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 5 years ago '04        #10481
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Although Carmelo Anthony muffed his chance at becoming a Halloween hero Thursday night in Chicago, the Knicks departed the Windy City with a tailwind of confidence.

That’s largely because 7-foot-1 center Tyson Chandler may be primed for the type of season he had when he guided the Mavericks to the championship in 2011.

Even if Anthony isn’t yet playing at the level he was to begin last season, the Knicks (1-1) look to be in good position as they gear up for Sunday’s Garden match against the improved Timberwolves.

After taking the Bulls down to the final seconds in a heartbreaking 82-81 loss, the Knicks actually showed signs they could be as good if not better than last season’s 54-win club. In 2012-13, the Knicks couldn’t sniff a win against the Bulls, losing four straight times and getting outmuscled.

That didn’t happen Thursday, thanks to Chandler’s 19 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass. The Knicks stood toe-to-toe with a Bulls team some general managers and experts project will topple the Heat and get out of the East, now that they have Derrick Rose back.

The Knicks didn’t have their potential starting shooting guard, J.R. Smith, who served the first two games of his five-contest marijuana suspension.

“We did it without a key piece in our offense,’’ Chandler said. “Once we implement [Smith] in, I see us as pretty dangerous.’’

The Knicks allowed 83 points to Milwaukee in their season-opening win — when Chandler had five blocks — and 82 to the Bulls, who were held to 11 fourth-quarter points. They defended Rose fiercely, even on his game-winning floater from the right baseline over a helping Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton.

“The way we played [Thursday], we’re going to win our share of games if we play like this,’’ Chandler said. “Top team, home opener, with all the energy, we were able to weather the storm and make a run at it in the end.’’

Chandler, who turned 31 during training camp last month, is eyeing this as his renaissance season. He has been outspoken about letting the team down in the playoffs last spring.

In fact, in Chandler’s two playoff appearances as a Knick, he has been under the weather. In the 2012 first-round series against Miami, he contracted the flu before Game 1 and couldn’t shake it.

Down the stretch last season, Chandler missed 16 of the final 20 regular-season games to rest a strained ligament in his neck. During his time away from the team, he contracted strep throat from his daughter and lost 12 pounds entering the playoffs.

Without his usual strength, stamina or energy, Chandler was obliterated by the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert during the second round series. He also was seen more as complainer than leader, criticizing the offense for a lack of ball movement, believed to be pinning it on Smith. His mission is to atone for last spring’s sins.

“I’m getting back to where I was the first year I came here,’’ Chandler said Thursday night. “[I’m] getting blocks of late. But I just want to alter shots when the opportunity presents itself.

“I feel good now, physically. I feel a lot stronger, explosive, really attacking the offensive glass to give my team second chances as well as controlling the paint.’’

A defensive coach, Mike Woodson realizes Chandler’s value is as great as Anthony’s.

“He has a lot of his pop back,’’ Woodson said of Chandler. “In terms of his movement and rebounding and blocking shots, it was great to see him play like that. He’s going to have to be that way every time we step out on the floor.’’

In an intriguing workout video, Chandler said to haunting background music: “I have a sour taste in my mouth from last season. I feel I left something on the table personally. You take it into summer and use it as motivation. There’s no offseason for me because there’s always someone else working.

“Honestly, I never felt I accomplished my goals. Ultimately my goal is to win a championship in New York. I’ve got a long ways to go and I have to be physically and mentally ready to go the distance. That’s what drives me every day.”

So far, Chandler is living up to his video.
 5 years ago '04        #10482
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Ricky Davis was drafted in the sixth round of the NBA D-League draft by the Erie BayHawks.

Erie is the D-League affiliate of the New York Knicks, who reportedly worked out Davis in the offseason.

Davis played 12 seasons in the NBA, his last campaign coming in 2009-10.
 5 years ago '04        #10483
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony has been second-guessing himself and believes he has been a "bit passive" in fourth quarters so far this season.

Anthony has scored a combined 15 points and has no free-throw attempts in the Knicks' three fourth quarters so far. The reigning NBA scoring champion has been preoccupied with trying to mesh with new teammates and adjust to lineups -- and it has him perhaps thinking too much.

