Posted December 27, 2013

Report: Knicks owner James Dolan tells team no trades, coaching changes forthcoming

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James Dolan (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

James Dolan’s Knicks are 10 games under .500. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

In a meeting with his team on Thursday, Knicks owner/chairman James Dolan told his players there are no trades or changes to the coaching staff forthcoming, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.

Dolan gathered the team before the first practice after their 29-point loss to Oklahoma City on Christmas Day.

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Speculation about Mike Woodson’s job has ramped up after the Knicks’ 9-19 start, but the coach said after practice Thursday he¬†still expects his team to defend its Atlantic Division title. New York is only three games behind the Raptors in the division, but is tied with the Nets for the 11th best record in the East.

“The beauty about all of this that we’re going through is nobody’s running away with it in our division,” Woodson said, “and I’m pushing our team to win our division still.”

The Knicks and Raptors play a weekend home-and-home beginning Friday in New York.

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