Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Melo: 'I'm not over' Indiana series
By Ian Begley
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- He may not show it publicly, but Carmelo Anthony's still upset over what happened to the Knicks last May in Indiana.
"I'm not over it. I'm not over it," Anthony said. "I might act like it's over but I'm not over it, not at all."
Carmelo Anthony hasn't gotten over the Knicks' playoff loss to the Pacers.
Anthony and the Knicks lost to the Pacers in the second round of the playoffs. Anthony nearly carried the Knicks to a win in Game 6, but struggled in the final quarter. He was famously denied at the rim on a dunk attempt by Indy's Roy Hibbert, which shifted momentum in the game.
"For me it's definitely motivation," Anthony said, echoing comments made by Tyson Chandler earlier this week. "But I don't need that to motivate me. I get up and I get going myself. I motivate myself. I know what happened last year and I won't forget that."
WOODY HOPES TO GO WITH BIG BACKCOURT: Mike Woodson said he's going to experiment with different lineups in Wednesday's preseason opener against the Celtics in Providence. He's also committed to playing some of the younger players on the roster.
But the head coach is still leaning toward eventually playing a lineup with a traditional shooting guard, rather than the two point guard outfit that helped the Knicks late last season.
"I'd like to go with a big lineup out front with Raymond [Felton] or either J.R. [Smith] or Iman [Shumpert] at the two," Woodson said. "If I could ever get to that point where they're competing, we'll see how it plays out and then possibly bring Pablo [Prigioni] and Beno [Udrih] off the bench. We got away with [the two point guard lineup] last year and were successful with two point guards. I know that works. I’m trying to experiment just to see where we are as a ball club."
The Knicks went 15-1 in games in which Prigioni started alongside Felton last season. Shumpert played small forward in those lineups but said Tuesday that he's most comfortable at shooting guard.
"That showed in the playoffs last year; I think I finally just figured out what I needed to do," he said.
NO STARTING FIVE YET: Woodson wasn't ready to announce his starting five for Wednesday's game. It sounds like it depends on the health of Shumpert's shoulder. The third-year guard missed two practices last week with soreness in his right shoulder. ... Woodson said there is a possibility that Smith can play in the preseason. The reigning Sixth Man Award winner is coming off of knee surgery. He is expected to be out for at least another week. Smith has been seen shooting in practice but has not participated in scrimmages.
Once he is cleared to play, Smith will have to sit out the first five games of the regular season due to his violation of the NBA's anti-drug policy.