"For myself, maybe I'm second-guessing myself as well," Anthony said Monday after the Knicks' practice. "Maybe I'm a little bit passive out there, trying to do things that's out of the norm and trying to make people better at the wrong times.

"That's where I'm second-guessing myself. And I'm second-guessing my shot, and should I take this or should I pass this. I got to get out of that mentality quick."

The Knicks (1-2) certainly have a variety of issues to sort through, from turnovers to ball movement, shot selection and lineups.

In fourth quarters this season, Anthony has shot 7-for-22, 1-for-5 from behind the arc and has a total of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Even more eye-opening is the fact that Anthony has yet to go to the line in the final quarter.

During a tight fourth quarter in the Knicks' 82-81 loss to the Chicago Bulls last week, Anthony missed 5-of-7 shots, all the missed attempts coming in the final 3:22. That included a potential game-winning shot just inside the 3-point line with two seconds remaining.

During Sunday's 109-100 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Knicks sliced a 25-point deficit to two with 4:49 remaining. But Anthony, who had 22 points and 17 rebounds, missed his last three shots and had a turnover.

Anthony has been trying to adjust to new additions like Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace and rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. while not having the suspended J.R. Smith on the floor.

"We got new faces on this team," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "I am not putting it all on Melo.

"Melo is a big part of what we do here, and he has been great at it. I think at times he might be trying to make sure everybody is involved and being a part of it, and that is OK too. That is not getting us beat."

The Knicks have had 53 turnovers and are shooting just 30 percent from behind the 3-point line. Woodson wants to see his team take care of the ball and improve its shot selection.

"I think we're out there thinking too much, second-guessing ourselves out there," Anthony said. "When you do that, you're going to make mistakes, you're going to turn the basketball over. You see the difference when we're out there just playing basketball, and just having fun, going with our gut, going with our instinct –- it's night and day out there on the basketball court."

Anthony a.ssured everyone on Sunday that he's fully confident his shot -- and the Knicks' offense -- will be fine. It may just take a few days.

"That time will come," he said. "We'll just take it one day at a time, that day will come. [We'll] learn from this and move on."
 5 years ago '04        #10484
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 5 years ago '04        #10485
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We know of at least one person taking James Dolan seriously when the boss says he expects the Knicks to win the NBA championship this year.

That person? Well of course, James Dolan.

The media-shy chairman of Madison Square Garden was conspicuously missing from his baseline seat during most of the second quarter of Sunday’s lethargic loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. And for good reason.

According to several sources, Dolan was ready to erupt after the Knicks surrendered 40 first-quarter points and as the deficit ballooned to 23 Dolan went hunting for Steve Mills, the team’s new president and general manager.

That Mills isn’t responsible for either the roster or the coaching staff didn’t matter. With Dolan the facts rarely matter. The boss needed to vent and found Mills in a suite.

That’s one of the perks of being the boss. You get to a.ssign blame to whomever you choose. So on this night, it was left to Mills to talk Dolan down from the MSG Chase Bridge.

On the one hand, I applaud Dolan for being appalled. It’s nice to know someone in a position of power found the Knicks’ performance unacceptable.

Dolan could have easily just sat there on Sunday yukking it up with the actress seated to his left, “Saturday Night Live” alum Kristen Wiig. (In the final preseason game, Dolan’s guest was actress Olivia Munn. That’s another perk of being the boss.) Dolan, though, wants results and he wants them now.

“There’s no need to panic,” Carmelo Anthony said on Monday. “It’s three games into the season. We’re still trying to figure a lot of things out.”

That’s easy for Melo to say. He’s one of Dolan’s guys and he has the contract to prove it. Dolan hasn’t and may never call his franchise player on the carpet.

Mills is another story. He knows Dolan means business — as does Mike Woodson, who in early October was in the room when Dolan delivered his win-now edict to the head coach and his staff.

Being the Knicks coach under Dolan has never been a walk in the park, but it’s especially difficult now with Dolan expecting a championship. Perhaps the only group that has it worse than Woodson’s staff is — and I can’t believe I’m typing this — the Knicks City Dancers.

