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April 14, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points in 29 minutes in what might be his final appearance of the season – and perhaps as a Knick — as he heads toward free agency this summer. Anthony, who said he probably will get his troublesome right shoulder tested “in the next couple of days,” will miss the playoffs for the first time in his NBA career. “It’s not even real for me right now,” Anthony said. “We still have two games left, but it hasn’t set in yet, not at all. It’s hard to accept that. It’s hard to be happy in these times. It’s just a hard situation right now.” New York Daily News

Knicks coach Mike Woodson on Sunday shouldered blame for his team's lack of achievement this season, apologizing to the club's fan base ahead of the team's game against Chicago. "We didn't get it done, and at the end of the day as the coach, I just have to apologize to the fans," the 56-year-old said a day after the Knicks had been mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. Wall Street Journal

April 13, 2014 Updates

“What is it like to play for Thibs?” Anthony said. Anthony’s interest in Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau can be taken one of several ways. Anthony, who lives and breathes basketball, is merely interested in learning something about one of the NBA’s top coaches. In fact, Anthony will be working with Thibodeau, who was named to USA Basketball’s coaching staff last June. Of course, Anthony’s impromptu background check on Thibodeau could also be his idea of due diligence since the Bulls loom as an attractive option this summer for the free-agent-to-be. New York Daily News

Orlando Magic fans have kept a close eye on the Knicks' performance throughout the 2013/14 season, and for good reason: as a result of the Dwight Howard trade in August 2012, the Magic will receive a first-round Draft choice in 2014 from either the Knicks or the Denver Nuggets, whichever selection is less favorable. Around OPP, we've termed that selection the WoNK pick. In conjunction with Orlando's own first-rounder, which will likely land among the top seven, the WoNK gives the Magic another asset as they look to rebuild. Orlandoinstripedpost.com

"It's unfortunate for those franchises if they don't make it," ABC/ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy said. "But the league, just because of how it's grown and the depth of teams and organizations, I don't think it's a major deal either. Those teams have proven to be great organizations, and they'll be in the playoffs in the near future and in the short term, once in a while to not have them in doesn't impact the playoffs negatively at all." That view isn't shared by everyone. Lakers radio analyst Mychael Thompson, who was part of some Showtime championships, disagreed. "It's horrible for the NBA that those markets may not be in the playoffs," Thompson said. "The NBA is a lot healthier business when those franchises are competing for championships, and they'll get back there." USA Today Sports

April 12, 2014 Updates

Knicks president Phil Jackson met with former Laker Lamar Odom 10 days ago at the Garden during halftime of the game against the Nets, and now is reportedly considering signing Odom for the final couple of games with the team’s open roster spot. According to a source, one part of the thinking in making an Odom addition now would be as a salary-cap measure in adding a potential trade pawn this summer if they decide he’s not worth keeping next season. New York Post

The New York Knicks have expressed interest in signing veteran free agent Lamar Odom, according to sources close to the situation. Sources told ESPN.com that the Knicks, at the behest of new team president Phil Jackson, have been looking into the possibility of signing Odom since the 34-year-old's short stint playing in Spain ended and are weighing whether to go through with adding the Queens native to their roster before the regular season ends. ESPN.com

Woodson, 775 kilometers from home, tried to be as philosophical as he could be, given the dire arithmetic. “We have to hope that Atlanta loses the next three and we win the next three,” he said, shrugging his shoulders, tilting his head. “That’s the only way we have a shot of getting in. It probably will little surprise you to discover the Knicks themselves were a little less obsessive than Woodson about tracking the Hawks. “Didn’t know they lost until you just told me,” J.R. Smith said. “I don’t have time for that,” Carmelo Anthony said. New York Post

April 11, 2014 Updates

Anthony takes the court Friday with a strained right shoulder, possibly playing his final week as a Knick. Bargnani is traveling with the club nowadays, but that’s all. “Getting anything for him was a surprise,’’ a Western Conference executive said. “But you get desperate. The guy has talent, a 7-footer, mobile, his first few years he made shots. But I question his love for the game and mental makeup. I’m surprised the Knicks didn’t do more homework on him.’’ New York Post

He could miss the playoffs for the first time in his 11-year career. “It is what it is,’’ Anthony said. “We have to win all four games, and it’s not a given if we win all four games we get in, but we have to do our part.’’ New York Post

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