MVP vote (Steve Mills?), but in revealing categories such as “Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments,” Anthony got stiffed. Six players — including Stephen Curry — got votes.

Anthony finished third in two categories — one of which, “Getting off his own shot,” is a mixed-bag tribute. Anthony’s best honor was being tied for third with LeBron James for “Who do you want taking the last shot?’’ although you wouldn’t vote him in if you saw his last-second clanker in Friday’s preseason finale.

Chandler, who won the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2012, also got the shaft. He didn’t get a single vote for league’s best defender, best center or best leader. Nine players received votes in the best-defender category and Roy Hibbert was fourth for best center.

Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. also was ignored in the rookie categories. Surprisingly, he got no votes in “Best rookie steal when selected.’’ Hardway was taken 24th, considered an excellent value pick. Thirteen rookies received votes.

Andrea Bargnani, who has yet to stand out in preseason, was not named as one of the “International players ready for a breakout.’’ Thirteen foreigners were tabbed, including fellow Italian Marco Belinelli.

But the biggest diss went to Woodson. There are five coaching categories in this survey — from “best head coach’’ to “head coach who runs the best defense” to “best coach for in-game adjustments.” In the five categories, 12 coaches were mentioned at least once, including George Karl, and he isn’t even coaching this season.

Woodson? Nothing. That was the biggest travesty. When you list reasons the Knicks won 54 games last season, Woodson is atop the list.

So when the Knicks dismiss the predictions from “so-called experts’’ with the opener Wednesday, just show them a printout of the GM survey — or the architectural blueprints of Dolan’s bridges.
 5 years ago '04        #10467
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Ready or not, Andrea Bargnani, the regular season demands arrive Wednesday. More:

It's been an underwhelming preseason for the Knicks' headline acquisition of the past summer. In fact, one could argue that the team's other heralded pick-up, the amnestied Metta World Peace, has looked far more impressive.

Bargnani has some built-in excuses, starting with the bout with pneumonia in August, which caused him to miss playing for Italy in the Eurobasket tournament and led to weeks of lost offseason training just before camp opened. So perhaps the legs aren't there yet and, as a result, the shot isn't there, either.

Bargnani in seven preseason games shot just 38.1% from the field. He was brought here to help pull opposing bigs out of the paint with his perimeter game, but at 20% from three-point range (3 for 15), that will hardly make Roy Hibbert and Joakim Noah flinch.

"When the shot doesn't fall," he said, "you've got to try to be aggressive on defense and to rebound the ball." He didn't do much of either, as well, in the preseason, with just 3.3 rebounds in 24.3 minutes per game (that's 4.9 per 36 minutes). One area he did provide on defense was in blocked shots, where he posted a per-36 average of 1.5. Plus-minus was awful, but in the preseason, with some weird lineups, that's a statistic you can throw away....until Wednesday night, when the lineups are real and the games count.

"The main focus is defense and rebounding," Bargnani said. "The offense is going to come . . . It's a process, but I'm learning quickly."

Carmelo Anthony has made an effort to get Bargnani involved in the offense, especially in playing off him in the sets. Melo's consistent message to the big Italian: be aggressive.

In his best seasons, Bargnani, an excellent free throw shooter, learned how to get to the line. In 2010-11, when he averaged a career-best 21.4 points per game, he shot 5.3 free throws per game. The following season, limited to 31 games by injury, he averaged 19.5 points and took 5.6 free throws per game.

In the preseason, Bargnani went 28-for-31 (90.3%) from the line. Per 36 minutes, he averaged 6.6 FTAs, which is a top-10 pace among NBA players by last season's standards. Carmelo Anthony averaged 7.3 FTAs per game last season.

For Bargnani to succeed, it's not as much about his skill as it is his motor. If he puts the urgency into his game - similar to how Melo did last season - he could be an excellent complement.

If not, Mike Woodson may have to reconsider his lineup.
 5 years ago '04        #10468
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#Knicks reclaimed the Garden as their own stage last season; need to get re-acclimated again.

The Knicks had the seventh-best home record in the NBA last season at 31-10, which was their best performance at the Garden in a decade. And, for a half, they looked right at home again on Friday night in the preseason finale, which was their first time back in the Garden since last season.