Dolan has become such a hands-on owner — figuratively speaking — that, according to a source, he doesn’t want the dancers dancing. Crazy, right? The same guy who wanted creative input on the dancers’ outfits (and he’s good at it) apparently ordered that the girls’ roles be reduced to mostly throwing T-shirts into the crowd. They performed maybe one routine on Sunday.

Why? No one seems to know, except the standard answer is usually “that’s Dolan.”

And this is where I draw the line. Be upset all you want at the players for underperforming. But the dancers?

The KCD’s have been the model of fitness, enthusiasm and execution for two decades. The Knicks? They’ve had one good season out of the last 13.

And maybe that’s what is driving Dolan to drive everyone else crazy. He tasted a little bit of success last season — 54 wins, finally winning a playoff series — and he doesn’t want to go back.

The loss to Minnesota left the Knicks with a 1-2 record heading into Tuesday’s home game against Charlotte. Dolan’s basketball team hadn’t had a losing record since March 24, 2012.

Sure, it’s a modest run but it’s better than the alternative. And Dolan doesn’t want to experience losing anymore.

When the fans say things like “sense of urgency” and “sending a message,” that’s what Dolan is giving you on a nightly basis.

Is he really asking too much to expect his expensive roster to do the same?

This is Dolan like we’ve never heard him before. One minute he’s talking NBA title like a modern-day Red Auerbach and the next he is messing with the game-night entertainment like he’s Fred Astaire.

And it’s only Game No. 3, for crying out loud! Can he really keep up this pace all season, or at least until J.R. Smith’s drug suspension ends on Sunday?

I know those around Dolan wouldn’t dare say this to his face, but he needs to be patient. It will be good for his health and the health of the team in general.

Let’s wait on J.R., give Andrea Bargnani a chance to learn a new system and new teammates, while Woodson deserves a grace period to figure out a rotation.

And in the meantime, bring out the dancing girls. Please.
 5 years ago '04        #10486
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The Knicks have sorely missed the 2012-13 version of J.R. Smith during their 1-2 start, but their sixth man sees his five-game pot suspension as a blessing in disguise, giving him more time to shake off the rust from his knee rehab.

During Tuesday’s practice, Smith was the last one off the court, doing intense halfcourt and shooting drills while his teammates were in the locker room showering. Smith isn’t allowed in the arena during games.

After undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus and chipped patella tendon in mid-July, Smith played no basketball until October. He missed the entire preseason until the final game. His season debut will take place Sunday versus San Antonio, after he misses the home-and-home pair with Charlotte.

“It worked out kind of good, getting healthier, getting my mechanics down, focused on the knee getting to 100 percent as much as I can,’’ Smith said. “I’m trying to look at it in a positive way, getting more time to practice and prepare.‘’

Carmelo Anthony has looked like a lost puppy without Smith by his side. Smith has watched the three games at his home in Manhattan after being suspended under the NBA’s drug policy for failing three marijuana tests.

“I’m home, watching, observing, waiting for my turn,’’ Smith said. “I definitely see how much they missed me, but I’m just one person. It’s still a collective team effort and we’re just turning the ball over too much.’’

Mike Woodson has talked about starting Smith this season at shooting guard, but it appears likely he will at the outset come off the bench in last season’s role. So far, rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. has filled Smith’s sixth-man role.

“I’m ready. Whenever coach calls my name Sunday, I’ll be ready,’’ Smith said. “I wanted to play game 1, but unfortunately had to sit it out.’’

The NBA was slated to have an independent doctor examine Smith before the season opener to ensure he was healthy so the clock could start ticking on his suspension. However, Smith played the preseason finale and the NBA decided to “waive’’ the physical, according to Smith.

Though the big frontcourt starting lineup is 0-2, Woodson said he will go with Andrea Bargnani for a third straight game as starting power forward. The Knicks fell behind the Timberwolves 40-19 after the first quarter Sunday night. Bargnani left for Hardaway with 4:29 left in the period and the Knicks down just five.

“I can’t blame it on Andrea,’’ Woodson said. “I think that lineup, he’s getting more comfortable. We just haven’t played him a lot of minutes. Maybe I’m hardheaded but I want to see what it looks like.’’

