NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Iman Shumpert #21 of the New York Knicks dribbles the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden on April 25, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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2012 NBA All-Rookie First Team: Iman Shumpert Among Seven Voted By Coaches

New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team on Tuesday, as voted by the league's coaches.

Shumpert averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists while often taking the responsibility of guarding the opposition's best player. His year was cut short by a torn ACL during New York's first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat, leaving the Knicks with a woefully thin back court for the remainder of the series.

The other players to join Shumper on the First Team are Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets, Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs and Brandon Knight of the Detroit Pistons.

The Nets' MarShon Brooks was named to the Second Team alongside Derrick Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings, Chandler Parsons of the Houston Rockets and Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Phil Jackson Could Be Offered Huge Deal To Coach New York Knicks, According To Report

Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire have both supported New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson, giving their votes of confidence to the interim coach who helped turn around the Knickerbockers' season. But regardless of how well Woodson coaches, rumors will fly that the Knicks want a bigger-name coach to take over after this season.


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The latest rumor sounds a little far-fetched, if only for the amount of money the Knicks are reportedly prepared to offer Phil Jackson. According to the Racine Journal-Times, the Knicks are willing to offer Jackson an enormous contract if they are knocked out in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

If the Knicks don't advance beyond the first round of the playoffs, I'm hearing they'll make a major -- repeat, major -- push to lure legendary coach Phil Jackson out of retirement. With money being no object, the scuttlebutt is the Knicks brass may offer the 'Zen Master' a four-year, $50 million deal.

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Jeremy Lin Injury Update: Lin Could Be Back Sooner Than Expected

Just when it appeared Jeremy Lin was lost to the New York Knicks for the rest of the regular season and perhaps beyond with a torn meniscus in his knee there appears to be hope. Does 'Linsanity' include magical fast-healing ability?

The timetable originally given was six weeks after surgery, putting the new star out until around the middle of May and presumably the second round of the NBA playoffs.

However, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Lin might be able to return within two weeks if everything goes perfectly.

Berman spoke with Dr. Wellington Hsu, an orthopedic surgeon who feels Lin could be back before the regular season ends.

"If they don’t see anything else wrong in surgery, just see the tear, typically you can get back in the NFL in two to four weeks and I’ve seen NBA players get back within that period,’’ Hsu told The Post. "That’s assuming there are no surprises.’’

This would obviously be a huge break for the Knicks who are already missing Amare Stoudemire for an extended period due to his back ailment.

New York leads the Milwaukee Bucks for the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference by just 2 1/2 games with 13 contests remaining.

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Jeremy Lin Injury Update: Knicks Point Guard Out Six Weeks With Small Meniscal Tear

According to Howard Beck of the New York Times, New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin is out six weeks with a small tear in his knee.

Knicks head coach, Mike Woodson, said "It's a big blow", referring to the loss of Lin, who's reportedly headed for arthroscopic knee surgery.

Lin had missed the previous three games for the Knicks with what was being called a "sore knee". The Knicks went 2-1 in those games, but lost by 10 to the Hawks on Friday.

"Linsanity" has died down quite a bit since his inception, but this is still a huge loss for the Knicks, who are fighting to fend off the Milwaukee Bucks for the last spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Lin is averaging 14.6 points and 6.1 assists per game. The Knicks are also without the services of Amare Stoudemire and Jared Jeffries for at least the next couple of weeks.

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Jeremy Lin Injury Update: Point Guard OUT Against Hawks

According to Alan Hahn of the MSG Network, Jeremy Lin is out for Friday's game against the Hawks.

Lin has missed the last two games with a sore left knee – both Knicks' wins. They have won three straight games and eight of their last nine since head coach, Mike D'Antoni's, resignation.

Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis were the Knicks' staring guards in their recent smashing of the Orlando Magic. Shumpert responded with a career-high 25 points in his second consecutive start due to injures to Lin, along with A'mare Stoudemire. Davis finished the game with 11 points (on seven shots), adding seven rebounds and six assists, while turning the ball over twice.

Linsanity has tempted considerably since its inception, as has Lin's play, but he's remained adequate, averaging over 14 points and six assists over his last 10 games. On the downside, he's shooting 41 percent and turning the ball over four times per game.

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Jeremy Lin Injury Update: Lin Questionable For Wednesday With Sore Knee

Jeremy Lin couldn't play in Monday night's 89-80 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks due to a sore knee. Now, he's questionable once again for Wednesday's game against the Orlando Magic, according to ESPN.com.

Lin was missed even in the win a few days ago, with Baron Davis not being able to jump start the offense in a similar fashion. However, Lin knows it's important not to rush back.

"I just want to make sure when I come back that I'm 100 percent," Lin said.

With just a two game lead on ninth-place Milwaukee and only three games behind Philadelphia for the top spot in the Atlantic Division, every game is crucial for the New York Knicks. Lin's return coupled with Carmelo Anthony being able to play tonight would obviously be a huge boon for New York's chances of winning.

The Knicks need to step up and hope Lin can get back on the court sooner rather than later with Dwight Howard and co. coming to Madison Square Garden.

