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 01-21-2014, 03:06 PM         #10601
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Lol at Beno requesting a trade.
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Berman

In the final minutes of another disastrous Knicks loss, a boisterous fan shouted at Carmelo Anthony “Nice defense, Melo.” According to an eyewitness, Anthony shot back “Go f— yourself,” drawing a reaction from other fans in the area.

After the game, a fan on Twitter wrote “Carmelo told me to F off. Huge Philly fan and I got in his head.”

Yes, the Knicks have hit rock bottom. Beleaguered coach Mike Woodson defended his defensive schemes before the game and then the Knicks continued to prove they can’t master them in a horrendous 110-106 loss at the Garden against the woeful Sixers.

The Knicks dropped their fifth straight Wednesday, falling 0-3 on their eight-game homestand as the Sixers racked up 61 points in the first half. They held off a Knicks’ charge in the fourth quarter when they took a six-point lead and then blew it.

“I’m dealing with it,’’ Anthony, who did not address any of the late-game heckling, said of the freefall that saw the Knicks record drop to 15-27. “It’s not something I’ve dealt with before, and I’m going through this experience and I’m learning from it. As a team, we got to stick together and not let anything come between us.’’

The Knicks got booed off the court in the final minute while Anthony was heckled. The only good news for Woodson’s is owner James Dolan is still in Los Angeles and will be gone through the weekend.

Anthony and Tyson Chandler have questioned the team’s strategies in recent days. Asked about Woodson’s future, Anthony remained ambivalent.

“As far as that, I haven’t heard anything,” he said. “I don’t listen to any of that stuff. Whatever’s going to happen is going to happen and it’s out of my hands.’’

Guard Evan Turner tore up the Knicks defense for 34 points as four of the Sixers’ starters scored at least 18. Meanwhile, Anthony looked disinterested for much of the night. He finished with an inflated 28 points, thanks to two late 3-pointers in the final seconds with the game out of reach. He also had seven a.ssists and three turnovers. But Anthony had just four rebounds as the Sixers battered the Knicks, 54-39, on the glass, scoring 19 second-chance points.

“We’re 0-3 on this eight-game span,’’ Anthony said. “We really dug ourselves a hole. This was a big couple of weeks for us. The start of it right now is not looking good.’’

“Right now we are so tight,’’ Woodson said. “I thought we played great offensively, but defensively we weren’t there. We gave up 110 points and that’s too much. We gave up 92 to them [12 days ago]. To give up 110 points, you are not going to beat many teams giving up 110 points.’’

The dagger came with 1:47 left when Thaddeus Young bagged a 3-pointer with Iman Shumpert, on a switch, stumbling and not contesting the shot as the Sixers jumped ahead 105-100.

“It was a simple play, but we didn’t execute,’’ Woodson said.

“We could’ve stopped it,’’ Anthony said. “It was simple badly executed play. Situations like that, we’re not executing.’’

That breakdown goes down to the theory — propagated by Chandler — the club is switching too much. Shumpert said they switched too late on the play.

Anthony then took a quick shot from the 3-point line and hit the back iron. Turner capped his night by hitting a tough 10-footer from the left baseline with a minute left to make it 107-100 as the fans booed the rest of the way.

Within 102-100, the Knicks offense bogged down in the final two minutes, going scoreless until Anthony’s final-second 3-pointers.

The Knicks have allowed their opponents to score more than 100 points in their last five games — all losses. On one play that seemed to agitate Woodson, Chandler appeared to hesitate getting back on defense as he shouted at a referee, and center Lavoy Allen scored in transition on a layup, a step ahead of a late-arriving Chandler.

“It is like a recurring story,’’ Anthony said of losing games in the final minutes.
 3 years ago '04        #10603
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Berman

A defensive Mike Woodson might have taken a little poke at critic Tyson Chandler before Wednesday’s loss, saying there was no complaints about the Knicks’ defense during their five-game winning streak earlier this month. Chandler missed those games due to bronchitis.

But that didn’t stop Chandler from pointing out some more strategic miscues in the Knicks’ 110-106 loss to the Sixers at the Gardnen.

When asked about what went wrong with the defense, Chandler said the club should have concentrated more on Evan Turner, who burned them all game, finishing with 34 points, 13 of 22 from the field.

“A lot of things that were wrong defensively tonight,’’ Chandler said. “I think we should’ve maybe been more aggressive on Evan Turner, especially once he got going. It’s one of the things that kept them in the flow.’’

