Woody: Knicks have 'legitimate shot' at title

October, 1, 2012
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Mike WoodsonDebby Wong/US PresswireTwitter may be calling the Knicks too old, but Mike Woodson likes his veteran pieces.
There have been plenty of jokes on Twitter among NBA fans regarding the Knicks' veteran offseason acquisitions.

New York acquired Jason Kidd (39), Marcus Camby (38), Kurt Thomas (39) and Pablo Prigioni (35) in the offseason. They appear to be on the verge of acquiring Rasheed Wallace (38).

Woodson said team brass and ownership felt it was best to surround the core of Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler with veterans.

"We felt that we needed veteran pieces around those guys," Woodson said. "(There aren't) young guys who are winning NBA titles."

Woodson experienced that firsthand when he couldn't get out of the second round with the youthful Atlanta Hawks.

The Knicks, of course, haven't won a title in more than 40 years. Woodson thinks that, if this group stays healthy, they can win one this season.

"I think we've got a legitimate shot here, as (much as) anybody in the NBA this season, to reach that goal," the coach said.

I think Miami, Oklahoma City and Los Angeles have a more legitimate shot. But, hey, anything can happen with injuries. Also, the Eastern Conference seems to be pretty wide open after Miami.

Question: What do you guys think? Do you think the Knicks have a legitimate shot to win the title?

WALLACE APPEARS CLOSE TO SIGNING: Wallace didn't sign with the Knicks on Monday but general manager Glen Grunwald expects him to sign soon. Based on Woodson's comments Monday, it sounded like Wallace may not have a guaranteed roster spot.

"He's a great teammate he knows how to to win and he's great from a defensive standpoint," said Woodson, who coached Wallace as an assistant in Detroit. "He makes guys around him better as far as being able to defend the basketball and that's going to be huge as we move down the road for this ball club. We don't know if he's going to work out but he's hopefully going to be here in camp -- we're hoping that. And if so we'll give him a look and see where it goes from there."

It's hard to see Wallace coming out of retirement without a guaranteed spot on the roster, though.

FUNNY LINE FROM J.R.: Someone asked J.R. Smith if there was a shot he didn't like. He smiled and laughed at the question and then replied that, no, "there's not too many shots I don't like."

Smith then said the one shot he doesn't like is the one taken with two defenders in his face and a man open on the baseline. You guys can hold him to that this season.

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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