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Carmelo Anthony Injury Update: Melo Hopes To Play Wednesday After Injuring Groin

After leading the New York Knicks to a 89-80 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night, Carmelo Anthony is questionable for Wednesday's showdown with the Orlando Magic.

Anthony hurt himself in the second half against Milwaukee en route to a team-high 28 points, and while he returned to action in the fourth quarter he was noticeably hampered.

According to ESPN.com, Anthony is looking to be smart about the injury going forward.

"I don't think it's too bad; I just want to take it day by day," Anthony said. "Tomorrow, (I'll) get re-evaluated and see what happens from there."

The Knicks desperately need Anthony in the lineup with Amare Stoudemire out indefinitely with a bulging disk, Jared Jeffries still on the shelf with a sore knee and Jeremy Lin questionable for the game for a knee problem as well.

"A situation like this requires me to step my game up a little bit more, take it up a notch," Anthony said. "I love moments like this."

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Knicks Injury Updates: Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin

Carmelo Anthony said today that the groin injury he suffered Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks is “not nearly as bad as it was the first time.” Anthony did not, however, commit to playing Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic.

The Knicks desperately need a healthy, productive Anthony at this point. Star forward Amare Stoudemire is out indefinitely and is getting a second opinion today on the bulging disc in his back, and point guard Jeremy Lin may sit again Wednesday to rest his ailing knee. The Knicks are also without backup center Jared Jeffries, who is dealing with after-affects from knee surgery.

New York (25-25) is now 2.5 games ahead of Milwaukee for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 16 games remaining.

After Wednesday the Knicks are off until Sunday, when they will host the Chicago Bulls.

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Carmelo Anthony Injury Update: Groin Injury Could Sideline 'Melo

The last thing the already-hobbled New York Knicks need right now is for Carmelo Anthony to miss time with an injury. Anthony, though, might be joining the ever-growing list of Knicks sitting in street clothes.

Anthony scored 28 points during Monday’s critical victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, but did much of it in obvious discomfort after aggravating a groin injury. Anthony missed seven games earlier this season with the injured groin, and his status for Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic has yet to be determined.

“I don’t think it’s too bad; I just want to take it day by day," Anthony said. “Tomorrow, [I’ll] get re-evaluated and see what happens from there.”

Amare Stoudemire is already out indefinitely with a back injury, Jared Jeffries is out for two weeks due to issues with his surgically repaired knee, and Jeremy Lin missed Monday’s game with knee soreness.

The last thing the Knicks can afford right now is for Anthony join them on the sidelines.

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Jeremy Lin Injury Update: Knee Injury Sidelines Linsanity Against Bucks

New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin will not be playing on Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Lin will join forward Amar'e Stoudemire and backup center Jared Jeffries as being out with injuries for tonight's game. Lin's right knee is sore and he is listed as day-to-day. Stoudemire is out indefinitely while he undergoes non-surgical treatment of a bulging disc in his back. Lin did take part in Monday's workout after sitting out the fourth quarter of New York's win over Detroit on Saturday.

Lin leads the Knicks with 6.1 assists per game this season. Lin is also third on the Knicks in scoring with 14.6 points per game and second on the team in steals (1.57 steals per game).

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Amare Stoudemire Injury Update: Knicks Forward Out 'Indefinitely', Will Undergo Non-Surgical Treatment

The New York Knicks announced on Monday that forward Amare Stoudemire will be out indefinitely while he undergoes non-surgical treatment for a bulging disc in his back.

Knicks interim head coach Mike Woodson was not certain that Stoudemire could return for the playoffs.

Stoudemire averages 17.6 points, 8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in 33.2 minutes per game for the Knicks this season. He is second on the team in scoring and rebounding this season. With the loss of Stoudemire, the Knicks are starting a three-guard lineup Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Baron Davis Injury Update: Veteran Guard Won't Play Saturday

Just when Baron Davis’ game was rounding into shape, and opportunity was knocking for him, the veteran guard left Friday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers with a strained hamstring.

Davis will not play Saturday when the Knicks travel to Indiana for the second game of a home-and-home set. He believes he “should be all right in a couple of days.”

Davis missed the first seven weeks of the season with a back injury and has averaged 4.5 points and 5.6 assists since his return.

His playing time has been expected to increase with Mike Woodson having taken over from Mike D’Antoni as head coach

“It’s very frustrating,” Davis said. “We were in a good groove and I was in a good groove, finally.”

Some have speculated Woodson might even replace starting point guard Jeremy Lin with Davis — something Woodson has said won’t happen.

One thing we know for sure — it can’t happen while Davis can’t play.

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Bill Walker Injury Update: Forward Out 4-6 Weeks Due To Elbow Surgery

Bill Walker will miss the next four to six weeks as he will undergo left elbow debridement surgery, the New York Knicks announced Sunday. The news was initially tweeted by Tina Cervasio, Knicks courtside reporter.

Walker, a 6-foot-6 forward, was averaging 6.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game this season. He started eight games for the Knicks earlier in the season, but has been relegated to the sidelines recently by the signing of J.R. Smith and the emergence of sharp-shooting Steve Novak.