Chandler then was asked if he was surprised Woodson took out a unit that had built a five-point lead early in the fourth quarter spearheaded by Pablo Prigioni and Andrea Bargnani.

“A little,’’ Chandler said. “It is what it is.’’

Chandler, after the loss to Brooklyn on Monday, said Jason Kidd’s Nets “outschemed us’’ and wondered if the switching defense was effective with this personnel.

Under attack, Woodson fired back before the game, defending his strategies.

“When we were on that stretch where we won our defense was pretty solid,’’ Woodson said. “We haven’t made a whole lot of changes. We could play some zone, [but] I don’ think anyone complained during that five-game stretch.’’

A Team USA source said Chandler and Carmelo Anthony will be named Thursday as part of the 28-player Team USA roster for 2014-16.

Anthony said he will not play this summer’s FIBA World Cup in Spain but is still “open’’ to the Olympic Team in 2016.
Chandler told The Post he may want to play this summer, depending on how his body feels.

Kenyon Martin (sprained ankle) said he will not be back any sooner than the two-week timetable, which is next Thursday against the Cavaliers. ….A league source said Beno Udrih may stay a Knick despite a recent request to see if he can be dealt to a place where he has a bigger role.

Udrih is not pressing the issue, though his agent Marc Cornstein was expected to speak with Knicks president Steve Mills at the Garden before the game
 3 years ago '04        #10604
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J.R. Smith might be feuding with Mike Woodson, but he doesn’t think the Knicks coach’s defensive scheme is the cause of the team’s five-game losing streak and 15-27 record.

The Knicks held a three-hour practice Thursday with a lengthy film session to review their horrendous loss to the Sixers, and Smith said the coach may be trying some new stuff. Woodson has hinted at going to a zone as an alternative to his complicated switching system that has often left shooters open.

“Right now we’re pretty much open to anything new,’’ Smith said. “The old stuff isn’t really getting it done. But at the end of the day, it’s going to come from the players. I don’t think it’s coach’s fault or the scheme’s fault. If you play hard and play smart it’s tough to lose games.’’

Asked his view of Woodson’s defensive system, Smith said: “That’s really not my area of expertise. I’m more of a scoring-type player. I’ll leave that to those guys. Whatever they want to do, it’s OK with me. Just let me know.’’

Smith said the bulk of Woodson’s message during the film study was the team had to “play smarter’’ and “not force anything’’ down the stretch.

A testy Woodson declined to discuss his message.

“It was a film session,’’ he snapped at a reporter.
 3 years ago '04        #10605
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Berman

Arrivederci, Andrea.

The Knicks took a gamble this offseason they could resuscitate Andrea Bargnani’s career and the gamble came crashing down in spectacular fashion Wednesday night late in the third quarter of their loss to the 76ers.

As if the cursed Knicks didn’t need more horrible injury news, the Knicks announced Bargnani had been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his left elbow and is “out indefinitely,’’ but surgery won’t be required.

According to elbow surgeon Dr. Matt Saltzman, of Northwestern University, standard procedure for basketball players with this type of injury is to rest and do physical therapy with a recovery time of 3-6 weeks. Saltzman added only baseball players, javelin throwers and racket sports players would require surgery to reestablish torque and the timetable is about one year.

Bargnani hurt the elbow crashing to the floor on a failed driving dunk attempt that made all the highlight shows. Bargnani had been an iron horse, hadn’t missed a game all season. Now his future is unclear.

Saltzman, who has not seen Bargnani’s MRI exam, said if the ligament is fully torn, the forward should miss five to six weeks. Either way it’s highly unlikely Bargnani returns before the All-Star break.

Bargnani’s season has been a mixed bag. Though he’s averaging 13.3 points, his 3-point shooting has been a big disappointment (27.8 percent) and he has struggled on defensive rotations.

One of his maddening habits is passing up an open look to shot-fake and drive, and it cost him during his first season in New York.

On Wednesday, Bargnani pump-faked at the top of the key, fell over on a clumsy drive down the lane, colliding with Thaddeus Young and Elliot Williams as he leaped for a dunk, earning the nickname Air Bargnani on one website.

Though it appeared to be an offensive foul, the call went against the Sixers. After staying down for about 45 seconds, Bargnani, already with a black wrap on the elbow, got up rubbing it before going to the line. He stayed in the game, however.