But in the second half, despite the beauty of the newly transformed arena, things got ugly as their shooting and their intensity waned. Mike Woodson felt the need to bring the team back to the building the next day for a rare practice on the Garden court.

"It felt different, man," Carmelo Anthony said. "We've been on the road this whole preseason. To finally be back on our home court, and only have one preseason game, it felt a little different."

Due to the final stages of the Garden transformation, the Knicks played their six previous preseason games on a barnstorming tour that included Providence, R.I., Toronto, Manchester, N.H., Washington, D.C., Toronto again and Green Bay, WI. Some weird rims, some strange gyms and some empty venues.

They'll now get to settle in at the Garden as the regular season opens Wednesday, when the Knicks host the Bucks. Seven of the first 11 games of the season are at home.

While it'll be good to be home, the guest list is challenging. After Milwaukee, the Knicks host the Timberwolves, Bobcats, Spurs, Rockets, Hawks and Pacers among those first 11 games.
 5 years ago '04        #10469
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Mike Woodson says he is toying with the idea of starting Metta World Peace over Andrea Bargnani in the season opener on Wednesday.

"I don't yet," the coach said Monday when asked about starting World Peace or Bargnani against the Bucks. "I really don't."

It's interesting that Woodson is still wrestling with his starting five just two days before the Knicks open the regular season.

The coach was committed to using Bargnani in the starting lineup throughout the preseason. But he may have changed his mind because of Bargnani's shooting struggles -- the forward shot just 38 percent from the floor in seven preseason games. Or, Woodson may not want to reveal his starting five publicly. If he announced his starting lineup on Monday, Milwaukee would have two days to prepare.

Woodson said after Monday's scrimmage that it was hard to evaluate his starting lineup and reserve unit because Iman Shumpert (soreness) did not practice. Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard on Wednesday alongside Raymond Felton at point guard. Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler are expected to round out the Knicks' front line.

If World Peace starts against Milwaukee, that would allow Anthony to shift back to power forward.

Anthony won the 2012-13 scoring title playing primarily at power forward.

If Bargnani ends up in the starting lineup, Anthony would shift to small forward, where he's played most often throughout his 10-year career.

Bargnani and World Peace have vastly different skill sets. Bargnani's known as a strong perimeter shooter but a weak defender; World Peace can guard the opponent's top forward and can knock down an open perimeter shot.

"With Bargnani, we can space the floor out; he causes some type of mismatches out there," Anthony said. "With Metta, he kind of brings that defensive mentality out on the basketball court, gets us going, gets the energy going in the game. We know what to expect from both them guys, what type of games that they have. (They are) totally two different type of games."

Woodson said on Sunday that Bargnani is still adjusting to life with the Knicks on both ends of the floor. In addition to his poor preseason shooting, Bargnani seemed to struggled with the Knicks' defensive concepts in the exhibition season. The Knicks were outscored by 65 points in 170 minutes with Bargnani on the floor.

"I really believe Andrea can be a good team defender. My whole thing is it’s our job to help him," Tyson Chandler said. "Obviously, Metta does some incredible things individually as a defender but it’s our job to help guys that are not known to be defenders."

If World Peace starts, the Knicks could have an easier time getting stops. Woodson & Co. have mentioned several times that defense is a priority going into the regular season.

New York ranked 17th last year in points allowed per 100 possessions. Their stated goal is to be a top 10 defense this year.
 5 years ago '08        #10470
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@dj ac

Do not underestimate the bulls. They played great without him and he's had a year to heal...acl repairs get better every year so I don't expect him to injure it again. We will see tho, barring injuries...I expect bulls to be #1 seed or 2
Not underestimating them just don't think they'll be as good as everyone says
 5 years ago '04        #10471
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Melo says he will recruit FAs to NYC: "When the time comes we’ll be working on that. I have a big black book. I have a big rolodex." #Knicks

Iman Shumpert practiced in full today. Mike Woodson said he will start at shooting guard tomorrow, as expected. #Knicks
 10-29-2013, 01:22 PM         #10472
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Didn't we pick up Shumpert's option this week?
 5 years ago '04        #10473
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Didn't we pick up Shumpert's option this week?
Of course
 5 years ago '04        #10474
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Berman

Carmelo Anthony indicated Tuesday, on the eve of the Knicks season opener, that he will be trying to recruit players to play in New York more than looking to get recruited as a free agent.

TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith criticized Anthony for talking about leaving the Knicks, though he simply said he would like to experience free agency because he never has done so in his career.

Anthony was asked Tuesday after practice if he’s the type of guy who would be a magnet to woo players to play with him in New York. The Knicks could have major salary-cap space in 2015. That free-agent class includes Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rajon Rondo, David West, Brook Lopez and LeBron James (if he doesn’t opt out of his contract after the 2013-14 season).

“I haven’t had a complaint yet in 10, 11 years in the NBA about playing with me,’’ Anthony said. “People would love to come to play in New York. When that comes, we’ll be working on that. I have a big black book, a big Rolodex. People talk about what’s going on with me in the offseason, [that] I should be getting people to come here. I am. I’m trying.’’

Barkley said Monday that Anthony “should be trying to get guys to come here and not [be] like, ‘I’ll stay here for a couple years.”’ Asked about Barkley’s remarks, Anthony said, “ I don’t listen to that guy.’’

Anthony has said he will exercise the opt-out clause in his contract to become a free agent, but to leave the Knicks he would be giving up about $33 million. Barring a Knicks collapse this season, it’s hard to imagine.
 5 years ago '05        #10475
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 5 years ago '04        #10476
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Raymond Felton played with deep bone bruises in each hand during the early section of last season and never missed a game — or a beat. As far as guys willing to play hurt, Felton is tops on the Knicks, though Metta World Peace could give him a run for his money.

Felton has a strained left hamstring, but it’s been largely ignored because he’s not one to jabber about it. He played last season on Christmas Day with what turned out to a broken pinkie. Broken in three places, he found out later.

Felton was yanked in the second half from the preseason game in Baltimore on Oct. 17 with a hamstring injury then sat out the next two contests. He played in a limited fashion in the preseason finale against the Bobcats on Friday.

The injury has not gone away. Hamstrings tend to be tricky.

“I can’t say I’m 100 percent,’’ Felton said after Tuesday’s practice. “But I’m good. I’m playing.’’

Felton made most fans forget about Linsanity last season, engineering a club with the lowest turnover rate in the league. But Felton wasn’t perfect. He struggled defensively against quicker point guards and was outplayed by Pacers’ George Hill in the Knicks’ second-round playoff exit. In the Game 6 clincher, Felton didn’t have a field goal.

Felton’s hamstring may not be a big issue in Wednesday’s season opener against young Bucks point guard Brandon Knight. Thursday’s quick turnaround for Game 2 in Chicago against Derrick Rose, out for blood after a so-so opener against the Heat, could get ugly.

It would not be surprising if the Knicks put Iman Shumpert on Rose on Thursday in a battle of players with repaired ACLs. (Shumpert is the Chicago guard whom President Obama didn’t welcome back from ACL surgery on Twitter.)

Felton and Shumpert saw little time together in the backcourt during preseason or last season. Felton played best alongside another point guard: either Jason Kidd or Pablo Prigioni. Scouts thought the Knicks’ ball movement was lacking in the preseason, and it is partly Felton’s job to make sure it does not stick. He has talked about being more of a leader this season.

Felton and Shumpert have yet to have enough time together to click as a tandem. Felton might prefers having Prigioni with him to create better ball movement.

“We could put two, maybe three different starting fives on the court,’’ Felton said. “That’s how good we are.’’

Felton doesn’t lack for confidence — in himself or the club.

“We still got pretty much the same team as last year,’’ Felton said. “We got all the depth, talent and leadership. [A title] is the ultimate goal for sure. That’s we’re working hard for.’’

As long as his hammy holds up.
 5 years ago '04        #10477
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CHICAGO — After coming off the bench in the season opener, Andrea Bargnani was back in the starting lineup in the Knicks’ 82-81 loss to the Bulls Thursday night at United Center, away from the impatient Garden crowd, which booed him after he missed his first two shots.

Bargnani had a brutal first half Thursday, going scoreless and picking up three offensive fouls in the second quarter. But he settled down to finish 4 of 7 for nine points in 24:38. He did not play the final 9:43.

