'We Know We’re Going To Be In The Playoffs'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Coming off a 54-win season and an Atlantic Division title, the Knicks are feeling awfully good about themselves heading into the 2013-14 season.

The Knicks have spoken confidently all offseason, and guard J.R. Smith recently guaranteed that New York would win its first championship since 1973.

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Beno Udrih isn’t going that far, but he’s joined the party of Knicks who think that this team could be special.

“I believe our team can go as far as going to the Finals,’’ Udrih told the New York Post on Wednesday. “We have to think like that from the first practice. We can be very good. It all depends how seriously we’re going to take it. We all believe we can go really far. And our goal from the beginning has to be (to) win it all because we know we’re going to be in the playoffs. Our mentality from the first practice has to be: We want to win a championship.’’

The backup point guard signed a one-year, $1.27 million deal with the Knicks on August 8. He’s a two-time NBA champion, having won with the Spurs in 2005 and 2007.

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“I just want to be on a winning team,’’ the 31-year-old told the newspaper. “The last couple of years I was with teams rebuilding. I was trying to bring them a winning mentality and it didn’t happen. Now I’m actually on a team where I can play basketball and help a team win instead of teaching young guys how to win.’’

The 6-foot-3, 203-pound Slovenian averaged 8.2 points, 4.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game for Orlando last season.

“I know what it means how to win,’’ Udrih told the New York Post. “Last year’s team got a taste of winning and had bad luck vs. Indiana (in the second round). Tyson (Chandler) got sick — a lot of injury problems. We have to stay healthy all year and it’s good we have a deep team. Some guys can get time off and still get a win.’’

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