The reeling Knicks had already been in crisis mode, having lost five straight games amid player griping about defensive strategy. They are already missing big men Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin, who both have ankle sprains and won’t be back for another week. Metta World Peace has also been out with an arthritic knee and he may decide to come back Friday against Charlotte as the jinxed eight-game homestand continues.

Bargnani had elbow problems last season with the Raptors, limiting him to 35 games. He suffered two separate injuries, including an “avulsion sprain” of the right elbow last March that was projected to sideline him 3-4 weeks. However, the Raptors shut him down for the remainder of the season.

By the time the Knicks made Thursday’s announcement, Woodson had spoken to reporters at practice and on his weekly radio spot, where he raised the injuries as an excuse for the team’s 15-27 record. The biggest injuries before Bargnani’s were starters, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton, who combined to miss 40 games.

“I just think injuries have just destroyed a lot of things that we wanted to set out and do,” Woodson said. “The fact that we haven’t been able to practice that much, Tyson has missed a helluva lot of games this season, Raymond was in and out, J.R. missing the first five games [due to a drug suspension], it has just been kind of a roller-coaster ride for everybody.’’

Woodson’s message to the players was despite the gloom and doom, the Knicks are in the thick of a playoff race, three games behind the eighth seed. Of course, in late December, Woodson boasted about “expecting’’ to win the Atlantic Division. The loss of Bargnani likely takes the heat off the coach regarding his job security.

“We’re not out of this,’’ Woodson said. “If this was the last week of the season, we didn’t have a shot making the playoffs, that’s a problem. We got 40 games left and we’re still in the hunt. As long as we’re in the hunt, I still say we got a chance.’’
 3 years ago '04        #10606
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Berman

Third-string point guard Beno Udrih said his “first option’’ is to remain a Knick and downplayed the notion he wants a trade to a team that would give him a larger role.

With the return of point guard Pablo Prigioni, it looked as if Udrih might be out of the rotation. The Andrea Bargnani injury, however, changes things and likely will force Woodson to go small and play a starting backcourt of Prigioni and Raymond Felton. That opens the door for Udrih.

Udrih didn’t play in the 110-106 loss to the Sixers’ on Wednesday and played three minutes versus the Nets on Monday, but sounded as if he wants it to work out in the Big Apple.

“Yeah, that’s my first option,’’ Udrih said. “There’s a lot of options out there for everybody. I’m a Knick. I want to be here. I think the team has more than enough talent to succeed. We just got to get it together and do our job.’’

The Post reported Thursday Udrih would be fine if nothing happened on the trade front despite a previous report of a trade request.

“I’m a Knick,’’ said Udrih, who won two titles with the Spurs. “I’ve always been professional. I’m going to stay professional. Whatever happens outside the basketball court, it’s not in my power. If something happens, it happens. But right now I’m a Knick, wearing a Knick uniform, staying in shape.’’
 3 years ago '04        #10607
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Mike Woodson said disgruntled Carmelo Anthony shouldn’t be feeling so blue and expects him to “be here to the bitter end,’’ f!ghting for a playoff berth.

Anthony, who has never missed the playoffs in his career, expressed frustration about the Knicks’ losing ways after their horrible loss to the Sixers Wednesday, pointing out he has never been in this situation in his career and it’s “a learning experience.’’

His comments came soon after he cursed out a heckling fan, shouting “Go f—k yourself’’ in the final minute of the Garden loss, as reported by The Post.

Anthony, who was, as expected, named an All-Star starter Thursday, was not make available for comment after Thursday’s three-hour marathon practice/film session as a desperate Woodson tries to right a sinking ship that has also lost big man Andrea Bargnani.

If Anthony’s frustration leads him to request a trade by the Feb. 20 trade deadline, Woodson doesn’t foresee it.

“He’s still got a chance to make the playoffs this year. It’s not over with,’’ Woodson said after practice. “You’re sounding like the playoffs start tomorrow and we’re going to be watching it. That’s not the case. Until we’re clearly out of it, Melo should be just fine.’’

Of course, Anthony sounds nothing but fine after many of the losses. The usual amiable superstar has been morose most nights as he contemplates his future as a free agent this summer. It will be interesting how he conducts himself in mid-February in New Orleans at All-Star Weekend with his future murky. It will be Anthony’s sixth straight All-Star start.

