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  • Knicks coach Mike Woodson declined comment on the NBA’s decision to fine the San Antonio Spurs $250,000 for sitting four of their five leading scorers in Thursday’s Miami Heat game. “That’s Pop and his team and I gotta deal with our team,” Woodson said.
  • Jason Kidd endorsed the move by Gregg Popovich. “I thought it was great,” he said. “That’s his team. He’s the coach of that team. He has every right to do what he feels right for the team. It’s an older team.”
  • Kidd (back spasms) will miss his third straight game, and forward Kurt Thomas will start at the four in his stead. Kidd said at shootaround he’s targeting next week’s three-game road trip, beginning Wednesday in Charlotte, for his return.  “I hope so,’’ Kidd said after doing some set shooting Friday. “That’s the plan — to get me back out there sometime next week. I feel great. A lot better as the week’s gone on. That’s the goal is to be 100 percent when you come back. No need to rush. Today was a great day working out. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.”
  • Carmelo Anthony said the team’s message to itself was not to take the 1-12 Wizards lightly. “Yeah, that was our message today,” he said. “We went around before our scouting report. It wasn’t so much about them, it was just more of us not letting our guard down and letting one of these games slip away from us.” The Knicks host Phoenix (7-9) on Sunday.
  • As for Amar’e Stoudemire, who has not played this season with a ruptured left popliteal cyst, he ran on the court and did some other stretches Thursday at shootaround. He is expected back sometime around Christmas. “I know 6-8 weeks was dangling out there,” Woodson said. “We’re going to accept Amar’e back when he’s ready to go. When that is, I don’t know. I really don’t.”
  •  Wizards point guard John Wall remains out(stress injury left patella).

– Adam Zagoria


  1. uknowmenyk says:

    amare is a disapointment to new york

  2. uknowmenyk says:

    amare needs to get traded asap

  3. Kenjames says:

    The way i see it if its alright for popovich to send his players home, then it would be okay for him to accept the penalty handed by the commissioner since stern has the right to protect the nba and its fans! He could have them stay with the team but not play them (have them DNP’s)…just have them available by the media and the fans…dumb move by the spurs!

  4. Josh L says:

    Would you spend big money on him when he gets injured regularly? Who would want to trade for him?

  5. amare just doesnt fit in with what the knicks are trying to do they should see what they can get for him, he’s a great offensive player and could be a good addition to one of the teams lacking a real star, and the knicks could use draft picks and more defensive stoppers

  6. Eli Odell J. says:

    kurt thomas’ll replace kidd at the 4? i thought kidd was a point guard… maybe i was mistaken

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