The New York Knicks are returning majority of last year’s team. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks to the second overall seed in the east behind Miami. The season didn’t end as they hoped, but there’s optimism heading into the new season.
Andrea Bargnani and Metta World Peace are the newest additions. Neither player is a star but they’re both respected in this league and are capable of winning some games for you. These new additions apparently have coach Woodson in a bind. Woodson has no idea what his opening day starting lineup will look like.
“That’s what we use camp for. I have no idea who’s going to start,” Woodson said. “Camp should be pretty competitive based on the talent, and that’s how it should be.”
Noticeably absent from that list of definite starters was Iman Shumpert, who started all 45 games he played in last season after returning midway through the year from an ACL injury suffered in the 2012 playoffs. Shumpert also started all 12 of the Knicks’ playoff games last season.
“You’ve got to go in and earn a spot,” Woodson said when asked about Shumpert’s status as a starter. “That’s how I look at it.”
Woodson did say Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler are locks to start, while the other two spots are wide open.