It was better than his Knicks debut at the Garden when he got booed.

Bargnani, who missed all four of his shots in the first half in the opener, said the fans have the right to boo. Bargnani was also booed in Toronto last season — leading to his exit.

“Absolutely,’’ Bargnani said. “I was missing shots. They were open shots. I got to keep taking them. I missed open shots. All I can do is keep taking them and keep working hard.’’

Bargnani had started all preseason and most of his career. Suddenly, coach Mike Woodson decided on yanking him from the starting lineup in favor of the successful two point-guard backcourt of last season — Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni in a small lineup — for the opener.

Thursday night, the two point-guard alignment was ditched.

“I don’t think rhythm is the reason if I’m starting or being off the bench,’’ Bargnani said. “I was very happy to be back on the court after all the months when I sat out with [an] injury [last year],’’

Bargnani said. “I was happy to play after all this time.’’

Bargnani said he wasn’t nervous in his first regular-season game as a Knick.

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Amar’e Stoudemire made his season debut and struggled in the first half. He finished with five points on 2 of 3 shooting in 10:40. He’s on a 10-minute nightly limit.

Stoudemire checked in with 4:06 left in first quarter and the Knicks, down three, stumbled.

He bounced the ball off of his foot and out of bounds on his first foray, then committed an offensive foul setting a pick. Stoudemire was worse defending burly Carlos Boozer, who scored three times over Stoudemire. Finally Taj Gibson skied at the buzzer for a putback and the Knicks trailed by 10 after one.

Stoudemire was better in the second half, scoring on two post moves.

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Point guard Raymond Felton (5-for-14, 13 points) said his strained left hamstring, which he first injured in preseason, could linger for more than a month.

“Hopefully it goes away,’’ Felton said before the contest with his left leg wrapped. “It could last two, three days but it could last up to six weeks. Hopefully one day I wake up and it’s gone. Right now it’s a nagging thing I have to deal with.’’
 5 years ago '04        #10478
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CHICAGO — Carmelo Anthony, trying to quell those who have criticized him about touting his free agency, made his boldest statement yet about wanting to remain in orange and blue.

Speaking to the TNT crew before Thursday’s game, Anthony said, “I want to retire in New York, I mean, let’s just be quite frank.’’

Anthony had created something of a firestorm when he said he was definitely going to opt out of his contract because he “wanted to be a free agent.’’

“I think a lot of people jumped the gun when I said I wanted to be a free agent,” he said. “And yeah, I want people to come play in New York. I want them to want to play in New York. I want New York to be that place where guys want to come play.”

Anthony said this week he has a “big black book’’ to recruit free agents.

Anthony, however, has never been a free agent and indicated in preseason he’d like the experience of being courted. He also hinted the Lakers would be the only destination that would make sense for his lifestyle and status. Anthony could have been putting the Knicks on notice to ensure they continue trying to build a title-contending team.
 5 years ago '04        #10479
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The overriding, obvious angle out of Thursday’s 82-81 Knicks heartbreaker to the Bulls was one superstar “rose’’ to the occasion and the other one didn’t.

Derrick Rose hit the gargantuan shot when it counted most for the game-winner and Carmelo Anthony answered with his fifth straight brick to finish the night 8 of 24. He had six steals but also four turnovers.

But there were plenty of other observations out of Chicago. Woodson seems to already trust his rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. in late-game situations more than Andrea Bargnani, who sat the final nine minutes after returning to the starting lineup.

On the floor in those finals seconds, with the Knicks needing a field goal to win, was Hardaway, not Bargnani. Hardaway has no fear. He took 13 shots in his father’s hometown, making four of them in 26:50 of action and finishing with 10 points. Of course, many of those minutes will go to J.R. Smith upon his return for the sixth game.

Interestingly, the Bulls took Tony Snell over Hardaway at No. 20. A lot of mock drafts had the Bulls taking Hardaway. Snell was a DNP on Thursday night.

Hardaway has his defensive lapses but shows great poise for a rookie. His proud agent, Chicago-based Mark Bartelstein, was on hand watching.