“Melo I think is on board. I know he’s on board,’’ Woodson said emphatically. “Melo’s been a major bright spot for our ballclub. He hasn’t missed any games really and he’s been there every game trying to help us win games. I know he’s there. He’s going to be there to the bitter end if it’s a bitter end. But right now he’s going to be there. I trust he’s going to stay there. we got to make sure everybody else is on board.’’

Anthony started the questioning of the coaching staff last Thursday after the bitter loss in Indiana. As The Post first reported, Anthony said the Knicks didn’t make any adjustments to coach Frank Vogel’s maneuvers after a first quarter the Knicks dominated. Tyson Chandler, as The Post reported, also said the team didn’t make adjustments, but the Knicks center went over the top following the Brooklyn loss, saying Woodson got “out-schemed’’ by Nets coach Jason Kidd.

After the Philadelphia defeat, Anthony was ambivalent when asked about Woodson’s job security, saying it’s out of his control.

Woodson said Thursday on his weekly ESPN Radio spot: “I am not going to sit here and let the media tear up our team inside with what we are trying to do. My thing is I got to keep guys in place, keep guys playing hard and believe we can still make the playoffs.’’

Woodson said the gripes “sometimes is taken out of context’’ but added “It is OK for players to voice their opinion.’’
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La La Anthony "definitely" thinks her husband, free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony, will re-sign with the New York Knicks this summer.

"I definitely think he will stay," La La Anthony said in an interview with Bravo TV's "Watch What Happens Live." "I know that he wants to stay, and I support him wherever he wants to go.

"Listen, I used to live in Denver with him. If I can live in Denver, I can live anywhere. I just want him to be happy."

Carmelo Anthony says he will test free agency this summer. He is under contract through 2014-15 but can opt out after this season.

Under the collective bargaining agreement, the Knicks can offer him a maximum contract of $129 million over five years. Other suitors can offer Anthony a maximum of $96 million over four years.

La La Anthony playfully mocked those who speculate that she will have a heavy influence on her husband's decision.

"I get blamed for everything. No matter what happens, it's my fault," she said. "[There are] all these talks if he's staying in New York or not, [and] I'm somehow the mastermind behind if he stays or not."

The Knicks (17-27) have performed well below expectations this season. That has led some to speculate that Carmelo Anthony will take less money and sign elsewhere this summer.

One potential destination is Los Angeles. The Lakers are among several teams, including the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks, that may have the requisite salary-cap space this summer to sign Anthony.

Kobe Bryant, a friend of Anthony's, said Sunday that he will not be actively recruiting the Knicks forward to join the Lakers.

"Well, everybody wants to play in Los Angeles," Bryant said when asked about Anthony's potential interest in joining the Lakers. "I mean, New York is a beautiful place, don't get me wrong, but it is colder than s--- out here. You know, palm trees and beaches obviously are a little more appealing.

"All jokes aside, I think that players, when that time comes, will have to make the best decision for them and their families. I try not to think about it too much. If he wants to call me for advice later as a friend, I will be more than happy to give it to him."

Bryant pointed out that one way for Anthony to be viewed as more than just a scorer is to win a title.

"The only way to do that is win," Bryant said. "That's it. I won five championships, and there's some of you guys [who] still say that. You just got to take it and roll with it. The important thing is winning a championship. That's the only way to shake it. That's the only way Michael [Jordan] shook it. That's the only way any top scorer will be able to shake it."

Anthony, who is in his 11th season, said Monday that his sole motivation is to win an NBA title.

"That's the only thing I care about. Anything else is irrelevant to me when it comes to basketball," he said. "Championship is the only thing that's on my mind, is the only thing I want to accomplish, I want to achieve, and I'm going to do what I got to do to get that. That's my motivating factor. Nothing else even motivates me anymore, just that."
 3 years ago '04        #10609
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The New York Knicks have a.ssigned Toure' Murry, Jeremy Tyler and Cole Aldrich to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA D-League.

