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Opening Tip: What's the rotation?

It sounds as if Mike Woodson's set on his rotation.

He said on Friday that he plays to play a nine or 10-man rotation this year.

That could leave a couple of players who came into camp expecting to play regular minutes on the outside looking in.

Here's how we see it playing out: Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani, Tyson Chandler, Pablo Prigioni, Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith, Metta World Peace and Kenyon Martin/Amar'e Stoudemire (I count Stoudemire and Martin as one player because Woodson has suggested they will alternate games) should get regular minutes.

That leaves Beno Udrih, Tim Hardaway Jr., Toure' Murry, Cole Aldrich and Chris Smith on the outside.

Now, Aldrich, Smith and Murry probably won't play if everyone stays healthy.

So where does that leave Hardaway Jr. and Udrih?

Udrih inked a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum over the summer thinking that he'd be part of a three-point guard rotation. But Woodson plans to go with a traditional lineup featuring Shumpert or Smith at shooting guard. So Udrih may end up splitting minutes with Prigioni as Felton's backup.

If Woody goes with the two-point guard lineup the team had so much success with late last season, Udrih could start alongside Felton or be the primary point guard in the second unit.

As for Hardaway Jr., I think his playing time could depend somewhat on the identity of the Knicks' offense. If New York bombs away from beyond the 3-point arc like it did last season, Hardaway Jr. should see some playing time because he can knock down shots.

If the Knicks aren't as trigger-happy from beyond the arc, Hardaway Jr. may not play regular minutes.

All of that brings us to our question: if you were Woodson, how would you shape your rotation?

UP NOW: Mike Woodson said he's considering alternating Kenyon Martin and Amar'e Stoudemire on a game-by-game basis and Andrea Bargnani says he's still working on getting back in game shape..

Speaking of Bargnani, he shot just 38 percent in seven preseason games. Carmelo Anthony noted that Bargnani's still trying to get adjusted to playing in New York.

Also, we took a look at the Knicks' defensive issues, the possible return of Jeremy Tyler and more in our Twitter Mailbag.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will practice Monday to prepare for the season opener on Wednesday against Milwaukee.

QUESTION: If you are Mike Woodson, how do you shape your rotation?

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