“I’m just reading what the defense gives you,’’ said Hardaway, who was 2 for 2 in the season-opening win over Milwaukee. “A lot of teams are focusing on Melo and Shump (Iman Shumpert) when he’s attacking. It’s just my job to take open shots.’’

And teams are leaving the Michigan product. ”I’m getting really good shots, trying to mix it up, going to the basket,” Hardaway said. “I’m trying to make plays. Do what I can do to help the team win. But defense is the key part of my game I’m trying to get better at.”

Meanwhile, the defense has been very solid for the first two games. The Knicks defended the heck out of Rose (7 of 23) even on the last play. Center Tyson Chandler has been a big reason. He had 19 rebounds vs. Chicago and has been all over the place in the first two games. It’s too bad he missed that one free throw with 10 seconds left and couldn’t control that last tip-in. He’s a far different player than late last season.

On the down side, Amar’e Stoudemire looked rusty in his season debut. His first half was poor – with two turnovers and a failure to defend Carlos Boozer. But he got a couple of inside buckets in the second half. He’s on a 10-minute limit now and only stands to get better. But one must wonder if this weird platoon system with Kenyon Martin will slow his chance of getting acclimated. Under the bizarre system, both players are expected to play Sunday vs. Minnesota since there are two days off between games.

Metta World Peace got a bit too c*cky Thursday, forgetting his role. He shot very well all preseason and in the opener. In Chicago, he rushed shots and had no touch – a 3-of-11 outing. But he had two steals and made two of four from 3-point land.

The Knicks are 1-1. They’ve been better than the record sounds.
 5 years ago '04        #10480
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Berman

Knicks coach Mike Woodson admitted Amar’e Stoudemire was “rusty a little bit’’ in his season debut Thursday in Chicago.

The question is how long will it take for Stoudemire to shake off the rust, given Woodson’s bizarre power-forward platoon system with Kenyon Martin and a current 10-minute cap.

“They got to be patient with me and we got to make it work,’’ Woodson said. “The bottom line is, we need him in a uniform helping us. It will come.”

What’s certain is Stoudemire and Martin will rotate in back-to-back games as they did Wednesday and Thursday against the Bucks and Bulls.

Martin played against Milwaukee and Stoudemire played 10:40 in Chicago, where he scored five points but committed four fouls and three turnovers. His first play of the season was bouncing the ball off his foot on a post move — pure rust.

“I totally understand [the platoon],’’ Stoudemire said. “I hope you guys do too, so you don’t keep asking. With a couple of days off, both of us can play.’’

And what about a day between games?

“Not sure,’’ Stoudemire said. “It’s up to the coaching staff. I’m sure with a day off we’d be able to play and be ready to go.’’

Martin, who has chronic ankle issues, may not be as understanding. He said he didn’t mind the babying in preseason but said he’d “press the issue’’ if it continues in the regular season. Plus, Martin got in for just four minutes in the season opener.

Stoudemire, meanwhile, felt his first game went well as he scored on two nice low-post baskets in the second half, but had to be yanked because of his cap just as he was getting in a groove.

“I felt great, felt really good,” Stoudemire said. “I was very pleased with how I felt [Thursday] as far as my body. Just going to continue to keep building and getting better.

“It’s an adjustment period. It takes time to get used to the in-and-out play. My teammates have been very supportive to keep encouraging me and looking for me when I’m there.’’

Woodson is showing a lot of trust in rookie shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr., who had a confident game in Chicago, playing 26:50. He took 13 shots and made four, but was 2 of 6 from the 3-point line. He finished with 10 points. Hardaway was on the floor down the stretch, even on the final possession over Andrea Bargnani. Hardaway was 2-for-2 in the season opener.

“I’m getting really good shots, trying to mix it up, going to the basket,’’ Hardaway said. “I’m trying to make plays. Do what I can do to help the team win. But defense is the key part of my game I’m trying to get better at.’’

Although Carmelo Anthony said on TNT Thursday — and earlier in training camp on MSG Network — he wanted to “retire” a Knick, he wouldn’t repeat the sentiment after the loss to the Bulls, when he missed a potential game-winner.

“C’ mon, man, I just got finished playing a game,’’ Anthony said. “I said what I said. I believe that. That’s my goal. That’s what I want to do.’’
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