Murry, Tyler and Aldrich will practice with Erie on Wednesday and will be re-called to the Knicks on Thursday.
 3 years ago '08        #10610
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Tylers energy n hustle>>>
 02-03-2014, 04:27 AM         #10611
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Melo is awesome !! but all alone
 3 years ago '07        #10612
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I hate the make up of this squad

trade everyone and lets start the rebuilding process now
 3 years ago '07        #10613
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Keep Tyler, Tim Jr and Toure
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 KnicksLost said:
Keep Tyler, Tim Jr and Toure
this team is only good in 2k




  16 - 22 STRK: 1 w in a row WIN PCT: 42% 505 (0) 
  Career: | Aug 16: 47-24, Rank #82 | Aug 15: 53-44, Rank #135 | Aug 14: 155-91, Rank #48 | Aug 13: 64-32, Rank #54 | Aug 12: 212-123, Rank #30 | Aug 11: 333-187, Rank #38 | Aug 10: 1090-567, Rank #11 | Aug 09: 2-1, Rank #328 | Aug 08: 3-1, Rank #625 *
 3 years ago '04        #10615
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this team is only good in 2k
haven't even played a game with the updated roster

been playing MyPlayer waiting for the trade deadline to start MY GM with the major moves updated


































sh*ts dat serious
 3 years ago '10        #10616
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Raymond Felton is the worst PG in the league....not just starting PG....THE WORST
 3 years ago '08        #10617
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 Blkboipurp said:
Raymond Felton is the worst PG in the league....not just starting PG....THE WORST
 3 years ago '04        #10618
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. –- As we near the Feb. 20 NBA trade deadline, discussion about Carmelo Anthony's future will intensify.

The Knicks aren’t getting any better, fans are growing frustrated, and Anthony is the Knicks’ biggest trade chip. But unless Anthony does something I don’t see happening -- namely, informing New York brass he has zero plans of re-signing later this summer -- the Knicks shouldn’t trade him.

And some of the reasons not to deal Anthony are outlined by Michael Wilbon, who writes why the Bulls should make a run at Melo.

Here’s part of Wilbon’s argument for Chicago to make a move for Melo:

So, it's a legitimate, full-fledged dilemma stuffed with risk. Yet if Anthony waves goodbye to the Knicks and wants to come to Chicago, I would depart from the Bulls' traditional conservative approach to free agency and try to get him (easy for me to say). It's a delicate balance to strike. John Paxson and Gar Forman knew as they accumulated those a.ssets there would come a time to actually use them. They can't simply add Anthony to the team as we know it, so a couple of players are going to have to be dealt. But big stars win in the NBA and moving role players to make room for an All-Star of Anthony's impact is the way to go, unless a star of similar magnitude becomes available out of thin air.

There are scouts in the NBA who believe Anthony will be the same player going forward he's been the past 11 years, which is to say a professional scorer who has never been committed to defense or the nuances of being a great teammate, which just happen to be the obsessions of the coach Anthony would be playing for in Chicago. But there are others who believe that while the above a.ssessment is undeniable, the Bulls are in desperate need of what Anthony still does as well as anybody in the NBA not named Kevin Durant: score.

My take? The very reasons Wilbon argues the Bulls should go after Melo are the very reasons the Knicks should hold on tight. As Wilbon says, big stars win in the NBA. You can argue all you want about whether Melo is a "superstar." But any perennial All-Star who can win a scoring title against the likes of Durant, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James is the kind of legitimate star that doesn’t come around often.

Melo might not make others around him better the way Michael Jordan did. That’s fine. There have been only a handful of stars like that over the past couple of decades. The Knicks have to understand what Melo is and find a way to put the right pieces around him. He needs a better point guard, a consistent second scorer and an inside presence.

Sure, acquiring the right pieces while signing Anthony to a maximum contract worth $129 million over five years will be difficult. But trading Anthony and starting over with draft picks is a risky proposition. Drafting prospects today is the furthest thing from a sure thing. And the Knicks don’t exactly have the best track record in that department. Besides, is there a team willing to give up high-round picks in this upcoming, tantalizing draft?

I’ll take my chances with a guy I know can score 62 on any given night and electrify the Garden like no other Knick has since Bernard King.

Can you get a young player on the cusp of superstardom like Kyrie Irving for Melo? That isn't likely to happen. The Knicks would probably need a three- or four-team deal to get a young star like him.

The Knicks can't afford to let Anthony get away for nothing. So does he want to remain a Knick? Considering Anthony can earn more here in New York -- barring a sign-and-trade, other teams can offer Anthony only a maximum of $96 million over four years -- I’ll take La La's word that Melo is staying. It'll be hard for him to resist being the man in New York, while getting paid max dollars.

Perhaps there are other teams out there thinking the same thing Wilbon is thinking for the Bulls. The Knicks should listen, since you never know what kind of offers may come.

But for all the reasons Melo makes sense in a place like Chicago, that’s why he makes sense in New York.

