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Knicks ready to scapegoat Woodson, chase Love

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07:21 AM ET 11.12 | For now, there remains hope. [Chasing] the championship parade that never marches, the New York Knicks' recruitment to retain Carmelo Anthony comes with the promise to pursue Kevin Love into the franchise's 2015 salary-cap space. LeBron James comes free too soon (2014), Kevin Durant too late (2016), and the best, biggest star available to New York has been validating management's wanderlust with an MVP-esque start to the Minnesota Timberwolves' season. ... The plan had been a three-year window to chase a championship, but it turned into one season -- if it was ever that a year ago. New York is pushing toward a fresh scapegoat, coach Mike Woodson, but the Knicks are a combustible blend whose struggles have far less to do with their coaching and far more to do with lousy ownership.

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November 12, 2013  07:28 AM ET

Nice Fantasy, Bros.

November 12, 2013  07:44 AM ET

"...whose struggles have far less to do with their coaching and far more to do with lousy ownership."

Yup! That about sums it up.

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November 12, 2013  07:56 AM ET

Great job in telling it's championship or bust. Where's Turkoglu w/ the suit sitting down feeling depressed?

November 12, 2013  08:03 AM ET

Let's face it; Knicks don't have a good crop of players this season. Best case scenario is be in the hunt with Cleveland and Washington for 8th seed in the playoffs so keeping coach for continuity is a good idea.

Any talk of championship or competing for it is straight up LUDACRIS.

November 12, 2013  08:30 AM ET

After watching some games and teams I believe the bottom 4 teams in the east that make the playoffs are up for grabs. Knicks have injuries that will set them back in the standings but they should make the playoffs as a lower seed. There are just plenty of .500 looking teams and I wouldn't be shocked if a team or two made it going .500 or below.

Chasing Love? Why would he go to NY over say the Lakers. I don't see him leaving though as I believe they are playoff bound now that they have a shooter that they have needed for years.

November 12, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Minnesota would be absolutely "crazy" if they allow Love to leave under any circumstances!

November 12, 2013  08:39 AM ET
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Let's face it; Knicks don't have a good crop of players this season. Best case scenario is be in the hunt with Cleveland and Washington for 8th seed in the playoffs so keeping coach for continuity is a good idea. Any talk of championship or competing for it is straight up LUDACRIS.

The Knicks will make the playoffs higher than 8, but what does it matter? They will never be truly successful while Dolan owns the team. I hate that guy.

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November 12, 2013  08:46 AM ET

The Knicks knew going into the season it would be a challenge, with Amare's 20+mil contract and his skills no longer anywhere near that.

Better to evaluate the Knicks once JR gets more playing time and Chandler comes back from injury. From there, Knicks need to plan out what the team will look like in two years.

November 12, 2013  08:47 AM ET
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Minnesota would be absolutely "crazy" if they allow Love to leave under any circumstances!

They were stupid for not giving him the max years. He is bolting because it will be his choice. Minny had their say. It's up to them to surround him w/ good players to make him stay.

November 12, 2013  08:49 AM ET
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Bwahahahahahahahhahaahahahaaaaa.Why would he go to NY when he'll be able to go home to LA?So reading between the lines......Knick management is now basically telling fans to be patient till 2015, when they will chase a guy that may or may not come?I plead with all my former knick fanatic-comrades........its time to go nomadYou don't need to remain loyal to a team where the owner is James DolanCause HE is the Knicks ....and he will NEVER change or leave.The Knicks of old are dead.Y'all shouldn't be subject to purgatory, when there is nothing you can do to change the bottom line.

Sorry JGB... It took awhile but I know you had to jump ship.

November 12, 2013  08:51 AM ET
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Chasing Love? Why would he go to NY over say the Lakers. I don't see him leaving though as I believe they are playoff bound now that they have a shooter that they have needed for years.

The Lakers will have the money to chase Love. It will all depend if he wants to play close to his home state of Oregon.

November 12, 2013  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Bwahahahahahahahhahaahahahaaaaa.Why would he go to NY when he'll be able to go home to LA?So reading between the lines......Knick management is now basically telling fans to be patient till 2015, when they will chase a guy that may or may not come?I plead with all my former knick fanatic-comrades........its time to go nomadYou don't need to remain loyal to a team where the owner is James DolanCause HE is the Knicks ....and he will NEVER change or leave.The Knicks of old are dead.Y'all shouldn't be subject to purgatory, when there is nothing you can do to change the bottom line.

He's from Oregon.

November 12, 2013  08:55 AM ET
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Let's face it; Knicks don't have a good crop of players this season. Best case scenario is be in the hunt with Cleveland and Washington for 8th seed in the playoffs so keeping coach for continuity is a good idea. Any talk of championship or competing for it is straight up LUDACRIS.

Really? They finished second in the East last year with 54 wins and the additions they made improved their roster and you are saying they will battle for the 8th seed? You sound like a Knick hater and not a fan of the NBA. Brooklyn has the same record as the Knicks but they are "contenders" and Miami has one less loss than NY. And let's not forget about the "wait til we get Rose back" Chicago Bulls who are 3-3. So you are telling me that Boston, Philly, and Toronto will stay atop of the divison? We are 6 games in. Calm down.

November 12, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Ninja'd by the old fart.

November 12, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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They will never be truly successful while Dolan owns the team. East is stacked plus our team is mentally weak.

This is not the year man...

That's a fact. Playoffs I'm not with you on that. Nothing's guaranteed in this league. Other teams

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November 12, 2013  08:58 AM ET

the promise to pursue Kevin Love into the franchise's 2015 salary-cap space

The league should fine the hell out of Dolan for tampering if this could be provn.

 
November 12, 2013  08:58 AM ET
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Really? They finished second in the East last year with 54 wins and the additions they made improved their roster and you are saying they will battle for the 8th seed? You sound like a Knick hater and not a fan of the NBA. Brooklyn has the same record as the Knicks but they are "contenders" and Miami has one less loss than NY. And let's not forget about the "wait til we get Rose back" Chicago Bulls who are 3-3. So you are telling me that Boston, Philly, and Toronto will stay atop of the divison? We are 6 games in. Calm down.

It's still early.

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