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Derek Fisher gives possible lineup hints and other notes from Knicks practice

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Hint: It won't be Travis Outlaw

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The Knicks practiced on Saturday -- balls were shot, triangles were formed.

Let's start with the hold-outs:

Travis Outlaw apparently has a mild Achilles strain, but I like the fact that it isn't mentioned in this tweet: the reader can just assume that he didn't practice due to the condition known as "being Travis Outlaw."

As far as the regular season, I think we can safely assume that this will be the Knicks' starting five on opening night:

On second thought: we might be gettin' a little too real for y'all. Let's change the subject.

Who will start at power forward on Monday? Marc Berman has his suspicions:

Of course, "Ja. Smith" is in reference to Jah Smith, an intriguing Rastafarian prospect from Jamaica.

Or perhaps he mean Jason Smith, who has apparently caught the eye of New York's coaching staff:

While Jason Smith intrigues me as well, that's no excuse to leave Cole hanging out to dry. There should be minutes for both of them.

One player who likely won't have to worry about minutes (as long as he doesn't go and get himself suspended again) is J.R. Smith, who is recovering from his recent back troubles:

As for the famous Dennis Rodman comparisons, Earl isn't exactly ready to dismiss them:

I'm not sure Rodman considers his important diplomatic work -- single-handedly broaching the divide between the West and the People's Democratic Republic of Korea -- as "playing hard." Was John Quincy Adams playing hard when he crafted the Monroe Doctrine?

Coach Fish has been quite impressed with Earl's studiousness:

Indeed, I can confirm that J.R. pulled Fisher aside after practice and asked him, "Hey coach, you know that part in The Wizard of Oz when the scarecrow says, 'The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side?' That's some bullshit, right? He was talking about right triangles."

Finally, we end with Carmelo Anthony, who is totally done with scoring points!!!

Sooo....yeah, Melo's still gonna score. A lot. He's quite good at it, after all. My hope here is that when Fisher says he can't abuse Melo's scoring ability, he means he can't simply hand Melo the ball in the fourth quarter with no semblance of a plan. We all saw how that worked out in close games last season.

The notion that a player can't win a scoring title in the Triangle is just plain silly:

By all means, Melo, if you want to win another scoring championships while posting shooting percentages similar to your previous two seasons, then be my guest.