The Knicks should hold on to their star.
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. — When the door to the Knicks practice session opened Tuesday afternoon, a stream of players scurried out of the locker room before the media could ask a question.

You know what they say about a sinking ship? The rats desert the ship and the captain goes down with it — and coach Mike Woodson may be on his last days afloat.

Left behind to explain the team’s latest round of troubles were Woodson and a pair of veterans, Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire.

And what they had to say wasn’t exactly reassuring — Woodson’s words not encouraging for the team’s fading chances and in particular, the usually positive Stoudemire’s words not encouraging for Woodson, whom one league source said could be removed before the Feb. 20 trade deadline.

Stoudemire joined what has been a chorus of players with little to say that sounds as if it is backing Woodson. With bad losses mounting and the season running down, earlier a.ssurances from Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan that no changes were going to be made may be as hollow as Woodson’s insistence that the Knicks still can be a power in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks enter tonight’s game against the Portland Trailblazers with a 19-29 record and if they hoped that the Miami Heat would be a measuring stick Saturday, perhaps the real measuring stick was Monday in Milwaukee when they dropped a game to a Bucks’ squad that has won just nine games. In measuring themselves, the Knicks are closer to the bottom than the top.

A year ago the Knicks believed they could beat any team, winning 54 games and an Atlantic Division title. They coasted past the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs and after three wins in four regular-season meetings, believed they could beat the Miami Heat if they faced them.

But now, the Knicks sit in 10th place in the conference, seven games behind the Toronto Raptors for the top spot in the Atlantic and 1½ games behind the Charlotte Bobcats for the final playoff berth.

“If things had gotten off to the way we thought they should have at the beginning of the year we probably wouldn’t be having this conversation,” Woodson said. “Again, we’ve had our struggles. With the injuries and inconsistent play in terms of our different rotations it’s just been a combination of things.

“My job as the coach is to get these guys over the hump. We’re still in position. It’s not like it’s the last week or two weeks of the season where we don’t have a shot in making the playoffs.
 3 years ago '04        #10620
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NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks are in the midst of yet another losing streak that could potentially put their coach’s job in jeopardy if things don’t turn around.

After falling to Portland for their third straight loss, Carmelo Anthony said any changes made by management, whether a potential trade or Mike Woodson’s status, isn't his decision.

“At this point, I don’t really know what’s going to happen, if something’s going to happen,” Anthony said. “If something was to happen then it’s out of my hands.”

J.R. Smith backed Woodson, but the shooter also knows anything could happen with the Knicks' current play.

“I love Coach Woodson,” Smith said. “I think he’s done a great job. But it’s out of my hands. So I would hope not (if management opts to make a change), but if it does then we have to live with it.”

Woodson certainly tried whatever he could to shake the Knicks out of their latest slump, even benching Raymond Felton in favor of Pablo Prigioni for the entire fourth quarter. He also played Amar'e Stoudemire (18 points) 21 minutes after the veteran vented about his lack of playing time.

But the Knicks (19-30) continue to put their coach in a precarious situation. Despite the fact that Portland (35-14) gave the Knicks all the chances to win in the fourth quarter by shooting 4-for-17, missing five free throws and turning the ball over seven times, Woodson’s team simply couldn’t capitalize.

Two nights after pouring in 36 points, Anthony had 26 points but failed to score a point in the fourth quarter. The Knicks couldn’t buy a 3-pointer, missing their first 16 of 18 from behind the arc, before knocking in consecutive 3-balls late to pull within 89-87 with 50 seconds remaining.

After LaMarcus Aldridge buried a difficult 13-foot turnaround fadeaway over Tyson Chandler, Anthony missed a driving layup, but Woodson was sure his star was fouled.

“I thought there were times where I thought we got hit but there was no call,” Woodson said. “... I go back in and look at the tape and I thought it was clearly a foul.”

“It wasn’t like he wasn’t getting good looks,” Woodson added. “And it wasn’t like he wasn’t trying to create something to get to the free-throw line."

The Knicks and Woodson are running out of games to turn the season around. They remain just 2 1/2 games back of Charlotte for eighth place in the East. But the Knicks are about to enter a brutal stretch in their schedule, which will send them on the road for 17 of their next 26 games.

And they just let several opportunities to upset the Blazers slip out of their hands.

"You are down four with 35 seconds on the clock and you put the ball in your best player’s hands and he comes up short," Woodson said.
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