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Saturday / April 20.
  • The Knicks are now slated to open the 2012-13 NBA season on Friday at Madison Square Garden against the Miami Dream Team instead of on Thursday at the Barclays Center against the Nets.

    While that may be a massive disappointment to basketball fans in the Big Apple, it could end up benefitting a couple of injured Knicks.

    Centers Tyson Chandler (knee) and Marcus Camby (calf) have been banged up and could  benefit from having no game Thursday. The Knicks will practice at their Westchester facility instead.

    “I feel pretty good,” Chandler told reporters Wednesday. “Obviously not 100 percent, but I felt alright today.”

    Beejay Anya says he’s “wide open” but will commit to a school Nov. 16.

    “I’m completely wide open at this point,” the 6-foot-8 Anya  out of DeMatha Catholic told SNY.tv Wednesday night by phone. “Right now I’m completely wide open. Any school that’s recruiting me is fair game.”

    Still, he said he has a date in mind to commit.

    “I’m committing Nov. 16  at DeMatha [for] Midnight Madness,” Anya said.

    Anya told SNY.tv Monday that he was down to N.C. State and Indiana, and said he has no plans to take any additional visits at this time.

    By ADAM ZAGORIA and JOSH NEWMAN

    As previously reported by SNY.tv, UCLA freshman guard Kyle Anderson was cleared on Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA and can begin play with the Bruins, who open Nov. 9 with Indiana State in Westwood.

    Late Wednesday afternoon, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero released the following statement.

    “UCLA was informed by the NCAA earlier today that freshman guard Kyle Anderson is eligible to play this season, and that the NCAA has found no evidence to substantiate claims of violations in his case. I am grateful to all those who were involved in the process. We are looking forward to opening our season on November 9 against Indiana State at New Pauley Pavilion.”

    For better or worse, the Knicks are now Carmelo Anthony’s team.

    With Amar’e Stoudemire sidelined for up to two months after Wednesday’s knee surgery, the team’s fortunes will rise and fall with Anthony during the early part of the 2012-13 NBA season.

    “I don’t really know the details of the injury, but the most important thing is that he take care of his body,” Anthony said after practice Tuesday.