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Carmelo: "It's gonna take a minute for me to decompress" about this situation
Carmelo, on the team's predicament: "We wasn't playing for nothing, but for me, it's still basketball. ... You still suit up & play ball."
Knicks' locker room is clearing out pretty quickly now that team is out of postseason contention. Some b4 media got in to ask questions.
"Cole's a big guy" Woodson on J.R. Smith jumping out of his seat and moving out of the way during the game.
Woodson, on lineups that had vets playing rather than young players: "I wanted to win." Says Murry, Tyler, Aldrich will play in final 2 gms
...still a bit mindboggling to me that Murry wont get chance to play in a game like this. Thats entire point of having young players around
Credit to Woodson for continuing to coach. Laying into Felton 4 not passing b4 a trap. But would make sense to give advice 2 young player...
Hmm, Fan escorted from the building for - according to MSG - heckling Felton. I'd better hold off on my planned tweet.
This game has been just like the one CHI & NY played back in Dec. Knicks had 20-pt lead that dwindled down to 2, but NY held on late to win.
Bulls closing in here, and get within 6, 93-87. Looks like Woodson will hold Carmelo out. Stoudemire at 32 mins, and still playing.
Someday, the story of the 2013-14 Knicks will make for a terrific Broadway musical.
Once upon a time, Toure Murry got significant minutes for Knicks -- and played pretty well. Woodson has no recollection of that era.
Knicks are winning, but I'm a little surprised Touré Murry hasn't seen some time in this game yet.
Noah with another triple-doube watch against the Knicks: 9 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists.
Brooklyn's Joakim Noah is getting "MVP" chants from a small pocket of fans at Madison Square Garden tonight.
8-year-old girl in a "dunk" competition at MSG spun around twice and then skipped to the hoop. You know J.R. is going to try that tonight.
JR Smith took 22 three-pointers in a game that actually mattered for the Knicks. His shot totals in these next two games could be incredible
Enormous ovation for Phil Collins. Had no idea he was still so popular, but good to know.
The crowd went nuts for Phil Collins. Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler were cheering too.
Phil Collins just got the biggest applause of the night here at MSG.
Knicks, playing for only pride and stats at this point, are up 14 on the Bulls.
Feels like one of the last days of school here at the Garden. Thanks to everyone who said hello and for the kind words. Means a lot!
I'm just assuming the names on their jerseys are accurate - so apparently Carmelo Anthony just proposed to Carmelo Anthony on the scoreboard
Team equipment guy Mike Martinez named this year's Dick McGuire Knickerbocker Legacy Award winner.
Very nice ending to the half for the Knicks. Iman Shumpert playing well again, as he seems to do every April.
Team equipment manager, Mike Martinez, named this year's Dick McGuire Knickerbocker Legacy Award winner. Long Island native and great guy.
Shumpert playing just well enough lately to make you say, where the f&@&& was that all year?
Bulls are sending hard double-teams at Amar'e everytime he backs down into the post now.
Felton came down on Augustin's foot on his follow-thru. Hobbled back to the bench.
Raymond Felton looks like right ankle - lot of pain. But still on the bench.
Matt Harvey courtside seated between 2 very pretty women - yeah, sure he'll rehab in Port St. Lucie. What's happening at Duffys tonight?
Random, but interesting: HOU (5-0) & CHI (10-2) have best records vs NYK since Melo was traded. Both might make play for him this summer.
Chicago has gone 10-2 against the Knicks since the Melo trade. By far the best record of any Eastern Conference team vs NYK in that span.
Shoulder injury & nothing on the line but Melo has an early 6 pts on 3-for-3 shooting against CHI.
I do agree Knicks had playoff talent. Maybe even advance in the playoffs talent. They just weren't mentally sharp or strong enough.
Tyson Chandler... What was that?
Chandler with a flagrant on Dunleavy - a very hard fight through the pick move. Tough or dirty? I'd lean the second.
J.R just ran the most J.R.-ish play - if he made the fadeaway 3-pointer they'd have to re-edit the "Knicks One Shining Moment" video.
Melo with six quick points, trying to impress Thibs.
On Day 1 post elimination: Woodson apologizes to fans, Amare says Knicks might be the best team in the league on paper.
If everyone on the Knicks put as much into it as Amar'e this year they wouldn't be out of the playoffs and watching the - jeez - Hawks.
And if you're a fan, give him credit for working hard and getting back stronger and better than anyone could have expected.
My critique w/ Knicks is that they have too much one-sided talent. But that's no excuse, either: CHI has a lot of one-way talent, too, on D.
I will say this - not surprised Amar'e believes Knicks were one of the best this year on paper - or that he believes same for next year.
The Garden is packed. God bless you, Knicks fans. Amazing support.
Re: Amare's comment about Knicks perhaps having more talent than anyone in the NBA: No. But they do have more than enough to win with.
Amare on next yr w/changes coming: This year’s been a struggle, but if I return healthy and ready to go, I’m sure we’ll make the playoffs.
I mean, there must be some management/ownership guys who have something to say. (Dead air).
Nice of Mike Woodson to accept responsibility for the Knicks awful season. Lets leave the mic open if anybody else wants to say something.
I really wanna get out a piece of paper and start jotting down how many teams, on paper, are better than the Knicks. I can think of many.
Amar'e Stoudemire said "on paper we might be the best team in the league."
Amare said he's surprised by the way this season went - on paper thought they could be best team in the NBA.
Amar'e Stoudemire said he doesn't think expectations were too high coming into the season. He said they should have been higher.
Looks like former Knick Anthony Mason is here at MSG for tonight's game against the Bulls.
Just nerded-out completely while Thibodeau gave an in-depth answer about defense.
Woodson: "I’m the coach and I didn’t get it done. It’s just that simple." I'd imagine Phil will use same words next week when they meet.
Woodson also said if there's one player you can't point a finger at for the Knicks not making the playoffs it's Carmelo Anthony.
Woodson said he would start looking at Murry, Tyler and Aldrich.
Carmelo will start tonight, but Woodson says he's not sure what he'll do after tonight's game. Melo has injured shoulder he's playing thru.
On Melo Woodson said he's one person you can't blame.
Woodson on last night - tough. Don't like to put self in position to need help. I don't like begging.
Woodson: "You never wanna depend on someone else to get into the playoffs. That ain't what it's about."
Woodson: “At this point it’s hard to talk about personnel. That’s going to be up to Phil.”
Woodson says of last three games - stay positive and look at young guys.
Woodson said fans “spent their hard-earned money” to support the team and the team failed to live up to expectations.
Woodson says he hasn't yet talked with the players about their elimination from postseason contention
Same starters. Melo will play vs. Bulls.
Woodson says he'd like to apologize to fans "who paid their hard-earned money" to watch NYK play.
Woodson on Knicks missing the playoffs: "I'm the coach and I didn't get it done." He apologized to the fans.
Woody: you can point fingers in a lot of directions. I'm not going to air that out." Said he takes it as coach and apologizes to fans.
“We didn’t get it done and as the coach I have to apologize to the fans.” - Mike Woodson
Woodson, asked why Knicks missed the playoffs: "At the end of the day, I'm the coach, & I didn't get it done." Says there were many factors.
Same starting five for Knicks against Bulls tonight.
Local college hoops: Hofstra SG Zeke Upshaw has signed with agent Brian J Bass.
I've maintained that players talk and that's more important than the allure of a team president/GM. Melo is going to talk to Kobe, Noah, etc