Earlier this week, we learned that the Suns believe that their three biggest competitors for Steve Nash are out of the Atlantic Division: the Knicks, Nets, and Raptors. However, a piece of news today from Knicks coach Mike Woodson might indicate that they're not going to be the players for Nash that the Suns are expecting. Here's the latest from Madison Square Garden and the rest of the Atlantic..
- Knicks head coach Mike Woodson told ESPN Radio's Michael Kay that Jeremy Lin will "without a doubt" be the team's starting point guard next season, writes Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com. Lin is a restricted free agent but the club has made it known that they have every intention of keeping him on-board.
- Woodson also stood by his big three of Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and Amare Stoudemire, saying that they can "absolutely" co-exist next season.
- Anthony doesn't want to see a great deal of turnover on the Knicks' roster, writes Al Iannazzone of Newsday.com. "We've got to build some consistency up here in New York," he said. "Over the past ten years, there hasn't been consistency. It's one team in, one team out, one team in, one team out. You can't win like that. You can't win with a new basketball team every year."
- Nets forward Kris Humphries told Lynn Hoppes of ESPN.com that he hopes to return to the club. The free agent forward isn't sure what the future holds for him but expressed gratitude to coach Avery Johnson for giving him the opportunity to shine.