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"It's embarrassing. And this is just how I take it, I can't speak on everybody else. For me, it's embarrassing," Anthony said. "I can't even put that into words. I can't even describe the feeling. The last couple of nights just staying up all night trying to figure out what happened, what went wrong. Why this? Why that? Maybe those questions will never be answered. Maybe I shouldn't ask. But I do." ESPN.com

As the Knicks cleaned out their lockers while 16 other teams got ready for the playoffs, Amar’e Stoudemire had no problem discerning why his squad wasn’t among them. It wasn’t a lack of talent but a lack of leadership, an unwillingness to buy into what beleaguered Mike Woodson had been teaching. “It was an up-and-down year, midseason changes, coach Woodson put together a game plan on both ends of the basketball court and there were times that we didn’t totally buy into it,’’ Stoudemire said after Thursday’s exit interview with team president Phil Jackson. “We didn’t really focus on mastering the offensive strategies and defensive strategies,” Stoudemire said. “The mind-set is for us whatever the game plan is, we have to stick to the game plan. We’ve got to try to master it, and that way we can be playing at an extremely high level when it’s time for the postseason.’’ New York Post

“At the time decisions were made, choices were made,” Lowry told the Daily News. “I don’t know what happened but I think I would have helped (the Knicks). Either way, I was going to help somebody. Our organization and our GM did a great job in making a decision to keep me. And we got 48 wins.” New York Daily News

Frank Isola: Carmelo: "At this point in my career I'm not concerned about the money." Knicks can offer more than any other team: five years, $129 million Twitter @FisolaNYDN

J.R. Smith still has hope that Carmelo Anthony, his longtime teammate with the Nuggets and the Knicks, will decide to stay in New York as a free agent this summer. “I mean, in my heart I believe he’ll still be here,” Smith said of Anthony, who didn’t play in either of the Knicks’ final two games after it was revealed Tuesday that he has a small tear in the labrum in his right shoulder. “It’s just a matter of him coming up with that decision. Whatever it is we’re still going to be friends till our dying days, so I mean, whether he’s on my team or he isn’t I still love him like a brother. “But I think he’s very unsatisfied, which he should be.” New York Daily News

Kenyon Martin said he will have left-ankle surgery soon, indicating it would be a “clean-up.’’ Martin missed the final two months but said he wants to return next season as a Knick. “I’ve got a lot of basketball left and I hope it will be here,’’ he said. New York Post

Despite Woodson's stubbornness in playing Bargnani and his insistence on bigger lineups rather than the smaller ones that had better statistical success, Woodson was blunt in saying he deserved to coach the final year on his contract. "Am I the guy for the job? I'm the only guy for this job. I've always said that. I don't mean that in a braggadocios way. But I feel good about what I do as a coach. And I know the system works." Wall Street Journal

As Jackson still feels out the Knicks’ landscape, he brought in a former Bulls ally in Clarence Gaines Jr. last week to be his “eyes and ears,’’ according to an NBA source. Gaines Jr., whose father was Clarence “Big House’’ Gaines, the legendary Winston-Salem State basketball coach, does not yet have an official capacity and is just helping Jackson out for now, the source said. He could be named to the front office, but not to supplant Knicks general manager Steve Mills. Gaines could help with the expected Knicks coaching search. New York Post

Gaines was Jerry Krause’s right-hand man as a Bulls scout when Jackson coached there. Gaines has been hanging around the team for several days and with the front-office staff, including Mark Warkentien, Mark Hughes and Allan Houston. “Phil’s not comfortable with a lot of people but he’s very comfortable with him,’’ the source said of Gaines. “There’s some good people in the front office and I don’t think he’s intending to clean house.’’’ New York Post

Brown, a former coach of the Knicks, has expressed his discontent with the organization of late, and the treatment of current coach Mike Woodson. He’s also been skeptical of the reasoning behind Jackson coming out of retirement as an executive, not as a coach. “If you’re going to hire Phil Jackson, who is probably as great a coach as we’ve ever had in our sport, why didn’t he coach?” He later went on saying, “If you’re going to do this job, it’s a full time job.” He continued to question the validation ofJackson’s role, saying, “To think that you can run a franchise like the Knicks, and not be there 24/7, and you’re going to do it from sitting in the stands, I don’t know if that’s going to be possible.” 1045 The Team ESPN Radio

Along with the time spent into the job, the scheme that Phil Jackson is famous for engineering and implementing (The Triangle Offense) may not translate with Coach Mike Woodson and the players on the court. “I don’t think it’s a good marriage because Phil believes in the triangle, and Mike played for Bobby Knight, who’s a huge influence on him… and I don’t think he has the same kind of philosophy Phil has.” 1045 The Team ESPN Radio

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