MON Practice Report: Injury Updates, Melo On The East, & More

Jonah Ballow
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Who’s In & Who’s Out

  • Kenyon Martin was excused from Monday’s practice session due to his induction in to the University of Cincinnati’s James P. Kelly Sr. Athletics Hall of Fame.
  • Head coach Mike Woodson said Tim Hardaway Jr. came down with the flu, so they sent him home to rest and recover.
  • J.R. Smith participated in part of the practice.
  • Woodson rested Iman Shumpert stating, “He was a little sore.”

Evaluating Practice & Looking Ahead
After a day off from action on Sunday, the squad hit the floor for a lengthy practice at MSG Training Center today.  The season opener is now just two days away and the Knicks are ramping up the activity to ensure they are prepared for the Bucks on Wednesday night at the Garden.

“I thought it was a great practice today,” Chandler answered.  “We really got after it, did a great job of communication, understanding what we want to accomplish out there on both ends of the floor.  Everybody got after it – I thought it was really good.”

A New-Look East
A plethora of NBA previews will be hitting newsstands and digital platforms early this week with the official start to the season on Tuesday night.  National pundits are examining the Eastern Conference differently this year due to the influx of talent to Brooklyn, Derrick Rose’s return, and Indiana’s retooled bench.  Of course, the Knicks enter the year as the reigning Atlantic Division champs and fresh off a 54-win season that landed them the No. 2 spot in the standings last year. 

How exactly does Carmelo Anthony view the Eastern Conference based on the moves made this summer?

“As a whole, the Eastern Conference is a lot tougher top to bottom with all the teams that got better, even with some of the teams that have a chance to creep up in playoff position.  The East is definitely going to be a powerhouse,” Anthony stated.

With that said, Anthony understands the importance of a strong start to keep pace in what figures to be an extremely competitive conference.

“We want to get off to a good start but we control that,” Anthony replied.  “As a team, we have to go out play the way we know how to play, play together, play for each other and see what happens and go from there.”


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