On Tuesday night, ESPN will debut its “30 for 30” documentary, “The Bernie and Ernie Show,’’ profiling the all-New York tandem of Hall of Famer Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld, both former Knicks who first teamed up at the University of Tennessee. The documentary depicts the racial bigotry King endured in college which he never shared with Grunfeld. The duo combined for 50 points per game for the Vols on their way to a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

MSG Network will debut a new season of its “Beginnings’’ series with a look at Raymond Felton Tuesday at 11 p.m. … The Bobcats are coached by former Knicks a.ssistant Steve Clifford, Adelphi’s former coach. Knicks legend Patrick Ewing is one of his a.ssistants.
 5 years ago '08        #10487
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If we lose to the bobcats
 5 years ago '11        #10488
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Go back to the fu*king small lineup Woody
 5 years ago '04        #10489
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Tyson Chandler suffered a right leg injury in the first quarter of the New York Knicks' loss on Tuesday night and X-rays after the game were inconclusive, the team announced.

Chandler will undergo further testing on Wednesday, when a diagnosis will be given.

Chandler is averaging 7.5 points, 9 rebounds and 2.5 rebounds in four games this season.
 5 years ago '04        #10490
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Berman

No Tyson Chandler. No chance.

No chance Tuesday night and no chance for this season if it’s determined Chandler’s right-knee injury is as serious as an ACL tear or severe sprain.

Chandler injured his knee midway through the first quarter, left for the locker room and will have more tests Wednesday to determine a diagnosis, the club announced. X-rays were ominously called “inconclusive’’ and it’s expected he will have an MRI exam.

Chandler, off to a great start this season, held the side of his knee when he limped off after bumping knees with Charlotte’s Kemba Walker. Chandler made it to the bench, and had a bag of ice wrapped around his knee before exiting for the locker room.

Without their most productive player, the Knicks were outmuscled and outgunned by the Bobcats, 102-97, at the Garden for their third straight loss. The Knicks, who were 4-0 at this stage last season, fell to 1-3.

But the somberness and hushed tones in the Knicks locker room indicated a graver situation — a nightmare game and a potential nightmare injury to Chandler, who had left the building by the time reporters were let into the locker room.

“We don’t know the severity yet,’’ coach Mike Woodson said. “We will know more [Wednesday] morning, but he is a big piece of what we do. He has been really playing well. He has his energy and strength back this year. We will know more [Wednesday] and we will have a better understanding of our team.

“I have a lot to think about right now with Tyson being out and Kenyon [Martin] and Amar’e [Stoudemire] on restricted minutes,’’ Woodson added.

Stoudemire and Martin are in a bizarre platoon, theoretically alternating each game, on 10-minute restrictions. But that will have to be altered if Chandler’s out for an extended period of time. Martin already logged 18 minutes Wednesday on the night he was slated to sit.

“[Chandler’s] known for his defense his whole career,’’ said Stoudemire, who struggled massively and got booed in a two-point, 1-of-3, five-turnover, 12-minute outing. “Without having Tyson, it’s going to be not the same from the defensive standpoint from the same center position.”

The Knicks fell behind 64-54 at halftime and never recovered.

“I just pray and hope he’s fine,’’ Carmelo Anthony said of Chandler. “We missed him big-time.’’

The Knicks fell apart late after getting a 13-point, third-quarter deficit down to 91-89 with 4:09 left. But they scored just two points in the next 3:45, their offense falling into playground style, lacking ball movement. The only good thing was already up-in-arms owner James Dolan wasn’t present to witness the debacle.

“We’re just not getting it done,’’ said Anthony. “No need to try to pinpoint it. We’re just not getting it done. It’s a good thing it’s early. I don’t think it’s hard to figure it out. It seems we’re not playing hard.’’

Anthony finished with 32 points. He was a lot more aggressive, making all 10 free throws but was just 10-of-28 shooting.

Without Chandler’s interior defensive presence, the Bobcats had a free-for-all and shot 56.8 percent in the first half. They slaughtered the Knicks on the glass, 51-33, as Chandler’s absence left a giant hole. Charlotte scored 25 second-chance points while the Knicks secured just 22 defensive rebounds.

“Our defense stinks right now,’’ Woodson said.

