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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Mike Woodson received a vote of confidence from perhaps the most important voice in the Knicks' organization Tuesday.
Carmelo Anthony said the Knicks' decision to pick up the 2014-15 option on Woodson's contract was an "obvious move."
"We like Coach Woodson. We know what he’s about," Anthony said. "We know what he stands [for]. We know he wants to win. What he was able to do with the team last year, just since he’s been here, we've gotten better and better with him. We look forward to keeping him here."
Anthony said that president/GM Steve Mills did not approach him before making the decision to pick up Woodson's option, though it's hard to imagine someone in the organization didn't at least ask Anthony's opinion. The Knicks will make every effort to make Anthony comfortable heading into the offseason, when he can opt out of his contract and test free agency.
New York's decision to pick up Woodson's option Monday removed what could have been a season-long story line about the coach's job security.
Now, if Knicks owner/Madison Square Garden CEO James Dolan wants to let Woodson go after this season, it's going to cost him.
MELO SAYS HE'S IN GREAT SHAPE: When you talk to NBA players in training camp, it seems nine out of 10 say they feel great and are in the best shape of their careers.
But when Anthony said it Tuesday, it was a little easier to believe. Anthony looked svelte during his first workouts with the Knicks. Afterward, he said he may be in better shape than he was last season, when he declared he was in the best shape of his career after playing with the U.S. men's Olympic team in London.
"As far as my shape goes, I think I’m in the same shape or even a little better shape as far as my conditioning, my body and everything," Anthony said.
HARDAWAY 100% HEALTHY? Tim Hardaway Jr. said the wrist injury he suffered during his second summer league game is fully healed, but he was playing with a protective wrap on his wrist Tuesday.
His health is important for the Knicks. Shooting guard J.R. Smith will, at the very least, miss the first five games of the season because of a suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy.
So the Knicks may need their first-round pick to fill the void.
TYSON WORKS ON OFFENSE: Tyson Chandler says he's worked on his mid-range jumper and jump hook extensively this summer. "I definitely want to get involved," he said. He was seen after Tuesday's practice working on his mid-range shot. ... The Knicks officially signed forwards Josh Powell and Justin Brownlee on Monday. Both players signed one-year, non-guaranteed training camp deals, according to league sources. The Knicks have 20 players under contract. They need to get down to 15 by opening night.
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