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Report: Dolan Has Told Knicks Players That A Shakeup Is Not Coming

Dolan Has Reportedly Informed Players That Woodson And Stars Are Safe
GREENBURGH, NY - DECEMBER 10: (l-r) Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks and Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden James Dolan during Chandler's introductory press conference on December 10, 2011 at The Knicks Training Facility in Greenburgh, New York.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE  (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)

GREENBURGH, NY – DECEMBER 10: (l-r) Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks and Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden James Dolan during Chandler’s introductory press conference on December 10, 2011 at The Knicks Training Facility in Greenburgh, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Knicks have begun the 2013-14 season with a miserable 9-19 record. According to ESPN, owner James Dolan has told his players that there will not be any forthcoming major shakeups to the roster or coaching staff.

That means under-pressure head coach Mike Woodson is safe for the time being. Without superstar Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks suffered a 123-94 blowout loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas Day.

The 11-15 Toronto Raptors are currently in first place in a wide-open Atlantic Division and will visit Madison Square Garden on Friday night.

Right now, the plan is to push on with Woodson and a current group of players which Dolan deemed title contenders in organizational meetings ahead of the 2013-14 season.

Woodson said recently that he expects the Knicks to win the Atlantic Division.

“We won it last year and I expect us to win it this year,” Woodson said. “Do I see some light at the end of the tunnel? I do.”

There isn’t an obvious frontrunner to win the Atlantic. The Nets recently suffered the long-term loss of key center Brook Lopez. Both the Nets and Knicks are currently locked in a third-place tie and are only three games out of first-place.

The Knicks will soon be boosted by the expected return of point guard Raymond Felton from a nagging groin injury and Anthony is currently day-to-day due to an ankle injury.

It’s been a strange season. Once healthy, it’s possible that the Knicks could take advantage of a weak Atlantic Division and rise up the divisional and conference standings.

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