Chandler left the game with 5:25 left in the first quarter. If he never returns, the Knicks could struggle for a playoff berth. The Knicks don’t have a first-round pick. It is owned by Denver, surrendered in the 2011 Anthony blockbuster.

Ironically, Anthony scored a bucket — not officially — for Charlotte during the late-game meltdown. Raymond Felton also didn’t distinguish himself late, missing three straight shots. Meanwhile, Charlotte upped the lead to three points as Jeff Adrien scored on an offensive putback.

Charlotte scored again on another second-chance basket when it appeared Anthony tipped a defensive rebound into the hoop for a Charlotte bucket. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist got credit for the basket and a 95-89 lead with 2:20 left.

“We were a bit slow,’’ Felton said. “It’s not the kind of basketball we want to show the fans.’’
 5 years ago '04        #10491
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The need for 6-foot-10 forward/center Jeremy Tyler to rejoin the Knicks in December has grown mightily given the uncertain status of center Tyson Chandler.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson confirmed the injured Tyler “could be a wearing a Knick uniform’’ after he gets his feet wet in the D-League with the team’s Erie affiliate — and that was before Chandler’s knee injury.

“I think we got to keep an eye on him,’’ Woodson said. “He was a good prospect for us in the summer league. That’s why we were high on him getting to vet camp. Then unfortunately he had the foot problem. I think that we rehab him and keep close tabs on him, just to see how he develops. If he comes along nicely, who knows, he could be wearing a Knick uniform. We just got to wait the course.’’

Erie obtained Tyler’s D-League rights Monday from Santa Cruz, allowing the Knicks to rehab him at their Tarrytown facility.

Tyler was released in late October to make room for J.R. Smith’s brother, Chris, who is expected to play for Erie.

However, The Post reported Monday the Knicks want to re-sign Tyler once he gets healthy. Either Smith or center Cole Aldrich, who has yet to get in a game, would have to be waived to make room. If Chandler’s injury is serious, Smith is the likely candidate to get bumped as he can still play for Erie as a free agent.

Tyler may be about a month away from playing in a D-League contest. He’s not allowed to rehab on the court during Knicks practices. Smith has already earned the $491,000 guaranteed him for making the team whether he remains on the 15-man roster or not.

The Knicks are desperate for big-man depth with Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin considered injury risks.

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Knicks owner James Dolan is rightfully disgusted with the Knicks poor start but a report stating he is looking to reduce the role of the Knicks City Dancers is erroneous, according to a Garden source.

The source said they aren’t on the floor as much because there’s a movement to upgrade the routines by the popular Knicks City Dancers to make them less like “regular cheerleaders.”

“We’re in the process of a rebranding of the Knicks City Dancers,” the Garden source said. “We’re looking at making them bigger and better so they’re not just regular cheerleaders.”

The source said the dancers are rehearsing new routines that are more “classy.”
 5 years ago '05        #10492
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People still think we got better than last year just cause of a few popular name signings or nah?

We'll see how weccontinue to pan out as the season goes on




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 5 years ago '04        #10493
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Mike Woodson said J.R. Smith could start at shooting guard in his season debut Sunday, supplant Iman Shumpert in the lineup.

Smith was expected to first have to get his feet wet before Woodson would make the plunge starting last season’s Sixth Man Award winner, who is serving a five-game pot suspension.

Not so, with Woodson indicating he has a difficult decision on his hands.

“He possibly could be. Absolutely,’’ Woodson said before Tuesday’s game against the Bobcats of Smith starting. “He comes back Sunday, and when he comes back we’ll just play it out.’’

“We don’t have a lot of practice time between games. It’s hard to practice and determine who’s going to be at that spot. Bottom line is I’m going to have to make a decision and we’re going to live with it. Hopefully that decision will work. If not, I have enough pieces to juggle. It’s a matter of getting all the pieces in place and getting a nice rotation because we’re not there on rotations yet.’’

On Tuesday, Woodson started the big frontcourt that features Andrea Bargnani at power forward and Carmelo Anthony at the 3.
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Ian Begley

New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler has a small non-displaced fracture of his right fibula and is expected to miss four to six weeks, the team announced Wednesday.

Chandler left Tuesday's game against the Charlotte Bobcats in the first quarter after suffering the injury during a collision with Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker.

