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Wilson Chandler Signs With Zhejiang Guangsha

Wilson Chandler has signed a contract with the Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Chandler will not be able to participate in the 11-12 NBA season because the CBA does not allow players to sign with an out clause.

"Maybe I'll lose out," Chandler said. "But I think it can be a great experience. I haven't been in any [labor negotiation] meetings. I can't call it. I'm just taking a risk, at the end of the day."

Chandler is a restricted free agent.

"I like [Denver], I like the team," Chandler said. "Great young team. Coach [George] Karl is a great coach. I like the management. Hopefully I'm there."

The deal is believed to be worth less than the $3.1 million qualifying offer made by the Nuggets.


Knicks Announce Woodson Hiring

The New York Knicks announced today that Mike Woodson has joined Head Coach Mike D’Antoni’s staff as an assistant coach. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“I was extremely encouraged after meeting with Mike that he would be a great addition to our coaching staff and we are pleased to welcome him back to New York,” D’Antoni said. “Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team and we are confident that he will help us as we continue towards our goal of building a championship team.”

Woodson joins the Knicks after serving as the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks for six seasons from 2004-2010, where he guided the Hawks to the playoffs in each of his last three seasons. In six seasons in Atlanta, Woodson amassed a 209-286 (.419) coaching record in 492 games while posting an 11-18 record in 29 playoff games. Prior to joining the Hawks, Woodson served as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks (1996-99), Cleveland Cavaliers (1999-2001), Philadelphia 76ers (2001-03) and the 2003-04 NBA Champion Detroit Pistons.

“I consider Mike D’Antoni to be one of the top coaches in our game and I am thankful for this opportunity,” Woodson said. “I’m excited to re-join this great franchise where my professional career started and will work to build off of the success they had here last season.”

Via Press Release

Jerome Jordan Begins Training Camp In Slovenia With Out Clause

Jerome Jordan participated in the first day of training camp with Krka on Wednesday.

Jordan has an out clause in his contract to return to the Knicks when the lockout ends.

"This gives Jerome the opportunity to be in game shape if the lockout is lifted," agent Todd Ramasar told The Post. "You saw with the NFL lockout a lot of guys had early injuries. I'm happy for him. It puts him in good position to develop if you're looking at a postponed season."

Via New York Post

Knicks Close To Hiring Mike Woodson

The Knicks are close to adding Mike Woodson to their coaching staff as their defensive assistant.

The move could be formalized by next week, according to sources.

Woodson was recommended by Isiah Thomas, who is a long-time friend and has consulted Jim Dolan since leaving his position as president.

Via New York Daily News

Anthony, Bosh To Appear On Law & Order: SVU

Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh will appear as themselves on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU.

The episode will revolve around a youth basketball coach who is accused of being a sexual predator.

Via New York Post

Turiaf Suffers Broken Finger

Ronny Turiaf broke a finger in his left hand and is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks.

The injury occurred while Turiaf was going for a rebound playing for France on Tuesday against Great Britain in an Olympic Test event in London.

MVP247.com, the website for a London-based basketball magazine, first reported the injury.

Via Alan Hahn/Newsday

Billups Hoping Lockout Doesn't Wipe Away Training Camp For Knicks

The Knicks have overhauled their roster over the past year, leaving Chauncey Billups hoping to simply have time for the team to work together in a normal training camp. But if a lockout leaks into the regular season, teams will almost surely have an abbreviated training camp.

“That’s what I want so bad, is to have a training camp together, where we can build,’’ said Billups, who averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 assists, and 3.1 rebounds in 21 games with New York. “Because I feel like with the players that we have and the ability that we have to put some pieces together, we can be a very good basketball team.’’

Via Boston Globe

Woodson Confirms Interest In Becoming Knicks' Defensive Assistant

Mike Woodson is the leading candidate to become Mike D'Antoni's defensive assistant on the New York bench.

Woodson and D'Antoni met nine days ago in New York.

"I'm interested," Woodson said. "It's where my NBA career started. I'd like to help Mike and see things continue to grow there."

Woodson was most recently head coach of the Hawks.

"There's interest on both sides," one person familiar with the situation said. "But there's no burn on anyone's part, probably because of the lockout."

Via New York Post

Madison Square Garden Losing Its Famous Midcourt Tunnel

Madison Square Garden will lose the midcourt tunnel where players entered and exited the playing arena as its $850 million rennovation continues.

Willis Reed made the tunnel famous when he limped onto the court minutes before Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals.

Via New York Post

Stoudemire To Train With New York Teammates At IMG

Amar'e Stoudemire plans to train with a few of his Knicks' teammates at the IMG Academy in Florida beginning in September.

Iman Shumpert is already training at IMG.

Via New York Post

New York Knicks Archives

Tyson Chandler Hopes Curry Gets Second Chance

Tyson Chandler came into the NBA and joined the Chicago Bulls with Eddy Curry.

D'Antoni Meets With Mike Woodson

The Knicks are in no rush to hire a defense-minded assistant for Mike D'Antoni's staff due to the lockout.

Anthony's Options Remain Open As China Tour Concludes

Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul wrapped a weeklong tour of China on Tuesday.
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