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News » New York Knicks Getting Inside 2008-10-30

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2008-10-30

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2008-10-30
It was only a matter of time before the Knicks stumbled upon controversy.

While they were running away from the Miami Heat in Wednesday's season-opener at Madison Square Garden, a reserved Stephon Marbury sat on the bench and watched. He didn't play a single minute as Mike D'Antoni looked into the future.

The newly-hired coach is already getting ready for next season.

"It's tough," D'Antoni said. "There are just certain guys I want to see. It's a delicate situation. Steph's been great. It hasn't been his fault. I know he's not going to be happy about it and I wouldn't be either. The team goes on two different tracks, and one is for the future and one is to try to win now."

Marbury passed on an opportunity to make waves.

"I didn't expect it," he said. "I mean, this is a business and I understand their decision. If that's the way they want to go, I'm fine with that."

What if there's no change?

"If this is what it is, I mean, there's always next year," Marbury said.

D'Antoni believes he went one player too deep in the opener. He used Mardy Collins and Nate Robinson off the bench. Eddy Curry also picked up a DNP-CD.

"As we go forward, we're trying to build a team," D'Antoni said. "It's not this year. It's a two- or three-year project. I don't want to start next year. I want to get started right now."

KNICKS 120, HEAT 115: It was only a matter of moments before the Knicks showed the folks at Madison Square Garden what's different about this season. They picked up the pace and filled the lanes and jumped in front 60-45 at halftime.

Jamal Crawford sparked the offense, scoring 17 of his 29 points before the intermission, but everybody was involved for a change.

"I get excited and I get nervous," Chris Duhon said. "Guys are so unselfish and there are times when we overpass."

After the Knicks pulled in front 104-83 with 6:43 to play, Miami countered with a furious run and closed to within three in the final seconds. It provided a few nervous moments for a team that made a bad habit of blowing leads a season ago.

"We kind of shut down," D'Antoni said. "We can't do that. We're not good enough to do that."

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