Further tests to Chandler's injury taken Wednesday showed the fracture.

The Knicks say Chandler, the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, did not suffer any ligament or nerve damage will not need surgery.

Chandler is arguably the second-most important Knick behind Carmelo Anthony, so New York will be hard-pressed to fill the void left by his injury.
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Head coach Mike Woodson said he is not worried about his job security nor is he constantly looking over his shoulders with the New York Knicks off to a slow start.

The Knicks (1-3) have lost three straight games, two of which Woodson felt his team wasn't very competitive early on in losses to Minnesota and Charlotte. And the coach just lost Tyson Chandler, his starting center and best defensive player, for four to six weeks with a small non-displaced fracture of his right fibula.

In an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 radio, Woodson said he is not thinking about his job security.

"I have been at this thing 30 years," Woodson said. "And the one thing I never and will never do is look over my shoulder. I won't do that. I got too much pride for that. I think what we have done here for the last few years, we made some major ground and some major steps.

"But this is a different year. That team that played and won 54 games is not here. It is my job as a coach to get this team to gel and play at a high level. If I got to always look over my shoulders, then I can't do my job so that is why I never do that. Try to look ahead, that is what is staring at me right now."

Woodson was asked on the Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show whether he thinks he has to get the Knicks turned around quickly in light of Glen Grunwald being removed from his GM position before the season. Also, the New York Daily News reported that owner James Dolan was very upset as the Knicks fell behind big against Minnesota early and that the owner believes the Knicks have the talent to win a championship.

"Expectations are high and they should be," Woodson said. "I am not running from that as the coach. As the owner, Mr. Dolan being an owner of our team, he has every right to voice his opinion. This is his team, we all work for Mr. Dolan and I am happy to be a worker for Mr. Dolan.

"But at the end of the day, I still have a job I have to do. Right now our team is not playing at the level where I expect it should be. That is on me. It is not on Jim. It is on Mike Woodson."

The Knicks picked up the option on Woodson's contract for the 2014-15 season in September.

"Somehow as a coach, I got to get our team playing 48 minutes competing," Woodson said. "The last two games have been non-competitive (early). And that bothers me. That is a reflection on me from a coaching standpoint and my staff and somehow we got to get that turned around and get us competing.

"It's early. I am not a panicky coach."
 5 years ago '04        #10496
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Mike Woodson said he likely will have to go small ball again and perhaps start Andrea Bargnani at center.

With Tyson Chandler out for at least a month with a small nondisplaced fracture of his right fibula, the Knicks coach is considering a small lineup of Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Bargnani against Charlotte on Friday. Once J.R. Smith returns from suspension on Sunday against the Spurs, Woodson could go with Smith in the starting lineup, perhaps in place of Shumpert.

"It’s been proven since I have been here that the small lineup works," Woodson said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "Again, there’s going to be nights where we got to against teams like the Pacers and Brooklyn, the big teams that I don’t know if the small lineup will fare very well against.

"With Amar’e [Stoudemire] and Kenyon [Martin] both on restricted minutes, it might bump Andrea now to the 5 and Melo goes back to the 4 spot where he play[ed] so nicely for us in the last season. And then we might go with Pablo and Raymond and Iman until we are able to get J.R. back. That’s really the only route I have right now."

Woodson had been going with his big lineup of Bargnani in the frontcourt with Anthony and Chandler.

"My tinkering with the lineup was to actually see how the big team would fare," he explained. "We have had our moments but we haven’t had enough moments where it has made a major difference to even get a true comparison. That is kind of where I am at now. We lose Tyson last night, he goes down, I think I am forced to go back to small ball. We will see how that plays out."

K-Mart and Amar'e: With Chandler out, Woodson acknowledged he is going to have to play Martin more, but there will still be a minutes limit on the forward.

Martin played 18 minutes after Chandler went down against Charlotte. Woodson said Martin was sore Wednesday and will be monitored. He wants to keep Martin in the 10- to 20-minute range moving forward. And the Knicks will likely and smartly continue to bring Stoudemire along slowly.