Walker last played on Feb. 17. He has not made an appearance in any of the Knicks last five games.

Walker is in his fourth NBA season, and has been with the Knicks since midway through the 2009-2010 season after beginning his career with the Boston Celtics. He averages 5.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game for his career.

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J.R. Smith To Sign With Knicks, According To Report

Free agent guard J.R. Smith, who elected to play in China during the NBA lockout, is returning to the NBA with the New York Knicks, according to a report and as posted on his Twitter account. To make room for Smith, the Knicks will release forward Renaldo Balkman, a former first-round draft pick.

The move to acquire Smith has long been speculated for the Knicks, who have sought an additional outside shooter and capable scorer off the bench. Smith should provide just that, with a career scoring average of 12.5 points per game. On April 13, 2009, Smith made 11 3-pointers as part of his career-high 45-point night against the Sacramento Kings, just one shy of tying the NBA record.

Smith was unable to return to the NBA until the conclusion of his Chinese team's season, but has drawn numerous suitors upon his return. Other teams interested in the former Nugget and Hornet include the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, and Indiana Pacers.

It is believed that Smith will be paid the prorated amount of a $2.5 million salary cap exception the Knicks hold.

Smith should be in uniform on Sunday when the Knicks host the Dallas Mavericks.

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J.R. Smith Free Agency Rumors: Guard Confirms He Is Near A Deal With Knicks

Free agent J.R. Smith has confirmed that he is working on a deal that would send him to the New York Knicks.

Earlier today it was reported that the Knicks and Smith were closing in on a deal. Smith had been in China during the NBA lockout playing for a team in the Chinese Basketball Association. He had to wait on Feb. 15 after the Chinese season was over to sign in the NBA.

Smith had spent the last five NBA seasons with the Nuggets. Last season he averaged 12.3 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game and 2.2 assists per game. Smith shoots 37.1% from behind the arc for his career.

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J.R. Smith Free Agency Rumors: New York Knicks Closing In On Deal

The New York Knicks are closing in on a deal to acquire free agent wing J.R. Smith, according to a report from Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

Because the Knicks are at the 15-player roster limit, they will need to cut someone to make room for Smith. Assume that it won't be Jeremy Lin. The high-scoring, low-conscience Smith spent the first half of the NBA season playing in China, where he signed during the NBA lockout without an out clause.

Smith, 26, spent the last five seasons of his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets, fluctuating in and out of George Karl's doghouse while doubling as one of the NBA's most potent bench scorers. On his best days, Smith can fill up the bucket at a clip reserved for very few. On his worst days, Smith can leave coaches with their heads in their hands as he fires up contested jumpers and makes a string of ill-advised decisions.

During the 2010-11 season, Smith averaged 12.3 points and 4.1 rebounds on 43.5 percent shooting and 39.0 percent from behind the arc. His other suitors include the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers.

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Jonny Flynn Rumors: Knicks Interest In Former Syracuse Guard?

With injuries to star forward Carmelo Anthony and veteran point guard Baron Davis the New York Knicks are looking to acquire a player that can help them out right away, and they might have found their guy in Houston Rockets guard Jonny Flynn.

According to ESPN.com's Chris Broussard, the Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers are both interested in trading for the former Syracuse Orange guard, who had some magical moments at Madison Square Garden during his collegiate years.

"No deal is imminent with either team, but both clubs are in desperate need of a point guard and have Flynn on their radar, said Broussard.

"The Knicks have shown the most interest, sources say, and discussed a possible deal involving Renaldo Balkman and Mike Bibby. The Rockets were not interested."

The Rockets, who has featured Flynn in the line up just seven times this year, are having a hard time finding playing time for Flynn because he's stuck behind young guard Kyle Lowry. In late January, Houston declined to pick up a fourth-year option on Flynn's contract. Flynn will now become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Last summer, Flynn was traded to the Rockets from the Minnesota Timberwolves, who selected Flynn and Spanish guard Ricky Rubio in the early rounds of the 2009 NBA Draft.

In Minnesota, Flynn struggled 13.4 points, 4.4 assists, and 2.4 rebounds per game but suffered a hip injury in his sophomore year and when struggled the fans called for Ricky Rubio. In an interview with Minnesota's Pioneer Press, Flynn admitted he let that talk get to his head.

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Dwight Howard To Knicks? Orlando Magic Reportedly Float The Possibility

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith is reporting that the Orlando Magic have inquired about the possibility of sending Dwight Howard to the New York Knicks in exchange for Tyson Chander and Amare Stoudemire.

“I will preface my statement by telling you that [the Magic] have categorically denied this, but my sources tell me that they have inquired about Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire going to Orlando for Dwight Howard,” Smith said.

Howard, the Magic center, can be a free agent at the end of this season. He has been rumored as possibly going to the New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and now the Knicks. Of course, the Magic are still trying to re-sign their franchise center long-term.

Howard is a better player than either Chandler or Stoudemire, but this seems more like the Magic asking than the Knicks actually pursuing a move for Howard. Still, worth thinking about.

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