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The Knicks had off yet again today, so they held a pretty extensive, thorough practice. They'll close out the season against the Clippers on Wednesday and the Bobcats on Thursday. Catch up on some reading and news for the week. I'm not kidding around.
- Much has been made about Mike Woodson's interim head coach title. This summer the Knicks will be without a head coach, and may search for other candidates. But Woodson has made a compelling case to be re-signed, and has Amar'e Stoudemire's and Carmelo Anthony's support.
- Scott Howard-Cooper argued that Jeremy Lin's 35 games this season were impressive enough to warrant this year's Most Improved Player award.
- Tyson Chandler gets a mention in Shaun Powell's Defensive Player of the Year candidates, and rightfully so. One thing that bothers me, however, is Powell's claim that defense is not the Knicks' identity. Like it or not, the Knicks are in the top five most efficient teams on defense - a rating far better than their offense. While he acknowledges Iman Shumpert as an important player, he fails to recognize that guys like Jared Jeffries, Landry Fields, J.R. Smith, and Carmelo Anthony have all been playing inspired defense either all season long, or at least since Woodson took over. Lazy reporting irks me.
- Steve Popper wrote about the Knicks confidence and preparation heading into the playoffs, regardless of the opponent.
- To close, two nice pieces from Posting and Toasting. One about Allan Houston's work with some Knicks players to strengthen their jumpshots, and another saying goodbye to Bill Walker who was waived to make room for Dan Gadzuric.