Mike Woodson said he has no plans to change the Knicks starting lineup after thinking about it over the All-Star Break.
Following the Toronto loss Wednesday entering the break, Woodson said the Knicks may need a change. One option was inserting Ronnie Brewer back into the mix for either Jason Kidd or Iman Shumpert in the smallball alignment. The other possibility was making Amar’e Stoudemire a starter and removing either Kidd or Shumpert in reverting to a traditional lineup with Carmelo Anthony at small forward.
None of it is happening.
“I had a few days to think about it,’’ Woodson said after Tuesday’s practice before the team flew to Indianapolis. “We’re 8-5 with the lineup the way it was with Rook (Shumpert) being back. A couple of those games we were right there and probably should’ve won. I’m not going to panic and make any unnecessary changes I don’t think we’ll need.’’
Stoudemire also has not been finishing games of recent. When asked about Woodson's status quo pronouncement, Stoudemire said, "Coach's decision.''
Woodson expects the Knicks to stand pat at the trade deadline, though they are talking to teams and have received multiple offers for Shumpert. Phoenix's Jared Dudley and Orlando's J.J. Redick are two names that have come up in preliminary discussions.
“I don’t think we have anything working,’’ Woodson said. “You always talk. We like the makeup of our team. As we stand today, this is our basketball team and we have to move forward in the right direction.’’
For the first time all season, all 15 players practiced as Wallace and Marcus Camby returned to the mix, though did not do scrimmaging or contact. Wallace’s return was expected today but it was thought Camby was a few days off.
Neither talked to the media and Woodson didn’t know when they would play.
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Woodson: Knicks won't change starters, trade unlikely
New York Post | Feb 19