Woodson sounds opposed to starting two point guards

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

In a TKB poll of nearly 2,000 voters, 58 percent of fans believe the Knicks should start a big lineup featuring Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani and Tyson Chandler.

Knicks Starting Lineup

And it seems coach Mike Woodson is thinking the same way.

Woodson continues to experiment with Anthony and Bargnani together with the starters, and he also likes using a “big guard” at the 2 as opposed to utilizing two point guards.

The Knicks had great success last year with two point guards, but Woodson seems disinclined to go in that direction right now.

“I don’t know because again, we have such a logjam at the 2 and 3,” Woodson said. “If I want to play World Metta [Metta World Peace] over at the 3, you still have [Tim] Hardaway [Jr.], Iman [Shumpert] and J.R. [Smith] so we gotta respect their position and see if they can hold it this year.”

Smith is coming back from knee surgery, while Shumpert has been bothered by a sore shoulder the last few days.  Shumpert returned to the court Sunday after missing two days with a sore shoulder and being limited on Saturday. He is expected to practice with contact on Monday.

“As soon as they can get back out on the floor it should be a competitive factor where they’re competing for that position,” Woodson said of the shooting guard spot. “I  know I can always go back to Pablo [Prigioni] and Raymond if that may be the case. But at this point I’m going to try a big guard if I can and just see how it plays out.”


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.