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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Notes: Chandler back; Woody not worried

By Joe Totoraitis | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

Tyson Chandler is back.

He is expected to be the starting starter when the New York Knicks take on the Bucks in Milwaukee on Wednesday night.

“I’m excited,” he said before the morning shoot around. “It’s been way too long. I’ve watched way too much basketball from the sideline. I’m looking forward to getting back out there and helping my team out.”

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WOODY: MILLS HAS MY BACK With the Knicks 7-17 under head coach Mike Woodson, speculation is that he is on the hot seat. Woodson doesn’t see it that way.

“I feel good now,” he said before the morning shoot around at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. “We’ve let some games slip away, but I feel good in terms of how we’ve been playing. We’ve been competing. We’re in games, but I’d like to get a full deck back and just see how we are as a team.”

He feels being scrutinized so hotly comes from the media and nobody else.

“That’s you guys speculating on my job,” he said to the reporters clustered around him. “I’m fine. [Knicks president] Steve [Mills] has been supportive through this whole thing. It is what it is at this point.”

While the Knicks got some good news in the return of Chandler, they left Amar'e Stoudemire (sore knees) back in New York. Woodson wants more of his injured to return.

“Until we get healthy bodies back, I’d like to see where we’ll be if I had a full deck,” he said. “We haven’t been able to get to that point and we’re going to keep working until we get there.”