Woodson on Prigioni: He can do a lot

July, 12, 2012
7/12/12
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LAS VEGAS -- On Thursday, ESPN New York asked Mike Woodson about his thoughts on the Knicks' latest acquisition, Argentinian point guard Pablo Prigioni.

"I saw tape on him and we brought him in and he worked out," he said. "I thought he had a great workout for us. The young man can do a lot of things in terms of running the point-guard position, and that's why he's here. He's been good over there for a number of years, as probably one of the top point guards in the European league."

While the Knicks haven't made the signing official yet, according to Prigioni's agent, George Bass, the team finalized a one-year agreement with the 35-year-old for the rookie's minimum.

Prigioni is the fourth player 30 years or older to sign with the Knicks this offseason. The other three are Jason Kidd (39), Marcus Camby (38) and James White (30).

The Knicks are clearly in win-now mode, acquiring players with experience under their belt.

"Ownership has always looked at it in that light, in terms of wanting to win," Woodson said. "Mr. [James] Dolan is a guy that wants to win in the worst way, and I think he's tried to put pieces in place and he's supported Glen [Grunwald] and myself in terms of the free agents that we've fielded so far on this team. And he wants to win, and I want to win.

"It's only fitting that we win for our fans in New York and the city of New York, Manhattan area and all the surrounding boroughs that support our team. This is what it's all about, man. It's not about hoping to win, hoping to get in the playoffs. You've got to put pieces in place, and it's going to be my job to push guys to play at a high level to try to win at a high level."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2