With 50 games and the All-Star break under their belt, the Knicks are looking to stay the course that has them in first place in the Atlantic Division and 14 games over .500.
That means sticking with the starting lineup that keeps Amar’e Stoudemire on the bench and theoretically getting healthier. With Thursday’s trade deadline rapidly approaching, Mike Woodson gave no sign that the Knicks would be making any changes on that front.
“I don’t think we have anything working,” Woodson said Tuesday at practice. “You always talk, but we like the makeup of our team and as we stand today this is our basketball team and we’ve got to move forward.”
The Knicks have been successful since the return of Iman Shumpert, despite the second-year guard not living up to expectations. The team, however, did drop three of its final four games before the All-Star break. Kurt Thomas, walking by as Woodson spoke, chimed in with a question, asking the coach if he would be changing the starting five.
“I don’t think so,” Woodson said.

A minute later, the coach elaborated: “I had a few days to think about it, we’re 8-5, I think, with the lineup, the way it is right now,” he said. “I’m not going to panic and make any unnecessary changes.”
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Rasheed Wallace (foot) and Marcus Camby (foot) returned to practice on a non-contact basis for the first time since each was injured. “Experience, you can’t put a price on that, so hopefully they’ll be back here playing,” said Jason Kidd.


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