"I know what we’re dealing with in terms of the medical problems that they do have," Woodson said of Martin and Stoudemire. "In order to try to prolong it and get the most out of them, you can’t play them 30 minutes a night because there can definitely be a breakdown.

"So we are trying to monitor their minutes and try to make their minutes the most productive minutes in terms of trying to win games. That is something I am trying to figure out right now."
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Mike Woodson said he will sit down with Knicks GM/president Steve Mills and a.ssistant GM Allan Houston to discuss a list of free-agent big men, but didn’t seem intrigued when the name Jason Collins was raised.

Woodson had admitted earlier in preseason Collins’ name came up during a discussion of potential training-camp invites. Collins, who became the first active major-sport professional athlete to come out as gay, wasn’t invited to an NBA training camp amid speculation teams didn’t want to deal with the potential media distractions. It doesn’t appear the Knicks are going that route.

“I don’t know what he’s done,’’ Woodson said when asked about the former Net. “It’s hard for me to comment on Jason or any big until I sit and talk with Steve and Allan to see who’s out there. We have a list of some bigs.”

Collins, who played at Stanford, is training in Southern California, aiming to join a roster that may have a spot open up due to injury. The Knicks were already thin in the frontcourt, then Tyson Chandler suffered a broken fibula that will force him to miss 4-to-6 weeks. The Knicks could use another natural center.

“I’m going to sit and talk with Steve and Allan today, see what’s out there and go from there,’’ Woodson said. “I don’t know what’s out there right now.”

The Post has reported the Knicks hope to re-sign Jeremy Tyler next month when he is done rehabbing after foot surgery. In the short term, they are more likely to re-sign rugged power forward Ike Diogu, who had a nice training camp before being cut. The Knicks would have to release J.R. Smith’s brother, Chris Smith, to open up a roster spot.

Woodson said center Cole Aldrich, who has been a DNP or inactive in the first four games, will now see some minutes, and he is looking at lifting Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin’s minutes cap from 10 to 15. They are also on a platoon system that probably won’t change.

Other free-agent big men of note are Earl Barron, who had his second stint with the Knicks late last season, and Hilton Armstrong. Barron had signed with a Chinese team, but recently left.
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Raymond Felton apologized to fans Thursday for the New York Knicks' slow start and asked for their patience.

The point guard says the Knicks are fine and will bounce back from a 1-3 start.

"The fans are not here in the locker room with us," Felton said on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York 98.7. "They are not inside (knowing) what's going on with this team. All I can say to the fans is we do apologize. I am speaking on behalf of myself and my teammates. We do apologize for the way we have been playing.

"We are not playing Knicks basketball right now," Felton continued. "We understand that. We are going to play harder, we are going to play better. It's early on in the season. Just be patient with us."

The Knicks have lost three straight games as they head into Charlotte, which beat them, 102-97, on Tuesday. They'll also play their first of the next several games without starting center Tyson Chandler, who is out for the next four-to-six weeks with a small non-displaced fracture of his right fibula.

Felton says he knows some fans are panicking even though it is very early.

"We are going through a little slump right now," Felton explained. "I know the fans and everybody is starting to panic a little bit. We are fine man. It's only game five coming up. It's still early in the season. We are going to get through it."

"Some things we got to work out," Felton added. "We got a lot of new guys to the team. There are a lot of things we are still working on. It's still early. No need to panic."

Felton said the Knicks have enough leadership with Chandler out between himself and Carmelo Anthony. The point guard also says nobody is happy with the poor start, from owner James Dolan down to the players and coaching staff.

"It's obvious we know he was ticked off," Felton said when asked if he knew if Dolan was upset after the Knicks gave up 40 points in the first quarter in a 109-100 loss on Sunday to the Timberwolves. "We were ticked off. The way we played in that first quarter was not acceptable. We definitely know he's upset. Coach (Mike Woodson) is not happy. Nobody is happy right now. We weren't expecting to be 1-3."

Certainly Knicks fans didn't expect the slow start either. But Felton is asking that fans be patient and stick with the Knicks.

"We got some new guys on this team that we are trying to work in things with," Felton said of new Knicks like Andrea Bargnani and Metta World Peace. "It is going to get there. Just stick with us.

"You all were with us all year last year during the great time. Now be with us during the tough time as well."
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