After initially planning to put Carmelo Anthony back at his natural spot at small forward, Coach Mike Woodson has decided to go back to the lineup that made the Knicks unbeatable toward the end of last season.
New York's starting lineup will be Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, and Tyson Chandler.
Woodson started newcomer Andrea Bargnani and Anthony together in the preseason, but both did not shoot the ball well. Sending Bargnani to the bench and shifting Anthony back to the big forward spot likely moves Metta World Peace into the starting lineup. Woodson had also toyed with the idea of starting Metta World Peace at the three and Anthony back at the four. He eventually went back to the starting backcourt of Prigioni and Felton that helped the team win 13 straight and 16 of 18 to end last season.
"We've been successful here with Melo playing a lot of 4 and we haven't experimented a whole lot with him playing 3 until this exhibition season," Woodson said, "and so I mean I just feel like I don't want to go away from it a lot in terms of him playing at the 4 spot."